Hellenismo

The true roots of Europe
Le vere radici dell'Europa

April 24, 2014 3:24 pm
The wedding of Ariadne(Roman mosaic, II BC; on sale….)

The wedding of Ariadne
(Roman mosaic, II BC; on sale….)

3:18 pm
Ἕκτη Φθίνοντος/ Ἕκτη μετ’εἰκάδας, XXV dayFrom today’s sunset: twenty-fifth day of Mounychion.Since for today there are no other religious prescriptions, apart from the daily ones, we honor Zeus in His sacred day.(Mosaic of Zeus and Ganymede, Roman, mid-Imperial. On loan from a private collection, Belgium- Metropolitan Museum…)

Ἕκτη Φθίνοντος/ Ἕκτη μετ’εἰκάδας, XXV day
From today’s sunset: twenty-fifth day of Mounychion.
Since for today there are no other religious prescriptions, apart from the daily ones, we honor Zeus in His sacred day.

(Mosaic of Zeus and Ganymede, Roman, mid-Imperial. On loan from a private collection, Belgium- Metropolitan Museum…)

3:17 pm April 23, 2014 3:02 pm
EreticaMente: Atlantide: il modello per immagini e simboli – I^ parte
“A quel Dio, che di fatto è nato un tempo nella realtà ma che ora è rinato da poco nelle (nostre) parole, io rivolgo preghiere perché ci garantisca la conservazione, tra tutto ciò che è stato detto, di quelle cose che sono state dette con misura, e se, senza avvedercene, dicemmo qualcosa di stonato su di loro, di infliggere la giusta pena. Ma giusta punizione è rendere intonato colui che stona; affinché dunque in futuro facciamo discorsi corretti sull’origine degli Dei, preghiamo di fornirci la conoscenza, potentissimo ed efficacissimo fra i rimedi. Dopo aver così pregato, lasciamo, conformemente a quanto convenuto, il seguito del ragionamento a Crizia …”
Platone, Crizia 106 a- b
3:01 pm
Ἑβδόμη Φθίνοντος/ Ἑβδόμη μετ’εἰκάδας, XXIV dayFrom today’s sunset: twenty-fourth day of Mounychion.Since for today there are no other religious prescriptions, apart from the daily ones, we honor Hermes in His sacred day.(Hermes attending to a rite in the Delos Island. The God is represented near a woman, named Delos, and seated on an “omphalos”. Made in Athens, 450-400 BC, found in the Spina Necropolis, Ferrara, Archaeological Museum)

Ἑβδόμη Φθίνοντος/ Ἑβδόμη μετ’εἰκάδας, XXIV day
From today’s sunset: twenty-fourth day of Mounychion.
Since for today there are no other religious prescriptions, apart from the daily ones, we honor Hermes in His sacred day.

(Hermes attending to a rite in the Delos Island. The God is represented near a woman, named Delos, and seated on an “omphalos”. Made in Athens, 450-400 BC, found in the Spina Necropolis, Ferrara, Archaeological Museum)

April 22, 2014 3:12 pm
Ὀγδόη Φθίνοντος/ Ὀγδόη μετ’εἰκάδας, XXIII dayFrom today’s sunset: twenty-third day of Mounychion.Since for today there are no religious prescriptions, apart from the daily ones, we honor only Lord Ares in His sacred day.(Ares and the Dioscuroi attacking the Titans; 400 BCE circa; Athens, National Archaeological Museum)

Ὀγδόη Φθίνοντος/ Ὀγδόη μετ’εἰκάδας, XXIII day
From today’s sunset: twenty-third day of Mounychion.
Since for today there are no religious prescriptions, apart from the daily ones, we honor only Lord Ares in His sacred day.

(Ares and the Dioscuroi attacking the Titans; 400 BCE circa; Athens, National Archaeological Museum)

April 21, 2014 3:25 pm
Ἐνάτη Φθίνοντος/ Ἐνάτη μετ’εἰκάδας, XXII dayFrom today’s sunset: twenty-second day of Mounychion.The twenty-second day is always sacred to Athena.21 April 753 a.e.v - 21 April ‘2014’- Celebration of the foundation of Rome!!!(Goddess Roma- Italy, Rome)

Ἐνάτη Φθίνοντος/ Ἐνάτη μετ’εἰκάδας, XXII day

From today’s sunset: twenty-second day of Mounychion.
The twenty-second day is always sacred to Athena.

21 April 753 a.e.v - 21 April ‘2014’- Celebration of the foundation of Rome!!!

(Goddess Roma- Italy, Rome)

April 19, 2014 3:20 pm
Εἰκοστή/ Εἰκὰς/ Εἰκοσάδες, XX dayFrom today’s sunset: twentieth day of Mounychion.Sacred Εἰκὰς: the twentieth of each month is always sacred to Apollo and Athena. Monthly festival dedicated to Lord Apollo.Sacrifice to Leucaspis (calendar of Erchia)"While Heracles was making the circuit of Sicily at this time he came to the city which is now Syracuse, and on learning what the myth relates about the Rape of Corê he offered sacrifices to the Goddesses on a magnificent scale, and after dedicating to Her the fairest bull of his herd and casting it in the spring Cyanê, he commanded the natives to sacrifice each year to Corê and to conduct at Cyanê a festive gathering and a sacrifice in splendid fashion. He then passed with his cattle through the interior of the island, and when the native Sicani opposed him in great force, he overcame them in a notable battle and slew many of their number, among whom, certain writers of myths relate, were also some distinguished generals who receive the honours accorded to Heroes even to this day, such as Leucaspis, Pediacrates, Buphonas, Glychatas, Bytaeas, and Crytidas.Diod. Sic. IV 23"On the great twentieth, in full day, a wise man should be born. Such a one is very sound-witted.""He (Hesiod) calls it ‘great’ because it contains most of the days of the month; therefore all the day is suitable for birth, or he (Hesiod) has called it ‘great’, as if it were completing great undertakings. The one who is generated in this day is very virtuous and learned."Hesiod and scholia, Erga, 792(Mosaic in the temple of Apollo at Letoon, Lycia, a recent replacement of the original mosaic- the original can now be seen in the Fethiye Museum..)

Εἰκοστή/ Εἰκὰς/ Εἰκοσάδες, XX day
From today’s sunset: twentieth day of Mounychion.
Sacred Εἰκὰς: the twentieth of each month is always sacred to Apollo and Athena. Monthly festival dedicated to Lord Apollo.

Sacrifice to Leucaspis (calendar of Erchia)
"While Heracles was making the circuit of Sicily at this time he came to the city which is now Syracuse, and on learning what the myth relates about the Rape of Corê he offered sacrifices to the Goddesses on a magnificent scale, and after dedicating to Her the fairest bull of his herd and casting it in the spring Cyanê, he commanded the natives to sacrifice each year to Corê and to conduct at Cyanê a festive gathering and a sacrifice in splendid fashion. He then passed with his cattle through the interior of the island, and when the native Sicani opposed him in great force, he overcame them in a notable battle and slew many of their number, among whom, certain writers of myths relate, were also some distinguished generals who receive the honours accorded to Heroes even to this day, such as Leucaspis, Pediacrates, Buphonas, Glychatas, Bytaeas, and Crytidas.
Diod. Sic. IV 23

"On the great twentieth, in full day, a wise man should be born. Such a one is very sound-witted."
"He (Hesiod) calls it ‘great’ because it contains most of the days of the month; therefore all the day is suitable for birth, or he (Hesiod) has called it ‘great’, as if it were completing great undertakings. The one who is generated in this day is very virtuous and learned."
Hesiod and scholia, Erga, 792

(Mosaic in the temple of Apollo at Letoon, Lycia, a recent replacement of the original mosaic- the original can now be seen in the Fethiye Museum..)

April 18, 2014 4:10 pm
Ἐνάτη Μεσοῦντος/ Ἐνάτη ἐπὶ δέκα / Ἐννεακαιδεκάτη, XIX dayFrom today’s sunset: nineteenth day of Mounychion.The nineteenth is always dedicated to purifications and apotropaic rites.Olympia Athenon, Olympieia: “It was the nineteenth day of the month Mounychion, and the horsemen conducting the procession in honour of Zeus were passing by the prison. Some of them took off their garlands, and others gazed at the door of the prison with tears in their eyes. And it was thought by all those whose souls were not wholly savage and debauched by rage and jealousy, that an impious thing had been done in not waiting over that day, and so keeping the city pure from a public execution when it was holding festival.” (Plut. Phoc. 37.1)"Games of Zeus", equestrian and athletic (added later by Emperor Hadrian to celebrate the completion of the Temple) competitions.Anthippasia, main contest at the Olympieia (cfr. IG II² 3079)"When the Hippodrome is the scene of the display, the right plan would be that the men should first be drawn up on a front broad enough to fill the Hippodrome with horses and drive out the people standing there. In the sham fight when the regiments pursue and fly from one another at the gallop in two squadrons of five regiments, each side led by its commander, the regiments should ride through one another. How formidable they will look when they charge front to front; how imposing when, after sweeping across the Hippodrome, they stand facing one another again; how splendid, when the trumpet sounds and they charge once more at a quicker pace! After the halt, the trumpet should sound once more, and they should charge yet a third time at top speed; and when they have crossed, they should all range themselves in battle line preparatory to being dismissed, and ride up to the Council, just as you are accustomed to do."(Xen. Cav. 3.10-12)(Horseman with birds and a winged figure, perhaps Nike. Lakonian black-figured kylix, ca. 550–530 BC. Now in the British Museum..)

Ἐνάτη Μεσοῦντος/ Ἐνάτη ἐπὶ δέκα / Ἐννεακαιδεκάτη, XIX day

From today’s sunset: nineteenth day of Mounychion.
The nineteenth is always dedicated to purifications and apotropaic rites.

Olympia Athenon, Olympieia: “It was the nineteenth day of the month Mounychion, and the horsemen conducting the procession in honour of Zeus were passing by the prison. Some of them took off their garlands, and others gazed at the door of the prison with tears in their eyes. And it was thought by all those whose souls were not wholly savage and debauched by rage and jealousy, that an impious thing had been done in not waiting over that day, and so keeping the city pure from a public execution when it was holding festival.” (Plut. Phoc. 37.1)
"Games of Zeus", equestrian and athletic (added later by Emperor Hadrian to celebrate the completion of the Temple) competitions.

Anthippasia, main contest at the Olympieia (cfr. IG II² 3079)
"When the Hippodrome is the scene of the display, the right plan would be that the men should first be drawn up on a front broad enough to fill the Hippodrome with horses and drive out the people standing there. In the sham fight when the regiments pursue and fly from one another at the gallop in two squadrons of five regiments, each side led by its commander, the regiments should ride through one another. How formidable they will look when they charge front to front; how imposing when, after sweeping across the Hippodrome, they stand facing one another again; how splendid, when the trumpet sounds and they charge once more at a quicker pace! After the halt, the trumpet should sound once more, and they should charge yet a third time at top speed; and when they have crossed, they should all range themselves in battle line preparatory to being dismissed, and ride up to the Council, just as you are accustomed to do."
(Xen. Cav. 3.10-12)

(Horseman with birds and a winged figure, perhaps Nike. Lakonian black-figured kylix, ca. 550–530 BC. Now in the British Museum..)

April 17, 2014 1:35 pm
Ὀγδόη Μεσοῦντος/ Ὀγδόη ἐπὶ δέκα / Όκτωκαιδεκάτη, XVIII dayFrom today’s sunset: eighteenth day of Mounychion.The eighteenth day is always dedicated to purifications and apotropaic rites."The traditional laws of the Athenians have attributed the eighteenth as well as the nineteenth to the lustral and apotropaic rituals, as told by Philochorus and <***>, both interpreters of the uses of their Ancestors. So, perhaps for this reason, Hesiod says that this day is sacred, and especially after noon, because this part of the day is suitable for the purifications…"Scholia Erga, 810Offering to Eurysakes (Sacrificial Calendar of the Salaminioi)(Ritual scene between a laver and an altar; hydria from Campania, 350 - 340 BCE; now in the Staatliche Museum in Dresden, Germany…)

Ὀγδόη Μεσοῦντος/ Ὀγδόη ἐπὶ δέκα / Όκτωκαιδεκάτη, XVIII day

From today’s sunset: eighteenth day of Mounychion.
The eighteenth day is always dedicated to purifications and apotropaic rites.

"The traditional laws of the Athenians have attributed the eighteenth as well as the nineteenth to the lustral and apotropaic rituals, as told by Philochorus and <***>, both interpreters of the uses of their Ancestors. So, perhaps for this reason, Hesiod says that this day is sacred, and especially after noon, because this part of the day is suitable for the purifications…"
Scholia Erga, 810

Offering to Eurysakes (Sacrificial Calendar of the Salaminioi)

(Ritual scene between a laver and an altar; hydria from Campania, 350 - 340 BCE; now in the Staatliche Museum in Dresden, Germany…)