Friday, July 22, 2016

Poseidon in Mexico City

Walking around Mexico City, and specifically in Parque Alameda Central, one comes across a number of statues, some large and some small. One of them depicts the ancient Greek God Poseidon, the God of the Sea. Therefore, he is appropriately located in the middle of a fountain.

Despite being very far from Greece or the Hellenic world in general, it is interesting to see that he is respected and remembered by other people with a different history, culture and tradition.

In the Homeric Hymn, 2.1ff, we read: ‘Poseidon, the Great God, who moves the earth and the barren sea . . . two-fold the task gods have given you, to be the tamer of horses and the saviour of ships.’

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