Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Blue Skies Greece Pavilion Part 3

We're into the middle section of the Greece pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase.  This is the historical section or "the Greece that was."  Greek history is such a huge subject that it would easily create dense clutter trying to cover too much.  It's not just history, but the legacy of science, mathematics and other fields that would be here.  One Disney connection already established is an old educational film called "Donald in Mathmagic Land" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_in_Mathmagic_Land.  Donald Duck spends quite a lot of time with the Pythagoreans, so there is a good reason to see him greeting guests.

The ancient Olympics provides some live entertainment with "Who Wants to be an Olympian?" I can see some performers showing proper form for throwing the discus.  Actually, most of the very old Olympics consisted of foot races.  Chariot racing would be difficult to stage, but performers could show up in a chariot.  The marathon was not part of the ancient Olympics.  That could be re-staged elsewhere with the story of Pheidippides although there should be some mention that it's never been proven that he ran from Marathon to Athens.

The architectural elements could lead guests backwards through time.  The columns in this area would start out Corinthian, then turn Ionic and finally Doric.   

One might have a chance encounter with a philosopher just hanging about.   Maybe Plato and Aristotle would be arguing about something important.  Also, the musical selections here would be played less with the modern instruments.  Interestingly, much of Greek music was prevented from modernizing for about a millennium (give or take) during the Byzantine period.  

As a guest looks towards the back of the pavilion, one might catch a glimpse of the Acropolis with the Parthenon restored to its full glory.  Behind that would be Mt. Olympus in the third section of the Greek Pavilion, mythical Greece.  That's where we're going next time.

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