Ancient Greece - What was 'Bulls Blood'?
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2015-01-08 12:06:48 UTC
Algis Kemezys' BORN IN STONE (composite photographs)
opening January 19 @ 6 p.m., until March 15, 2015
Internationally exhibited photographic artist Algis
Kemezys, will be showing his recent work, Born in Stone
(composite photographs of stone and ancient Greek
sculpture) in the National Archaeological Museum in
Athens, home to the greatest collection of Greek art on the
planet. Photographed in the museum (the very inspiration
for the project) and the rest of the Hellenistic world, as
well as in the Louvre and the British Museum, the
sculptures depicted in this work are the most iconic
examples of Greek sculpting, the kind that has been imitated, but never quite
equalled, for the last two and a half millennia.
The stone, which forms the back-
grounds of the photographs, is also from
antiquity. Kemezys chose the holy rock upon
which sits the Athenian Acropolis, and that of
the famed quarries of Paros Island, whose
pure-white, translucent marble inspired the
greatest work of Phideas and of Praxiteles.
The fusion of the perfect, life-like
sculptures to the stone from which they sprung
makes for images that linger in the pleasure
centers of the mind as they propel the
imagination into mythology. They tell the tales
of a storied civilization whose artistry has
informed the very roots of western culture. The
museum's former director, Dr. George
Kakavàs, declared Born in Stone the most
original interpretation of ancient sculpture that
he has ever seen.
This interest in sculpture and the infinite visual possibilities of stone is an
on-going theme in Kemezys' work. It began in childhood, when his mother showed
him that he could find "faces" on stone, and culminated in his award-winning,
hour-long documentary Mimetoliths, a visual poem to the anthropomorphic rocky
highlights of the island of Crete (Greece). Born in Stone continues his quest into
the artistry that resides in stone all around us.
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2019-02-21 00:03:55 UTC
I know this isn't, strictly speaking, about an Historic Food, but I hope
somebody can help me here.
'The Histories' by Herodotus (circa 5th century BC Greece) refer to
"drinking bull's blood" as a way to commit suicide. One of the 'Falco'
novels (70's AD Rome) also mentions this. In 'Wide Sargasso Sea' by Jean
Rhys (1830's Jamaica) the Jamaican servant offers strong coffee to her hated
master saying "Taste my bull's blood".
Since drinking bull's blood generally isn't fatal I take this to be the once
common discription for some kind of poison, the identity of which has since
been forgotten. Does anybody know what bull's blood really was in this
connotation, please?
The only promising result I had searching the internet was a reference to
Bull's Blood Beetroot - but I rapidly concluded that the only way this could
prove fatal would be if someone swollowed one whole and choked! A less than
noble end.:)
it's u :)