Research in Encoding And Decoding of
Nomikos Conference Centre
16-20 June 2020
Olive trees are less common on Santorini than elsewhere in Greece, but they retain thier status as a central symbol of the area, stretching back to the importance associated with Athena's gift of an olive tree to the city of Greece during her competition with Poseidon to become its namesake. Poseidon, with his gift of a spring that turned to brine, lost ignominously. In this photo, we see a young tree, growing in a planter near the edge of a hotel's property, is fruiting with olives. The silvery underside of its elongated simple leaves in contrast with the dark, upper surface colored in characteristic olive drab.