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VISITING ATHENS, GREECE 
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Visiting the holy shrines of our Gods
will provide an experience that is unparalleled. There is still power in the ruins of the temples, temples which are the heritage of all mankind. For those who love Hellenic art, you will find it in abundance and every historical site has a museum. Seeing the magnificent statues in front of your eyes is profoundly different from observing them in pictures. Furthermore, the landscape of Greece is fantastically beautiful as are its people, cities, food, and culture. 

If possible, try to travel after September 15th because the airfare rates and the tourist trade diminishes after summer passes. The summers are very hot, in the triple digits, but not much humidity, at least in Athens and the surrounding areas. The weather in late September-October is actually heavenly, the temperature being about 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius) during the day. You should bring a sweater and a light jacket for the evenings. If it does rain, it is usually only for a few minutes to a couple of hours, and then the sun returns; so you do not have to worry that the weather will ruin your plans. You should have gym shoes or any kind of shoe that does not slip easily while climbing steep steps.


ATHENS: The city of Athens, Athena's city, abounds in historical and religious sites. Here you will find the Acropolis, the most famous Acropolis of all, the Sacred Rock. The crowning structure here is the Parthenon, a universal symbol of democracy but first and foremost the great Temple of Athena. This temple originally housed the massive chryselephantine (ivory and gold) statue of Athena Parthenos by the sculptor Phidias. The statue no longer exists, but the temple stands and is magnificent. It can be viewed to great effect from the distance while lit up every evening.

Make sure that you visit the Agora, the center of the ancient city. The Hephaesteion, the best preserved Greek temple from antiquity, is located there. With some assistance, you can find the remains of the prison which housed Socrates before his death. Of particular note is the Altar of the Twelve Gods. It is a humble thing to see, hardly noticeable, but it is the most sacred location in the Agora and prayers should be offered at the site. Only a corner remains exposed as the greater part of the Altar is buried under the rapid transit. All about the area of the Altar can be found growing the rare akantha (Gr. ἄκανθα) plant.

Kerameikos was the official cemetery of ancient Athens. It is a most peaceful and solemn location containing many impressive funereal works of art. Along with additional sepulchral stele in the museum, there is pottery also because Kerameikos was originally a potter's district.

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is one of the great museums of the world. It houses the largest collection of antiquities from ancient Greece found anywhere. Here are collections of pottery, the bronze Poseidon (or Zeus) of Cape Artemision, the so-called Mask of Agamemnon, fabulous Kouros and so much more.

 

ELEUSIS: Not far in the outskirts of Athens is the sacred district of Eleusis, the place of initiation for the Eleusinian Mysteries. These were the most celebrated Mysteries of the ancient world and they concerned the Goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone. They took place for at least 2,000 years and it is a great privilege to be able to offer prayer at the site.

DELPHI:
 Just a buss-ride away from Athens is the holy precinct of Delphi. This is a most sacred place in the world where is located the remains of the Temple of Apollo and Dionysos and from where Apollo spoke through his priestess, the  Pythia, for over a thousand years. The oracles obtained from Delphi, a Pan-Hellenic sanctuary complex, punctuate many of the most important events of ancient history.  The God was consulted regarding any important decision, such as whether to go to war or how to proceed in war and the founding of cities.

The story of the establishment of the sanctuary is recounted in the Pythian Hymn from the Homeric hymns. It was at Delphi that Apollo slew the Python. Delphi is the Navel of the World and the center of our religion, marked by a great Orphic Egg known as the Omphalos.

Surrounded by ruins of treasuries, great gifts to Apollo in ancient times, you will discover the main temple, shown in a photograph at the top of this page. Above the temple is the Theatre and further yet the Stadium where was held the Pythian Games. These games had great renown on a par with the Olympic Games.

Along the highway in front of the site, follow the sidewalk to your right as you face the Temple. Continue walking until you hear water. From a spout along this road you can drink from the Castalian Spring, said to be a very wholesome water.  Just a little further there is the area cut into the stone where you can hear more water.  It is a fairly spacious place, like a very large bath. Here the priests purified themselves in the Castalian water before consulting the Oracle. As you observe the place, consider that Plutarch, high priest of Apollon at Delphi, must have bathed here many times.

It is a great blessing to make a pilgrimage to Delphi. The site is one of breathtaking beauty. If you pay attention to the landscape, you will find laurel trees, sacred to Apollon, in abundance.

   

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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 

  
  

, 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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