Safeguarding Albania's Vulnerable Bull
April 3, 2009 10:52 PM Subscribe
"Soon were the lofty peaks of Corcyra lost to view;Founded by Trojans, populated by Chaonians, a sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius, colonized by the Greeks and Romans, sacked by the Goths, ruled by the Slavs, the Byzantine Empire and the Turks, taken by Manfred of Hohenstaufen, purchased by the Most Serene Republic of Venice, invaded by Ali Pasha and Suleiman the Magnificent, eventually becoming a place of refuge for the likes of Casanova and for hunters and painters, the ancient city of Butrint, a microcosm of Mediterranean history, is a World Heritage Site within a National Park which includes a Wetland of International Importance all of which is being kept alive by a partnership of local, national and international organizations . Come and explore Butrint.
We coasted along Epirus, and coming to the Chaonian
Harbour, we drew near Buthrotum, that hill city."
- The Aenid - Book III, Virgil (trans. Cecil Day Lewis)
Vouthroton, ΒΟΥΘΡΩΤΟΝ - ΒΟΥΣ/Vous = bull + ΤΡΩΤΟΝ/troton = vulnerable (from here).
In the Footsteps of Aeneas: Five Years at Butrint from Archaeology Magazine.
How the Goddess lost her head: the myth and reality of the looting of Butrint.
Butrint National Park is home to some of the world's most endangered species, including the Slender-billed Curlew, the Loggerhead Turtle, the Leatherback Turtle and the Mediterranean Monk Seal.
For additional visual stimulation here is a flickr slideshow and a YouTube video.
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