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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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The hymn to Zeus in Aeschylus Agamemnon comes as the firs choral song in this impressive tragedy. According to S. Instone (2009) this hymn is a perfect representation of a hymn used in actual worship. Its structure underline three important elements of a ritual’s hymn: a) the calling of the divinity with His/Her right name / epithet, b) detailing of the God’s rise to power and c) the nature of His/Her power.

Χορός
160Ζεύς, ὅστις ποτ᾽ ἐστίν, εἰ τόδ᾽ αὐ-
τῷ φίλον κεκλημένῳ,
τοῦτό νιν προσεννέπω.
οὐκ ἔχω προσεικάσαι
πάντ᾽ ἐπισταθμώμενος
165πλὴν Διός, εἰ τὸ μάταν ἀπὸ φροντίδος ἄχθος
χρὴ βαλεῖν ἐτητύμως.
οὐδ᾽ ὅστις πάροιθεν ἦν μέγας,
παμμάχῳ θράσει βρύων,
170οὐδὲ λέξεται πρὶν ὤν:
ὃς δ᾽ ἔπειτ᾽ ἔφυ, τρια-
κτῆρος οἴχεται τυχών.
Ζῆνα δέ τις προφρόνως ἐπινίκια κλάζων
175
τεύξεται φρενῶν τὸ πᾶν:
τὸν φρονεῖν βροτοὺς ὁδώ-
σαντα, τὸν πάθει μάθος
θέντα κυρίως ἔχειν.
στάζει δ᾽ ἔν θ᾽ ὕπνῳ πρὸ καρδίας
180μνησιπήμων πόνος: καὶ παρ᾽ ἄ-
κοντας ἦλθε σωφρονεῖν.
δαιμόνων δέ που χάρις βίαιος
σέλμα σεμνὸν ἡμένων.

Find here (our AStore at Amazon.co.uk) the latest publish monograph by Stephen Instone, Greek Personal Religion: A Reader, Aris & Phillips, 2009 pp. 117
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