Do you Look Deeper?

By David Porter | 22nd of August 2014
Do you Look Deeper?

During his lifetime, legendary Greek poet and scholar C.P. Cavafy was an obscure poet, living in relative seclusion in Alexandria, Egypt and publishing little of his work. A short collection of his poetry was privately printed in the early 1900s and reprinted with new verse a few years later, but that was the extent of his published poetry.

Beloved Greek actress and singer Melina Mercouri, who was exiled from Greece during the military junta, met her second husband, Jules Dassin, in France during her exile. A former actor in Yiddish stage production in New York, Dassin directed Mercouri in two Academy Award winning films, Never on Sunday (1960) and Topkapi (1964).

Michael Cacoyiannis, who directed Zorba the Greek, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1964, was born in Limassol, Cyprus. HIs parents paid for him to travel to London, after high school, so he could study law.

The incredible Deste Collection of modern art, in Athens, started as the private art collection of Cypriot entrepreneur Dakis Ioannou.

George Seferis, awarded the Nobel Prize for poetry in 1963, loved Cyprus. In 1953 he "discovered" Cyprus, a place "where the miracle still works", and in 1955 he published Logbook III, which contains poems inspired by the ancient and modern history of the island. Many of the poems, "Helen", "Salamis of Cyprus", "The Demon of Fortification" and "Engomi" are considered classics. He also took many photographs of the island and its landscapes.

The Mariana Trench, in the Pacific Ocean, is the deepest point on Earth, deeper than the height of Mount Everest above sea level. It is five times longer than the Grand Canyon and includes some 50,532,102 acres of virtually unknown characteristics. The deepest point in the Mediterranean Sea is Calypso Deep, in the Ionian, at 5,267 meters. How deep is space? If you could somehow hitch a ride on a photon, the fastest thing in the cosmos, you’d still never reach the edge of the Universe, even if it had one, because the edge would be receding away from you faster than you could reach it.