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TRITON, HIPPOCAMPUS, AND LEOCAMPUS 
- a wooden sculpture -
FOTO by the author of this page who releases it to the Public Domain.

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A wooden sculpture of Gods and Sea-Gods

This is a wooden sculpture in the possession of the author who won it at auction. The piece is 37-1/2 inches long, nine inches tall, and three inches deep. The figures are carved in deep relief, some being completely in-the-round. The carving was created from a single piece of wood and the figures and background are vibrantly painted. It seems to be very old, for much of the pigment has fallen off from age. The author assumes it is of Italian origin but in truth nothing is known of it's history. The sculpture depicts three Trítohnæs (Tritones or Tritons; Gr. Τρίτωνες), divine sea-Gods. The figure all the way to the left is either Trítohn (Triton; Gr. Τρίτων) himself or one of his minions. In the center is an unknown deity accompanied by an Ippókampos (Hippocampus; Gr. Ἱππόκαμπος), a sea-God in the shape of a horse with a fishes tail. The figures all the way to the right depict winged Ǽrohs (Eros; Gr. Ἔρως) riding a Lǽohkampos (Leocampus; Gr. Λέωκαμπος), a sea-God in the form of a horse with two fish-tails. The photographs were taken by the author who releases them to the public domain.

Trítohn

A God accompanied by an Ippókampos 
(Hippocampus; Gr. Ἱππόκαμπος)

 Unidentified Deity

Ǽrohs (Eros; Gr. Ἔρως) riding a Lǽohkampos

Ǽrohs (Eros; Gr. Ἔρως) on a Lǽohkampos


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 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: 

Pronunciation of Ancient Greek         

 

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