‘Pandora Close Your Box’ handmade word collage by Angela Zafiris
‘Pandora Close Your Box’ digital collage by Angela Zafiris
In the creation myths, Zeus was so enraged with Prometheus for stealing fire, that he plotted his revenge against him. He ordered Hephaestus to create a beautiful woman with clay and water. The goddess Athena gave his creation charm and grace and Hermes gave her cleverness and the art of lying (!) She was given the name ‘Pandora’ meaning all-giving. Hephaestus gave her to the Titan Epimetheus who ignored his brothers’ advice to not to accept any gifts from Zeus, but he ignored his brother and married Pandora. Pandora brought with her a box that the gods told her to never open. Pandoras’ curiostiy got the best of her and she opend it and in doing so released all of the troubles into the world. Only hope remained in the box which whispered big dreams and false hopes into peoples weary ears and thus keeping them alive.
Similarly to the Eves’ biting of the forbidden fruit as the reason for the ills of the world so to is Pandora to blame, a woman! But, if we look closer it’s not a woman who is the source of all that has plague humans since antiquity. If Zeus had not sought revenge against Prometheus, and if he had not created that darn box than all calamities would have been avoided. But, of course the female has to be the scape goat. In the famous story of the Trojan war, Helen and her irresistible beauty, was said to be the reason for the war, but these two enemies (Achaean Greeks and the Trojan Anatolians) only found a beautiful excuse to go to war. The blame was put on a womans’ beauty and not on the war mongering nature of most men. Men abuse nature, men abuse animals, men abuse children and men abuse women and each other. Yet it’s the ‘cunning, lying, curious, manipulative, and idle woman who is said to have started it all.
Nonetheless, the story is inspiring and the references to Pandora can be spotting everywhere from pop culutre to the media. With all the catastrophes that seem to be multiplying like a hydra recently, we all know who is to be blamed..a woman! A very ancient woman and her box!
I wonder where all of the heads went?
Mosaic floor from a Roman villa. Looks like an optical illusion.
Miniature statues of deities.
An ancient mirror.
Ancient accessories that can pass as modern ones.
Experiments with colours.
Corinthian soldiers’ helmet and spear.
Head of Dionysos. Greek God of wine and revelry.
A Roman statue
Great garden idea! Love the cacti.
Beautiful Corinthian pots. I wish I had the big one in my home 😉
Another head of Dionysus
Ancient Greek Gravestones
A few photographs from the museum in Ancient Corinth. I got too excited, so I took so many photos that it was hard to sort them out afterwards. I just don’t want to forget everything that I have seen, as being in a museum can sometimes be overwhelming.
Μερικές φωτογραφίες από το μουσείο της Αρχαίας Κορίνθου. Ενθούσιαστηκα πολύ, και εβγαλα πολλέs φωτογραφίες και ηταν δυσκολο να τις τακτοποιησω μετα. Απλά δεν θέλω να ξεχασω ολα οσα εχω δει , γιατι μερικες φορες οταν πηγαινεις σε μουσείο η επμειρία μπορει να είναι συντριπτικός.
The temple of Apollo is built with Doric style columns.
There were 38 columns, now there are only 7 left.
Korinthian columns from another building on the site.
Ancient settlement with ‘Acrokorinthos’ (a fort on the mountain top) at the distance
Temple of Apollo from a distance.
The temple of Apollo, Greek and Roman God of music and light, is located at the base of ‘Akrokorinthos’ the fortress overlooking Corinthos. The temple was built in 540 B.C. there was an earlier temple built on this site in the 7th Century B.C. It was a wealthy trading city in its prime, but it not have a good reputation. Loose morals were a problem something that St. Paul addressed in his letters to the Corinthinas as it was still a problem in his time.
The impressive Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center just recently opened its doors to visitors. The cultural center is located in Kalithea, Athens and, from certain vantage points, offers stunning views of Athens, one can see the Port of Faliro and the Acropolis. For months, before its completion, seeing the cranes in the sky brought a refreshing air of optimism to the economic stricken Greece. The center has a huge library, a pond for sailing, yoga lessons, cinema room, as well as activities for children.
Why oh why can’t life be like a relaxing and beautiful day at the beach?
“Besides great climates and lovely beaches , California and Greece share a fondness for dysfunctional politics and feckless budgeting”. -James Suroweicki (a back to reality quote)
This cloud looks like a shark! Looks like a poster for the movie ‘Sharknado’!
Looks like a human face, but at a different angle it looks like my cat!
On the day of the Solar eclipse we had an incredible lightning storm in Athens. Storms like this one are a rare occurrence at this time of the year here in Athens. So, naturally I swung my camera into action, but those bolts were too quick for me. I did manage to get one lucky shot though as well as photos of weird faces in the clouds.
Lightning noun ‘a brilliant electric spark discharge in the atmosphere, occurring within a thundercloud, between clouds, or between a cloud and the ground.’
Roman Agora under the moonlight
Entrance to the theatre of Herodes Atticus
Photography exhibition outside of the theatre
The Evzones at Syndagma
Hotel Grande Bretagne
Water fountain at Syndagma square
Some night shots of Athens when I went downtown for the full moon festivities on the 9th of August. Most of the archaeological sites and museums were open and entrance was free. There was a huge crowd below the Acropolis enjoying the music and checking out the ancient artifacts and admiring the August full moon.
‘Something’s Brewing’ digital collage by Angela Zafiris
Something is brewing, and I don’t think it’s going to be good.
Κάτι ‘μαγειρεύεταικαι’ και δεν νομίζω ότι θα είναι καλό.
I don’t know what these flowers are called, but they sure do love my camera.
Δεν ξέρω πως λέγονται αυτά τα λουλούδια, αλλά σίγουρα αγαπούν τη φωτογραφική μηχανή μου.