Attic light

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The Parthenon at dusk

The lighting conditions in Athens and Attica are called Attic light , as they have been praised since ancient times and are associated with the special features of the city. The ancient writer Aelius Aristides wrote that from a distance you can see a crown of light over the city. Erhart Kästner described the light as yellow-gold.

The term describes the lighting conditions on the one hand, and metaphorically on the other hand a certain liberal attitude. Martin Pollich said to Martin Luther : "Here in Eastern Elbe there is no Attic light, but far from Rome and in a barren landscape you can think more freely."


  • Gerhard Lohse, Horst Ohde: Messages from the land of the lotophages: On the relationship between antiquity and German post-war literature. In: Hephaestus . Volume 4, 1982, pp. 139-170, here: p. 143.
  • Lambert Schneider : The body as art - 'Greek' body stagings by Winckelmann up to the 20th century. In: Gerhard Lohse, Martin Schierbaum (Ed.): Antiquity as a staging. Third Bruno Snell Symposium of the University of Hamburg at the Europa-Kolleg. De Gruyter, Berlin et al. 2009, pp. 71–128.


  1. Aelius Aristides , Orationes 1 (= Panathenaikos ), 353.
  2. Erhart Kästner: Ölberge, Weinberge: Ein Greece-Buch . Insel-Verlag. Frankfurt a. M., p. 95.
  3. Article in “Die Zeit” from 2008