Monday 16 July 2012

Arts facts of the Olympics.

The Olympics Rings
It was designed in 1912 by founder of the modern Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin (1863 – 1937)), formally adopted in June 1914 and debuted at the 1920 Antwerp games.
  The philosophy embedded in the abstractive content, basically, depicts five continents involved in the Olympics games.
The Olympics Rings

The Olympics Anthem
It was first played during the 1896 Olympics Games held in Athens, Greece. Composed by Spyros Samaras (1863 - 1917 ), lyrics written by Kostis Palamas (1859 -1943), it was formally declared as the official Olympic Anthem in 1957, by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). 

English Lyrics of the Olympics Anthem
Immortal spirit of antiquity,
Father of the true, beautiful and good,
Descend, appear, shed over us thy light
Upon this ground and under this sky
Which has first witnessed thy unperishable fame.
Give life and animation to those noble games!
Throw wreaths of fadeless flowers to the victors
In the race and in strife!
Create in our breasts, hearts of steel!
Shine in a roseate hue and form a vast temple
To which all nations throng to adore thee.

Samaras was a composer with Greek roots. Samaras was born in Corfu in 1863 and died in Athens in 1917.

Palamas was a Greek poet who contributed to modern Greek literature. He studied at Mesolongion and Athens and became the figure of the Demotic movement. Demotic, also called Romaic or Greek, was the spoken language in Greece especially used in creative literature. In 1976, it became the official language of state. Palamas is also considered the founder of the new school of Athens. He published his first collection of poems in 1886 called "Tragoudia tes Patridos mou" (Songs of My Country). Palamas expressed his nationalistic views in his works which also includes short stories.

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