Description : "Athos Menaboni is widely regarded as one of the world's finest illustrators and painters of bird life and hailed by wildlife lovers, art collectors, and ornithologists alike as the twentieth century Audubon, but unlike Audubon, he worked mostly from live bird studies. Spanning a sixty-year career, Menaboni's work professed his love for the more than 150 species of American birds he painted in their natural surroundings. These delightful interpretations, rendered with integrity and love, capture the wonderful colors and details of nature." "Throughout his career, his technical innovations evolved and developed. Menaboni was a tremendous experimenter, and explored a wide range of media, including canvas, silk, glass, masonite, wood panels, gesso-covered board, and mirrors. He also experimented with different textures, using tiles, eggshells, watercolor, Italian glass, and pencil." "Menaboni was an artist for art's sake, and shunned the spolight of publicity and fame. Thus, he is largely unknown today, despite the excellence and size of his ouvre."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Description : Most of the papers included in this volume were first presented at a conference convened by the Friends of Mount Athos at Madingley Hall, Cambridge, in 2003. Mount Athos is the principal surviving centre of Orthodox monasticism and the spiritual heart of the Orthodox world. The aims of the conference were to draw attention to the historic importance, the spirituality, and the religious legacy of the Holy Mountain and to shed light on the contribution made by Athonite monasticism not only to worldwide Orthodoxy but also to Christianity at large. Many of the papers focus on particular individuals who from the fourteenth century to the twentieth have exemplified the spiritual traditions of Athos and whose memory as spiritual fathers, confessors, and ascetics continues to inspire their successors today.
Description : This book contains the first complete English translation, fully annotated, of the treatise "Concerning Frequent Communion," commonly attributed to Sts. Makarios of Corinth and Nikodemos the Hagiorite, the compilers of the "Philokalia." This pivotal treatise, by two central figures in the "Kollyvades" movement, which originated on Mount Athos in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, addresses a somewhat less well-known corollary issue in Orthodox spirituality, that of frequent Communion. The authors discuss the controversy surrounding a decline in the frequency of Communion in the Christian East, the relationship of that controversy to the "Kollyvades" movement, and the theological arguments in support of frequent Communion advanced by Makarios and Nikodemos, whose joint authorship of the treatise they endeavor to substantiate.
Description : Follow bestselling author M. Basil Pennington on his historic four-month stay on the "holy mountain, " as he wrestles with theological differences between Christianity's East and West and learns the Orthodox practice of the prayer of the heart.
Description : "Jacques Valentin, a young Frenchman, went with two friends to spend several months on Mount Athos because he was curious about the men who choose to live there. A place which has been holy for so long; a place on which for over a thousand years no female creature has been allowed to set foot; it has always inspired an especial reverence in members of the Orthodox Church, and curiosity in others. Valentin and his friends wanted to find out for themselves what spirit prevailed there. They trudged over the hard, wild country from monastery to monastery, growing thin on the austere hospitality provided in them, making a film when it was permitted, and talking to as many monks as they could. Jacques Valentin has no pretensions. He simply describes what they saw and heard, and how, light-hearted and moderately sceptical young men that they were, they began to glimpse the true meaning of monastic life. The result is a fresh and attractrive book. It is not easy to forget, for example, their meetings with Father Nicholas, one of the hermits who live in tiny huts clinging to a cliff at the tip of the peninsula, striving night and day for direct union with God. It is a distinction of this book that its agreeable, inquisitive tone does not disguise the reverence with which these young travellers came to listen to a message from a world so remote and strange to them"--Publisher's description, p.  of dust jacket.
Description : The papers in this volume derive from the 28th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, held for the Society for the promotion of Byzantine Studies at the Univesity of Birmingham in March 1994. Virtually from the time of their first foundation, the monastic communities of Mt Athos assumed a central position in the world of Orthodox Christianity. The spiritual, and political and economic influence of the Holy Mountain soon transcended the boundaries of the Byzantine empire within which it lay, to take on a supra-national importance and become one of the pillars of Orthodoxy after the fall of the empire. For the historian, the significance of Mt Athos is enhanced by the fact that its archives contain the most substanial body of Byzantine documentation to have survived the Middle Ages, and its libraries, treasuries and buildings have preserved much that has elsewhere been lost. These archives are now largely edited, and investigation of the art and archaeology is yielding substantial evidence. The papers in this volume, by an international set of scholars, embody the fruits of this research. Starting from Athos itself, they embrace the whole phenomenon of Byzantine monasticism, dealing with questions of asceticism, authority, community, economy, enlightenment, fortification, hesychasm, liturgy, manuscripts, music, patronage, scandal, spirituality, and women (to take an alphabetical sample). Together these papers provide a coherent and immediate view of scholarship in the field.
Description : Have you ever wondered what would cause a companion to drink so much so often as to forget who he is or where he is or why he is? Porthos and Aramis, concerned for their enigmatic companion, try to get answers from Grimaud, his valet, who will not assist in their attempts. He has been sworn to silence by his master, which makes it even harder in getting their curiosity satisfied. Realizing only Athos can offer up such information, it is much more retrievable when he is inebriated. They take advantage of the times he imbibes, but his responses are brief and only alludes to his past and is not as fact-filled as they would hope. They reluctantly come to the conclusion that time reveals all. If De Treville knows, he will not betray Athos or any of his guards, for he is not the kind of man that wants dissension among his regiment that gossip can cause. His men trust him, and he them. Let time reveal the secrets that Athos harbors. And prayfully, it is something they can adequately deal with. His secret is safe . . . for now.
Description : For centuries, the monks of Mount Athos have enjoyed long lives, healthy bodies and calm minds thanks to their unique diet and lifestyle. Now you too can discover the secrets of good nutrition from this ancient community in a remarkable new diet book. In The Mount Athos Diet, you'll follow the intermittent diet that keeps the monks slim, youthful and largely free from disease. The diet is made up of three easy-to-follow patterns throughout the week: - Three fasting days full of delicious fruits and vegetables from nature's larder - Three moderation days to enjoy the best of the Mediterranean, including olive oil, fish and even red wine - One feast day to completely indulge in whichever foods you like With a simple diet plan, recipes, menu planners and tips on how to adapt the diet, plus guidance on exercise, meditation and emotional wellbeing, The Mount Athos Diet promises to transform your body and mind to help you lose weight, feel fitter and live longer.
Description : The story of the author's journey around the Holy Mountain of Athos, combining travel writing, history and spiritual reflection. Of all the holy places of the Orthodox Churches Mount Athos is the holiest. This book uncovers some of the monastic rituals and origins of the monks' way of life. Matthew Spencer has a keen eye and his writing reveals his eagerness to embrace something of this Greek peninsula as it is.