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THE BATTLE OF PARIS AND MENELAUS
- a wooden sculpture -
FOTO by the author of this page who releases it to the Public Domain


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The Battle of Páris and Mænǽlaos

These are pictures of a wooden sculpture won at auction by the author of this page. It is of Italian origin and of unknown age. The piece is 33-1/2 inches long, 8 inches tall, and two inches thick. The figures are carved in deep relief and the scene illustrates the single-hand conflict between Páris and Mænǽlaos (Paris and Menelaus; Gr. Πάρις καί Μενέλαος) as found in Iliás (The Iliad; Gr. Ἰλιάς), but depicting the two characters as Medieval knights. Tría (Troy; Gr. Τροία) is portrayed as a castle and the camp of the Greeks is shown as a group of tents. On either extremity of the carving are winged deities with fish-tails, but the wings have been broken off. The photographs were taken by the author who releases them to the public domain.

Páris and Mænǽlaos depicted as Medieval knights

Tría (Troy; Gr. Τροία)

The camp of the Greeks

Sea-deity with missing wings from left side of sculpture

Sea-deity with missing wings from right side of sculpture

Inscription, "Sfida di Paride e Menellao"


The story of the birth of the GodsOrphic 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 mythology, 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: HellenicGods.org 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:



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