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Mythology and Modern Psychology

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Following the Example of the Gods


Hellenic - Hellenismos is a synonym for Greek.
Academics who study ancient or modern Greece are referred to as Hellenists,
and thus the study of Greece may be referred to as Hellenism.



Not a relic, not a ruin, but alive and still vibrant after 2.500 years.
The hub of our life, the symbol of our being, the pulsing heart of our
nation, what we are now, what our children will be tomorrow. It keeps
us tied to our ancestors, to our descendants, to each other, no matter
where we live or where we are born. This is our source of strenght and
inspiration.



Archangel Michael by Lila.info

Homer - (Ancient Greek: Ὅμηρος, Hómēros).

"Andra moi ennepe, mousa, polutropon, hos mala polla
planchthê, epei Troiês hieron ptoliethron epersen:
pollôn d' anthrôpôn iden astea kai noon egnô,
polla d' ho g' en pontôi pathen algea hon kata thumon,

arnumenos hên te psuchên kai noston hetairôn.
all' oud' hôs hetarous errusato, hiemenos per:
autôn gar spheterêisin atasthaliêisin olonto,
nêpioi, hoi kata bous Huperionos Êelioio
êsthion: autar ho toisin apheileto nostimon êmar.

tôn hamothen ge, thea, thugater Dios, eipe kai hêmin.


Apotheosis

Translation:

Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far
and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy.
Many cities did he visit, and many were the nations with
whose manners and customs he was acquainted; moreover he
suffered much by sea while trying to save his own life
and bring his men safely home; but do what he might he
could not save his men, for they perished through their
own sheer folly in eating the cattle of the Sun-god
Hyperion; so the god prevented them from ever reaching
home. Tell me, too, about all these things, O daughter
of Jove, from whatsoever source you may know them.

...

See now, how men lay blame upon us gods for what is after all nothing but their own folly..."


The Return of Odysseus, Claude Lorrain, 1644.


The epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homeros,
are considered the Bible of the ancients whose code/symbolism
and meaning remains unbreakable.




Psychology (from Greek ψῡχή, psȳkhē,"; and -λογία, -logia)
is an academic and applied discipline involving the scientific
study of mental functions and behavior.

Greek Mythology and Modern Psychology

From Narcissus to Oedipus, the names of Greek gods are imbedded
in the terminology of modern psychology.
Consider the roles of gods and goddesses as illustrations of
personality types and the myths themselves as reflections of
mankind’s continuing quest for self-understanding.

Myths represent forces in the psyche and the world.
As Joseph Campbell said, in An Open Life,
"The imagery of mythology is symbolic of spiritual powers within us."

The Mythology & Archetypes will be designed to help you locate additional resources
on the Greek gods not only Greek mythology, but myths and folklore from other
cultures as well, psychology, archetypes, personality types.
All are welcome.

For more information on Greco-Egyptian Gods please
see http://sannion.livejournal.com/652541.html http://www.neosalexandria.org

Aristotle gestures to the earth, representing his belief in knowledge
through empirical observation and experience, whilst Plato gestures to
the heavens, representing his belief in The Forms.



Plato (left) and Aristotle (right), a detail of The School of Athens, a fresco by Raphael.




Honor to those who in the life they lead
define and guard a Thermopylae.
Never betraying what is right,
consistent and just in all they do
but showing pity also, and compassion;
generous when they are rich, and when they are poor,
still generous in small ways,
still helping as much as they can;
always speaking the truth,
yet without hating those who lie.

C. Cavafy, 1903
Translation by E. Keeley and F. Sherrard




Enter, with Eusebia, Paradosis, Arete!

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