MASAAKI NODA Olympian Hymn #06 to Artemis 2008 New York - x +
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CN: NodM2008hy06

MT: graphite on paper (30x48)

TX: inscribed with pencil at upper left in ancient Greek by Megakles Rogakos <ΥΜΝΟΣ ΕΙΣ ΑΡΤΕΜΙΝ / ΑΡΤΕΜΙΝ ΥΜΝΕΙ ΜΟΥΣΑ ΚΑΣΙΓΝΗΤΗΝ ΕΚΑΤΟΙΣ, / ΠΑΡΘΕΝΟΝ ΙΟΧΕΑΙΡΑΝ, ΟΜΟΤΡΟΦΟΝ ΑΠΟΛΛΩΝΟΣ, Η Θ' ΙΠΠΟΥΣ ΑΡΣΑΣ ΒΑΘΥΣΧΟΙΝΟΙΟ ΜΕΛΗΤΟΣ / ΡΙΜΦΑ ΔΙΑ ΣΜΥΡΝΗΣ ΠΑΓΧΡΥΣΕΟΝ ΑΡΜΑ ΔΙΩΚΕΙ / ΕΣ ΚΛΑΡΟΝ ΑΜΠΕΛΟΕΣΣΑΝ, ΟΘ' ΑΡΓΥΡΟΤΟΞΟΣ ΑΠΟΛΛΩΝ / ΗΣΤΑΙ ΜΙΜΝΑΖΟΝ ΕΚΑΤΗΒΟΛΟΝ ΙΟΧΕΑΙΡΑΝ. / ΚΑΙ ΣΥ ΜΕΝ ΟΥΤΩ ΧΑΙΡΕ ΘΕΑΙ Θ' ΑΜΑ ΠΑΣΑΙ ΑΟΙΔΗ· / ΑΥΤΑΡ ΕΓΩ ΣΕ ΠΡΩΤΑ ΚΑΙ ΕΚ ΣΕΘΕΝ ΑΡΧΟΜ’ ΑΕΙΔΕΙΝ, ΣΕΥ Δ' ΕΓΩ ΑΡΞΑΜΕΝΟΣ ΜΕΤΑΒΗΣΟΜΑΙ ΑΛΛΟΝ ΕΣ ΥΜΝΟΝ.>, inscribed at lower right in English <Artemis>, signed <M.Noda 08>

DN: Mr. Takis Efstathiou - 2008

CM: Artemis was the great Olympian goddess of hunting, wilderness and wild animals. She was also a goddess of childbirth, and the protectress of the girl child up to the age of marriage. Her twin brother Apollon was similarly the protector of the boy child. Together the two gods were also bringers of sudden death and disease - Artemis targetted women and girls, while Apollon targetted men and boys. In ancient art Artemis was usually depicted as a girl dressed in a short knee-length chiton and equipped with a hunting bow and quiver of arrows. The Olympic hymn to Artemis reads as follows: "Oh Muse praise Artemis the sister of Ecatus / the virgin archer, who was grew next to Apollo, / her who waters the horses of bulrushed Melis / and hastily drives the golden chariot from Smyrna / to the vineyards of Clarus, where the silver-bowed Apollo / rests in waiting of the dexterous archer. / Thus let you and all the goddesses be pleased with my song; / however it is you before others that I begin to praise, / and after I praise you I shall move onto another hymn." [translated by Megakles]

[Megakles Rogakos 02/2008]

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