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Bellerophon admin on 30 Sep 2011

Chimera

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Chimera by Erez Natanblut

Oil on canvas board

The Chimera, a hybrid monster:

a lion in the front, a goat in the middle, a snake at the end,

snorting out a blazing flame that incincerated anything before its path,

whether it be a man, woman or child, or an animal of the forest.

The Chimera, the ungodly and sickly offspring of Typhon and Echidna.

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Athena admin on 29 Sep 2011

Athena, Patroness of Athens

Athena: upholder of civilization, wisdom and crafts,

the Goddess whose sense of reason never fails or wafts,

the Patroness of Athens, where long ago she planted her olive tree,

the symbol of sacred benevolence for all her citizens to see.

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Athena admin on 28 Sep 2011

Athena’s Golden Sandals

Golden sandals that enable Athena to fly

over continent, island and sea -

hushed wonder with joyful sigh

at every mountain, valley and tree.

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Athena admin on 27 Sep 2011

Athena and Diomedes

Once during pitched battle between Greeks and Trojans,

Athena disguised herself as a warrior

and stood beside the hero Diomedes,

another of her favourites.

On that day she made him a god

with superhuman strength,

the ability to overpower any mortal or immortal -

whoever came face to face with him

on the battlefield.

Diomedes was unstoppable,

and many Trojans lost their lives,

beaten down by his implaccable spear and sword.

Always worship Athena,

and know that heroes are made great

when she bestows her favour and protection.

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Athena admin on 26 Sep 2011

Athena and Ares

Two Deities of War:

Athena embodying rationalized, controlled, strategic warfare;

Ares personifying carnage, bloodthirstiness, senselessness and betrayal.

These immortal siblings always clash,

yet it is Athena who always prevails.

Once during the war between the Greeks and Trojans,

Athena wounded Ares by transfixing a spear in his belly.

Ares thumped down and bellowed in agony;

and the Greek and Trojan armies shuddered with terror.

Weak and wounded, Ares returned to Mount Olympus,

where he complained to Zeus of his sister’s treachery.

Zeus replied: “Of all my children, you are most hateful to me,

for strife and destruction are always dear to your heart.

Yet you are still my child, and I will not let you suffer.

I order the physician Paieon to tend to your wounds and heal you.”

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Athena admin on 25 Sep 2011

The Friendship of Odysseus and Athena

Under a shady tree Odysseus and Athena sat,

joking with each other and having a quiet chat,

a friendship characterized by mutual affinity

and recorded by the poet Homer for all eternity.

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Athena admin on 24 Sep 2011

Odysseus’ Prayer to Athena

Upon the rolling waves, the ship heaved back and forth,

squeaking slightly and scented lightly of sea-salt-air.

Odysseus went onto the deck, and stared across the liquid expanse;

and began praying to Athena:

“As you always protected me on the battlefields of Troy,

so aid me now as I journey homeward.

Towards my ship send only gentle winds,

so I may return to my wife and son

after absence of twenty years.”

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Athena admin on 23 Sep 2011

Athena’s Aegis

In battle you will see Athena storming with her Aegis,

a shield made of goat-skin and bearing the head of Medusa,

the Gorgon whose hair of slithering snakes

once turned people into stone by a single glance.

The power of the Aegis is of two extremes:

it can empower an army to be fearless and invincible,

or can weaken it with terror and cowardice.

Such is the wondrous duality of Athena’s Aegis

when it is shaken in the midst of havoc and slaughter.

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Athena admin on 22 Sep 2011

Athena, Goddess of Wisdom

Wisdom, knowledge, truth and beauty,

having common sense and code of duty,

understanding the laws of nature

and the rhythm of life’s rapture,

formulating enterprises grand and ambitious,

and enjoying moments intimate and luscious.

All of this Athena strives to inspire,

when she stokes the intellect with the breath of her fire.

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Athena admin on 21 Sep 2011

Athena, Goddess of War

Athena’s frenzy on the battlefield,

where she incites her favourite warriors

to raise their spears against the enemy,

to stand firm and not yield,

to clash their swords against their shields,

and to howl terror and madness.

When the fury of killing begins,

she strengthens the hands of her chosen

to smite, strike, pierce and thrust,

until the enemy lies lifeless on the ground,

their blood splattering and seeping,

the grass underneath drenched and weeping.

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