Zeus’ Altar of Ashes Rediscovered

A view from the summit of Mt. Lykaion, Arkadia...

View from Mt. Lykaion via Wikipedia

News from the Archaeological Institute of America‘s annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif.
By Bruce Bower January 30th, 2010; Vol.177 #3 (p. 14)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Excavations at the Sanctuary of Zeus atop Greece’s Mount Lykaion have revealed that ritual activities occurred there for roughly 1,500 years, from the height of classic Greek civilization around 3,400 years ago until just before Roman conquest in 146.

“We may have the first documented mountaintop shrine from the ancient Greek world,” says project director David Romano of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
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Brit Hume Proselytizes Christianity

I don’t think that faith [Buddhism] offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. – Brit Hume on Fox News

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Miasma and the Mentally Ill

Miasma: ritual pollution or defilement.

Is mental illness, and disease in general, inflicted by the gods as punishment for hubris and other “sins”? Are we punished for approaching the gods when afflicted by Miasma (ritual impurity), or simply ignored? Or, is Miasma the result of physical and mental illness, which when afflicts us, bars us from approaching the theoi (gods)? If so, what can we do to seek Their help when we most need it (when ill) and yet do so with respect?

How did the ancients approach this issue?
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Hi. My Name is Alexandra, and I’m a Perfectionist.

We all have times when we are overwhelmed. I know I’ve been swallowed up by many events and issues lately not related to my religion at all, and I’ve had a hard time since Thanksgiving keeping up with just those.

Religion? Well…I got half-way through my first full house-cleansing for Hekate’s Deipnon, and I became too exhausted and swept up with the civic holidays to make an offering to Her, Hestia, or even make a Kathiskos as I’d planned. I’d also planned on posting a “how to” on this blog for how to pull off Hekate’s Deipnon and Noumenia. Well, ‘The best-laid schemes o’ mice an ‘men’…

Let’s just say I have some perfectionist tendencies and it can be hard to accept that I can’t do and control everything.

My mom said something like this when she and my dad performed my wedding ceremony, and I think it rings true on a personal level as well as on the level of marriage (the context she’d explained this in): when riding in an airplane and encountering turbulence, you’re told to place the oxygen mask on yourself before attending to others. That’s because you’ll be better equipped to help them if you have what you need. It’s the same thing in life – when you run into turbulence, take care of yourself before you take care of the people around you.

So this is my goal, call it a New Year’s Resolution: Honor your household gods, tend the hestia and ktesios jar, and take care of myself. Then tend to the rest.

New Resource Link for Classical Greek Correspondence in E-mail

Greek to Me (1)

Greek Handwriting Image by Kim Scarborough via Flickr

There has been a lot piling up of late. Big internal transitions in Hellenion, renewals for current members, ten new members (each with a customized membership kit to prepare), the civic holidays with family visiting, a seminar to coordinate for work, and because I’m getting the lay-off I’m looking for new work as well. Never the less, I have been working on some draft posts. Below is a quick update:

I’ve updated the links in the sidebar and on the links page to include a well-researched reference on how to adapt classical Greek (and Roman) salutations and closings for letters to modern day email.

I’ve used this to update official correspondence as Hellenion’s Grammatues:

(recipient-dat) para {PARA\} (sender-gen) = To (recipient) from (sender).
Tois Joe para Alexandra = To Joe from Alexandra


erromenon se hoi theoi diaphulattoien = May the Gods guard your well-being.

Today, I’ll close with this:

Ta d’ alla, seautou epimelou hin hugiaineis. For the rest, take care to stay well.