movie: troy

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Troy (2004) dir. Wolfgang Petersen

If they ever tell my story let them say that I walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses. Let them say I lived in the time of Achilles.

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Rare Anatolian Neolithic Stone Idol, 6000-4000 BC

A highly stylized, schematic stone idol, shaped from unpolished marble, with five copper nails inserted into drilled holes around the upper “head” portion of the body, and hammered flat to secure them. The body is composed of two rounded portions joined in a thinner section at the neck, with one rounded portion slightly larger than the other (the “head”), and the other side with a flattened bottom with a deeply incised quadrant motif carved into it. The head has a small hole drilled into its top that may also have once held a copper nail. Incised lines, especially on one face, give it further details, perhaps of eyes and a headdress.

One of the most common shapes of the Anatolian marble idols, the so-called “figure of eight” shaped figurine, is characterized by a very distinct division between the head and the body. Most have a flattened form, but some, like this one, are more three-dimensional. These figures are found particularly in western Anatolian sites like Troy. They were made for worship, most likely in household shrines or carried in cult rituals. The bronze nails provide a tantalizing glimpse into some of the ways that they were revered.

Gli dei ci invidiano, ci invidiano perchè siamo mortali, perchè ogni momento può essere l'ultimo per noi. Ogni cosa è più bella per i condannati a morte. E tu non sarai mai più bella di quanto sei ora.
—  Troy
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And you? Why did you choose to love a God? I think you’ll find the romance one sided. […Do you enjoy provoking me?] You’ve dedicated your life to the Gods. Zeus, God of Thunder. Athena, Goddess of Wisdom. You serve them? [Yes, of course.] And Aries? God of War? Who blankets his bed with the skin of men he’s killed? […All the Gods are to be feared and respected.