MASAAKI NODA Olympian Hymn #10 to Ares 2008 New York - x +
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CN: NodM2008hy10

MT: graphite on paper (30x48)

TX: inscribed with pencil at upper left in Greek by Megakles Rogakos <ΥΜΝΟΣ ΕΙΣ ΑΡΕΑ / ΑΡΕΣ ΥΠΕΡΜΕΝΕΤΑ, ΒΡΙΣΑΡΜΑΤΕ, ΧΡΥΣΕΟΠΗΛΗΞ, / ΑΒΡΙΜΟΘΥΜΕ, ΦΕΡΑΣΠΙ, ΠΟΛΙΣΣΟΕ, ΧΑΛΚΟΚΟΡΥΣΤΑ, / ΚΑΡΤΕΡΟΧΕΙΡ, ΑΜΟΓΗΤΕ, ΔΟΡΥΣΘΕΝΕΣ, ΕΡΚΟΣ ΟΛΥΜΠΟΥ, / ΝΙΚΗΣ ΕΥΠΟΛΕΜΟΙ ΠΑΤΕΡ, ΣΥΝΑΡΩΓΕ ΘΕΜΙΣΤΟΣ, / ΑΝΤΙΒΙΟΙΣΙ ΤΥΡΑΝΝΕ, ΔΙΚΑΙΟΤΑΤΩΝ ΑΓΕ ΦΩΤΩΝ, / ΗΝΟΡΕΗΣ ΣΚΗΠΤΟΥΧΕ, ΠΥΡΑΥΓΕΑ ΚΥΚΛΟΝ ΕΛΣΙΣΣΩΝ / ΑΙΘΕΡΟΣ ΕΠΤΑΠΟΡΟΙΣ ΕΝΙ ΤΕΙΡΕΣΙΝ ΕΝΘΑ ΣΕ ΠΩΛΟΙ / ΖΑΦΛΕΓΕΕΣ ΤΡΙΤΑΤΗΣ ΥΠΕΡ ΑΝΤΥΓΟΣ ΑΙΕΝ ΕΧΟΥΣΙ· / ΚΛΥΘΙ ΒΡΟΤΩΝ ΕΠΙΚΟΥΡΕ, ΔΟΤΗΡ ΕΥΘΑΛΕΟΣ ΗΒΗΣ, / ΠΡΗΫ ΚΑΤΑΣΤΙΛΒΩΝ ΣΕΛΣ ΥΨΟΘΕΝ ΕΣ ΒΙΟΤΗΤΑ / ΗΜΕΤΕΡΗΝ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΡΤΟΣ ΑΡΗΪΟΝ, ΩΣ ΚΕ ΔΥΝΑΙΜΗΝ / ΣΕΥΑΣΘΑΙ ΚΑΚΟΤΗΤΑ ΠΙΚΡΗΝ ΑΠ' ΕΜΟΙΟ ΚΑΡΗΝΟΥ, / ΚΑΙ ΨΥΧΗΣ ΑΠΑΤΗΛΟΝ ΥΠΟΓΝΑΜΨΑΙ ΦΡΕΣΙΝ ΟΡΜΗΝ / ΘΥΜΟΥ Τ' ΑΥ ΜΕΝΟΣ ΟΞΥ ΚΑΤΙΣΧΕΜΕΝ· ΑΛΛΑ ΣΥ ΘΑΡΣΟΣ / ΔΟΣ ΜΑΚΑΡ, ΕΙΡΗΝΗΣ ΤΕ ΜΕΝΕΙΝ ΕΝ ΑΠΗΜΟΣΙ ΘΕΣΜΟΙΣ / ΔΥΣΜΕΝΕΩΝ ΠΡΟΣΦΥΓΟΝΤΑ ΜΟΘΟΝ ΚΗΡΑΣ ΤΕ ΒΙΑΙΟΥΣ.>, inscribed at lower right in English <Ares>, signed <M.Noda 08>

DN: Mr. Takis Efstathiou - 2008

CM: Ares was the great Olympian god of war, battlelust, civil order and manly courage. In Greek art he was depicted as either a mature, bearded warrior dressed in battle arms or a nude beardless youth with helm and spear. Because of his lack of distinctive attributes he is often difficult to identify in classical art. The Olympic hymn to Ares reads as follows: "Oh Ares almighty, robust, with the golden helmet, / brave-hearted, bearer of the shield, protector of the city, with the copper breastplate, / strong-armed, tireless, strong thrower of the spear, a stronghold of Olympus, the father of martial Victory, the assistant of Themistos, / master of rivals, leader of the most just of men, / holder of bravery's scepter, displaying your fiery disk / in the seven-year stars of the sky, where your vivacious colts / support you eternally over the third orbit; / hear Oh assistant of mortals, donor of blooming youth, / who reflects from above your meek light / on our life and fine polemics, in order to enable me / to subject my soul's deceptive momentum in my mind / and to prevent the acid fury of the anger which irritates me / to face the cold battle; but give me courage / Oh blessed to observe the salutary laws of peace / avoiding battles of enemies and violent deaths."

[Megakles Rogakos 02/2008]

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