Greece 1900-01 51-2d Surcharges On Olympics Set of 5 Stamps MLH Michel 118/22
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Fresh, all mint lightly hinged except the stamp 2d on 10d which is mint unhinged.
The 25 on 40 L. denomination commemorative Greek stamps features an ancient Greek amphora showing Pallas Athene (Minerva). Pallas Athene or Athena was the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom, courage, civilization, law and justice, and the arts and crafts. She is the patroness of the city of Athens, which is named after her, and the Parthenon on the Acropolis to her. As an Olympian goddess, she ranks only below Zeus and Hera in importance.
The 5 on 1 D. denomination commemorative Greek stamp features a depiction of Panathinaiko Stadium, with the Acropolis in the background. Panathinaiko Stadium is a multi-purpose sports stadium in Athens, which was used for the 1896 and 2004 Olympic Games. It is actually an ancient Greek stadium, originally built in 566 B.C. and then rebuilt in marble in 329 B.C. The stadium was renovated in 1869 and in 1895. This 2,580 year old structure is still in use, and it is the only existing sports stadium in the world that is built entirely of marble.
The 50 on 2 D. denomination commemorative Greek stamp, features the 4th Century B.C. statue of Hermes holding the infant Dionysus by Praxiteles. The statue is now in the Archeological Museum at Olympia. Praxiteles was a renowned Attican sculptor of the 4th Century B.C. He was the first sculptor to create a life-sized statue of a female. Oddly, the word "praxiteles" in Greek means "he who finishes his works".
The 1 on 5 D. denomination commemorative Greek stamp, features the 450 B.C. statue of Nike (Victory)by Paeonius. Paeonius of Mende was a Greek sculptor of the late 5th Century B.C. Though from northern Greece, his work reflects Athenian stylistic training. The statue shown on the stamp is from the Temple of Zeus in Olympia.
The 2 on 10 D. denomination commemorative Greek stamp features the Acropolis and the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel, rising high above the city. The temples of the Acropolis were mostly constructed during the 5th Century B.C., under the direction of Pericles (495-429 B.C.).
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