Myths built a bridge between human comprehension and eternity. . .
In the shop of a modern silversmith we find echoes of Hephaestus, the Olympian god of fire and the forge. The blacksmiths of ancient times crafted tools and jewelry from bronze and iron, and today’s metal workers continue that tradition creating intricate works by hand. Hephaestus was the embodiment of man’s unquenched creativity—the creativity that forged the bridge between primordial dependence on nature and our industrial world.
May hear our mutual murmurs sweep; / There, swan-like, let me sing and die.”
The next day, after the hangovers clear, we head to Olympia. It’s said that Zeus himself organized the first Olympic Games here in 776 BC, in the aftermath of his victory over Chronos, his father, for the domination of the world. But it’s not Zeus Agapi wants to discuss … rather it is Hermes, who is depicted in statue at the museum, seeming at the threshold of life. God of flight, commerce, and travelers, Hermes was the messenger of the gods. He was also a guide who showed the way for the dead souls to Hades’ realm.