HYMN TO ZEUS
The Hymn to Zefs (Zeus; Gr. Ζεύς) was written by the contemporary composer Kallímakhos of Chicago, not the ancient poet from Alexandria.
To download the mp3 audio-file, click on this link, the mp3 file will appear playing in a new window, right-click and a new window will appear, click Save As: Listen to the Hymn
For the technically curious: The recording available in the link above was made at Pekin Inn Recording. The entire performance and the recording was made by Kallímakhos. The following equipment was used on the recording. The vocal microphone is a Microtech Gefel UM70. The instrument(s) were recorded simultaneously with a pair of Microtech Gefel M296 on a Jecklin disc. Three channels of an API 3124M+ served as the pre-amps for all the microphones. The mixer was a Neotek-1E. Reverbs: TC Electronic REVERB 4000 and M2000.Some compression was applied using a Pendulum audio ES-8. The mix-down deck is a Marantz CDR640. The percussion instruments are triangles.
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.
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