Yanni at the Acropolis

Yanni, in full Yanni Chryssomallis   (born November 14, 1954, Kalamata, Greece), Greek-born American composer and keyboardist who was a leading figure in late 20th-century punish tube Free extreme porn with teens getting sexual punishment. New Age music—a characteristically nonarousing genre of popular music, often entirely instrumental and used for relaxation or meditation on porn videos made by Team Skeet.

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The golden age; men and gods

Zeus sits on the throne of the universe.  The world is now in order.  The gods have fought, and some of them have triumphed.  Everything bad in the ethereal sky has been run out-either locked away below in Tartarus or sent to earth to the mortals.  And humans-what is happening to them, what are they now?

The story begins not exactly at the start of the world, but at the moment that Zeus is already king-that is, in the period when the gods’ world has been stabilized.  The gods do not live only in Olympus; they share certain bits of the earth with humans.  In particular there is a place in Greece near Corinth-a plain at Mecone-where gods and men live together.  They share the same meals, they sit at the same tables, they feast together.  Which means that, among the intermingled gods and men, everyday is a holiday, a happy day.  They eat, they drink, they make merry, they listen to the Muses sing the glory of Zeus and the adventures of the gods.  In short, all goes well.  A golden age, where gods and men were not yet separate;  a golden age sometimes also later called “the time of Cronus”-that time before the start of the struggle between Cronus with his Titan allies, and Zeus with his Olympians-when the divine world is not yet given over to brutal violence.(from “the Universe, the Gods and Men”, ancient Greek myths told by Jean-Pierre Vernant) Continue reading

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Eggs in tomato sauce

eggs in tomato sauceKing Croesus

To the east of Greece was the land of Lydia, where a king called Croesus ruled.  Though he was not a Greek, he believed in the power and the wisdom of the Greek’s gods.  King Croesus wanted to expand his empire, by defeating the mighty Persians.  He believed the oracle in Delphi would guide him in his quest for glory.  He sent messengers to Delphi, to offer gifts of gold and silver from Croesus to the temple of Apollo.  Then they asked the King’s question:  ‘Should King Croesus make war on the Persians?’

The priestess at the temple of Apollo went into a trance after inhaling a vapour, during which time she met Apollo and put the question to him.  The god answered through the priestess, who spoke in strange, unfamiliar words.  When her attendant explained what they meant, the god’s answer was: ‘Yes, if your king fights the Persians, a mighty empire will fall.’

The messengers reported the news to Croesus, who believed Apollo had said he would be victorious in battle.  But he was wrong, for it was not the empire of the Persians that fell, but his own, as was defeated in the battle that followed. (Copied from “Gods and Goddesses” by John Malam. Continue reading

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Silver cleanser

silver cleanserDid you know that the easiest and cheapest way to clean silver cutlery or silver objects is by rubbing them with your favorite toothpaste?  The procedure is as follows: you take a piece of cotton or very soft cloth, you put a dab of toothpaste and you rub the silver, gently.  If the stain insists you put one more dab of toothpaste and you rub a little bit more.  Then you rinse with water and you dry very well.  That’s it!! Shiny and ready to use on the spot!!                                                                

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Pasta Flora

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Greek society

The Greeks were the pioneers in so many fields – athletics, astronomy, biology, philosophy, theatre, geography, medicine among others – that it is easy to take them for granted, to see their achievements as simply part of the human make-up.  But what makes us modern  today frequently stems from the Greek experience.  With the Greeks, Western literature began on an unparalleled high with Homer,  still being translated anew today.  With the Greeks Western medicine, with its Hippocratic oath, began, as did Western theatre (and so, by extension, cinema).  With the Greeks formal mathematics, astronomy and geography emerged for the first time.  Competitive sport, too, first sprang up in recognizable form in Ancient Greece.

The Greeks were not omniscient or infallible.  In early years they borrowed what they needed from their older, often richer neighbours.  They were certainly not the richest or most powerful people in the ancient world, but they influenced those who were, including the Romans later.  Greek life, which centered on the polis, the often tiny city-state, was simple but lived with passionate vigour in a spirit of keenest competition.  “Nothing in excess”, the god Apollo’s famous maxim, was needed in a turbulent world in which men often sought everything in excess.  The Greek world had its dark sides.  Women were excluded, at least in the classical period, from all public life.  And male citizens’ frugal leisure depended on the labour of slaves, whose status was seldom questioned even by philosophers.  But women and slaves were no freer in many comparable societies, at the time or later, that have never begun to rival the Greeks’ contribution to human achievements in so many spheres. extract taken from here Continue reading

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Horiatiki – my version of an old time classic




According to Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on earth.  Zeus had ordered Hephaestus to create her from mud and give her dazzling beauty.  Then, according to Hesiod, Gods contributed with a little something to form her personality that according to Zeus should be gifted but mischievous.  So, Athena taught her sewing and weaving, Aphrodite gave her patience and taught her the art of seduction, and Hermes put in her mind a wicked nature and an inconsistent character.  Zeus named her Pandora that means “all gifts” in Greek,  and send her to the mortals and immortals that lived together in harmony in earth, in order to take vengeance for their acquaintance with fire by Titan Prometheus.  He gave her a box full of illnesses, plagues and misfortunes and forbade her ever to open it.  Pandora, a real woman, could not resist her curiosity.  She opened the box and all these sorrows flew out and inundated the world.  Frightened she managed to shut the lid, fast.  Hope could not make it out, so till today is mankind’s only consolation.  Continue reading

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That’s Greece

“Burning Light” – A short Intro

Staring at the sea, not satiating it
From the mountain up high
laminar and blue by being enriched within
made of many jewelries

Winter afternoon, being
under a sudden rain
bulk from inside the clouds through a blurred laughing
sun without cover

islands, ropes travel in the air
Beach like silk dimming
and with the gulls escorts once a ship
open to get the heavens

Fresh and clean by moving down
dancing through the red side
pines, golden pines and jewelries’ flower
dripping hair the aromatic

And close to them by dragging to their light dancing
until inside the blue (sea/water)
the empty snow houses, and them within their dream
singing through a long sleep

- See more at: http://www.thatsgreece.com/info/culture-literature-poetry-Kostas-Varnalis#sthash.VE6jpgOC.dpuf

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Pizza in Greek

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Hestia, the goddess of the hearth and the home

HESTIA was the virgin goddess of the hearth (both private and municipal) and the home. As the goddess of the family hearth she also presided over the cooking of bread and the preparation of the family meal. Hestia was also the goddess of the sacrificial flame and received a share of every sacrifice to the gods. The cooking of the communal feast of sacrificial meat was naturally a part of her domain.

In myth Hestia was the first born child of Kronos and Rhea who was swallowed by her father at birth. Zeus later forced the old Titan to disgorge Hestia and her siblings. As the first to be swallowed she was also the last to be disgorged, and so was named as both the eldest and youngest of the six Kronides. When the gods Apollon and Poseidon sought for her hand in marriage, Hestia refused and asked Zeus to let her remain an eternal virgin. He agreed and she took her place at his royal hearth.

Hestia was depicted in Athenian vase painting as a modestly veiled woman sometimes holding a flowered branch. In classical sculpture she was also veiled, with a kettle as her attribute. Continue reading

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Cumin lamb

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Pan, god of the mountains

Pan, god of the mountains, protector of hunters and fishermen, son of Hermes and the nymph Dryopi had α goat’s horn on his head as well as goat’s hoofs instead of feet.  When he was born, his mother horrified from the look of the hairy child smiling at her, deserted him.  His father, Hermes wrapped him in a hare’s skin and took him to mount Olympus.  All gods were enchanted by his charm and playful demeanor, so Dionysus named him Pan (“All” in Greek) since all gods adored him.  Pan was cheerful, amorous, always in love with a nymph and played his flute in such a melodic way that sounded like the song of a nightingale.   His favorite place was the caves of Arcadia where he lived dancing and scaring away the goat herds, with his shrieks.  The word “panic” is derived from Pan and the sudden flight from the dreadful situations he brought about. Continue reading

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Fried green peppers

fried green peppers

Centaurs and Lapiths

A Centaur in Greek mythology is a savage creature, half man and the lower half, horse.  Centaurs, usually resided in the mountains of Thessaly, southeast of mount Olympus. According to Pindar, an Ancient Greek lyric poet from Thebes (c. 522–443 BC), the first Centaur was born from the union of Ixion (king of Lapiths, the most ancient tribe in Thessaly) and Nephele (the cloud Zeus created to resemble Hera in order to test Ixion’s integrity when he realized that he was lustful for her) where none of the Graces (Charites) was present at his birth.  The Centaur mingled with the mare at the Magnesian peninsula (where the city of Volos is, today) thus engendering a whole nation of mythical monsters.  The myth says that they were extinguished by the brave and civilized nation of Lapiths when they tried to abduct Hippodamia during her wedding to their king Pirithous.

The abduction of Hippodamia was not an uncommon subject of Western art in the classical tradition, including the sculpture “The Abduction of Hippodameia”  by French artist Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse and a painting by Rubens. Also in the pediment of the temple of Zeus in Ancient Olympia (Peloponnese) one can see the depiction of the war that took place between the Centaurs and the Lapiths. Continue reading

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