As it is, Athens has always been a place of worship, since it was here that the full concept of the “city” (polis) was born, as well as political society.  It was here that political thinking bloomed; the apocalyptic art of what is True.   The light, the vegetation, the earth and the sea have been tied solidly with the ancient edifices, the statues and the renowned places of the collective attainments of value.  The monumental worth of Greece was thus suggested to the ecumenical conscience. (Extract from the article written by B. I. Korahaes, in the newspaper “Hestia” of 2/14/13). Continue reading

The Greek flag and a Greek good morning

The flag of Greece

The Greek flag and a Greek good morning!!

The Greek flag and a Greek good morning!!

(popularly referred to as the “sky blue-white” or the “blue-white” and in Greek: “Γαλανόλευκη” or “Κυανόλευκη”), officially recognized by Greece as one of its national symbols, is based on nine equal horizontal stripes of blue alternating with white. There is a blue canton in the upper hoist-side corner bearing a white cross; the cross symbolizes Eastern Orthodox Christianity, the established religion of the Greek people of Greece and Cyprus. According to popular tradition, the nine stripes represent the nine syllables of the phrase “Ελευθερία ή Θάνατος” (“Freedom or Death”), the five blue stripes for the syllables “Έλευθερία” and the four white stripes “ή Θάνατος”. The nine stripes are also said to represent the letters of the word “freedom” (Greek: Ελευθερία). There is also a different theory, that the nine stripes symbolize the nine Muses, the goddesses of art and civilization (nine has traditionally been one of the numbers of reference for the Greeks)