Sunday, January 12, 2014

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Ancient Greek Clothes

Ancient clothes resulted from the basic raw materials, vital, vegetable or even metal, with most important of all the wool, the flax and the silk. For the weaving of all these raw materials ancient Greeks used the vertical loom with weights. The buckrams that resulted, depending on the type of clothing for which they were intended, were then sewed with rafides or needles, cupreous, iron or made of bone. Contrary to the Minoan and the Mycenaean period at the duration of which certain cutting and sewing was required for the production of clothes, in the archaic period and on clothing had as their base a rectangular buckram as this came out from the loom or a rectangular piece made of many different pieces sewed together.

The Oracle of Delphi

Placed in the center of Greece, north of the Gulf of Corinth, the sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi represented, for centuries, the most sought and famous oracle of the ancient world. The spiritual influence and the magic connotations the oracle caused in the mind of the people made the city located at the base of the Parnassos Mountain to be considered an "omphalos" (center of the world) of the antiquity. The Greek mythology says that Zeus released two eagles to fly into the heights from the both ends of the Universe. The meeting place of the eagles, over the rocks called Phadriade (the Shinning Ones), Rose and Hot, on the Parnassus Mountain, was considered the central point of the world. 

Chronos - Χρόνος

Chronos  was the primeval god of time, a divinity who emerged self-formed at the beginning of creation in the Orphic cosmogonies. Chronos was imagined as an incorporeal god, serpentine in form, with three heads--that of a man, a bull, and a lion. He and his consort, serpentine Ananke (Inevitability), circled the primal world-egg in their coils and split it apart to form the ordered universe of earth, sea and sky. Chronos and Ananke continued to circle the cosmos after creation-their passage driving the circling of heaven and the eternal passage of time.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

NASA, Vangelis, and Zeus

Back in 2001, a truly historic and astounding event took place in Athens, Greece.  A concert. It wasn't just any concert--those happen all the time.  No.  This concert was absolutely beyond description.  To say Vangelis is a world renowned musician is a colossal understatement.  Already known for majestically shattering, molding, reshaping, and reconstructing the senses of his audiences, this concert would have Vangelis literally reaching for the stars

Vangelis Papathanasiou - Mythodea Movement 1, English Lyrics

"Mythodea: Music for the NASA Mission: 2001 Mars Odyssey" is a choral symphony by the Greek electronic composer Vangelis performed at the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens on June 28, 2001. Mythodea was made the official theme music of the mission involving the NASA unmanned spacecraft orbiting the planet Mars.