Sunday, March 03, 2013

Orpheus and the Underworld

A long piece today from newtopiamagazine on the various incarnations of Orpheus through history:
For generations historians believed that western civilization began in ancient Greece. Today historians have the evidence to support the testimony of the ancient Greeks themselves, that other cultures, especially the ancient Egyptian, gave Greece important inspiration and key ideas about religion. But thanks to the works of Plato and Aristotle, the comedies of Aristophanes and the tragedies of Aeschylus in many ways we can still view ancient Greece as the flashpoint where the inferno of the western world began. We can also look to Greece for the earliest known significant counterculture in western history.

[Where is the fucking counterculture? Mythos Media.]

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