Olympos: Dionysus, the God of Transgression

304px-Dionysos_Louvre_Ma87_n2Studio Tablinum: writing about the God Dionysus is like going into a world of transgression and mystical delirium. A god who looks more like a young girl, with his curvy body and his curled and perfumed hair. Son of Zeus and the princess of Thebes Semele. His birth is even more unusual than the birth of the Goddess Athena, born from the head of his father Zeus: Dionysus indeed was born from his father’s thigh.

When Hera discovered her husband’s affair with a mortal woman, Semele, furious for the new husband’s adultery, she thought about how to eliminate his lover. Let us say that does not predicted anything good for Semele and her child.

Hera took on the appearance of the old nurse Beroe, and beginning to creep into the mind of the princes bad thoughts about Zeus. She began to suggest that Zeus did not love her honestly: he had never shown himself to his mistress, but ony embraced her before vanishing, into the darkness of the lamps. He began to suggest that Zeus did not love her honestly: he had never shown himself to his mistress, but he embraced her into the darkness of the lamps and before vanishing. Semele decided that would never be granted to the Father of the Gods if he did not appear in his true nature.

jupiter-semele-della-vecchiaZeus tried to explain to his young lover that this was not possible, for his safety, but the young woman would not listen to reason and, struck by the true aspect of Zeus, the young woman dies electrocuted.

Zeus was just in time to snatch the little Dyonisus from the body incinerated of Semele and he decided to carry the pregnancy to term alone. So he putted the little Dionysus in his thigh and then he sewed the wound. After ninth month Zeus took the infant Dionysus from his thigh, and introduced him to the world as his son. In fact the name Dionysus means “twice-born”.

dioniso e silenoBut the little Dionysus was not still there safely by Hera and then was hidden by his father Zeus in a country called Nisa, a country without a precise location, some are in Asia, others in Africa. Hera unleashed on his trail the relentless Titans who found him intent on playing near a source.

The Titans are trying to attack Dionysus but although very young Dionysus defended himself using his main talent: the metamorphosis.

First, he turned himself into a lion and after in a bull and got the better of the attackers.

Hera, furious with his emissaries that they could not kill the little Dionysus, slammed the doors of Olympus so vigorously that the noise spread throughout the universe and also spreading on the ground stunned Dionysus, then the Titans ripped him in and he cooked the pieces in a cauldron.

When the father Zeus learns of this cruel wickedness flashed instantly the Titans and recomposing the body of his son gave back life.

dioniso e chironeAccording to the story the Centaur Chiron was his first mentor of Dyonisus and he taught to his pupil the arts of dance, song and the rules of future initiatory rites of Bacchus. After the time spent with Chiron, Dionysus, decided to undertake several expeditions around the world and his presence did not pass unnoticed. Unlike the God Hermes, like him a God wanderer, usually move with fleetingness, unnoticed and plush just like you would expect from the God of Thieves, it was impossible not to notice its passage.

The epiphany of Dionysus is always a shocking event and the people who come into direct contact with him will never be the same.

piratiAs happens to a pirate crew that sail the Aegean Sea looking for prey. Suddenly a sailor saw the figure of a beautiful young man who was standing on a promontory of the island, this young man was Dionysus. Landed on the island the pirates decided to capture the young man and to request a sumptuous ransom to the family; so the pirates dragged him on board and tried to chain him to the mast of the ship, but they were unable to take him prisoner: but, somehow, the nodes and chains were loosed and the young man freed himself and smiled at his tormentors in a mysterious way.

At that point the helmsman of the ship, seeing the scene, shuddered and began to scream to his fellow leave free the young because he recognized him as a god and exhorted his comrades to not hurt him.

But his companions began taunting the helmsman, but suddenly happened the first miracle. The sailors heard a fascinating scent given off from the deck of the ship, and they realized that he was spouting a source of pure wine. Then the wonder and terror seized the crew, but it was too late: an ivy growing up and clung to the mast, and the oarlocks.

Dionysus, amused by what was he doing, decided to become a lion and pushed the crew, except the helmsman towards the stern of the ship, forcing the pirates overboard. But here is the second miracle, one by one were transformed into dolphins. The only survivor was the steersman who was awarded by the God of Transgression as a reward for being the only one to understand its true nature.

prosimno e dionisoWell known was his journey to Hades to try to bring back to life his mother Semele; was at that moment that he knew Prosymnus who suggested to the god as a guide in the world of the dead, took Dionysus, to his mother near Lerna.

It was then that the guide asked his reward and it was really strange: Dionysus would have to give herself to Prosymnus, as a woman: Dionysus accept it, but asked him to return to the world of the living to get out of that place of death the mother Semele Prosymnus consent and telling him that he would wait for his return.

Occurred, however, that the pastor Prosymnus died before the return of Dionysus. However Dionysus, back near Lerna in order to fulfill the promise, he decided to “satisfy” at least the shadow of the shepherd.

When he arrived in front to the tomb of Prosymnus created with an olive wood a kind of foul and sat on it, and just like a woman enjoyed this practice. Finally eternally grateful to the pastor, he placed among the stars of the sky the figure of his guide.

trionfo di dionisoWhen Dionysus became adult received by Hera an unpleasant gift: he became crazy and began to wander in different parts of Greece and Asia followed by his tutor Silenus, and a group of satyrs and maenads.

The God of Transgression, head of this unique expeditions, fought against the Titans, in Egypt, returning his scepter to the God Amun. Later he went to Syria where he defeated and deposed the king of Damascus, flaying him as punishment for trying to resist him, a God. They say that Dionysus with its procession came to India and along the way he introduced the cult and founded the city.

After the last venture, when he defeated the Kings Indian Deriade, he decided to return to Greece. But on his return opposed him the proud people of the Amazon, daughter of Ares. In this last battle Dionysus did not participate actively but he was a spectator of the fight between the Amazons and maenads devoted to him. Finally, the Maenads won the fierce rivals and the procession could start over again for Greece.

PenteoThe revenge against the King of Thebes, Pentheus and women of the city who did not believe the claims of their princess Semele who claimed to have slept with Zeus was dreadful.
Then Dionysus punished with madness the women of Thebes and pushed to keep the orgiastic rites in his favor in the woods surrounding the city, and infused into the mind of the King Pentheus the “enthousiasmos” *. It was so that women become maenads, worshipers of Dionysus. When they discovered on top of a tree the curious King Pentheus who, driven by Dionysus, tried to to spy the women, they captured the poor Pentheus and devoured alive; Among the cannibals was also present Agave, the mother of the King, who recognized her son just too late. Back in themselves sank into eternal desolation.
As a result of their deeds were banished from Thebes, and only then Dionysus was satisfied with their revenge.

dioniso e ariannaWhile the vicissitudes that saw the God reaching Nasso is much more benign.
The God found poor Arianna on the beach wandering disconsolately, after being seduced and abandoned by the hero Theseus.
Dionysus moved by love for a girl decided to take away from that island poor Arianna and later decided to marry her.

The bride Ariadne, took certanly part in the famous triumph of Dionysus, she was in a chariot pulled by goats, while Dionysus was on chariot drawn by panthers, in a jubilation of happiness and shouting, dancing between satyrs and Sileni. The maenads accompanied the wedding procession with the music of tambourines and syringes, while Silenus, the old guardian of Dionysus, with difficulty was riding his donkey.

As you understand Dionysus was worshiped everywhere is unlike the other gods could bring that sentiment that not all the Olympians were able to offer: the ekstasis *.

But woe to abuse, Dionysus demanded special rituals and much devotion, otherwise the abyss of madness was always open for the transgressors. We can say that the power of the God of Transgression knew no bounds.

Next month we will treat the events of the Goddess of Nature, Demeter.

Alessandro Cerioli

 

* Enthousiasmos literally means “to have a God within themselves,” us today we obtained just a positive condition: enthusiasm.

** Ekstasis literally mean “get out of themselves”, today we speak of ecstasy when something interferes with the human soul.

Olympos: Athena, Goddess of Wisdom

269px-Athena_Giustiniani_Musei_Capitolini_MC278Studio Tablinum: Athena was not only the Goddess of Wisdom but anche a patron of the war who did not hesitate for a moment to fight her enemies. She overseeing the noblest part of the defense to war in order to “good causes.” The bloodiest aspects of the war were, indeed, assigned to the god Ares, as we write some months in August. Athena was the daughter of Zeus and the Oceanid Metis, the story of her birth is very special. Zeus received from his divine grandparents Uranus and Gaia a sinister prophecy:

if he have generated another son, he, when he grew up he would kill him.

So the Father of the Gods, who he did not want losing his status, decided to make the insane act of swallowing his newborn.

And so, nine months later, Zeus began to suffer a massive migraine that threatened to drive him madso for last resort, persuaded Hephaestus to hit him a blow on the head of the ax. From the wound caused came out Athena, already fully armed.

Athena’s holy objects were the lance, the aegis and helmet. The olive tree and little owl was sacred to the goddess. The Goddess of Wisdom was also called “Glaukopis” for her blue-eyes.

nike_di_samotraciaHis wisdom in peace time was devoted to agriculture, handicraft, weaving and metallurgy. Attributable to Athena was the construction of the largest ship of that time: the ship Argo, which is used by Argonauts heroes . Her is also the invention of olive oil, even today excellent product from Greece.

In war, her wisdom was the prerogative of the warriors with cunning and shrewdness. sometimes she decide to make a gift of his powers to her protected mortals, one of them The most famous was the wily Odysseus.

Athena is Frequently accompanied by Nike, goddess of victory, which symbolically is brought in the right palm of the Goddess, how to assimilate the wisdom during the battle with the victory itself.

poseidone e ateneThe Goddess Athena fight with the God Poseidon for the sovereignty of Attica and Athens. Poseidon with a blow of his trident made to gush out una sorgente di acqua marina from the ground of the city while Athena made appear an Olive Tree. The dispute was resolved in favor of the Goddess of Wisdom thanks to athenians women determined the victory of Athena.

partenoneAthena was sculpted by Phidias in a famous chryselephantine statue, now lost, Athena Parthenos that was in the Athenian temple dedicated to her: the Parthenon. Frequently, resting on his shoulder is the little owl, its symbol “par excellence”.

The cult of Athena was spread in all of Greece, from Sparta, to Megara and Argos; Also into Troy she received a special honors, identified with a very old idol called Palladio, the same one that was stolen during the night from the heroes Odysseus and Diomedes, this act was mentioned as one of the causes of the defeat of Troy during the ten-year war.

Pallas_AtheneThe Trojan prince Paris was one of the heroes less loved by the Goddess of Wisdom. He was the cause of the Trojan war itself with the rape of Helen, but there was anche through more personal reason, as we saw some months ago dealing with the vicissitudes of Aphrodite. Paris During the famous “Judgment” chose Aphrodite, instead of Athena or Hera. During the Trojan War she sided with the Achaeans. She especially protected Odysseus and Menelaus and, under the walls of the besieged city, she crushed and defeated Ares.

Athena is known as one of the three virgin goddesses, she never marries and shows no sexual interest in males, referred to as virgin because she was able to remain independent. Despite this reputation, Hephaestus want to couple with her.

 

One day the God of Fire, tried to rape her in his forge, but the goddess was able to escape from him and Hephaestus reached the apex bathing Athena’s leg.

From the ground, so fertilized, was born Erichthonius, the Goddess Athena, anyway had gone, considered him a legitimate child. When he grew up, unbeknownst by the Olympians, lo rende immortale, she put him under the custody of the king of Athens, Cecrops. When Erichthonius grew up dethroned the king of Athens Amphictyon and became a king.

aracneOne of the most cruel tales was the story about Arachne *: the young women Arachne boasted of being a good weaver, Also better than Athena, who was the owner of That female art. Furious, the Goddess of Wisdom defy Arachne to a weaving race. In effect Arachne wove very well but the theme was derisively towards Zeus. Transformed Athena Arachne into a spider, forcing her to weave her spun for eternity.

medusaAthena, however, was more benevolent with the semi-divine hero Perseus by helping him in the killing of the Gorgon Medusa. She gave him her shield, the aegis, and the hero was protected during the fight with the Gorgon.

Perseus chopped off the head of Medusa and gave it to Athena and she decorate the aegis like with that terrible trophy.

Originally, Medusa was the most beautiful of the three Gorgons sisters. She was seduced by the God Poseidon into the temple of the Goddess of Wisdom. Athena punished Medusa for the profanation, changing her handsome face into a monstrous sembiance.

Athena became also benefactor of Heracle. During the fight with the Nemean lion she explain to the hero how to cut off the skin of the lion by using its claws. The skin of the lion with the cudgel used during the fight, became one most distinguishing attributes for him.

atena e odisseoWith Odysseus was almost maternal. Athena help his protégé to return to his beloved Ithaca, changing its appearance from time to time. Interceded on with the witch Circe, and the Oceanid Calypso and feace with the feace princess Nausicaa, helping considerably the hero and in such a way for resumption the way back to its own island.

Athena help her “protégé” to return to his beloved Ithaca, changing its appearance from time to time. Interceded with Circe, and the Oceanid Calypso and the Feces princess Nausicaa, helping considerably the hero to come back in Itaca.

Athena was famous for her wisdom and intellectual strength, a landmark for greek men and women that ask her protection during disputes of all kinds: legal, family and life daily.

Athena had the last word in the event of an equal right of both parties to the dispute. During the Panathenaic party the athenians girls donated the statue of the Goddess am headmade peplos,a propitiatory gift. Next month we will discover the vicissitudes of Dionysus, God of Transgression and Delirium.

Alessandro Cerioli

* Even today, the term Arachne stands for spider

Olympos: Atena, Dea della Saggezza

269px-Athena_Giustiniani_Musei_Capitolini_MC278Studio Tablinum: oltre che Dea della Saggezza Atena era anche una divinità guerriera che non esitava un solo istante a presentarsi in armi dinanzi al nemico, anche se lei sovrintendeva ad un tipo di guerra dagli aspetti più nobili, ossia una guerra di difesa o intrapresa per “giusta” causa. Mentre gli aspetti più violenti della guerra erano deputati al Dio Ares, come abbiamo visto qualche mese or sono.

Atena era figlia di Zeus e dell’Oceanina Metide, e la storia della sua nascita e davvero particolare. Accadde che Zeus ricevette dai nonni divini, Urano e Gaia, un sinistro vaticinio: se Metide avesse dato alla luce un figlio maschio, questi lo avrebbe spodestato. Quindi il Padre degli Dei, che teneva particolarmente al proprio status, decise di compiere l’insano gesto d’inghiottirlo appena generato. Fu così che, nove mesi  dopo, Zeus iniziò ad accusare una fortissima emicrania, che rischiava di farlo impazzire, quindi per estrema ratio, convinse Efesto, il Dio del Fuoco, a calargli sulla testa un fendente d’ascia. Dalla ferita provocata ne uscì Atena,  già armata di tutto punto.

I simboli della Dea Atena erano la lancia, l’egida e l’elmo. Sacri le erano la civetta e l’ulivo. La Dea della Saggezza era definita anche “glaukopis” ossia la Dea dagli occhi azzurri, dal volto celeste.

nike_di_samotraciaLa sua saggezza in tempo di pace era votata all’agricoltura, all’artigianato, alla tessitura e alla lavorazione dei metalli. E’ attribuibile ad Atena la costruzione della nave più grande di quel tempo: la nave Argo, usata dagli eroi argonauti. Sua è anche l’invenzione dell’olio d’oliva, ancora oggi prodotto d’eccellenza della Grecia.

In guerra la sua saggezza era appannaggio di chi combatteva con furbizia e astuzia; poteva persino decidere di fare dono dei propri poteri ai suoi protetti mortali, uno di questi, il più noto, fu l’astuto Odisseo.

Spesso Atena viene si accompagna alla Dea della Vittoria, Nike, che simbolicamente viene portata nel palmo destro della Dea della Saggezza, come per assimilare la Vittoria stessa e crearne un binomio indissolubile.

poseidone e ateneLa Dea Atena ebbe anche un contrasto importante con il Dio Azzurro Poseidone in merito alla sovranità dell’Attica e delle città di Atene. Poseidone con un colpo del suo tridente fece sgorgare dell’acqua salata dal suolo, mentre Atena fece spuntare una pianta di Ulivo, messa ai voti la disputa si risolse in favore delle Dea della Saggezza. In questa vicenda le donne ateniesi determinarono la vittoria di Atena.

partenoneProprio in questa posizione la Dea Atena è stata scolpita da Fidia nella sua famosa statua crisoelefantina, ora perduta, l’Athena Parthenos che si trovava nel tempio ateniese dedicata a lei dal popolo ateniese: il Partenone. Spesso, poggiata sulla sua spalla, si trova la civetta, suo simbolo per antonomasia.

Il culto di Atena era diffuso in tutta la Grecia: Atene, Sparta, Megara e Argo; anche a Ilio ricevette onori particolari, fu identificata con un vecchissimo idolo chiamato Palladio, lo stesso che fu trafugato nottetempo dagli eroi Odisseo e Diomede, questo atto fu menzionato come una delle cause della sconfitta di Ilio durante la decennale guerra.

Pallas_AtheneIl principe troiano Paride fu tra gli eroi meno amati dalla Dea della Saggezza, oltre che ad essere la causa scatenante della guerra stessa, con il ratto di Elena, ci fu anche un aspetto più personale, come abbiamo visto qualche mese or sono trattando le vicende della Dea Afrodite. Paride durante il famoso “giudizio” scelse Afrodite, scartando Atena e la Madre degli Dei Hera. Da qui la sua animosità nei confronti del principe.

Durante la guerra di Ilio parteggio per gli Achei. Protesse soprattutto Odisseo e Menelao, e durante una disputa sconfisse anche il Dio della Guerra Ares, sotto le mura della città assediata.

Come la Dea della Caccia Diana, Atena, era una divinità riottosa al sesso maschile e la sua verginità era nota a tutto l’Olimpo, ma durante una visita al Dio del Fuoco Efesto, in cerca di nuove armi probabilmente, Efesto, che era stato appena abbandonato da Afrodite, si invaghì della Dea della Saggezza a tal punto che cercò di farla sua con la forza, Atena si ribello ma Efesto, giunto all’apice, bagnò la gamba della Dea. Disgustata Atena si ripulì la gamba da quella sozzura e la gettò a terra. Dalla terra, così fecondata, nacque Erittonio, che la Dea Atena, comunque fosse andata, considerò suo figlio legittimo. Lo allevò all’insaputa degli Olimpi e sempre a loro insaputa lo rese immortale, non potendolo crescere ed accudire lo pose sotto la custodia del re di Atene, Cecrope. Quando Erittonio crebbe spodesto il re di Atene Anfizione e divenne lui stesso re.

aracneCrudele fu la vicenda che vide la Dea della Saggezza punire la sventurata Aracne*. Aracne si vantò di essere una tessitrice migliore di Atena, che di quest’arte era la protettrice. La Dea della Saggezza andò su tutte le furie e sfido Aracne in una gara di tessitura. In effetti Aracne tessé in modo sublime, ma il tema era derisorio nei confronti del padre Zeus. Atena, decisa a non subire altri affronti, trasformo Aracne in un ragno, obbligandola a tessere la sua tela per l’eternità.

medusaBenevola fu con l’eroe semi divino Perseo aiutandolo nell’uccisione della Gorgone Medusa, donandogli il suo scudo, l’egida, che protesse l’eroe durante lo scontro con la Gorgone. Come ringraziamento Perseo dono il capo mozzato di Medusa ad Atena che ella uso per decorare l’egida come un terribile trofeo. In verità Atena stessa fu la causa della mostruosità di Medusa. Originariamente Medusa era la più bella delle Gorgoni, ma ebbe l’ardire di farsi sedurre dal Dio Azzurro Poseidone che, senza badar troppo all’etichetta, la fece sua nel tempio della Dea della Saggezza. Venutolo a sapere, Atena punì Medusa per la profanazione, mutandole l’aspetto e rendendola mostruosa.

Anche il semi divino Eracle fu aiutato da Atena. Durante la lotta dell’eroe con il leone nemeo spiego ad Eracle, dopo che ebbe abbattuto la fiera, come scuoiarlo usando gli stessi artigli per tagliarne la spessa pelle. La pelle del leone divenne uno dei tratti distintivi di Eracle, insieme alla clava usata durante la lotta.

atena e odisseoCon Odisseo fu invece più che benevola, potremmo dire: materna. Atena aiuto il suo protetto a tornare nella sua amata Itaca, mutando le sue sembianze di volta in volta. Intercesse con la maga Circe, con l’Oceanina Calipso e con la principessa feace Nausica, aiutando considerevolmente l’eroe e facendo in modo che riprendesse la strada del ritorno verso la sua isola.

Come avrete compreso siamo di fronte a una divinità che faceva delle sue qualità, la saggezza e la forza intellettuale, un caposaldo. Non a caso sia gli uomini che le donne greche erano soliti chiederle consiglio in merito a diatribe di ogni genere: legali, famigliari e della vita di tutti i giorni. Atena aveva sempre l’ultima parola in caso di egual ragione di ambo le parti in disputa. Durante le feste Panatenaiche le fanciulle della città di Atene donavano alla statua della Dea un peplo tessuto da loro stesse, in segno propiziatorio.

Il prossimo mese scopriremo le vicissitudini dell’estroso Dioniso, Dio della Trasgressione e del Delirio Mistico.

Alessandro Cerioli

*Ancora oggi il termine aracne significa ragno

Olympos: Hermes, The Gods Messanger

Hermes_Logios_Altemps_Inv8624Studio Tablinum: a few words would be enough to define god Hermes: theft, liar and swindler. To be honest, Hermes was also a generous god at times, and he was considered a wanderer as he was the gods’ messenger and emissary, moving freely between the world of mortals and the divine as well as between the world the living and the afterlife. He is the god of boundaries, a bridge between visible and invisible and he always arrives unexpectedly and quickly. Thanks to this ability of being everywhere and nowhere, gentle and unperceived, he is the patron of communications and travel as well as thefts; all the thieves around the world inevitably need a powerful protector in order to get themselves out of trouble.

maiaSon of Zeus and the Pleiad Maia, he is considered one the twelve Olympians. His symbols were the rooster and the turtle and he was easy to identify with his clothing, hat, winged sandals, purse and Kerykeion, the wanderer’s stick. In order not to be caught by his wife Hera, Zeus secretly escaped from the bed at night and rushed to the cave where Maia, the Titan Atlas’ daughter, was waiting for him. From their union, Hermes was conceived. In the same evening of his birth, he escaped from his cradle and headed for the woods. The first thing that he saw was a turtle, an invulnerable and odd animal. Astonished, Hermes took the animal back to his cave and killed it with a knife, in the hollow shell he put seven strings made of sheep nerves; he then started playing them and at that very moment, a sweet and harmonious sound came forth: Hermes had invented the lyre.

Hermes also had a fervid and brilliant mind, he used to see things that others could not even imagine and this is the reason why he undertook a second adventure, when he was only one day old. He decided to steal the cows which were sacred to God Apollo. He left his musical instrument and headed for the mountains in Pieria, where the cattle of the Olympians pastured. He took away the herd, and he carefully made sure that the cows walked backwards not to leave prints on the sandy soul. He also wore huge shoes made of leaves and branches, thus it would have been suspected that the thief was a monster or a giant rather than an infant.

hermes e argoHe then hid the herd in a safe place and killed two cows to eat them. It is thought that this last action caused the invention of fire and new cooking techniques. To sum up, after only twenty-four hours from his birth, the infant had already invented the lyre, the fire and the art of cooking.

When Apollo went to check his cattle, he realised that fifty cows were missing, the prints that he saw were nothing but confusing and he thought no one could leave such strange prints. He met a winegrower and asked him explanations, the latter was not brave enough to lie to the god of sun and narrated a strange anecdote, a child leading fifty cows walking backwards. The enraged Apollo went to the cave where Hermes was peacefully having a nap and, grabbing his ear, he took him up to Mount Olympus.

Before the Father of gods, Hermes swore that he did not know anything about the cattle as he was only an infant but Zeus scolded the child and ordered him to give back his ill-gotten gains. He also urged him to well behave, but Hermes never followed this suggestion because of his shrewd and furtive nature. However, to make peace with his own brother Apollo, he gave him the instrument he had earlier invented, the lyre. With the instrument in his hands, Apollo became the god of music.

Hermes IVAs previously mentioned, Hermes was also the god of wanderers, merchants as well as thieves. He was an emissary travelling around the world and he was also the conductor of souls into the afterlife. The god gathered them and led them through the door to hell where they were condemned to stay in eternity. He used to accomplish this task every single night and this is the reason why Hermes was also identified as an esoteric divinity.

We also say that Olympus for the work he never failed, it was also used in the household chores like cleaning the table of the gods, after the banquet, or do their butler, in short, a sort of God “factotum.”

 

perseoIts multiple events they see him help the demigod Perseus killing the Gorgon, procuring for the sickle of Perseus Zeus, his winged shoes, the helmet of Hades and the shield of Athena.
They see it on the big Caucasus in an attempt to convince the Titan Prometheus to reveal to him the prophecy about the end of the Gods Olympians but Prometheus, the Titan’s friend, refused to speak and thus prolonged the suffering of his prisoner.
Join, like the other gods, to the war of Troy siding with the Achaeans, though always protect the King Priam, especially when the old king went into the camp of the Greeks to claim the body of his son Hector.
Help the hero Odysseus in his return home, after the council of the gods that stable that the King of Ithaca could return to his island, he went by the nymph Calypso Hermes to persuade her to leave between Odysseus. The Messenger of the gods help Odysseus still giving him an antidote potions of Circe that turned men into animals.

ErmafroditoThe Loves of Hermes were different and all with bizarre consequences for his descendants, as the Messenger of the Gods ambiguous in its very nature, of course, also his offspring was somewhat extravagant.
The love goddess Aphrodite brought it to create a beautiful child named Hermaphroditus *. It is said that he Hermaphrodite beauty of Aphrodite and the vivacity of Hermes, in his name is the key of the illustrious parents, but it so happened that during a jaunt in the woods the handsome young man found himself near a source and decided to take a bath , not knowing that the Nymph Salmacis, the protector of the source, watching him interested in all that beauty and not just the boy dip in the fresh water source by Salmacis also in the water and joined him, the young Hermaphrodite, who did not want to join with Salmacis, I try to break free but the Nymph taken by a blind fury took a solemn oath to the gods: it is never the day when our two bodies will come off … this oath Pronunciation water came out of a being that was neither man nor woman, but both. She was featured as a girl but masculine attributes.

dio-panAnother bizarre son of Hermes, had with the nymph Driope, was the mighty God Pan and wild. Hermes would have seduced the nymph of the mountains of Arcadia. Fell in love with her, the Gods Messanger was transformed into a goat and stealthily approached the nymph, once arrived in its vicinity with a leap was on him and abuse her. That’s why this union was born a god so whimsical and surreal, half man and half goat. It is said that when he saw this Driope his son he was so frightened that she left him in the woods. Pan was a god, like his father Hermes, who loved the woods, the pastures and the countryside, a great lover of sex and dance he used to chase the nymphs while playing his instrument, syringe or panpipes. He was also a god playful and appeared suddenly terrorizing ** shepherds and travelers emitting terrifying screams.

mercurio-mitoAs a child of great cunning, in fact like his father Hermes, was Autolycus, father of Laertes and grandfather of Odysseus. He was born from the union of the Gods Messanger and Chione daughter Dedalione. Autolycus, a great thief, had the ability to steal anything from anyone without getting caught. He was also a member of the Argonauts and dispense advice to his grandson Odysseus during their encounter is not by chance Odysseus was crafty and deceiver.

 

As you understand we are dealing with a God of multiple capabilities, not always fair and clear, but for the Greeks Hermes was a god to which way to turn in the event of a practical need, before a trip, before the opening of a business or before a theft, it was good to have the God Hermes as protector.
The Next month we will discuss the events of the Goddess of Wisdom, Athena.

* Even today hermaphroditism define the phenomenon by which a species of animal or plant can produce, in both ways, the male gametes and the female ones.
** Even today we speak of “panic” for the sudden and unwarranted fears.

Alessandro Cerioli

Olympos: Poseidon, the God of the Sea

596px-Poseidon_sculpture_Copenhagen_2005Studio Tablinum: Poseidon is the blue god, the god of the sea, rivers and earthquakes. Among the twelve Olympus was Poseidon, son of Titans Cronus and Rhea, who with his brothers Zeus and Hades represented the most important divine triad. He hugely contributed during the Titanomachy which involved the second and third generations of deities. The weapon of the Sea-god, a trident, was forged by the Cyclops and with his brothers, Poseidon won the war against the Titans. They were hurled in a bronze-walled prison at the centre of the Earth, the Tartarus, which Poseidon himself built.
Major cults to the Sea-god are known in Mykonos, Corinth and many cities of Magna Graecia; in Athens, he was second only to Athena in importance. Every year, the Isthmian Games were dedicated to Poseidon and seafarers worshipped him with prayers and sacrifices, drowning horses was the most common practice. In Classic iconography he is represented holding his trident, on a gold chariot pulled by hippocampus and surrounded by dolphins.
Poseidon dwells with his beautiful wife, the Nereid Amphitrite, in a palace of corals and shells, in the unfathomable depths of the sea.

Amphitrite-PoseidonTheir son Triton was a merman, half man and half fish, often represented in marvellous statues and water games, he held a conch shell, on which he blew to calm billows as well as tempests. He was always his father’s herald, following him everywhere. It was remarkable the way he unconditionally helped the hero Jason and the Argonauts find the route on their ship Argo.

The Sea-god also had other sons outside marriage, who were not as benevolent as Triton. The Cyclops Polyphemus, for example, who devoured Odysseus’ fellows during their imprisonment, the bandit Sciron who was killed by Theseus and the cursed hunter Orion, killed by a scorpion which the revengeful goddess of hunt Artemis had sent.

Arianna_d__a_Teseo_il_filo___Pelagio_Palagi_250One day a young hero, Theseus arrived at this submerged palace. He was the king of Athens and it is thought to be one of Poseidon’s sons. He headed to Crete, in order to challenge the Minotaur, bull-headed creature with a human body. Minos, king of Crete, accused Theseus of lying about his divine origins and challenged him throwing his ring into the sea: if Theseus were the Sea-god’s son, he would have retrieved it easily. Without thinking twice, Theseus dived into the sea and with the help of some dolphins, he reached his divine father’s palace where he received several gifts, amongst them there was King Minos’ ring. Theseus came back to the surface holding the ring which was given to the incredulous Minos.

pasifae e dedaloThe God of the Sea could be generous to his protégés as well as cruel to his enemies, Minos himself had experienced the god’s fury. The king had failed to an agreement with the Sea-god: the latter had sent him a prodigious bull to be sacrificed to honour the god, celebrating his greatness and Cretans’ loyalty. The king sacrificed a common bull, hiding the one that Poseidon had chosen. Poseidon planned a sly and elaborate revenge: he drove the king’s wife Pasiphae mad and made her fall in love with the prodigious beast. Urged by this insane passion, she requested the help of Daedalus, the court craftsman, who built a wooden cow where she could hide and mate with the animal. From this union, a monstrous creature was conceived, the Minotaur which was promptly put into the labyrinth that Daedalus constructed in order to hide the monster from the terrified Cretans’ eyes.

pegasoThe God of the Sea had a sacred animal, a noble animal that soon mankind learned to tame, the horse. It was the most famous horse in history, Pegasus, which is even thought to have been generated by the God himself, during a fleeting encounter with the most terrible of the Gorgons, Medusa.
When the semi-god Perseus defeated the monstrous creature by cutting its head off, Pegasus arose from the blood gushing out of the wound. Poseidon himself loved to occasionally turn into a horse and ride at breakneck speed.
And so it happened that Poseidon, fallen in love with Demeter, the Goddess of the Harvest, tried to possess her, and the goddess, in the attempt to escape, turned into a mare and hid herself among a horse herd, but the god of the sea immediately recognized the Goddess of the Harvest and, after turning into a strong stallion, mated with her. A mysterious daughter was born of this union, but her name was not handed down to us, for no one should pronounce it.
This forced marriage also generated another horse, a horse that was not as famous as Pegasus but just as prodigious: Arion, the horse that could speak like a man. It was mounted by the epic hero Adrastus during the War of the Seven Against Thebes.

aiace oileoPoseidon was known to be the most irascible and revengeful god among the Olympians. He was prone to stir storms and earthquakes for no reason, but he was most notably triggered by sensing a lack of faith in him among men.
That’s no news to the heroes of the Trojan war, especially to Ulysses, forced to roam the seas for ten long years before he was able to return to his beloved Ithaca.
A terrible fate was also waiting for the hero Ajax Oileus, who escaped from a storm during the journey back from Troy, made it close to Mykonos and dared say that it was his own strength that had saved him. Poseidon heard him and, burning with anger, grasped his Trident and flung it on the rock upon which the survivor had found salvation.

The rock was torn in half and Ajax fell into the sea, drowning. If you ever find yourself nearby, remember that the remaining part of the rock can still be seen appearing on the surface.

atena e poseidonePoseidon had a quarrel with Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, as well. The reason was the dominion over the City of Athens. It is told that an olive tree sprouted in the city and at the same time water began to flow. Since the olive tree was Athena’s holy symbol and water was Poseidon’s, how to decide which deity should be the protector of the city?
King Cecrops decided to solve the issue democratically. He gathered all the citizens and asked them to vote: men voted for Poseidon while women voted for Athena. The goddess won and she gained dominion over the city, which was called Athens ever since.

Poseidon, angry at the women of Athens, ravaged the crops that surrounded the city and that led to all the men punishing the women in order to appease the God of the Sea. From that moment on women were not allowed to vote anymore, no son could be given their mother’s name, and no daughter could be named after the Goddess of Wisdom.
Nevertheless, Poseidon had his share of defeat. It happened that the Olympians, tired of the undisputed domination of Zeus, decided to start a rebellion. The leaders of the rebellion were Hera (Zeus’s wife), Apollo, and the God of the Sea. Zeus was deceived and tied up, but he was eventually saved by Thetis, a Nereid, and Briareus, who had detected the revolt against the Father of Gods.
All the gods involved in the rebellion were gathered together.

poseidone e laomedontePoseidon was banished and sent to serve the King of Troy, Laomedon, who had Poseidon build the great wall surrounding the city. When the work was done, the king refused to pay Poseidon the promised fee.
Poseidon was furious and he conjured up an enormous sea monster that came out of the water. The king, frightened, summoned the oracles, who told him that the only way to appease the god was to sacrifice his own daughter, young Hesione. King Laomedon was ready to make the sacrifice, when the semi-god Heracles came to his rescue and killed the sea creature, setting the city of Troy free.
This event became the cause of the God of Sea’s hatred for Troy and his everlasting support for the Achaei.

odisseaWe are dealing with an extremely fickle deity, feared and worshipped by the entire Greek world.

He was inclined towards both generosity and great violence. And if we take into account the extension of the sea, Poseidon’s domain, it goes without saying that our god demanded respect.

Next month we will be focusing on the most beautiful and cruel Olympian god, Apollo.

Alessandro Cerioli

Traduzione di Elisa Campana e Giada Lavoratornuovo

 

Olympos: Poseidone, il Dio del Mare

596px-Poseidon_sculpture_Copenhagen_2005Studio Tablinum: Poseidone è il Dio azzurro, il Dio del Mare, ma anche dei corsi fluviali e dei terremoti. Figlio dei Titani Crono e Rea e fratello di Zeus, con il fratello Ade rappresentano la triade divina più importante dei dodici Olimpi. Grande fu il suo contributo durante la Titanomachia che vedeva le divinità di seconda e di terza generazione affrontarsi. L’arma del Dio del Mare, il Tridente, fu forgiato dai Ciclopi, con questa sconfisse, insieme ai fratelli, i Titani che furono poi scaraventati in una prigione al centro della terra con mura di bronzo, che Poseidone provvide personalmente a costruire, il Tartaro. Il Dio azzurro ebbe un ruolo fondamentale anche durante la Gigantomachia, si dice che sconfisse il Gigante Polibote tagliano con il suo tridente l’isola di Coo e scaraventandogliela contro.

I luoghi di culto del Dio del Mare erano Mykonos, Corinto e in molto città della Magna Grecia, ad Atene era secondo solo alla Dea Atena, a lui erano dedicati ogni anno i Giochi Istmici. I marinai gli rivolgevano preghiere e sacrifici, il più comune era annegare dei cavalli in suo onore. Nell’iconografia classica viene raffigurato sul suo cocchio d’oro trainato da cavallucci marini, circondato da delfini che gli nuotavo attorno e con in mano il suo Tridente.

Amphitrite-PoseidonPoseidone abita le insondabili profondità marine, in un palazzo fatto di corallo e conchiglie, con la splendida moglie, la Nereide Anfitrite, dalla loro unione nacque Tritone, mezzo uomo e mezzo pesce, questo figlio, che noi vediamo spesso raffigurato in splendide statue e giochi d’acqua, possedeva un corno di conchiglia con il quale, suonandolo, ammansiva i marosi e le tempeste. Fu sempre l’araldo del padre e lo seguiva ovunque.

Di particolare rilevanza fu l’aiuto incondizionato che diede all’eroe Giasone e agli Argonauti nel far seguire la rotta giusta alla loro nave Argo.

tritoneGli altri figli del Dio del Mare, avuti fuori dal matrimonio con Anfitrite, non furono cosi benevoli come Tritone. Ad esempio il Ciclope Polifemo che divorò i compagni di Odisseo durante la loro prigionia, il brigante Scirone che venne ucciso da dall’eroe Teseo, oppure il cacciatore maledetto Orione ucciso da uno scorpione mandatogli per vendetta dalla Dea della Caccia Artemide.

In questo palazzo sommerso un giorno fece visita un giovane eroe, Teseo principe di Atene, che si pensa fosse il figlio di Poseidone stesso. L’eroe ateniese diretto verso Creta, intento a sfidare il Minotauro, creatura metà toro e metà uomo, fu accusato da Minosse, Re di Creta, di mentire sulle sue origini divine e così fu messo alla prova dal Re che si sfilò l’anello e lo getto nel mare, dicendo a Teseo di recuperarglielo, se era veramente chi asseriva di essere, il figlio del Dio del Mare. Teseo senza pensarci due volte si getto in mare e con l’aiuto dei delfini raggiunse il palazzo del padre divino dove qui ricevette molti doni, fra cui l’anello del Re Minosse, che incredulo lo riebbe dall’eroe dopo la sua emersione dalle profondità del mare.

pasifae e dedaloIl Dio del Mare sapeva essere generoso con i suoi protetti quanto era crudele con i suoi nemici, lo stesso Re Minosse ne sapeva qualcosa. Molto furbescamente venne meno ad un patto con il Dio del Mare, anziché sacrificare al Dio lo splendido toro inviatogli dallo stesso per celebrare la sua grandezza e di sancire il fatto di essere l’unico degno Re dei cretesi, sacrifico un toro comune nascondendo quello prodigioso, scopertolo Poseidone meditò una vendetta raffinata e subdola. Fece impazzire la moglie del Re, Pasifae, facendola innamorare del toro prodigioso. Presa da questa insana passione, fece costruire all’artigiano di corte Dedalo, una vacca di legno dove lei poteva accoppiarsi con l’animale, da questa unione ne nacque una creatura mostruosa, il Minotauro. Che fu prontamente rinchiuso nel labirinto ideato da Dedalo, nascosto agli occhi dei terrorizzati cretesi.

pegasoIl Dio del Mare aveva un’animale sacro, animale nobile che presto l’uomo imparò a domare, il cavallo. Si pensa che addirittura il cavallo più famoso della storia, Pegaso, fu generato dal Dio stesso durante un fugace rapporto con la Più terribile delle Gorgoni, Medusa. Quando il semidio Perseo sconfisse la creatura mostruosa, decapitandola, dal sangue sgorgato dalla ferita spunto Pegaso. Poseidone stesso, di tanto in tanto amava tramutarsi in un cavallo e galoppare a perdifiato. Accadde cosi che, invaghitosi della Dea Demetra, Dea dell’Abbondanza, cerco di farla sua, la Dea nel tentativo di sfuggirgli si tramuto in una giumenta e si nascose in branco di cavalli, ma il Dio del Mare individuo subito nel gruppo di equini la Dea dell’Abbondanza e tramutatosi in potente stallone si accoppio con lei, da questa unione ne nacque una figlia misteriosa, di cui nessuno doveva pronunciare il suo nomee quindi non c’è stato tramandato. Nacque da questo connubio forzato anche un altro cavallo, meno famoso di Pegaso ma non meno prodigioso: Arione, un cavallo che sapeva parlare come un uomo. Fu cavalcato dall’eroe Adrasto durante la spedizione dei Sette contro Tebe.

aiace oileoTra le divinità Olimpiche, Poseidone, era fra le più irascibili e vendicative, per un nonnulla scatenava tempeste e terremoti, soprattutto quando notava nell’uomo una mancanza di fede nei sui riguardi.

A tal proposito ne sanno qualcosa gli eroi della guerra di Ilio, su tutti Odisseo, costretto ad errare per i mari per dieci lunghi anni prima di poter far ritorno nella sua Itaca. Terribile fu anche la sorte dell’eroe Aiace Oileo, scampato ad una tempesta durante il suo viaggio di ritorno da Ilio, si ritrovo a poca distanza da Mykonos, ed ebbe l’ardire di vantarsi di essersi salvato solo con le proprie forze, sentitolo Poseidone si adirò, impugno il suo Tridente e lo scaglio sulla roccia sulla quale aveva trovato la salvezza il naufrago, la roccia si squarcio in due ed il povero Aiace precipitò in mare, annegando.

La parte restante della roccia, se passerete da quelle parti, la potrete vedere affiorare dal mare.

atena e poseidonePoseidone ebbe una disputa anche con la Dea della Saggezza, Atena, per il dominio sulla città di Atene. Accadde che in quel luogo spunto un ulivo e contemporaneamente inizio a sgorgare dell’acqua, ora l’ulivo era simbolo sacro alla Dea Atena e l’acqua lo era per il Dio Poseidone, chi scegliere come divinità tutelare della città ?

Il Re Cecrope decise di dirimere la questione democraticamente. Convoco tutta la cittadinanza per le votazioni: i maschi votarono per Poseidone mentre le donne per Atena. Vinse la seconda e da allora la città fu sotto la protezione della Dea della Saggezza, da cui prese anche il nome Atene.

Poseidone preso dalla collera verso le donne ateniesi, devasto i campi intorno ad Atene e per placare l’ira del Dio del Mare gli uomini di Atene punirono le donne. Da allora in poi non avrebbero più votato, nessun figlio avrebbe preso il nome della madre e nessuna figlia si sarebbe chiamata con il nome della Dea della Saggezza.

poseidone e laomedontePerò anche Poseidone ebbe le sue sonore sconfitte. Accadde che gli Olimpi, stanchi del dominio incontrastato di Zeus, vollero ribellarsi. A capo di questa ribellione ci furono la Moglie divina Era, il Dio Apollo e il Dio del Mare, cosi Zeus fu ingannato e legato. Fu salvato dalla Nereide Teti con l’aiuto del Centimano Briareo, che subodorando odore di rivolta aiuto il Padre degli Dei. Tutte le divinità coinvolte furono unite. E, tra loro, Poseidone fu mandato a servire il Re di Ilio Laomedonte, che gli fece costruire la potente cinta muraria che circondava la città. Al termine dei lavori il Re Laomendonte si rifiuto di corrispondere il giusto compenso al Dio del Mare. Egli, infuriato fece uscire dalle acque, un enorme mostro marino che, secondo gli oracoli interpellati dal Re terrorizzato, poteva essere placato solo con il sacrificio della sua giovane figlia, Esione. Ormai convinto al sacrificio della figlia, per puro caso, venne in loro soccorso il semidio Eracle che uccise la creatura marina, liberando così la città di Ilio dalla sua terrificante presenza.

E da questo episodio nasce la collera verso la città di Ilio da parte del Dio del Mare e non manco mai di parteggiare a favore degli Achei durante la guerra decennale.

odisseaSiamo di fronte ad una divinità estremamente volubile che veniva temuta e venerata da tutto il mondo greco. Capace di grandi slanci ma nel contempo di grandi violenze. E se rapportate il tutto all’estensione dei mari capirete che Poseidone era un Dio che esigeva rispetto.

Il prossimo mese tratteremo le vicende del Dio più bello e crudele dell’Olimpo, Apollo.

Alessandro Cerioli

Olympos: Efesto, Dio onesto e sfortunato

398px-Vulcan_Coustou_Louvre_MR1814Studio Tablinum: con molto piacere, questo mese di aprile, tratteremo le vicende del Dio Efesto, Dio del Fuoco. Un dio che sin da bambino mi affascinava per la sua forza ed intelligenza, uno dei pochi Dei del Pantheon costruttivi e non distruttivi, come invece il fratello di Efesto, Ares. Dai più considerato il Dio più sfortunato del Pantheon. Dio che sin dalla sua nascita ha dovuto lottare contro le avversità. Non nacque con doti quali bellezza, eleganza e simpatia, ma con una grande intelligenza, fu infatti “l’Ingegnere”dell’Olimpo. Ideatore delle abitazioni degli Olimpi, della sua intera fucina, delle armi degli dei e degli eroi ed altro ancora, non ultimo, dei suoi automi di metallo che egli usava come aiutanti.

Questo Dio oltre ad essere Dio del Fuoco lo era anche dell’ingegneria, della tecnologia, della metallurgia e della scultura. I suoi simboli divini erano l’incudine, il martello e le tenaglie, mentre la sua fucina era situata sotto il monte Etna, in Sicilia.

Adorato in tutta la Grecia ma soprattutto ad Atene, non era considerato un Dio dal buon carattere, ma veniva apprezzato dai fedeli per la sua genialità.

hera e tetiLa madre del Dio del Fuoco, Hera, in uno dei momenti di avversione nei confronti del marito fedifrago decise di mettere al mondo un figlio, per farla pagare a Zeus per i continui tradimenti con Dee e donne mortali. Ma poiché Hera era anche la Dea del Matrimonio non poteva tradire apertamente il marito e quindi chiese aiuto alla nereide Teti, la madre dell’eroe Achille, che gli procuro un’alga con poteri sovrannaturali, quest’alga consentiva alle donne di rimanere in cinta senza “l’aiuto” dell’uomo. Nove mesi dopo Hera sgravò il frutto di quest’alga Efesto. Sulle prime Zeus fece l’indifferente ma preso poi da gelosia chiese spiegazioni alla moglie divina. Siano a qui, penserete voi, è quasi tutto normale, ma il dramma fu che entrambi rimasero disgustati dalle fattezze di questo neonato, dalla sua bruttezza e in un gesto estremo gettarono Efesto giù dall’Olimpo, il povero neonato impiego diversi giorni ad atterrare nell’Oceano, rovinosamente, con la conseguenza di rimanere zoppo per tutta la sua esistenza.

Un gesto questo che non perdono mai ai suoi genitori divini, soprattutto alla madre Hera. Come avrete letto nell’articolo su Afrodite, si vendico della madre incatenandola ad un trono appositamente costruito, ne fu liberata solo dopo aver ottenuto in sposa la Dea dell’Amore.

teti efestoEfesto venne raccolto dalle nereidi Teti ed Eurinome, che decisero di dare asilo ad Efesto che crebbe con loro in una grotta sottomarina, per loro, il Dio del Fuoco, inventore sin da fanciullo, ideo e forgiò diversi gioielli per gratitudine verso le sue benefattrici.

Il Dio del Fuoco era anche coraggiosissimo, durante la Gigantomachia, insieme ai suoi fratelli Olimpi ricacciarono sulla terrà i Giganti figli di Gea, La Madre Terra, il Gigante che tocca ad Efesto era fra i più minacciosi e si chiamava Clizio, il Dio del Fuoco lo uccise con una mazza di ferro arroventata.

Troviamo Efesto anche fuori dalle mura di Ilio a parteggiare per gli Achei.

ciclopiPrese al servizio anche i figlio di Urano e di Gea, i Ciclopi, che come i loro fratelli Titani furono più volte sconfitti dagli Olimpi, si serviva di queste creature prodigiose per via della loro alta conoscenza dei metalli, non ha caso nella fucina di Efesto si fabbricavano i fulmini e le saette di Zeus.

Nonostante la sua bruttezza, Efesto ebbe molte donne di comprovata bellezza, dalla moglie Afrodite, alla Nereide Cabiro, dalla quale ebbe due figli i Cabiri, sino alla Ninfa Etna, dalla quale ebbe due figli i Palici.

atena ed efestoMa la vicenda più esilarante riguarda una delle leggende riguardanti il mito della fondazione di Atene: Atena, la Dea della Saggezza si reco nella fucina di Efesto per ordinargli delle armi, data la bellezza della Dea, Efesto, inizio a molestarla, ma essa rifiutò le avance del Dio del Fuoco, questi preso da smaniosa bramosia cerco di farla sua con la forza, a quel punto la Dea Atena si smaterializzo all’improviso, lasciando solo Efesto nel momento di massimo godimento.

Il suo seme cadde sulla nuda terra, finendo per fecondare la Dea Gea, che dopo nove mesi dette alla luce un bambino: Erittonio, uno dei re di Atene.

Per il Re Alcinoo, signore dei Feaci, costruì due cani robotizzati che perennemente facevano la guardia alla reggia. Questi due animali di metallo stupirono molto l’eroe Ulisse, che passando dall’isola, durante le sue peregrinazioni, li vide mentre veniva accompagnato dalla bella figlia di Alcinoo, Nausicaa.

Siamo di fronte ad uno degli Olimpi più generosi e onesti. La reputazione di Efesto è impeccabile e quindi le sue vicissitudini sono limitate, rispetto alle altre divinità. Ma Il Dio del Fuoco piace così, onesto e laborioso Dio dell’Olimpo.

Nel prossimo articolo tratterò le vicende del fratello di Efesto, Ares, Dio della Guerra che a differenza del primo era un Dio distruttivo e violento. Il Dio della Guerra chiuderà il terzetto delle divinità precedentemente coinvolte: Afrodite, Dea dell’Amore ed appunto Efesto, Dio del Fuoco.

Alessandro Cerioli