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Introducing the New and Improved Alphabet!

By Danielle Miller

Now we all know that the Greek alphabet has been in use since 1000 BC, but its a new age. Today is 750 BC! Now is when the language will continuously used. This alphabet was developed from Canaanite/Phoenician alphabet. The ordering and names of the letters also came form the Phoenician alphabet. The lower case letters which you won't know about yet, will come out in 800 AD. Those will have developed from cursive writing. There are 24 letters in the Greek alphabet. They are: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, Mu, Nu, Xi, Omicron, Pi, Rho, Sigma, Tau, Upsilon, Phi, Chi, Psi, and Omega. The first two words of the Greek alphabet actually make up the word alphabet. Now that I got your attention, don't forget to pick up your informational packet in the agora.


Interview with Aphrodite

By Grace Woodsmall

Interviewer: Good Morning Aphrodite. How are you today?

Aphrodite: I am doing great.

I: So how about you tell us a little about yourself..

A: Well, I was born from the foam of the crystal waters of Paphos in the island of Cyprus.

I am the daughter of Zeus and Dione.

I: So, as a goddess, what is your role or "job"?

A: I am the goddess of Love, Beauty, and everlasting youth. I go around enchanting anyone I see.

I: Oh what fun that must be. Tell us a bit about your family life...

A: I have 7 sons, Eros, he is a cupid of love, Himeros, god of desire, Anteros, god of love returned, Pothos, god of desire, Priapus, god of fertility, Phobos, god of fear,and Deimos, god of fear. I also have 2 daughters, Harmonia, goddess of harmony, and Rhode, a sea nymph. I was married to Hephaestus, the god of Iron, but lately, things haven't been going as planned...

I:Oh, how nice... So what is the symbol of the great goddess of love?

A: My main symbol would have to be my girdle, which has compelling love powers. Aside from that, Seashells to represent where I come from, and a mirror to look at myself, because after all, I am the most beautiful and divine goddess.

I: Thank you for your time. Have a nice day.

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Review of Homer's The Odyssey

By Grace Woodsmall

In Homer's The Odyssey, war hero Odysseus and his men have been sent out to fight in the Trojan War. After defeating the Trojans, Odysseus and his men experience many hardships over the next 20 years. From the nymph Calypso trapping him on her island because she is in love with him, to seeing his crew getting eaten by a Cyclops. The story tells how Penelope (Odysseus' wife) is trying to keep suitors away from her and her son because they all believe that Odysseus has died and now they believe if they kill Telemachus (Odysseus' son) than they will get to be king and marry Penelope. When Odysseus finally returns to his kingdom of Ithaca after 20 years at war, Its complete chaos as he fights through suitors to get to his wife and son who do not even recognize him. After a while he proves to Penelope that he is indeed Odysseus King of Ithaca.

This book was absolutely great, It had the perfect amount of suspense and surprises, accompanied by action and scandal on Odysseus' part. But in the end, It becomes a happy love story of how Penelope never gave into the suitors, but waited on her husband to get home.

The Olympic Games

By Danielle Miller

The Olympic Games were started in 776 BC on the ancient plains of Olympia of the island Pelops, the founder of the Games. These Games were dedicated to the Gods and were closely related to the festivals of the cult of Zeus, and were important to the Greek religion. The Games continued 12 centuries until 393 AD, because Emperor Theodosius banned all cults.

The ancient Olympics were a one day event until 684 BC, where they were extended to three days. Then in 5th century BC they were extended to five days. On the first day, no competitions happened. They had an opening ceremony and gave sacrifices to the Gods. On the second day they had boxing and the pankration(a combination of wrestling and boxing). At the start of day three they had the hecatombe, which is a sacrifice of 100 oxen to Zeus. Next they had the races and horse races. Including the pentathlon which is the long jump, javelin throw, discus throw, stadion(short race), then the addition of wrestling in 708 BC. On the fourth day were foot races: the stadion (200 meters), the diaulos (400 meters), and the dolichos (2,000 meters). Next was boxing, and the pankration. The final event was the hoplitodromia, a 200-meter sprint in helmet, greaves (calf armor), and shield. The last day was the closing ceremony, with feasts in honor of the athletes.

When you won your event, right after you would receive a palm branch in your hands and have your wrists and head tied with red ribbons. The official ceremony was on the last day. You would have your name, your father's name, and your homeland announced. Then a kotinos, a sacred olive tree wreath, was placed on the winner's head.

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Greek Gossip

By Grace Woodsmall

Well apparently staying faithful isn't as easy as it seems.... at least not for Aphrodite. She has allegedly been sneaking around with Ares in a secret love affair. Hephaestus definitely isn't too happy with his brother right now, and I'm sure Demeter isn't too happy with Hades right now, he abducted Persephone,daughter of Zeus and Demeter, to live with him in the Underworld and be the queen of the Underworld. Looks like these families can never be friends. Hope you enjoyed, this has been a day in YOUR Athens Daily Post. Have a great day and an even greater week.