Picture: Amphora found near Crete. naava.org
“On my first trip criss-crossing the Aegean, I was nursing an ouzo in a small glass and staring into the water, when I suddenly understood the meaning of Homer’s ‘wine-dark sea.’ Homer wasn’t saying that the sea was the color of wine. He was saying that the sea had the depths found in a cup of wine: that it was mysterious, hypnotic, dangerous. It drew you in, and you could lose yourself in it.” – Mary Norris, “Greek to Me” January 14, 2019 New Yorker.