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laurel wreath, an Olympics and Hellenism symbol
Hellenism (Greek: Hellenismos) or the Hellenic Ethnic Religion (Greek: Ελληνική Εθνική Θρησκεία), also Greek polytheism, Olympianism/Dodekatheism (Greek: Δωδεκαθεϊσμός), is the Olympian-based Hellenic (Greek) religion and philosophy of modern times. Hellenism as a term was first used in the fourth century by Roman Emperor Julian the Philosopher to reference the Greek religion, and today it includes its continuation. Practitioners are found in the modern Greece and throughout the world.
was used by the Spartan army as a symbol of Lacedaemon.
Hellenism is the mythology, philosophy, theology, and religion of the Greek gods, such as Dodecatheism, the Eleusinian mysteries, the Delphic mysteries, Hermetism, the Dionysian mysteries, Orphism, as well as ancient & Classical Greek philosophy such as Pythagoreanism, the Ephesian school, the Pluralist school, the Atomist school, the Milesian school, the Eleatic school, other pre-Socratic philosophy, Platonism and the Peripatetic school, Neopythagoreanism & Neoplatonism, Skepticism and Stoicism and other Hellenistic philosophy in the Hellenistic world, such as Gnosticism, from ancient times to the present day.
Torch: symbol of enlightenment, and additionally in Hellenism: of wisdom and either life or death
The Vergina Sun, as depicted on the Golden Larnax's top. A Hellenism symbol
Important ancient or classical Greek teachers, writers, and prophets include Hermes Trismegistus, the Pythia and Sibyl, Hesiod, Apollodorus, Homer, Apollonius of Rhodes, Creophylus of Samos, Orpheus of Pimplea, Thales, Anaximander, Pherecydes of Syros, Xenophanes, Pythagoras of Samos, Heraclitus, the seven sages of Greece, Empedocles, Anaxagoras, Parmenides, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Antisthenes, Aristippus, Euclid of Megara, Pyrrho, Zeno of Citium, Epicurus, Ammonius Saccas, Plotinus, and Hypatia of Alexandria, among others.
), officially the Hellenic Republic
(Ελληνική Δημοκρατία, Elliniki Dimokratia
), and historically Hellas
), is a country in the southeastern part of Europe
on the southern tip of the Balkan peninsula
. Bounded on land by Bulgaria
, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
, and Albania
to the north, to the east by Turkey
and the waters of the Aegean Sea
and to the west and south by the Ionian
and Mediterranean Seas
. Regarded by many as the cradle of Western civilisation, Greece has a long and rich history during which it spread its influence over three continents.
The word Sibyl
) comes (via Latin
) from the Greek
word σίβυλλα sibylla
, meaning prophetess
. The earliest oracular seeresses known as the sibyls of antiquity, "who admittedly are known only through legend"
prophesied at certain holy sites, under the divine influence of a deity, originally— at Delphi
— one of the chthonic
deities. Later in antiquity, sibyls wandered from place to place.
Hellenism's main news source from Greece: YSEE (translated to English)
studied in the East, including at Mt. Carmel.
He and the community (near) there had similar rare practices of ethics (and dress,) and later Socrates described some as virtuous and philosophical. Likewise, a similar community South of Mt. Carmel later kept a text of Plato's Republic
, a dialogue in which Socrates spoke. This interaction has influenced various spirituality near the Eastern Mediterranean to the present day.
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