Tag Archives: Hellenism

Divine Deposits

Every morning I make a small offering to the gods, usually incense or a fragrant candle. When I light the flame, I say, “Hail Hestia, First and Last.” I then raise the flame to the heavens and say, “Beloved Theoi. … Continue reading

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Hymn to Hestia Upon Lighting the Morning Fire

Hail Hestia, Ancient Hearth Mother, Goddess of the Spiritual Flame, Come and dwell here— make of our home your home, make of our hearth your hearth, make of our temple your temple, make of our hearts one heart, your heart, … Continue reading

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The Logistics of Godhood

In this, as in other mythological stories, we must not suppose that the idea is based on a fact, but the idea gave rise to the tale, and thus received, as it were, a concrete body. -Dictionary of Greek and … Continue reading

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Steakhouse Hermes

Go with me on this: Hermes stole Apollon’s cattle, then we steal Hermes’ stolen cattle to eat steak. Since Hermes doesn’t have any cattle except Apollon’s stolen cattle, then we are also guilty of stealing Apollon’s cattle, as Hermes will … Continue reading

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For the Love of Gods: Precarious

To be loved by gods who are not bound by love is a helluva thing. No fetters on them, no leashes on you. Freely, you straddle the capricious bubble wearing needle-tipped shoes. -M.

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Questions for the Ages: Dueling Banjos

If Hermes and Apollon were to get into it with each other via Dueling Banjos, who do you suppose would win? (A mythologically trickier question than you might suspect.) -M.

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Infant Skeletons in Athenian Well

Apparently Greeks, at the very end of the Hellenistic period, took citizenship a bit too seriously. Curious why this practice only went on at the terminus of the great society. Perhaps it is one of the signs of its fall. … Continue reading

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