MASAAKI NODA Olympian Hymn #08 to Hermes 2008 New York - x +
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CN: NodM2008hy08

MT: graphite on paper (30x48)

TX: inscribed with pencil at upper left in ancient Greek by Megakles Rogakos <ΥΜΝΟΣ ΕΙΣ ΕΡΜΗΝ / ΕΡΜΗΝ ΑΕΙΔΩ ΚΥΛΛΗΝΙΟΝ ΑΡΓΕΙΦΟΝΤΗΝ / ΚΥΛΛΗΝΗΣ ΜΕΔΕΟΝΤΑ ΚΑΙ ΑΡΚΑΔΙΗΣ ΠΟΛΥΜΗΛΟΥ, / ΑΓΓΕΛΟΝ ΑΘΑΝΑΤΩΝ ΕΡΙΟΥΝΙΟΝ ΟΝ ΤΕΚΕ ΜΑΙΑ / ΑΤΛΑΝΤΟΣ ΘΥΓΑΤΗΡ ΔΙΟΣ ΕΝ ΦΙΛΟΤΗΤΙ ΜΙΓΕΙΣΑ / ΑΙΔΟΙΗ· ΜΑΚΑΡΩΝ ΔΕ ΘΕΩΝ ΑΛΕΕΙΝΕΝ ΟΜΙΛΟΝ / ΑΝΤΡΩ ΝΑΙΕΤΑΟΥΣΑ ΠΑΛΙΣΚΙΩ ΕΝΘΑ ΚΡΟΝΙΩΝ / ΝΥΜΦΗ ΕΫΠΛΟΚΑΜΩ ΜΙΣΕΣΚΕΤΟ ΝΥΚΤΟΣ ΑΜΟΛΓΩ, / ΕΥΤΕ ΚΑΤΑ ΓΛΥΚΥΣ ΥΠΝΟΣ ΕΧΟΙ ΛΕΥΚΩΛΕΝΟΝ ΗΡΗΝ· / ΛΑΝΘΑΝΕ Δ' ΑΘΑΝΑΤΟΥΣ ΤΕ ΘΕΟΥΣ ΘΝΗΤΟΥΣ Τ' ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΥΣ. / ΚΑΙ ΣΥ ΜΕΝ ΟΥΤΩ ΧΑΙΡΕ ΔΙΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΜΑΙΑΔΟΣ ΥΙΕ· / ΣΕΥ Δ' ΕΓΩ ΑΡΞΑΜΕΝΟΣ ΜΕΤΑΒΗΣΟΜΑΙ ΑΛΛΟΝ ΕΣ ΥΜΝΟΝ. / ΧΑΙΡ' ΕΡΜΗ ΧΑΡΙΔΩΤΑ ΔΙΑΚΤΟΡΕ, ΔΩΤΟΡ ΕΑΩΝ.>, inscribed at lower right in English <Hermes>, signed <M.Noda 08>

DN: Mr. Takis Efstathiou - 2008

CM: Hermes was the great Olympian God of animal husbandry, roads, travel, hospitality, heralds, diplomacy, trade, thievery, language, writing, persuasion, cunning wiles, athletic contests, gymnasiums, astronomy, and astrology. He was also the personal agent and herald of Zeus, the king of the gods. Hermes was depicted as either a handsome and athletic, beardless youth or as an older bearded man. His attributes included the herald's wand or kerykeion (Latin caduceus), winged boots, and sometimes a winged travellers cap and chlamys cloak. The Olympic hymn to Hermes reads as follows: "I praise Hermes from Kyllene who is connected to Argos / master of Kyllene and of Arcadia with its plenty sheep, / beneficent messenger of immortals born by Maea / the shy daughter of Atlas who made love with Zeus / and avoided the company of blessed gods / choosing to stay in a dark cavern where Cronus met / at midnight the beautiful-haired numph, / whenever the white-handed Hera was succumbed by sweet sleep; / and hid from the immortal gods and from mortal humans. / And may you thus be happy son of Maea and Zeus; / and starting from you I will continue with another hymn. / Hail Hermes, the gods' most joyous servant, oh donor of goods."

[Megakles Rogakos 02/2008]

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