Home of the Muses
A migration story that travels
from country to country, city to city,
to find the place of peace and fulfillment
finally reaching the resting place of Mount Parnassus.
The reason I chose the name Parnassus for my blog is because of my mother’s love of Greek Mythology. She was taught Greek and Latin at High School in Holland, plus other languages, and she was inspired by some of the old tales of ancient times. I want to thank her for her passion to follow the journey of truth and wisdom in her lifetime, as this inspired me follow in her footsteps.
Parnassus,as a metaphor in literature, refers to its distinction as the home of poetry, literature and learning.
It also is linked to the story of the Greek flood myth, when the ARK of Deucalion comes to rest on the slopes of Parnassus.
(All images taken from www.commons.wikimedia.org)
Parnassus is a mountain of limestone in central Greece, that towers above Delphi and offers scenic views of the surrounding olive groves.
Rafael – El Parnaso 1511 (Estancia del Sello, Roma)
The Parnassus is a fresco painting by the Italian High Renaissance artist Raphael and shows the mythological Mount Parnassus.
Apollo, along with Calliope, are in the centre, playing the ‘lira da braccio’, surrounded by nine muses – nine poets from antiquity ,and nine contemporary poets.
Apollo con le Muse, Alfresco 1782-1787 – Tommaso Conca (Musei Vaticani, Roma)
Parnassus 1821 (Views of Greece, Edward Dodwell 1821, London)
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