The invocation of the Muse is portrayed in Ancient Greek texts as a necessary—and even sufficient—condition for the successful completion of the artistic endeavour.
I come from the race of potters. / I, their breath, an artisan of the earth. / I gather the smithereens from the soil
Whereas in some areas of Greece men can sing about the dead – mainly mythical accounts of the death of local heroes.
There might be something inherently paradoxical about the presence of music in films, even as our experience as spectators seems to affirm that music quite ‘naturally’ belongs in movies.
In the course of her twenty books, Annie Ernaux has deliberately put the specificity of autobiography and fiction on trial, interrogating traditional notions about the possibilities and limits of those modes.
The architecture and decoration of the Orthodox Christian church is a reflection of cosmological beliefs.
The readers of Cavafy were limited to the select group who received his poems, privately printed on broadsheets or bound in folders. To encounter him, as his friend E. M. Forster wrote, was to behold “a Greek gentleman in a straw hat, standing absolutely motionless at a slight angle to the universe.” An encounter with his poems will reveal the same.