MASAAKI NODA Olympian Hymn #11 to Hephaestus 2008 New York - x +
NodM2008hy11

CN: NodM2008hy11

MT: graphite on paper (30x48)

TX: inscribed with pencil at upper left in Greek by Megakles Rogakos <ΥΜΝΟΣ ΕΙΣ ΗΦΑΙΣΤΟΝ / ΗΦΑΙΣΤΟΝ ΚΛΗΤΟΜΗΤΙΝ ΑΕΙΔΕΟ ΜΟΥΣΑ ΛΙΓΕΙΑ, / ΟΣ ΜΕΤ' ΑΘΗΝΑΙΗΣ ΓΛΑΥΚΩΠΙΔΟΣ ΑΓΛΑΑ ΕΡΓΑ / ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΥΣ ΕΔΙΔΑΞΕΝ ΕΠΙ ΧΘΟΝΟΣ, ΟΙ ΤΟ ΠΑΡΟΣ ΠΕΡ / ΑΝΤΡΟΙΣ ΝΑΙΕΤΑΑΣΚΟΝ ΕΝ ΟΥΡΕΣΙΝ ΗΫΤΕ ΘΗΡΕΣ. / ΝΥΝ ΔΕ ΔΙ' ΗΦΑΙΣΤΟΝ ΚΛΥΤΟΤΕΧΝΗΝ ΕΡΓΑ ΔΑΕΝΤΕΣ / ΡΗΪΔΙΩΣ ΑΙΩΝΑ ΤΕΛΕΣΦΟΡΟΝ ΕΙΣ ΕΝΙΑΥΤΟΝ / ΕΥΚΗΛΟΙ ΔΙΑΓΟΥΣΙΝ ΕΝΙ ΣΦΕΤΕΡΟΙΣΙ ΔΟΜΟΙΣΙΝ. / ΑΛΛ' ΙΛΗΘ ΗΦΑΙΣΤΕ· ΔΙΔΟΥ Δ' ΑΡΕΤΗΝ ΤΕ ΚΑΙ ΟΛΒΟΝ.>, inscribed at lower right in English <Hephaestos>, signed <M.Noda 08>

DN: Mr. Takis Efstathiou - 2008

CM: Hephaestus was the great Olympian god of fire, metalworking, stonemasonry and the art of sculpture. He was usually depicted as a bearded man holding hammer and tongs (tools of a smith) and riding a donkey. The Olympic hymn to Hephaestus reads as follows: "Praise the renowned inventor Hephaestus, Oh sweet voiced Muse, / who with the blue-eyed Athena / taught brilliant arts to people on earth, who previously / inhabited the mountains like beasts. / And now after having received lessons from the renowned craftsman Hephaestus / easily by the end of the year / they spend their lives undisturbed in their houses. / So Hephaestus be merciful and spread happiness and virtue."

[Megakles Rogakos 02/2008]

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