Friday, December 2, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
At the Kosmos Society 1 the Attica Greek study-group is translating excerpts of Xenophon’s Anabasis .2 The book is about the campaign of Cyrus the Younger, to wrestle the Persian throne from his brother Artaxerxes II. Meanwhile the Book Club this month is Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War. Both books cover the same historical period and often the same characters. Thucydides loses by this comparison.
- “Spartan feeling was at that time very friendly towards Athens on account of the patriotism which she had displayed in the struggle with the Mede.” What's Patriotism mean here?
- General Pausanias, Sparta Governor of Byzantium and brutal liberator of the Ionians was charged with many things. “The charge of Medism formed one of the principal, and to all appearance one of the best founded articles against him." So what does Medism mean?
- So, according to Xenophon, 80 years after the fall of Troy the Dorians and Heraclides became masters of Peloponnesia
- There were no navies of any account in Hellas until the expedition of Xerxes
- Sparta had the same government for 400 years
- The statue of Athena in the Parthenon contained forty talents of pure gold in her jewelry and it was all removable.”
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- From John William White's First Greek Book)
Friday, November 18, 2016
Pallas Athena reigning over the Great Dionysia where all the famous Ancient Greek tragedies were performed. More specifically in this case the Radio City Music Hall and its Christmas Spectacular. Here is the line to get in to see the Rockettes perform.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Monday, October 31, 2016
There is a precedent for such racial prejudice. Jenny Strauss Clay observed “Gaia, whose lineage remains completely separate from that of Chaos – intercourse between these two fundamentally opposite cosmic entities seems impossible”. The Fates decreed that some specific members of these clans could not meet. (Please see TFBT: The Divine Aversion to Death and Nyctophobia
In the beginning Earth, Gaia, produced the primordial god of the sea, Pontus. Their children were the ancient sea gods of the Aegean and Mediterranean, among them Nereus and the great sea-monsters that frolicked there. These are the Pontides. Next, she produced Uranus, the starry sky. Their children would include Cronus, future king of the gods and Oceanus, the personification of the great fresh-water river that encircled the world. These are the Titans. The Titans in turn were parents of the second-generation Titans including those latter called Olympians.
To Bed a Sea Monster