All the excitement and controversy around the release of the movie The DaVinci Code, a book I read and enjoyed a couple of years ago has peaked my interest in iconography and religious artworks. I will state from the start that I am a big conspiracy theorist, and absolutely love the theories proposed by Dan Brown in his book. Whether it's the idea that Mary Magdalene was Jesus' wife, whether Noah really built an Ark for ALL those animals, what is undisputable is that women played a much bigger role in the whole darn thing than they have ever been given credit for.
My namesday is coming up June 8th, and I realized that I had never seen an icon or painting of St. Kalliope, my namesake. So I began searching the internet for images of her, and came upon a few. The one above hangs in St. Barbara's Greek Orthodox church in New Haven, Connecticut. I like it the best, the color she is wearing is fabulous!!
Her story is one of faith, courage and strength. I like her. I'm attaching her story, St. Kalliope the Martyr. Although only prepared in life for motherhood as most girls were, and not for the endurance of horror and torture. Her courage has to be seen as greater than her male counterparts.
I'm enjoying cracking The KaLliope Code. If I were to write the book, it would start out:
"She was 21 and unmarried which was unusual in that time, especially for one so lovely"