MASAAKI NODA Olympian Hymn #07 to Demeter 2008 New York - x +
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CN: NodM2008hy07

MT: graphite on paper (30x48)

TX: inscribed with pencil at upper left in ancient Greek by Megakles Rogakos <ΥΜΝΟΣ ΕΙΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΑΝ / ΔΗΜΗΤΡ' ΗΥΚΟΜΟΝ ΣΕΜΝΗΝ ΘΕΑΝ ΑΡΧΟΜ' ΑΕΙΔΕΙΝ, / ΑΥΤΗΝ ΚΑΙ ΚΟΥΡΗΝ, ΠΕΡΙΚΑΛΛΕΑ ΠΕΡΣΕΦΟΝΕΙΑΝ. / ΧΑΙΡΕ ΘΕΑ ΚΑΙ ΤΗΝΔΕ ΣΑΟΥ ΠΟΛΙΝ, ΑΡΧΕ Δ' ΑΟΙΔΗΣ.>, inscribed at lower right in English <Demeter>, signed <M.Noda 08>

DN: Mr. Takis Efstathiou - 2008

CM: Demeter was the great Olympian goddess of agriculture, grain, and bread, the prime sustenance of mankind. She also presided over the foremost of the Mystery Cults which promised its intiates the path to a blessed afterlife. Demeter was depicted as a mature woman, often crowned and holding sheafs of wheat and and a torch. The Olympic hymn to Demeter reads as follows: "I begin to praise the beautiful-haired goddess Demeter, / her and her gorgeous daughter Persephone. / Hail goddess, save this city and guide my song."

[Megakles Rogakos 02/2008]

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