Saturday, 14 May 2011

₪ Homer Über Álles

   This summer is a very promising one.
   Some of the world´s biggest bands and rock stars are about to play in Athens, and all tickets are already been sold out. Fashion icons, rock stars, sex symbols, TV personas, idols, etc. etc,
today´s stars seem to be all the above at one, and everybody waits for the big show. 
T-Bone stakes, vegetables, robots, lions, fireworks, astronaut costumes, fires, strobe lights, and smokes are among many other things that are about to be offered to the crowed and the big event will start. About two hours after, the ¨event of the year¨ will come up to an end, and along with that our torture. 
Suddenly I hear a paradisiac harp playing calmly in my head and I imagine happy and relaxed poets playing the instrument of heavens under a tree. Yes, there was a time music was like this. 
But how did we came up to this point? 
The answer is simply one name: Homer. 
The myth has it that this old-willy blind man sat and with the help of Muses, wrote an outstanding number of poems. We are not sure where he was born, or when. 
We are still not sure where he lived or died. We are not sure if what he is attributed to be his are indeed his, and if they are, how many are they. Actually, we are not sure if he even existed. The only thing I am sure is that Homer was humanity´s first worldwide superstar. Homer passed poetry to an another dimension, in a level still any other man haven´t get to reach to date. 
Satyr, drama, sex, fights, indrigas, fights, war, divine entities, narcotics, bravery and treason are just a small taste what this man´s works include, without mentioning the perfection of his written speech on a poetic level. 
Yes, Homer was indeed, humanity´s first superstar. 
Probably as the germans would say it simply, ¨Homer Über Alles¨
  Why? Because of the heritage he left to billions of humans. Not the mental one, for that part I thing there isn´t much to say, as his epic poems speak by themselves, but because of the words he left in tenths of languages and hundreds of dialects. But first things first. Homer was an Ionian, resulting in the most reasonable thing: he was writing in the ionian dialect. The dialect though he was writing at, on the 8th century B.C was much different than the one that was spoken during the 5th century B.C, meaning the Hellenistic Era. The shiniest era of humanity until the 20th and 21st century A.D.
  Athens was by all means the cradle of light of the ancient world. Arts, philosophy, sciences, trade and many other factors, all contributed to the expansion of the language, but none had such impact as the conquering of the world by Alexander the Great. What is the common denominator? The Ionian dialect. Philipp II had enforced the speaking and writing of the Ionian dialect on the Doric palace of Pella, something that resulted into all the globe to speak and write in Ionian. With the introduction of the Hellenism to the word in the Ionian way, Homer´s Iliad and Odyssey became literally and by all means the Alpha and the Omega every intellectual was taught and when you are dealing with the most complete - if not perfect - written treasure, man has seen to date, then very rarely you change the words inside it. Actually they took them as they were. Even though that most of these words have had been alternated by Homer himself in favor of the poem´s lyricy and harmony, no-one dared to change them back to their grammatical correct form. And these words, terms and expressions that are still in the english language, we are about to meet today in a short list of direct words.

₪ It´s just Greek to you?


   There are many beautiful and interesting destinations around the world. There are though some places that are indeed special, with another aura. Depending to what is each human´s special characteristic and idiomorhy, some cities are the place to be. Just imagine what Mecca is for a muslim, what it means for an architect to be in Berlin, or Zurich´s importance for a stock-broker. Try understand why Paris is every chef´s paradise, or why Brussels are for a politician the epitome of his career.
   Following this orthodoxy, I tried to find for whom Athens stands for. 
Is it a city for historians? 
Is it a city for archaeologists, or maybe the Alpha and the Omega on every democrat´s political route? 
I am sure that if we would squeeze the subject we could find many things, but for me it was quite simple: Athens is the city that in 3-4 hours driving I have access to the majority of the most important places in Greece. 
  Olympia, Epidaurus, Mantinia and of coarse Sparta lay on the Peloponnesian peninsula, while Thermopylae and Delphi await in Magnisia and Phocis respectively. From there, just a couple of hours