National Geographic : 1928 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE LEISURELY THRESHING IN THE OUTSKIRTS OF LARNAKA The farmer sits on the sledge and the oxen move slowly, for a man who can sit down to his task is not as liable to use the whip. The children act as makeweights. man interest," for all its dazzling beauty cutting into the blue. But in the Old World one cannot walk through a thicket or along a beach without tangling his feet in legend or history. It was from this high promontory that per sons who touched the altar of Apollo were cast to death on wave-washed rocks. A bishop of Curium who jumped to self martyrdom was later found with a crown on his head and a palm branch in his hand, miraculous passports to a Christian burial. PHOTOGRAPHING MODERN APHRODITES IN VEILS The site of the Aphrodite temple is at Old Paphos, now Kouklia, a humble vil lage with a jumble of walls that has long defied savants to unravel its mystery. There are megalithic remains in black stone and many solid cubical tributes to Venus graven with dedications to the goddess. The deadness of the ruins was accentu atedbytheflame ofaredrobeonaMos lem porch. The costume, at that distance, seemed worthy of Aphrodite herself, in her more sheltered moments. Religion again, but touched with self interest. Could the woman hide her face in her veil? She could. Could she have a companion beside her? I agreed. Fol lowed much fluttering, as if a connoisseur were about to disclose a treasure. But one thing was final. This veiled Venus posi tively would not go to the Venus temple. There was an old sarcophagus at hand, and against that my modern Aphrodites stood, improved by their veils. A little girl, coming up, added so much to the pulchritude that after she arrived I did not have the courage to save a plate and leave the picture untaken (see lower Color Plate IV). New Paphos, so called because it was not founded until Agapenor was blown ashore here on his return from the siege of Troy, is the place where St. Paul over came the sorceries of Elymas with better ones and converted Sergius Paulus to Christianity. Baedeker says: "The old streets of the town are bordered with whole rows of houses with Gothic portals, now conceal ing nothing more than one or two wretched dwelling rooms."