MASAAKI NODA Olympian Hymn #12 to Dionysus 2008 New York - x +
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CN: NodM2008hy12

MT: graphite on paper (30x48)

TX: inscribed with pencil at upper left in Greek by Megakles Rogakos <ΥΜΝΟΣ ΕΙΣ ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΝ / ΚΙΣΣΟΚΟΜΗΝ ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΝ ΕΡΙΒΡΟΜΟΝ ΑΡΧΟΜ' ΑΕΙΔΕΙΝ / ΖΗΝΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΣΕΜΕΛΗΣ ΕΡΙΚΥΔΕΟΣ ΑΓΛΑΟΝ ΥΙΟΝ, / ΟΝ ΤΡΕΦΟΝ ΗΥΚΟΜΟΙ ΝΥΜΦΑΙ ΠΑΡΑ ΠΑΤΡΟΣ ΑΝΑΚΤΟΣ / ΔΕΞΑΜΕΝΑΙ ΚΟΛΠΟΙΣΙ ΚΑΙ ΕΝΔΥΚΕΩΣ ΑΤΙΤΑΛΛΟΝ / ΝΥΣΗΣ ΕΝ ΓΥΑΛΟΙΣ· Ο Δ' ΑΕΞΕΤΕΟ ΠΑΤΡΟΣ ΕΚΗΤΙ ΑΝΤΡΩ ΕΝ ΕΥΩΔΕΙ ΜΕΤΑΡΙΘΜΙΟΣ ΑΘΑΝΑΤΟΙΣΙΝ. / ΑΥΤΑΡ ΕΠΕΙ ΔΗ ΤΟΝΔΕ ΘΕΑΙ ΠΟΛΥΥΜΝΟΝ ΕΘΡΕΨΑΝ, / ΔΗ ΤΟΤΕ ΦΟΙΤΙΖΕΣΚΕ ΚΑΘ' ΥΛΗΕΝΤΑΣ ΕΝΑΥΛΟΥΣ / ΚΙΣΣΩ ΚΑΙ ΔΑΦΝΗ ΠΕΠΥΚΑΣΜΕΝΟΣ· ΑΙ Δ' ΑΜ' ΕΠΟΝΤΟΝ / ΝΥΜΦΑΙ, Ο Δ' ΕΞΗΓΕΙΤΩ· ΒΡΟΜΟΣ Δ' ΕΧΕΝ ΑΣΠΕΤΟΝ ΥΛΗΝ. / ΚΑΙ ΣΥ ΜΕΝ ΟΥΤΩ ΧΑΙΡΕ ΠΟΛΥΣΤΑΦΥΛ' Ω ΔΙΟΝΥΣΕ· / ΕΚ Δ' ΑΥΘ' ΩΡΑΩΝ ΕΙΣ ΤΟΥΣ ΠΟΛΛΟΥΣ ΕΝΙΑΥΤΟΥΣ.>, inscribed at lower right in English <Dionysos>, signed <M.Noda 08>

DN: Mr. Takis Efstathiou - 2008

CM: Dionysus was the great Olympian god of wine, vegetation, pleasure and festivity. He was depicted as either an older bearded god or a pretty effeminate, long-haired youth. His attributes included the thyrsos (a pine-cone tipped staff), drinking cup, leopard and fruiting vine. He was usually accompanied by a troop of Satyrs and Mainades (female devotees or nymphs). The Olympic hymn to Dionysus reads as follows: "I begin to extol the loud ivy-haired Dionysus / beautiful son of Zeus and glorious Semeli / that the well-combed nymphs have brought up when from the powerful father / they received him to join their ranks and willing took care of / in the gorges of Nyssa; and by the will of Zeus he grew / in a fragrant cavern becoming the immortals. / So when the deities nurtured his highness, / then he roamed in forested ravines / decorated with ivy and laurel; the nymphs attended him / and he led them; and the vast forest was filled with joy. / So fare well to you, oh wine-master Dionysus; / and let us live our time with excitement / and for times to come."

[Megakles Rogakos 02/2008]

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