Tropaion is a web-log / electronic journal and Carnival for the ancient Greek Religion and history. The main goal of the web-log is to present original peer-reviewed and well referred posts on theoretical and practical aspects of the ancient Greek religion, to add to a broader circulation of Humanities and Classics in the Internet as well as to rise awareness for the Hellenic Polytheism today and to explore its relation with its ancient past.

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Yesterday has been announced the launch of a new web-site of a project which reconstructs the Temple of Diana at Lake Nemi. In Nottingham a team compiled by the Curator and Manager of the History and Archaeological of Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, and friend, Ann Inscker, the Lecturer in Classics at Nottingham University, Katharina Lorenz and the Computing and IT Lecturer, Damian Schofield and researcher Jez Noond, reconstructs and creates a journey for us in the ancient Roman cult of Diana.

The web-site is not yet finalized – ‘build’, that I guess will be the section that will provide us with the reconstruction and the ‘send’ which is the section that the visitor can browse and send ‘virtual votives’! However the web-site is well designed.

The Temple of Diana at Lake Nemi is situated in the south Rome, in the Alban hills, next to a small lake (the smaller of the two volcanic lakes) which was called ‘mirror of Diana’. Her cult, Diana Nemorensis, can be traced back to Orestes. As Lorenz mentions the cult has an eccentric practice: the priest called rex Nemorensis was a slave who had to “slaying the incumbent, and who himself was compelled to be on his guard to defend his own life against similar candidates of his priesthood” –clearly a Roman practice!

Visit the web-site and enjoy exploring a Roman Diana’s cult.

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We are now at the middle of the writing project of the Epidaurian hymns (see previous: ‘to all the Gods’, ‘to Pan’ and ‘to Athena Pallas’). The hymn to Hygeia (Hygea, Hygia, Hygieia), the Goddess of health, is available without any comments or additional supplements (IG IV²,1 132). If you wish to provide a commentary or even a translation please do not hesitate to contact us.

[ρ πρτηι].

[γεια, πρεσβστα μακρων, | μετ] σε

[ναοιμι τ λειπμενον βου, | σ δ μοι πρ]φρων

[ξυνεης. | ε γρ τις πλοτου χρις τεκ]ων |

[ τς σοδαμονος νθρποις βασιλ]ηδος

[ρχς | πθων, ος κρυφοισ’ φροδτ]α̣ς | ρκυσι

[θηρεομεν, | ε τις λλα θεθεν νθρ]π̣οις

ρψις | πνων μπνο πφανται, | με]τ σεο,

καιρ’ γεια, | τθαλε πντα κα λμπ]ει Χαρτων


[ὀάροις. | σθεν δ χωρς ο τις εδαμω]ν φυ. #⁹⁰⁰ γείᾳ.


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The eminent Greek tetralogy by Martha Graham returns for the first time in her new, renewed and completed form in Greece. The "Team of Dance of Martha Graham" will visit Thessalonica and Athens, after her last appearance in Greece in 1993, in order to present the Fables of Ancient Greece. In the 22, 23, and 24 September in the Palace Music of Thessalonica and in 26 and 27 September in the Herodion in Athens the team will present Martha Graham’s choreographies, inspired from the Greek mythology.

The "Soul of Abyss" which is a representation of the Medea’s fable, following the "Wandering in the Labyrinth” which is the story of Ariadne and of Minotaur, "In the house of Atrea” is scenes depiction from the Klytaimistra and "Drawings from the Chronicle” is praise towards Democracy. The retrospection in the past becomes real with the narration of Grigoris Baltenou and Felaretis Komninos.

This year is a remembrance of Graham’s 113th years from her birth and 15th from her death. She was considered worldwide as the absolute dancer and chorographer of the 20th century and the mother of modern dance. For her enormous artistic value Martha Graham was recognized as an "insightful" personality and her name was placed next to authors and schoolteachers. She, also, influenced the contemporary depiction of the Greek mythology.

The events are taken place under the aegis of ministry of Tourist Growth-Greek Tourist Organisation, Cultural Organism of Municipality of Athens, Municipality of Thessalonica, Embassy of USA in Athens and the American General Consulate in Thessalonica.

Source: in.gr Translated: Tropaion
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Back to our small written project and the Epidaurian hymns (see ‘to all the Gods’ and ‘to Pan’). The third hymn is in honor of Pallas Athena, which is considered to be timed back to the Roman Imperial era’s inscription (IG IV²,1 134).

ρ v τρτηι.

χαρε νασσα Παλλς αγ[— — — — — — — —]

κυδεσσα παρθνε [— — — — — — — — — —]

στλβοντα πο[— — — — — — — — — — — —]

λμπουσ’ κρα[— — — — — — — — — — —]


μακαρττα κα[— — — — — — — — — — — —]

παντα κο[— — — — — — — — — — — — —]


Let us now go through the available correction; in line 13 the στλβοντα πο[-- can be related to light effects as, Wagman, points out, and he believes that for the πο[-- a good restoration can be πο[ικίλος, but also he states that can be also something like πέ[πλα; in line 14 λμπουσ’ κρα[-- Wagman replaces it with, λμπουσα κρά[νει -- given that Pallas was depicted in shinning arms (like Achilles in Illiad, 20, 46). A final attempt of restitution by Wagman and Maas is in line 16 παντα κο[ -- which can be according Maas: πάντα κό[σμον and according to Wagman: παντα κό[ρα.

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The Epidaurian Hymn to Pan (IG IV²,1 130) is the second available (see the ‘Hymn for all Gods’). The Hymn can be considered as ‘complete’; therefore, there are no any restoration’s notes to be posted.



Πνα τν Νυμφαγτα[ν], | Ναδων μλημ’ εδω, |

χρυσων χορν γαλ̣μ̣α, | κωτλας νακτα [μ]οσας. |

εθρου σριγγος ε[χο]ς, | νθεον Σειρνα χεύῃ·

ς μλος δ κοφα βανων | εσκων πδα κατ’

ντρων, | παμφυς νωμν δμας, | εχρευτος ε-


πρσωπος, | νπρπων ξανθι γενεωι. | ς δ’ λυνπον

στερωπν | ρχεται πανδς χ, | θεν λυμπων

μιλον | μβρται ανοισα{ι} {²⁶ανοισα}²⁶ μοσαι. | χθν δ πσα κα

θλασσα | κρναται τεν χριν· σ | γρ πλεις ρισμα

πντων, | ἰὴ Πν Πν.


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