MASAAKI NODA Olympian Hymn #03 to Athena 2008 New York - x +
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CN: NodM2008hy03

MT: graphite on paper (30x48)

TX: inscribed with pencil at upper left in ancient Greek by Megakles Rogakos <ΥΜΝΟΣ ΕΙΣ ΑΘΗΝΑΝ / ΠΑΛΛΑΔ' ΑΘΗΝΑΙΗΝ ΕΡΥΣΙΠΤΟΛΙΝ ΑΡΧΟΜ' ΑΕΙΔΕΙΝ /ΔΕΙΝΗΝΗΣΥΝΑΡΗΪΜΕΛΕΙΠΟΛΕΜΗΪΑΕΡΓΑ ΠΕΡΘΟΜΕΝΑΙ ΤΕ ΠΟΛΗΕΣ ΑΫΤΗ ΤΕ ΠΤΟΛΕΜΟΙ ΤΕ, / ΚΑΙ Τ' ΕΡΥΣΑΤΟ ΛΑΟΝ ΙΟΝΤΑ ΤΕ ΝΙΣΟΜΕΝΟΝ ΤΕ. / ΧΑΙΡΕ ΘΕΑ, ΔΟΣ Δ' ΑΜΜΙ ΤΥΧΗΝ ΕΥΔΑΙΜΟΝΙΗΝ ΤΕ.>, inscribed at lower right in English <Athena>, signed <M.Noda 08>

DN: Mr. Takis Efstathiou - 2008

CM: Athena was the great Olympian goddess of wise counsel, war, the defence of towns, heroic endeavour, weaving, pottery and other crafts. She was depicted crowned with a crested helm, armed with shield and spear, and wearing the snake-trimmed aigis cloak wrapped around her breast and arm, adorned with the monstrous head of the Gorgon. The Olympic hymn to Athena reads as follows: "I begin to praise the city-patroness Athena Pallas / the terrible, who along with Ares devises martial deeds / causing plunders of cities, wars and cries, / and protects the army both when it retreats and when it attacks. / Hail goddess and spare me good luck and happiness."

[Megakles Rogakos 02/2008]

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