Eridanos was one of the rivers that irrigated the Athenian basin since prehistory together with Ilissos and Kiphisos. Its violent flux and (unstable) route through the centre of the densely populated city were the main reasons that led to its (subterranean in parts) canalization in different periods, since antiquity. Major intervention was its mud-brick vault covering, in Hadrian’s time (2nd c. AD) and its conversion to a sewer.
Today, it is one of the city’s invisible natural elements, almost unknown to the Athenians, and only indicated through subtle signs.
The article is a day’s route along Eridanos’ riverbed, describing τηε afore mentioned signs, the recently excavated remains in METRO stations (i.e. Syndagma Sq., Monastiraki) together with references drawn from the ancient writers and older excavations (i.e. in Kerameikos).
The complete article will be posted soon