Greetings, Lovers of Eleusis!!
Today, according to the traditional calendar, it is the first day of the Panathenaia!
So, appropriate quotes for the occasion…
“It is said that Erichthonius, the foster child of the Goddess (Athena). was the first man to yoke a chariot of horses. Again that Bellerophon received the bridle for his horse from Athena. Triptolemus was younger than Erichthonius. His seed has come from Demeter, yet his chariot came from Athena, so that all such things must be regarded as the gift of Athena to mankind. ” (excerpt from Aelius Aristides, speech XXXVII, to Athena)
“The Festival of the Panathenaia is the good order that descends from the Intellect in the cosmos and the separation that prevents the cosmic opposites from mixing: because Athena is at the same time ‘friend of wisdom and friend of war’.” (Proklos, in Tim. 85, 10)
[Athena in the Gigantomachy, fragment. Early 5C BC. Archaeological Museum of Eleusis.]