Saturday, 18 February 2017

A little preview



"A light breeze blew in from the window and put out the lamp’s flame, plunging the room in darkness.
Using her surprise to his advantage, Eros seized the opportunity and slipped into bed next to her.
Her eyes widened in shock; someone was in her bed.
That was it, then; time to meet her mysterious husband.
She was petrified; from fear or anticipation, she didn’t know."

Monday, 14 December 2015

It’s finally here!

Shiny!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for! (you and us both)
After…
…3 years in the making…
…numerous breakdowns…
…and 1 month long countdown,
our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign tomorrow takes off!
More details coming (really) soon!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

An Update and Changes

Hello there!

We’ve been terrible at blogging these past couple of months, haven’t we?

Every time we get busy the blog is the first thing to take the blow, despite the fact that we really love blogging.

We are gonna be better, promise!

So, not much happened since the last (actual) blog post, which was early September...ouch!

We are working on the book, we had some really cool new ideas, some of which we’ll probably be sharing soon, and that’s about it.

Now, onto the important news: we’ve decided to move the blog to tumblr, since it seems more fitting with how this entire project is turning out to be.


So, here’s the new address http://theerosandpsycheproject.tumblr.com/ and hopefully we’ll see you there!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Doodling in between

First things first: this is not really a post.

I drew a couple of sketches of Leto the other day (mother of Apollo and Artemis) and I thought I would share

Pregnant Leto in the island of Delos
Giving birth with the help of Rhea and Amphitrite

That's all for now!


Monday, 15 September 2014

Chocolate Factory

Hello! 

It has been a while since I lastly wrote anything in this blog so I thought it was about time that I did :-)

Taking a break from our mythological subject, I'd like to share with you our (Myrto's and mine) latest outing. Myrto visited Thessaloniki (my hometown) last weekend and as per usual we had a great time!

Even if Myrto visiting is an exciting fact on its’ own, the reason why she came was even more exciting.

Every year Thessaloniki holds the HELEXPO (which, obviously, is a part of the EXPO), so for this year one of the exhibitions was called "Chocolate Factory" and, as you might have guessed by now, its’ subject was, well, chocolate!

Part of the "Factory" is a photography exhibition which held a contest as to who the participants would be. Guess who got to participate in the exhibition?? Myrto!!


I believe you can tell why we were so excited about this! A big CONGRATULATIONS to Myrto and let's hope that many more occasions like this will follow ;-)




An outer view of the Chocolate Factory

Myrto, me and our friends Oli and Dimitris in front of the chocolate waterfall

Imagine this wonderful setup with the amazing smell of chocolate and biscuit!


And there is Myrto's picture!! (those in the picture are my glasses as a matter of fact)

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Mythological Couples: Idas and Marpessa

Greetings everyone!

After quite some time, we're talking about mythological couples again. Marpessa and Idas have quite an interesting story, so let's get right into it! 

Marpessa was a very beautiful and noble girl, daughter of Evenus and Alcippe. Evenus did not want her married to anyone, so he devised a plan to get rid of all aspiring suitors: any man wishing to marry Marpessa would first have to defeat him in a chariot race; if they failed, they would be decapitated.

Evenus was sure of his success, because his horses were strong and fierce, given to him by his father, Ares.
Many men lost their lives in the chariot race; and many did not even dare to compete with Evenus. There was a man though, Idas, the prince of Messene, who though he could win the race; he owned a winged chariot, a gift to him by Poseidon himself, so he figured he stood a pretty good chance against Evenus.

He did win, so naturally he demanded to marry Marpessa, as Evenus had promised. Evenus refused, but Idas would have none of that. He kidnapped Marpessa and set off for his homeland. Evenus went after them, but when he realised he could not stop them, he drowned himself in a nearby river.

Idas and Marpessa eventually reached Messene. They spent the night in a nearby temple, but upon waking up the next morning, Idas realised that Marpessa had gone missing.

Here's Apollo fighting Idas for Marpessa. (more details can be found here)
Surprisingly enough there are very few depictions in art, and this was the only one properly referenced, so we're sharing.


It turned out that Apollo, who had also fallen in love with the beautiful maiden, had stolen her. Idas, completely enraged, ran after them, prepared to fight to death in order to get Marpessa back.

They fought for hours; Apollo might be a god, but Idas was an extremely skilled warrior too so none of them was yielding. Knowing that neither was going to win, Zeus decided to put an end to their battle. He stopped them and asked Marpessa to choose between the two; the choice would be hers alone.

Marpessa was confused. A god wanted her, so naturally she was flattered. Apollo was handsome and powerful and he could give her the world. But he also would never grow old, while she would. Sure, Apollo loved her now that she was young and beautiful; once she grew old and lost her beauty, someone else would catch his eye and he would lose interest in her and dismiss her.

On the other side, Idas might be mortal and not nearly as handsome as Apollo, but he had proved his love for her; he was so determined to marry her, he had even fought against a god for her sake! She had a better chance at a long-lasting and faithful relationship with him. .

Instantly, she knew what to do. She turned down Apollo and chose Idas as her husband. Surprisingly, Apollo, although defeated, made a promise to never seek revenge.

With nothing else standing in their way, Idas and Marpessa finally got married and lived happily ever after.

Until next time!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Acrocorinth

Hi all!

You know how it’s summer and people go on vacation and usually take a break from things, right?

That was our case too, for the most part. You see, both Eirini and I had plans for this summer (because everyone needs to rest at some point), but, the thing is, we didn’t really want to take a break from blogging, so we had planned a few entries ahead in order to still have something new to upload while on vacation.

So today’s entry was actually all planned out and sorted, until I decided to “hijack” the blog and do a spontaneous entry about my visit to Acrocorinth, the Acropolis of Ancient Corinth. On that note, Eirini, I am sorry (not really, because I know you'll enjoy it :-D) for uploading an entry without consulting with you first.

Acrocorinth is one of the most impressive of the Acropoleis of Greece, both because of its’ position and geomorphology, but also because of its’ history. It was continuously occupied from archaic times to the early 19th century. Because of that continuity, one can see remains from various time periods, which makes it really exciting. Not to mention that it has three sets of walls: the Archaic one, the Byzantine one and the Frankish one.



How’s that relevant to the project you ask? Well, I was reading a book about the lowlifes of the ancient world (yeah, I read things like that for fun!) and I read that at some point there was a temple dedicated to Aphrodite there.

Naturally, I did some more research and found out that that temple was one of Aphrodite’s most famous ones. There was a statue of her and one of a winged Eros too; of course I wanted to go. So I got my dad and my sister to join me and off we went!

Since Acrocorinth was continuously occupied, over the course of the years the temple changed uses; first it was turned into a church and then into a mosque and, sadly, today one can only see the foundations of the temple.

The remains of Aphrodite's temple...

...the highest point with the gorgeous view (it's said that on a very clear day one can see the Acropolis in Athens)...

...and the replica of the statue.

According to mythology, Helios owned Acrocorinth and the entire area surrounding it; his son, Aeëtes , inherited everything but Acrocorinth, which Helios offered to Aphrodite as a gift.

She much preferred Mount Olympus though, so she gifted Acrocorinth to Medea, Aeëtes’s daughter. Medea built a temple dedicated to Aphrodite to the highest point of Acrocorinth. It was nothing fancy, and didn’t have many visitors until they managed to get running water up that hill (there’s a very interesting myth about it, which you can read here), and it sort of became an “in” place.

Sacred prostitution was practiced here, which, simply put, meant that Aphrodite’s priestesses were paid to introduce men to the mysteries of love. Also, in antiquity, Corinthians prostitutes were famous. People travelled from all over the world and paid insane amounts of money for a single night of pleasure, so it makes perfect sense that Aphrodite was worshipped here.


Until next time!