The KSeeker

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Heard of Maecenas?

Posted by Girish Krishnan on November 14, 2006

Well, here’s some research on another painting that’s hung in my room.In fact, there are around 9 of them in my temporary bedroom and all of them are imitations of real famous paintings! Guess that gives me good content to write about for some days and gain some knowledge myself!.

Maecenas Presenting the Liberal Arts to the Emperor Augustus (63BC-14AD) – by Giovanni Tiepolo. Gaius Cilnius Maecenas (70-8 BC) was a confidant and political advisor to Octavian, who was to become the first Emperor of Rome as Caesar Augustus.BTW Maecenas is famous for his prose on Prometheus, and among all of us who know the story, i’m sure there would only be a few who havent been moved hearing it!. All of us do mistakes and get punished, but what Prometheus went through is beyond our imagination..I shudder even now when i think of the pain described in his case!!!

For stealing the fires from them, the gods (Zeus) had Prometheus carried to Mount Caucasus, where an eagle by the name of Ethon would pick at his liver; it would grow back each day and the eagle would eat it again. This punishment was to last 30,000 years but luckily for Prometheus, Hercules freed him after 12 generations when the punishment was started. Zeus was a bit upset that humans werent punished properly for stealing fire and so created the eternally beautiful Pandora and sent her to earth.(wonder why all problems in life are created by beautiful women? :-))  Pandora marries Prometheus’ brother and Zeus presents her with a beautifully wrought box. When Pandora opened the box, all suffering and despair was unleashed upon mankind and Zeus had his revenge.

wow..u feel really good after tellin a story – much better than some crappy observation, isnt it!!!


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