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Browsing Posts published in May, 2010

Cairo
23 May, 2010
Archeologists unearth 57 ancient tombs in Egypt, most boasting a painted sarcophagus and mummy
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Two illegally excavated rare sixth century sculptural masterpieces have been recovered by Greek police after a pair of farmers tried to sell them for 10 million euros (£8.56 million)… More…

Φοίνικας

Σαν Φοίνικας Ελλάδα μας κι εσύ
θα γεννηθείς ξανά μιαν ασπρη μέρα,
του κόσμου θα ξεπλύνεις τη ντροπή,
ύπουλων δανειστών πικρή φοβέρα!

Θα βγεις από τις στάχτες σαν πουλί,
που πρόβαλε από φωλιάς κρατήρες,
μονάχη σου θα ζώσεις το σπαθί,
χωρίς προστάτες, δανειστές, σωτήρες.

Ξανανιωμένη, πάλι δυνατή,
με χέρι σταθερό βιολί θα πιάσεις,
θα παίξεις νιο ρυθμό με προσοχή ,
τον κόσμο τον παλιό θα τον χαλάσεις!

Με μία νέας μοίρας μουσική
την οικουμένη συ θα σαγηνέψεις,
με κάλλος και σοφίας αρετή
τα πάτρια και πάλι θα λατρέψεις.

Δάσκαλοι, φωτοδότες κι αθλητές,
θα κατεβούν στης πάλης τον αγώνα,
με πείσμα στις αντίπαλες ορδές,
θα χτίσουνε ξανά τον Παρθενώνα!

Κι όσο γλυκά νιος Ήλιος θα φιλά,
σαν εραστής, τη Γαία τη Μητέρα,
Ελλάδας θα πετάγονται παιδιά,
σαν αστραπές από Διός αιθέρα!

Χ. Κ. Ε.

Phoenix

Like Phoenix, dear Hellas, you too will be
Reborn one sunny and bright day to come,
And the world will bow and blush in shame,
At what those insidious lenders have done!

You’ll come out of the ashes like that bird
That rose up from the nest that trapped it,
And you’ll live again by your own sword,
Without any sponsors, lenders, or saviors.

Young and powerful you’ll be once again,
Holding your violin with steady hands,
And you’ll play new rhythms carefully,
Calling the old world back from the deep!

And with its new musical guide,
The entire country will be beguiled,
And they will come out to worship again
Virtue’s pure beauty and its wisdom.

Teachers, athletic and full of light,
Will emerge to fight the good fight,
Rising above the babbling rabble,
Bringing back the Parthenon’s marbles!

And like a lover, the youthful Sun
Will sweetly kiss our Mother Earth,
And Hellenic children will spring forth
Like Zeus’ ethereal lightning bolt!

C.C.E.

Give Them Back!

Over the door of the Kabul (Afganistan) museum today is a Persian quotation:

A nation stays alive when its culture and history are kept alive

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British Museum, make it right. Give Them Back!

Just walking up the steps of Propylaea…you are in awe!
The great entrance…passing through the massive columns of Propyleae…
In early 1800s, Elgin the vandal…hacked and decapitated…the most renowned building in the world…
The Temple of Goddess Athena! …She Wants Them Back!
The Marble Sculptures belong to Her.
The Acropolis Museum…a marvel of Art and modern engineering…waiting for their return.
The old Athens under your feet…Ictinus and Callicrates with Phidias overlooking from the Parthenon as the Athenian sun bathes the creations of Phidias.
British Museum, make it right. Give Them Back!

Click image to watch the video – music: Mikis Theodorakis (4 minutes)

The Parthenon has always been the soul of Greece

“There’s little doubt that the Greeks became the corner stone of the edifice of the West. Their philosophy, science, technology, political theory, democracy, art, dramatic theater, architecture, literature, athletics and mythology gave rise to Western culture, a living and aspiring way of life for much of humanity…” More…

The lucky ones visiting the Acropolis this summer, will see the Parthenon without the ugly scaffolding. The equipment are being dismantled from the north side and the work reveals the middle eight columns (from 4th to 11th). Also removed the cement and rusted iron from past operations. Six marble metopes from the north side are replaced with copies, as the original works of Phidias are transferred to the Acropolis Museum.
The Propylaea is also free of scaffolding.

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