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Our community is hugely fortunate to have possession of a number of very beautiful works of art connected with the practice and worship of the Gods. These are links to pages of pictures of some of these lovely pieces.

ADONIS  - a 19th century bronze copy of a statue from Pompeii:

Adonis Victorian Bronze

POLLO 2006 - a stone sculpture by James Van Kollenburg, Kallímakhos of Chicago:

Apollo 2006


APOLLO GIVES THE KITHARA TO ORPHEUS  - an ink drawing by Kallímakhos of Chicago, a sketch intended to eventually to eventually be realized as a large marble relief:

Apollo gives the kithara  to Orpheus


APOLLO CITHAROEDUS - a Victorian bronze statue of Apollo playing the lyre and singing:

Apóllohn Kitharohdós

ASKLIPIOS FIGHTING ON A HORSE - a small ancient votive tablet. There is a story in Sparta of a sick boy who had a dream of Asklepios and was healed.  In the dream, Asklipios was in arms. The Spartans then worshiped Asklipios as a warrior and won in battle. 

Asklipios the Warrior


ATHINA, QUEEN OF ATHENS - a beautiful Greek embroidery about 200 years old depicting the Goddess Athiná, the lovely protectress of our community:

Athina, Queen of Athens

BAUBO - pictures of a tiny ancient carnelian pendant of the Goddess Vavvóh (Baubo, Βαυβώ):


BACCHUS - pictures of a beautiful bronze sculpture of Vákkhos (Bacchus, Βάκχος = Διόνυσος) by the French sculpture Eutrope Bouret (1833-1906).

Bacchus by Bouret

THE BATTLE OF PARIS AND MENELAUS - an Italian wooden sculpture of the famous hand-to-hand conflict between the two characters of the Iliad, depicted as Medieval knights:

The Battle of Paris and Menelaus

CUPID AND PSYCHE relates the story of Ǽrohs (Eros or Cupid; Gr. Ἔρως) and Psykhí (Psyche; Gr. Ψυχή), as told by Apuleius, the Platonist philosopher and writer, as translated by William Adlington in 1566. This page includes the beautiful engravings of Marc Antonio Raimondi which were based on the studies created by his teacher, Raphael, for the frescos on the same subject which Raphael painted in the Villa Farnesina in Rome, illustrating the text:

Cupid and Psyche

DIONYSIAN DANCER is a beautiful lamp made by the Marbro lamp company depicting a Bakkhic dancer playing a tambourine:


Goat and Eros receptacle for incense

HERMES EMBROIDERY - a lovely silk piece of needlework depicting the Olympian messenger-God:

Hermes Embroidery

A WOODEN SCULPTURE OF SEA-GODS - This is a page of photographs of a very old wooden sculpture depicting Eros and various Sea-Gods:

Triton, Hippocampus, and Leocampus

ZEUS - an alabaster sculpture of unknown origin, likely created in the 19th century:

The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.
Introduction to the Thæí (the Gods): The Nature of the Gods.

The logo to the left is the principal symbol of this website. It is called the CESS logo, i.e. the Children of the Earth and the Starry Sky. The 
Pætilía (Petelia; Gr. Πετηλία) and other golden tablets having this phrase are the inspiration for the symbol. The image represents this idea: Earth (divisible substance) and the Sky (continuous substance) are the two kozmogonic substances. The twelve stars represent the Natural Laws, the dominions of the Olympian Gods. In front of these symbols is the seven-stringed kithára (cithara; Gr. κιθάρα), the lyre of Apóllohn (Apollo; Gr. Ἀπόλλων). It (here) represents the bond between Gods and mortals and is representative that we are the children of Orphéfs (Orpheus; Gr. Ὀρφεύς). 

PLEASE NOTE: Throughout the pages of this website, you will find fascinating stories about our Gods. These narratives are known as 


, the traditional stories of the Gods and Heroes. While these tales are great mystical vehicles containing transcendent truth, they are symbolic and should not be taken literally. A literal reading will frequently yield an erroneous result. The meaning of the myths is concealed in code. To understand them requires a key. For instance, when a God kills someone, this usually means a transformation of the soul to a higher level. Similarly, sexual union with a God is a transformation.

The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.

SPELLING: uses the Reuchlinian method of pronouncing ancient Greek, the system preferred by scholars from Greece itself. An approach was developed to enable the student to easily approximate the Greek words. Consequently, the way we spell words is unique, as this method of transliteration is exclusive to this website. For more information, visit these three pages: 

Pronunciation of Ancient Greek        


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