Saturday, 21 July 2012
PBP: O - (Mount) Olympus
In Greek mythology Olympus was regarded as the "home" of the Twelve Olympian gods of the ancient Greek world. It formed itself after the gods defeated the Titans in the Titan War, and soon the palace was inhabited by the gods. It is the setting of many Greek mythical stories.
In the words of Homer:
Olympus was not shaken by winds nor ever wet with rain, nor did snow fall upon it, but the air is outspread clear and cloudless, and over it hovered a radiant whiteness.
Mount Olympus has 52 peaks, the highest of which reaches 2, 917 metres. It is called Mytikas which translates as 'nose'. It is also one of the highest peaks in Europe.
It's interesting to me that the ancient greeks chose a physical place as the home of the gods, somewhere that could be reached if one was brave enough to climb the mountain, unlike the unreachable heights of Heaven in Christian mythology.
Perhaps this relates to their close every day relationship with the Theoi, there were no priests or intermediaries and the gods were with people in their homes and every day lives.
On a side note, happy Noumenia!