Welcome my dear readers My name is Jonathan Agathokles, formerly known as Apollodōros Phlamandos, and I am a follower of the Hellenic religion. By this I do not mean the Greek Orthodox Church (which I refer to as the Byzantine Theocrats whenceforth), but I mean the ethnic tradition of the Hellenic people: Hellenic polytheism or Hellenismos.
I worship the Gods of the ancient Hellenes, and I do this in a reconstructionist way. I rely on historical, archaeological, philosophical, etc., evidence to shape my practice, rather than to just make it up along the way and incorporating Wiccan or East-Asian ideas and give it a Hellenic flavour, like neopagans might do. It is true that some elements of the religion are impractical to perform today, like animal sacrifice for example will be to most people, and other elements are simply unknown because no clues have been left for us over the ages. When we encounter these issues or gaps in our knowledge we will seek to overcome them by reasoned assumptions and making parallels to what we do know about the religion, or what we know from related religious paths, like for example Religio Romana, the reconstruction of the Roman religion.
That is what this blog will be about, the Hellenic religion, and my personal experiences within it. As for some details about myself; I am 22-years old, live in Flanders, Belgium, and I study archaeology. I specialise in the Ancient Near East, and not as you might expect in the Classical period of Hellas and Roma. As part of my studies I also learn Akkadian, and some Sumerian as well.
I hope you will enjoy my blogs, both this one and my second.
May the Gods shine their light upon you!