(I’d been told that there were 8 Christian Churches on the Athenian Acropolis before the Ottoman takeover. Research undertaken a few hours ago indicates one church on the Acropolis and nine on the slopes around the Acropolis.)
The Orthodox Christian liturgical year begins today.
A whole slew of saints and holies are celebrated today, among them:
Adamantios, Adamantia, Amanda, Athena, Athina, Akrivee, Antigone, Antigoni, Aspasia, Afrodite, Fregia, Diamando, Adamandia, Ada, Dioni, Dodone, Helpiniki, Erasmea, Erato, Evterpi, Thalia, Theano, Theonymphi, Jasmin, Yasmin, Jasmeen, Yasmeen, Ismini, Kaliroi, Kalisti, Kallisto, Clio, Kleonikos, Cleopatra, Kleopatra, Patra, Patroula, Cleo, Koralia, Mando, Mandi, Manto, Margarita, Marianthe, Meletios, Meletis, Melpmene, Moshoula, Ourania, Urania, Rania, Pandora, Pinelopi, Bilio, Polimnia, Polynike, Polyniki, Polyna, Polina, Polytimi, Timi, Rallis, Ralis, Rallia, Raylee, Sapho, Simeon, Terpsihori, Haido, Haideftos, Hariklia, Haroula, Joshua, Jesus of Navi (and others) (source ©: http://www.namedays.gr)
You’ll notice that there are many names from Greek Mythology (Athena, Afrodite, the nine Muses) mixed in with Old Testament names (Adam, Joshua). Meaning? I don’t know. Let’s think about it.