mythologyofthepoetandthemuse

mythologyofthepoetandthemuse:

~Ah me, how sudden have the storms of Fate,
Beyond all thought, all apprehension, burst
On my devoted head! O Fortune, Fortune!
With what relentless fury hath thy hand
Hurl’d desolation on the Persian race!
Wo unsupportable! The torturing thought
Of our lost youth comes rushing on my mind,
And sinks me to the ground. O Jove, that
Had died with those brave men that died in fight I~
"The Persians" by Aeschylus.

How daring and innovative sounds till our days a writer to dedicate a whole play to  the enemies of his country, that’s Aeschylus’ case when writing “The Persians”, an antiwar cry against greed and obstinance of mind. King Xerxes is no equal in glory compared to his godlike father Darius but he has to find that out in the most bitter way by sacrificing the youth and future of great Persia. The venerable mother of Xerxes, Atossa refinds her son after his defeat and humilation but she can feel no comfort in the thought that her son is responsible for the loss of many, a mother can only bare while remaining wise inside her grief. Aeschylus writes while he has no intention to underestimate the magnitude of the persian suffering, on the contrary he feels for them conveying an ageless message, a message against blind power and violence of the numbers, one we know very well in our modernity as well. Some warnings are forever, let’s stop now and listen…

In the photos: “The Persians” as presented by The National Theatre of Northern Greece, in the role of Darius’ ghost the legendary greek actor Yannis Fertis. One of the most enjoyable aspects of greek summer is the plethora of options the audience has when choosing to see theatrical adaptations of ancient greek plays and most of those plays speak with the words of the past a language of today.

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epoxhtwneikonwn:

No country for the young men: Contemporary Greek Art in Times of Crisis

Palais des Beaux-Arts (Bozar)- Βρυξέλλες

Στην έκθεση συμμετείχαν οι καλλιτέχνες: Λουκία Αλαβάνου, Μανώλης Αναστασάκος & Αλέξανδρος Βασμουλάκης, Ειρήνη Βουρλούμη, Μπιλ Μπαλάσκας, Ειρήνη Ευσταθίου, Στέλιος Φαϊτάκης, Αλέξανδρος Γεωργίου, Μαρίνα Γιώτη, Φίλιππος Γραμματικόπουλος, Μιχάλης Καλλιμόπουλος, Διονύσης Καβαλλιεράτος, Πάνος Κοκκινιάς, Άλκης Κωνσταντινίδης, Ζήσης Κοτιώνης, Νίκος Ναυρίδης, Στεφανία Στρούζα, Μαρία Παπαδημητρίου, Αντώνης Πίττας, Poka Yio, Λίνα Θεοδώρου, Πάνος Τσαγκάρης, Κώστας Τσώλης, Δημήτρης Τσουμπλέκας, Κωστής Βελώνης, Ζάφος Ξαγοράρης, Γιώργος Ζώης.

Τετάρτη, 17.9 στις 19:15 στη ΝΕΡΙΤ

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mediumaevum:

The Madrid Skylitzes is a richly illustrated illuminated manuscript of the Synopsis of Histories (Σύνοψις Ἱστοριῶν), by John Skylitzes, which covers the reigns of the Byzantine emperors from the death of Nicephorus I in 811 to the deposition of Michael IV in 1057. The manuscript was produced in Sicily in the 12th century.
image: fol. 108r: Tsar Symeon I of Bulgaria defating the Byzantine army, led by Procopius Crenites and Curtacius the Armenian in Macedonia

mediumaevum:

The Madrid Skylitzes is a richly illustrated illuminated manuscript of the Synopsis of Histories (Σύνοψις Ἱστοριῶν), by John Skylitzes, which covers the reigns of the Byzantine emperors from the death of Nicephorus I in 811 to the deposition of Michael IV in 1057. The manuscript was produced in Sicily in the 12th century.

image: fol. 108r: Tsar Symeon I of Bulgaria defating the Byzantine army, led by Procopius Crenites and Curtacius the Armenian in Macedonia