Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Historical continuity

480 BC "μολών λαβέ" = "come and get them" Leonidas I, King of Sparta

When King Xerxes demanded from Leonidas to surrender his arms.

1453 AD "Το δε την Πόλιν σοι δούναι ούτ' εμόν εστίν, ούτε άλλου των οικούντων εν αυτή. Κοινή γαρ γνώμη πάντες αυτοπροαιρέτως αποθανούμεν και ου φεισόμεθα της ζωής ημών" =
"Surrendering the City to you is not my right, nor the right of anyone else, for we have all decided to die and we shall not spare our lives" Constantine XI Paleologos, Last Emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire

When Sultan Mehmet II demanded from Constantine to surrended Constantinople.

PS: those two statues are less that 10 kilometers away, one in the city of Sparta and the other in Mistras, both great men of Lakonian-Hellenic stock, sacrificied their lives for a common cause: FREEDOM

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Δεν είμαι φαν του Λιακόπουλου, αλλά μου αρέσει η περιγραφή του!!

Αν και κάνει ένα λαθάκι... δεν ήταν ο Ξέρξης που γύρισε στον Μαρδόνιο και του είπε "Παπαί, Μαρδόνιε, κοίους επί άνδρας ήγαγες μαχησομένους ημέας, οι ου περί χρημάτων τον αγώνα ποιεύονται, αλλά περί αρετής" (Δηλαδή: "Αλίμονο, Μαρδόνιε, με ποιους άνδρες μας έφερες να πολεμήσουμε, που δεν κάνουν τους αγώνες τους για χρήματα, παρά για την αρετή") αλλά ο στρατηγός Τριτανταίχμης (ή κατά άλλους Τιγράνης-γιός του Αρτάβανου) όταν έμαθε από κάποιους Έλληνες λιποτάκτες για τους Ολυμπιακούς αγώνες και το κλαδί ελιάς με το οποίο στεφάνωναν τους νικητές.

Just a minor historical note for english speakers: a famous quote about the virtue of the Greeks which was attributed to Persian General Tritantechmes (or Tigranis, son of Artavanus) has been recorded by Herodotus. It is said that following the Naval Battle of Artemisium (which took place at the same time as the Battle of Thermopylae) the Persians were amazed when they were informed by some Greek defectors about the Olympic games, the importance they had for all Greeks, and the fact that the only award of the winner was an olive branch!! At this point General Tritantechmes turned to Mardonie (the mastermind of the invasion of Greece) and said:

"My God! Mardonie, what kind of people did you bring us to fight against? They do not compete for money but for glory and virtue!"

Friday, May 04, 2007

Shut up and watch!!

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