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POSTCARD Happy Birthday Alexander the Great

On this day in history, July 20,356 BC in ancient Pella Macedonia, Alexander the Great was born to King Phillip and Queen Olympias of Macedonia. One of my favorite ancestors! Happy Birthday Alexander the Great! Thank you for all the light you have brought into this world.

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Euripides – The drama king

 

 

Euripides 484-406 BC

One of the three great tragedians of classical Athens.

 

 

Famous quotes:

 

– Short is the joy that guilty pleasure brings.

– Do not consider painful what is good for you.

– Waste no fresh tears over old griefs.

– Your very silence shows you agree.

– A bad beginning makes a bad ending.

– Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.

 

…more to come soon….xoxoS

 

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Greek god Apollo

 

 

APOLLO

“Nothing in excess” Apollo

 


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APOLLO, one of the twelve deities of Olympus is the favorite son of god Zeus and Leto  – a Titan goddess who was impregnated by Zeus during one of his numerous love affairs. He is the twin brother of goddess Artemis.

He is known as the God of Light or the God of Sun- Helios, The Archer, the God of Prophecy, the Far-shooter, the Lawgiver or the God of Order, the God of Healing, the God of Music, the God of Plague, the Gold-bladed Apollo and the God of Arts and Muses.

His main iconic identifiers are the laurel wreath around his head, the lyre, the bow, the sun and the chariot (which as the sun god, drives across the sky daily-according to the myths). God Apollo is usually described  as the “most Greek” of the Greek Gods because he is THE idealized form of KOUROS, a young man in perfected beauty and grace.

EARLY YEARS

His story begins with his mother Leto and her attempt to give birth to him and Artemis. Hera ( the official wife of God Zeus), in her jealousy had pursued Leto relentlessly. Leto searched for a place where she could give birth to the children without Hera finding her. She convinced the island of Delos to be the home of Apollo, saying that a temple would be build there. Leto waited nine days and nights to give birth to Apollo, because due to Hera’s rage, Eilithyia, the goddess of childbirth, was not able to come to Leto’s aid. Finally Iris, the messenger goddess, was send to Hera, offering her a necklace fifteen feet long. Well, jewelrey always works (even back in the Ancient world of Greece ), Eilithya was able to come to Delos, and when she did, Leto gave birth to Apollo – full grown. Apollo immediately claimed, “The lyre and the curved bow are dear to me, and I shall prophesy to men the unerring will of Zeus” (according to Homeric Hymn to Apollo.

At the tender age of four days old, Apollo showed incredible talent in archery by killing the gigantic serpent named Python (at the city of Delphi) who had been harassing his mother during pregnancy (again, according to the myths and the legends.) When Goddess Hera found our that Zeus had had another affair, she send Python to follow Leto day and night so she could not have any peace to have her children.  The monstrous Python who was said to measure several acres in length was terrorizing the city and the citizens of Delphi were glad to be rid of of her and were grateful to Apollo – later Delphi was established as the center of Apollo’s worship.

Image above, Temple of Apollo at Delphi 

Delphi was the first oracle of Greece and the district where it was located was considered the navel of the world at the time.

“Know thyself.” Apollo (written at the entrance at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi).

Following his dramatic debut with the Python, Apollo went on to become not only an unerring archer, but the best musician, poet, philosopher, law-maker and creator of legal institutions, a masterful physician, the god of prophecy and a great scholar who always spoke the truth.

More about Apollo coming soon…there is so much more to tell…

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Ancient Greek hair styles

ANCIENT GREEK HAIR STYLES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Someone , I tell you, in another time will remember us. ” Sappho – Poet

 

 

 

Angelina Jolie [below] in the role of Queen Olympias of Macedon in the movie Alexander the Great, and Diane Kruger  in the role of Helen of Troy in the movie Troy.

 

So how did the most elegant classic beauties back in the AGE OF GODS styled their hair? beautifully!

Ancient Greek women were as concerned about their hair styles as we are today.

Beauty and style [associated with status] were very important

…and this is how they made history…

Here are the most magnificent, elegant and most feminine looks. The looks that inspired millions of women around the globe. Timeless!

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A POSTCARD Paul Newman – Unforgettable

PAUL NEWMAN  Unforgettable

“If you don’t have enemies you don’t have character.”

“If you’re playing a poker game and you look around the table and can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you.”

“Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”

“Newman’s fist law: It is useless to put on your brakes when you’re upside down.”

“Newman’s second law: Just when things look darker, they go black.”

My favorite: “People stay married because they want to, not because the doors are locked.”

“Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser.”

“You only grow when you are alone.”

“So you wound out with Apollo. If he is sometimes hard to swallow/use this.” Note: Paul gave Joanne a silver cup as a wedding gift with these inscriptions.

All above quotes by: Paul Newman

So today is the day that Paul Newman [my all time favorite Apollo-like] icon was born. January 26th…I am not saying the year. Being that I was always obsessed with Greek Gods from the minute I was  born, [in Northern Greece]  is it any wonder that I am obsessed with him as well… anyway …he reminds me of my father…

He is an unforgettable academy award winner actor, a director, an enterpeneur, a humanitarian, a professional racing car driver, an auto racing enthusiast and above all, a legend. There is so much to tell you about this man…which I will on a later post.

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No more worlds to conquer…Alexander the great continued…

 

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No more words to conquer…

 

 

Back again with more Alexander stories…

As I have mentioned earlier, Alexander the Great  was educated by one of the world’s greatest philosophers and polymaths – Aristotle.  According to the myths and legends, King Philip II and Queen Olympias of Macedon [ the famous parents] thought that no ordinary educator  would be good enough for their son Alexander, who could easily be led by reason but refused to submit to compulsion. Iliad  [ Homer’s epic poem describing the siege of Troy] was his favorite book and Achilles his favorite hero [more about that at a later post].

When Alexander was 16, Philip left him in charge of Macedon while he went away to campaign against the people of Byzantium. During this period, in the absence of Philip, the Thracians [eastern Macedon] rebelled and Alexander led an army against their larger city. He was victorious in this move and took over the city, renaming it Alexandria – after himself.

In 338 BC, Philip put Alexander in command of the cavalry at the Battle of Chaeronea [a battle between the forces  of Phillip II of Macedon and an alliance of the Greek city-states,  the principal cities of which were Athens and Thebes] and Alexander led the charge that broke [ this alliance] the Theban Sacret Band. This early bravery made  Philip so fond of his son that he liked nothing better than to hear his soldiers say than he [Philip] was the general but Alexander was the king.

Well, as it was eventually shown at a much grander scale, action and eternal  glory, rather than pleasure and wealth, were what Alexander wished to have above anything else.  Fame was his obsession. When he would  hear of Philip’s many conquests and their associated power and glory, Alexander would not be happy for his father’s success [according to the myths and legends.] Wealth, which eventually was going to become his in the form of his inheritance, was of no interest to him…instead he was sad that…” there would be no worlds for him to conquer.”…and therefore no glory. He was telling his closest friends that the way things were going…with his father conquering  everyone…nothing will be left for him to do once he became a king…well that was a very wrong calculation on behalf of Alexander…to the disappointment of the Persian Empire. The rest is history…which I will tell you about …

More about Alexander very soon … xoxoS

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