Wednesday, March 15, 2006

What's the difference between the home of the athletes, Olympia, and the home of the gods, Mt Olympus?

Hermes of Praxiteles
Originally uploaded by RobW_.
Mt. Olympus is on the Greek mainland. See it in your atlas. Olympia, the site of temples and stadiums used every 4 years - quadrennially - was on the Peloponnesus. See the ruins of Olympia in a web search.

Sparta Vs. Athens. The mighty city-state of Sparta, too, was on the Peloponnese.

The Ides of March is the famous day(s) of the assassination of Julius Caesar. He was murdered by a group of Senators in a notable use of the pre-emptive strike. He had not done anything to warrant assassination, but his attackers thought that he probably Would wrongly take power one day in the future.

Look at pre-emptive strikes in war, such as the US invasion of Iraq. Israel has also used the pre-emptive strike in Mid Eastern strategy.

But what do we do about the nuclear threat coming from the president of Iran? Does it seem another pre-emptive opportunity to the Bush-Cheney-Wolfowitz team?

The Greek key: a reticulated design used in friezes and other borders and characteristic of Greek pattern.

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