Monday, 25 May 2015
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
funerary or commemorative purposes. Stelae may be used for government notices or as territorial markers to mark borders or delineate land ownership. They very often have texts and may have decoration. This ornamentation may be inscribed, carved in relief (bas, high, etc.), or painted onto the slab. Traditional Western gravestones are technically stelae, but are very rarely described by the term
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Do you remember that I showed some cartoons by Heath Robinson (31 May 1872 – 13 September 1944) last year September ? I got several comments mentioning an American cartoonist, whose devices where just like those of Heath Robinson : complicated and too difficult to do simple jobs. His name entered the dictionary expressing that a device is impractical. The same happened with Rube Goldberg.
Wikipedia says:" Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg was born July 4, 1883 in San Francisco California to Jewish parents Max and Hannah Goldberg."
"A Rube Goldberg machine, contraption, invention, device, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883–1970).
Over the years, the expression has expanded to mean any confusing or complicated system. For example, news headlines include "Is Rep. Bill Thomas the Rube Goldberg of Legislative Reform?"and "Retirement 'insurance' as a Rube Goldberg machine".
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Tuesday, 5 May 2015
A Netherlands, B England, C Scotland D Norway, E Denmark, F Greece, G Egypt, H Australia, I France, J Israel.
|Kinderdijk, windmills, Netherlands 1|
|Israel 3 celebrating Purim|
|Australia 5 Coloured Sands|
|France 6 Francois Premier|
|Egypt 7 Pyramid|
|Israel 8 Archaeological park|
|England 9 Shakespeare lived here|
|Norway 10 Stave church in Borgund|
|Denmark 11 Church on Møn|
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC, and Roger, who took over from her. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with P.
|This is supposed to be the place where Lydia was baptized|
Paul in Philippi
Philippi apparently had only a small number of Jewish inhabitants and no synagogue. Consequently Shabbat worship was held outside the city on the Gangitis River. Here Paul met a group of women to whom he preached the gospel. Lydia, a merchant trading purple cloth, believed Paul's message and was baptized with members of her household. Subsequently Paul went and lived at her home.
Philippi is a mixure of many cultures : The Greek and the Roman cultures are the most important
Founded in the 4th c. B.C. and renamed after King Philip of Macedon, Philippi was an important outpost on the Egnation Way.
Philippi (Hellenic Ministry of Culture) Highlights the site's history, excavations,
and important monuments. Hosted by the government of Greece.
Mission in Philippi (The Unbound Bible) Briefly recounts the history of Philippi
and the biblical events that happened there in Acts 16.
Philippi (Christian Travel Study Programs) Summarizes the city's history,
biblical significance, and excavations.
The Battle of Philippi: The Battle that Changed the Course of Western Civilization
(Life and Land Seminars) Gordon Franz details the battle in which Mark Antony
and Octavian defeated Brutus and Cassius.
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
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The earliest account of the origin of the Delphic oracle is provided in the Homeric Hymn to Delphic Apollo, which recent scholarship dates within a narrow range, ca. 580–570 BC.
Apollo spoke through his oracle: the sibyl or priestess of the oracle at Delphi was known as the Pythia; she had to be an older woman of blameless life chosen from among the peasants of the area. She sat on a tripod seat over an opening in the earth. When Apollo slew Python, its body fell into this fissure, according to legend, and fumes arose from its decomposing body. Intoxicated by the vapors, the Pythia would fall into a trance, allowing Apollo to possess her spirit. In this state she prophesied. It has been speculated that a gas high in ethylene, known to produce violent trances, came out of this opening, though this theory remains debatable
One theory states that a goat herder fed his flocks on Parnassus. It happened one day the goats started playing with great agility upon nearing a chasm in the rock; the goat herd noticing this held his head over the chasm causing the fumes to go to his brain; throwing him into a strange trance.
While in a trance the Pythia "raved" – probably a form of ecstatic speech – and her ravings were "translated" by the priests of the temple into elegant hexameters. People consulted the Delphic oracle on everything from important matters of public policy to personal affairs. The oracle could not be consulted during the winter months, for this was traditionally the time when Apollo would live among the Hyperboreans. Dionysus would inhabit the temple during his absence.
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
We didn't want to miss the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Although this was not a place where Paul was present, but it showed us what articles were used at his time.
The National Archaeological Museum in Athens houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide.
Wikipedia:Gorgons were popular images in Greek mythology, appearing in the earliest of written records of Ancient Greek religious beliefs such as those of Homer, which may date to as early as 1194–1184 BC. Because of their legendary and powerful gaze that could turn one to stone, images of the Gorgons were put upon objects and buildings for protection. An image of a Gorgon holds the primary location at the pediment of the temple at Corfu, which is the oldest stone pediment in Greece, and is dated to c. 600 BC.
Mycenaean civilization originated and evolved from the society and culture of the Early and Middle Helladic periods in mainland Greece. It emerged in circa 1600 BC when Helladic culture in mainland Greece was transformed under influences from Minoan Crete.
Here some examples of Mycenaean Art.
Other artefacts such as jewellery.
Ostracism. An interesting voting system!!
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Tuesday, 7 April 2015
By enlarging the photos you see more details.
Nearer to Heaven.....
High on the steep rocks of the Meteora area there are some monasteries and a nunnery.In the middle ages there were more of these buildings but now there are 6 monasteries left.
There were no stairs at the time to climb the rocks. Whatever the monks needed was put in a big net and the contents were pulled up. Even the monks were pulled up by this net. It was not until 1922 that stairs were hewn in the rocks, so that pelgrims could safely climb to the monasteries. I still don't know how they got enough water for bathing and washing clothes.
Being nearer to God....
Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos."
Originally there were 21 monasteries on the rocks of Meteora, but six of them are left. The six monasteries still function today.
Monastery of Varlaam
This post is dedicated to the letter M, and we thank Mrs. Denise Nesbitt for creating this meme. You can participate in this game. You only should find a photo or a subject in poetry or the name of a famous person....beginning with M
We visited the Holy Monastery of the great Meteoron( The Transfiguration of Our Saviour.)
Monastery of the Holy Trinity