melissanthi

One of the most impressive sights of Kefalonia, with strong historical and geological interest, is the cave of Melissani.
In ancient times, the lake was a place of worship of Pan and the nymph Melissanthi. Legend says that Melissanthi committed suicide in the lake of regret because Pan did not respond to her love. According to another version, the shepherdess Melissanthi lost a sheep and as he tried to find it, he stumbled and fell into the lake. In the lake is an island to which archaeologist S. Marinatos discovered a sanctuary of Pan, the findings of which are in the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli.

Ένα από τα πιο εντυπωσιακά αξιοθέατα της Κεφαλονιάς, με έντονο ιστορικό αλλά και γεωλογικό ενδιαφέρον, είναι το σπήλαιο της Μελισσάνης.
Στην αρχαιότητα, η λίμνη ήταν τόπος λατρείας του Πάνα και της νύμφης Μελισσάνθης. Ο μύθος λέει πως η Μελισσάνθη αυτοκτόνησε μέσα στη λίμνη από τη λύπη της, επειδή ο Πάνας δεν ανταποκρίθηκε στον έρωτά της. Σύμφωνα με μια άλλη εκδοχή η βοσκοπούλα Μελισσάνθη έχασε ένα πρόβατο και καθώς προσπαθούσε να το βρει, σκόνταψε και έπεσε μέσα στη λίμνη. Μέσα στη λίμνη βρίσκεται ένα νησάκι, στο οποίο ο αρχαιολόγος Σ. Μαρινάτος ανακάλυψε ιερό του Πάνα, τα ευρήματα του οποίου βρίσκονται στο Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Αργοστολίου.

I return from the kingdom of Pluto,
my dark husband,
holding a small sprout for a torch
to light with this the blaze of spring.

In Hades, coldness and fire, a cycle of unbroken silence
beyond each hope holds me, a bound, living corpse.
Next to the dead ones I kept vigil
every brilliance of the world returning to ash.
None is made with mortal body
to resist such coldness and fire
The fingers fall, mortify,
The eyes burn, dry up
–But by a tear of snow beneath the eyelids
They can stay years guarded–
Hades has no words to teach you
only if he can sever from you a scream
at the hour when your voice is strangled in an iron vice.
No one ever, away from danger, learned the secrets of hell
Look at this small sprout, the torch I bring
and, if possible, divine the colour of Hades.

Melissanthi, “Persephone,” trans. from the Greek by Maria Kotzamanidou and Michael Heldman, in The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present, eds. Peter Constantine, et al. (W.W. Norton & Co, 2010).

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This is an incomplete digital version of the The Whole Earth Catalog, published in 1968. Stewart Brand, the publisher -also know as the founder of the Long Now - reached out to communities of makers, thinkers, technologists, and intellectuals for the writing of a collective catalog that presented important artifacts, techniques, discoveries, methodologies and resources. Considered by many as google’s predecessor, it is an example of a Californian superstructure.