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Notebook

Notebook, 1993-

ANCIENT GREEK CULTURE

[From: Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]

Asclepios - Atlas - Boreas - Charites - Cybele - Dryads - Eos - Erinyes - Eros - Gaea - Gigantes - Gorgons - Hades - Harpies - Hebe - Helios - Hermaphroditus - Hestia - Horae - Iris - Kronos - Maenads - Moirai - Muses - Naiads - Nereids - Nereus - Nymphs - Oceanides - Oceanos - Pan - Persephone - Priapus - Prometheus - Rhea - Satyrs - Seilenoi - Seilenos - Selene - Themis - Thetis - Triton - Zephyros

Maenads

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Nymphs, faithful retainers of Dionysos, who reared him on the mountain Nysa. They would take part in the gathering of the vintage usually in the company of the Seilenoi. Inspired by the god, they leaped about joyfully frolicking like fawns attempting to escape the hunter, while shouting and striking the cymbals. They were covered in leaves of the vine and ivy and wore light fawnskin garments just as Dionysos. With time, when Eastern elements entered the cult of Dionysos, the Maenads became more impetuous and noisy. Their frenetic outbursts and excitement were accompanied by the clashing of cymbals, drums and Lydian reeds. Finally, their mania became so uncontrolled that they [p. 49] would tear the animals to pieces and gorge themselves with the raw flesh. Human beings also became victims of their passionate outbursts, such a one being Orpheus. [pp. 49-50]

[Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]




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