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4 Responses to Et In Arcadia Ego

  • I pointed people on the Pyramid Magazine website to this entry, and got the following feedback after some discussion about whether the grafitti really qualified as “occult”:

    The Greek words are Homeric epithets.

    “Argeiphontis” is used of Hermes; nobody is quite sure what it originally meant, but in the Classical and Roman periods it was usually interpreted as “slayer of Argus”.

    “Polutropos” is literally “many-wayed/many-turned”, so some combination of “versatile”, “flexible”, and “crafty”; it’s used of Odysseus, most prominently in line 1 of the Odyssey (“andra moi ennepou, Mousa, polutropon”/”Sing me the man, Muse, the crafty one”).

    The winged hat is an attribute of Hermes, of course. I probably ought to have an idea of the significance of the tree-figure labeled Germanicus, beyond that his cap is the kind that Romans gave to freed slaves. And that particular bird head suggests an ibis, which in turn says “Thoth” to me.

  • For what it’s worth, the Greek transliterates to “argeiphontis polutropos”, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to get it translated.

  • These were on the wall of the parking garage behind the United Artist buidling across Adams

  • these are crazy! where did you get them. appartently, the greek graffiti in the second shot has something to do with the legend of Hermes and Odysseus, but I have no idea what the cartoon is supposed to mean.

    thanks for keeping hope in the D alive.