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ΘΙΑΣΟΙΣ ΕΝ ΜΕΣΟΙΣΙΝ

ΘΙΑΣΟΙΣ ΕΝ ΜΕΣΟΙΣΙΝ | LOCI AMŒNI | Scoop.it

Greek God Dionysus and Maenads , by Cristian Baitg . 


Ἔκδημος ὢν μὲν τῆσδ᾽ ἐτύγχανον χθονός, 

κλύω δὲ νεοχμὰ τήνδ᾽ ἀνὰ πτόλιν κακά, 

γυναῖκας ἡμῖν δώματ᾽ ἐκλελοιπέναι 

πλασταῖσι βακχείαισιν, ἐν δὲ δασκίοις 

ὄρεσι θοάζειν, τὸν νεωστὶ δαίμονα

Διόνυσον, ὅστις ἔστι, τιμώσας χοροῖς: 

πλήρεις δὲ θιάσοις ἐν μέσοισιν ἑστάναι 

κρατῆρας, ἄλλην δ᾽ ἄλλοσ᾽ εἰς ἐρημίαν 

πτώσσουσαν εὐναῖς ἀρσένων ὑπηρετεῖν, 

πρόφασιν μὲν ὡς δὴ μαινάδας θυοσκόους, 

τὴν δ᾽ Ἀφροδίτην πρόσθ᾽ ἄγειν τοῦ Βακχίου. 

(Εὐριπίδης, Βάκχαι 215-225)

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ΟΥΔΕ Μ᾽ ΕΘΕΛΞΕ

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Goddess Circe , photo by Cristian Baitg . 


Tεῦχε δέ μοι κυκεῶ χρυσέῳ δέπαι, ὄφρα πίοιμι, 

ἐν δέ τε φάρμακον ἧκε, κακὰ φρονέουσ᾽ ἐνὶ θυμῷ. 

αὐτὰρ ἐπεὶ δῶκέν τε καὶ ἔκπιον, οὐδέ μ᾽ ἔθελξε... 

(Ὅμηρος, Ὀδύσσεια X, 316-8)

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LARENTIAE VXORI EDVCANDOS

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The childhood of Romulus and Remus , by Gregorio Lazzarini (1657-1730).


Tenet fama, cum fluitantem alveum, quo expositi erant pueri, tenuis in sicco aqua destituisset, lupam sitientem ex montibus, qui circa sunt, ad puerilem vagitum cursum flexisse; eam summissas infantibus adeo mitem praebuisse mammas, ut lingua lambentem pueros magister regii pecoris invenerit —Faustulo fuisse nomen ferunt—; ab eo ad stabula Larentiae uxori educandos datos. (T.Livius, Ab Urbe condita I,4,6-7)

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PARCAS CERIALIBVS HERBIS

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Flamen Quirinalis (Pompa Robigalia - LVDI SAGVNTINI MMXVII. Photo by Sergi V. Oliver)

‘Aspera Robigo, parcas Cerialibus herbis, 
et tremat in summa leve cacumen humo. 
tu sata sideribus caeli nutrita secundis 
crescere, dum fiant falcibus apta, sinas. 
(...) 
parce, precor, scabrasque manus a messibus aufer 
neve noce cultis: posse nocere sat est. 
nec teneras segetes, sed durum amplectere ferrum, 
quodque potest alios perdere, perde prior. 
utilius gladios et tela nocentia carpes: 
nil opus est illis, otia mundus agit. 
 (P. Ovidius Naso, Fasti IV, 907-42)
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ΤΗΝ ΚΟΜΗΝ ΑΥΤΗΣ ΕΘΑΥΜΑΣΕΝ

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Τότε πρῶτον Δάφνις καὶ τὴν κόμην αὐτῆς ἐθαύμασεν ὅτι ξανθή, καὶ τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς ὅτι μεγάλοι καθάπερ βοός, καὶ τὸ πρόσωπον ὅτι λευκότερον ἀληθῶς καὶ τοῦ τῶν αἰγῶν γάλακτος, ὥσπερ τότε πρῶτον ὀφθαλμοὺς κτησάμενος, τὸν δὲ πρότερον χρόνον πεπηρωμένος. (Λόγγος, Δάφνις καὶ Χλόη I,17,3)

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ΕΠΙ ΤΙ ΘΗΡΙΟΝ 

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Ὥστε τὸν Καίσαρα ἐπὶ μέν τι σὺν ὀργῇ καὶ βοῇ καθάπερ θηρίον ἐς ἕκαστον αὐτῶν ἐπιστρέφεσθαι... ( Ἀππιανὸς Ἀλεξανδρεύς, Ῥωμαικά II, 16, 117)

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CORPVS SOLIDVS INVENIES

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Tarraco viva, photo by Rafael López-Monné


Hic corpus solidus invenies, hic stare papillas

pectore marmoreo...

(G. Lucilius, Saturae XXIX, 859-60)

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QVID HIC?

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Pal. 

Hunc arrabonem amoris primum a me accipe. 

Pyrg. 

Quid hic? unde est? 

 Pal. 

A luculenta atque festiva femina, 

quae te amat tuamque expetessit pulcram pulcritudinem; 

eius nunc mi anulum ad te ancilla porro ut deferrem dedit. 

(T.Maccius Plautus, Miles gloriosus IV,1)

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ΑΚΡΑ ΤΟΥ ΤΑΥΓΕΤΟΥ

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Mt. Taygetus as seen from Mycenae , by gbaldwin204 .


Ἄκρα δὲ τοῦ Ταϋγέτου Ταλετὸν ὑπὲρ Βρυσεῶν ἀνέχει. ταύτην Ἡλίου καλοῦσιν ἱερὰν καὶ ἄλλα τε αὐτόθι Ἡλίῳ θύουσι καὶ ἵππους: τὸ δὲ αὐτὸ καὶ Πέρσας οἶδα θύειν νομίζοντας. (Παυσανίας, Ἑλλάδος περιήγησις III,20,4)

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INCIPE COGNOSCERE MATREM

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Incipe, parve puer, risu cognoscere matrem, 
 matri longa decem tulerunt fastidia menses. 
Incipe, parve puer, cui non risere parentes, 
nec deus hunc mensa, dea nec dignata cubili est. 
(P.Vergilius Maro, Eclogae IV, 60-64)
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SIES PROPITIVS

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Iane pater, te hac strue commovenda bonas preces precor, uti sies volens propitius mihi liberisque meis domo familiaeque meae  (M. Porcius Cato, De agri cultura, 134)

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ΑΓΡΗΙ ΤΕΡΠΟΜΕΝΗ

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Artemis (2011) by Alexey Golovin . 


Ἄρτεμιν ἀείδω χρυσηλάκατον, κελαδεινήν,  

παρθένον αἰδοίην, ἐλαφηβόλον, ἰοχέαιραν, 

αὐτοκασιγνήτην χρυσαόρου Ἀπόλλωνος, 

ἣ κατ᾽ ὄρη σκιόεντα καὶ ἄκριας ἠνεμοέσσας 

ἄγρῃ τερπομένη παγχρύσεα τόξα τιταίνει 

πέμπουσα στονόεντα βέλη... 

(Ὅμηρος, Εἲς Ἄρτεμιν 1-6)

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ΓΕΝΕΤ᾽ ΗΩΣ

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Mount Olymp, from Thessaloniki, by Kyriakos11 


ἀλλ᾽ ὅτε δή ῥ᾽ ἐκ τοῖο δυωδεκάτη γένετ᾽ ἠώς, 

καὶ τότε δὴ πρὸς Ὄλυμπον ἴσαν θεοὶ αἰὲν ἐόντες 

πάντες ἅμα, Ζεὺς δ᾽ ἦρχε: Θέτις δ᾽ οὐ λήθετ᾽ ἐφετμέων 

παιδὸς ἑοῦ, ἀλλ᾽ ἥ γ᾽ ἀνεδύσετο κῦμα θαλάσσης. 

ἠερίη δ᾽ ἀνέβη μέγαν οὐρανὸν Οὔλυμπόν τε. 

εὗρεν δ᾽ εὐρύοπα Κρονίδην ἄτερ ἥμενον ἄλλων 

ἀκροτάτῃ κορυφῇ πολυδειράδος Οὐλύμποιο 

(Ὅμηρος, Ἰλιάς I, 493-499)

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ΘΕΩΝ ΤΟΝ ΑΡΙΣΤΟΝ

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God Zeus , photo by Cristian Baitg . 


Ζῆνα θεῶν τὸν ἄριστον ἀείσομαι ἠδὲ μέγιστον,  

εὐρύοπα, κρείοντα, τελεσφόρον, ὅστε Θέμιστι 

ἐγκλιδὸν ἑζομένῃ πυκινοὺς ὀάρους ὀαρίζει. 

ἵληθ᾽, εὐρύοπα Κρονίδη, κύδιστε μέγιστε. 

(Ὅμηρος, Εἲς Ὕπατον Κρονίδην)

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SEXVS INSCIVS FERRI

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Hecate vs Boudicca , by TARRACO LVDVS - ( SAGVNTVM INVICTA , 30/5/2017) - Photo by Sergi V. Oliver


Stat sexus rudis insciusque ferri;  

ut pugnas capit improbus viriles! 

Credas ad Tanain ferumque Phasim 

Thermodontiaeas calere turmas. 

(P.Papinius Statius, Silvae I, 6, 53-6)

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NE VIOLA CEREREM

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Ceres or Robigo ?  (Pompa Robigalia - LVDI SAGVNTINI MMXVII . Photo by Sergi V. Oliver) 


At tu ne viola Cererem , semperque colonus 

absenti possit solvere vota tibi. 

(P. Ovidius Naso, Fasti IV, 931-2)

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ΑΦΡΟΔΙΤΗΝ ΑΠΟ ΑΥΤΗΣ ΕΠΛΑΣΑΤΟ

ΑΦΡΟΔΙΤΗΝ ΑΠΟ ΑΥΤΗΣ ΕΠΛΑΣΑΤΟ | LOCI AMŒNI | Scoop.it
The Colonna Venus, Roman marble copy of the Aphrodite of Cnidus by Praxiteles. 

Kαὶ Πραξιτέλης δὲ ὁ ἀγαλματοποιὸς ἐρῶν αὐτῆς τὴν Κνιδίαν Ἀφροδίτην ἀπ᾽αὐτῆς ἐπλάσατο καὶ ἐν τῇ τοῦ Ἔρωτος βάσει τῇ ὑπὸ τὴν σκηνὴν τοῦ θεάτρου ἐπέγραψε: 

Πραξιτέλης ὃν ἔπασχε διηκρίβωσεν Ἔρωτα, 
ἐξ ἰδίης ἕλκων ἀρχέτυπον κραδίης, 
Φρύνῃ μισθὸν ἐμεῖο διδοὺς ἐμέ. φίλτρα δὲ βάλλω 
οὐκέτ᾽ ὀιστεύων, ἀλλ᾽ ἀτενιζόμενος. 

 (Ἀθήναιος Nαυκρατίτης, Δειπνοσοφισταί XIII, 59)
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EXEMPLO GRAVI CONTVMELIA

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Carya, civitas Peloponnensis, cum Persis hostibus contra Graeciam consensit. Postea Graeci, per victoriam gloriose bello liberati, communi consilio Caryatibus bellum indixerunt. Itaque, oppido capto, viris interfectis, civitate deflagrata, matronas eorum in servitutem abduxerunt, nec sunt passi stolas neque ornatus matronales deponere, non uti una triumpho ducerentur, sed aeterna, servitutis exemplo gravi contumelia pressae poenas pendere viderentur pro civitate. (M.Vitruvius Pollio, De Architectura I,1,5)
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ΕΒΑΝ ΔΕ ΠΡΙΑΜΙΔΑΝ 

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The Judgement of Paris , by Alexey Golovin . 


Tαὶ δ᾽ ἐπεὶ ὑλόκομον νάπος ἤλυθον οὐρειᾶν 

πιδάκων νίψαν αἰ- 

γλᾶντα σώματα ῥοαῖς,

ἔβαν δὲ Πριαμίδαν ὑπερ- 

βολαῖς λόγων δυσφρόνων 

παραβαλλόμεναι, δολίοις δ᾽ ἕλε Κύπρις λόγοις, 

τερπνοῖς μὲν ἀκοῦσαι, 

πικρὰν δὲ σύγχυσιν βίου Φρυγῶν πόλει 

ταλαίνᾳ περγάμοις τε Τροίας. 

(Εὐριπίδης, Ἀνδρομάχη 284-92)

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DE TERTIA VIGILIA

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Gallic wars legionaries by Pax Augusta


Ubi per exploratores Caesar certior factus est tres iam partes copiarum Helvetios id flumen traduxisse, quartam vero partem citra flumen Ararim reliquam esse, de tertia vigilia cum legionibus tribus e castris profectus ad eam partem pervenit quae nondum flumen transierat. (C.Iulius Caesar, De bello Gallico I,12,2)

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ΣΠΑΡΤΗ ΚΑΛΕΙΤΑΙ 

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Sparte , published by Ancient Greece, Sparta & Troy


Συνῴκει δὲ ὁ Λακεδαίμων Σπάρτῃ θυγατρὶ τοῦ Εὐρώτα . τότε δὲ ὡς ἔσχε τὴν ἀρχήν, πρῶτα μὲν τῇ χώρᾳ καὶ τοῖς ἀνθρώποις μετέθετο ἀφ᾽ αὑτοῦ τὰ ὀνόματα, μετὰ δὲ τοῦτο ᾤκισέ τε καὶ ὠνόμασεν ἀπὸ τῆς γυναικὸς πόλιν, ἣ Σπάρτη καλεῖται καὶ ἐς ἡμᾶς. (Παυσανίας, Ἑλλάδος περιήγησις III,2,1)

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ΠΥΚΝΑ ΜΑΛΑ ΣΤΕΝΑΧΩΝ

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Painting by Walter Girotto.


 ...Aὐτὰρ Ἀχαιοὶ 

παννύχιοι Πάτροκλον ἀνεστενάχοντο γοῶντες. 

τοῖσι δὲ Πηλεΐδης ἁδινοῦ ἐξῆρχε γόοιο 

χεῖρας ἐπ᾽ ἀνδροφόνους θέμενος στήθεσσιν ἑταίρου 

πυκνὰ μάλα στενάχων... 

(Ὅμηρος, Ἰλιάς XVIII, 314-318)

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ΧΑΙΡΕ, Ω  ΔΙΟΝΥΣΕ

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Grey Bacchus Grapes Pose 3, by FantasyStock . 


Kαὶ σὺ μὲν οὕτω χαῖρε, πολυστάφυλ᾽ ὦ Διόνυσε: 

δὸς δ᾽ ἡμᾶς χαίροντας ἐς ὥρας αὖτις ἱκέσθαι, 

ἐκ δ᾽ αὖθ᾽ ὡράων εἰς τοὺς πολλοὺς ἐνιαυτούς. 

(Ὅμηρος, Homeric Hymns 26: Εἲς Διόνυσον 11-13)

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PRIVS FAMVLOS HONORANT

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A Roman Feast , by Roberto Bompiani.


Hoc enim festo religiosae domus prius famulos instructis tamquam ad usum domini dapibus honorant: et ita demum patribus familias mensae apparatus novatur. Insinuat igitur praesul famulitii coenae tempus et dominos iam vocare. (Macrobius Ambrosius Theodosius, Saturnalia I, 24,23)

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ΣΤΕΦΑΝΟΙΣ, Ω ΔΙΚΑ, ΠΕΡΘΕΣΘ'

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Photo by David Hamilton .


Σὺ δὲ στεφάνοις, ὦ Δίκα, περθέσθ' ἐράταις φόβαισιν, 

ὄρπακας ἀνήτοιο συν' ρραισ' ἀπάλαισι χέρσιν·

εὐάνθεσιν ἔκ γὰρ πέλεται καὶ χάριτος μακαιρᾶν 

μᾶλλον προτέρην· ἀστεφανώτοισι δ' ἀπυστρέφονται. 

(Σαπφώ, fr.78)

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