Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Maremma amara

Land of bitterness, but - like Sardinia - immensely beautiful, just because bitterness has kept far influences coming from elsewhere, protecting beauty.

Long life to spartanic bitterness!

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Angels' Prayer

The sun proclaims its old devotion
in rival song with brother spheres,(1)
and still completes in thunderous motion
the curcuits of its destined years.(2)
Angelic  powers, uncomprehending,
are strengthened as they gaze their fill,
Thy works, unfathomed and unending,
retain the first day's splendour still.(3)

The glorious earth, with mind-appaling
swiftness, upon itself rotates,(4)
and with the deep night's dreadful falling
its primal radiance alternates.
High cliffs stand deep in ocean weather,
wide foaming waves flood out and in,
and cliffs and seas rush on together(5)
caught in the globe's unceasing spin.

And turn by turn the tempests raging
from sea to land, from land to sea,
build up, in passion unassuaging,
their chain of furious energy.
The thunder strikes, its flash is faster,
it spreads destruction on its way.
But we, thy messengers, O master,
revere thy gently circling day.

And each of us, uncomprehending,
is strengthened as we gaze our fill,
for all thy works, sublime, unending,
retain their first day's splendour still.

(1) Pythagoras
(2) Ptolemaeus
(3) The huge Michigan Sea was ecologically dead, but is safe again.
(4) Copernicus, Kepler, Galilei; Aristarch, Eratosthenes, Aryabhata
(5) 29,88 Km/sec

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Althaea rosea ante aedem sacram Saturni

Do you know the hollyhock? The hollyhock was one of my mother's favourite flowers and is one of the species we both loved most, as either lilac, columbines and peonies. Once we planted together a staghorn sumac because of the wonderful coulors in autumn. As she has left me years ago, now it is wonderful to see a hollyhock in front of Saturn's temple. Saturn was one of the eldest gods of the latin people, and before the Capitol hill in Rome started to be called Capitol, it had been called Mons Saturnius, and, as still today, at the feet of this hill there was the Ara Saturni (whose remains are visible in front of the remaining columns of the temple) and later on the Aedes Saturni, the temple of Saturn, first as a wooden building and centuries later as a stone building and at Augustus' time as a marble building. The remains we can see today are from the end of the 3rd century after Christ.

Saturn was an old god of seeds and crops, fertility and satiety. Words like "seed", "satiety" and "satisfy" are still reminding to him. In the Golden Age the people of Latium were even ruled by this god, because then he was their king. His son Dis (or Pluto) was the god of the "underground". Pluto is not Plutus. Plutus is the god of wealth, while Pluto is the god of the underworld. But there is a link. Both gods receive their name from the greek word for wealth "ploutos", and the most precious matter (from "mater" terra) is lying in the underworld as ore, and furthermore material wealth very easily leads to conjunctions with obscure entities.

We therefore can say that Saturn is the god of healthy, alive richness under the sun and over the earth, while his son Pluto is a god who has to do with the richness under the earth. And the "aerarium", the treasury, where all the "aes" and "aera" under Pluto's or Plutus' responsability is lying, was in deed under the Aedes Saturni, in the cellar.

The meaning of "althaea" is "healing"

In honor of Saturn were celebrated every year in december the Saturnalia which later became our Christmas and our carnival. I have always supposed that these two celebrations take place in winter, because in winter we all need some colour. And so man has invented his own colours when nature withdraws its colours.



Monday, 8 February 2010

Clic here to get to the beginning

Going back, near the bus stop I find this Cistus (which one is it? I don't know... incanus... or creticus... it doesn't matter; I am interested in names and in botany, but not enough to split hairs). This picture and the picture in top of this one are the last posts of the tour. To get to the beginning of the tour, you have to clic on "gennaio" in the archive list. On the appearing page, again in the archive list, you shall clic on "In Maremma", then the first picture will appear. Enjoy strolling along this wonderful places, and thank you for your interest.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Isn't it a wonderful fox?
Isn't this a beautiful fox?