The treasures of Samothrace

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system1988
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The treasures of Samothrace

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Since the meeting of the Philipos and Myrtale (Olympias ) was so fateful... on this island




http://www.lifo.gr/now/culture/68552
Hope there is an english translation
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Re: The treasures of Samothrace

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UPDATE

I cannot find a translation for you. The Acropolis museum is to pay host to an exhibition that will include a lot of artifacts from Samothrace island museum. Here is a translated excerpt however. It is the proccess through which the members-to-be participated in as a ritual according to the researchers:

"Οι μυημένοι πίστευαν ότι θα σωθούν με επίκληση των Μεγάλων Θεών από σοβαρούς κινδύνους στη θάλασσα και ότι ως μύστες θα γίνουν ευσεβέστεροι και δικαιότεροι άνθρωποι. Η τελετουργία γινόταν βράδυ, το ιερό φωτιζόταν με πυρσούς, ο υποψήφιος έπρεπε να πάρει μέρος σε τελετή κάθαρσης, να εξομολογηθεί το πιο βαρύ από τα αμαρτήματά του, να παρακολουθήσει αφήγηση του ιερού λόγου με μυθολογικές ιστορίες, να φορέσει την πορφυρή φαρδιά ζώνη στη μέση του και να γίνει μάρτυρας της αποκάλυψης των ιερών συμβόλων."

"The initiates believed that they would be saved by serious danger in the sea by summoning the Great Gods and as participants in the rituals, this would allow them to become more pious and just. The ritual was held at night, the temple was lit by torches, the candidate would have to participate in a cleansing ritual, confess the most serious of his sins, listen to the sacred words including the mythological tales, wear a crimson wide belt around his waist and become a witness of the unveiling of the sacred symbols."

Just for the joke of it, imagine Philip confessing his greatest sin!

Pauline
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