Saturday, May 21, 2011

geographical names

Wikipedia about my given name:

Larissa is the capital city of the Thessaly periphery of Greece and capital of the Larissa peripheral unit. It is a principal agricultural centre and a national transportation hub, linked by road and rail with the port of Volos and with Thessaloniki and Athens.
Antiquity. The name Larissa, inherited from the Pelasgian settlers— an alternative name for the district was Pelasgiotis— was common to many Pelasgian towns: the ancient Greek word larissa means "stronghold".
The area around Larissa was extremely fruitful; it was agriculturally important and in antiquity was known for its horses.
Larissa, sometimes written Larisa on ancient coins and inscriptions, is near the site of the Homeric Argissa. It appears in early times, when Thessaly was mainly governed by a few aristocratic families, as an important city under the rule of the Aleuadae, whose authority extended over the whole district of Pelasgiotis. This powerful family possessed for many generations before 369 BC the privilege of furnishing the tagus, the local term for the strategos of the combined Thessalian forces. The principal rivals of the Aleuadae were the Scopadac of Crannon, the remains of which are about 14 miles south west.
It was in Larissa that Philip V of Macedonia signed in 197 BC a treaty with the Romans after his defeat at Cynoscephalae, and it was there also that Antiochus III, the Great, won a great victory, 192 BC.
As the chief city of ancient Thessaly, Larissa was directly annexed by Philip II of Macedon in 344, and from then on Larissa was under Macedonian control; in 196 B.C. Larissa became an ally of Rome and was the headquarters of the Thessalian League.
Larissa is frequently mentioned in connection with the Roman civil wars which preceded the establishment of the empire and Pompey sought refuge there after the defeat of Pharsalus.
The Larissa Chasma, a deep gash in the surface of Dione, a natural satellite of Saturn, was named after Larissa.
Mythology. The city is said in Greek mythology to have been founded by Acrisius, who was killed accidentally by his son, Perseus. There lived Peleus, the hero beloved by the gods, and his son Achilles; however, the city is not mentioned by Homer, unless it should be identified with Argissa of the Iliad.
In mythology, the nymph Larissa was a daughter of the primordial man Pelasgus. In Greek mythology, Pelasgus was the eponymous ancestor of the Pelasgians, the mythical inhabitants of Greece who established the worship of the Dodonaean Zeus, Hephaestus, the Cabeiri, and other divinities. In the different parts of the country once occupied by Pelasgians, there existed dif­ferent traditions as to the origin and connection of Pelasgus. The Ancient Greeks used to believe even he was the first man. In Thessaly, Pelasgus was described as the father of Chlorus, and as the grandfather of Haemon, or as the father of Haemon, and as the grandfather of Thessalus, or again as a son of Poseidon and Larissa, and as the founder of the Thessalian Argos.

Btw, my surname sounds and is spelled like one geographical name too.
Historia nuntia vetustatis.
Search for your future in your past.

Friday, May 06, 2011

more antiquity

More pictures and more antiquity on the page.
Rescuing information of some less known or forgotten objects of art from oblivion.

Artist: Mikhail Kozlovsky (1753-1802). Amour With An Arrow. (Tretyakovskaya Gallery):


Vigil of Alexander. Artist: Mikhail Kozlovsky (1753-1802):


Ganymede. Artist: Mikhail Kozlovsky (1753-1802):