|Hand-painted mati to ward off evil.|
Of course, the evil eye of current concern is that of hurricane Irma. Here is a real-time wind-map showing its evolution.(via Vivax Solutions)
and, via Bartleby:
Greece: Athens Athens John Milton (1608–1674)
(From Paradise Regained, Book IV)
LOOK once more, ere we leave this specular mount,
Westward, much nearer by southwest behold Where on the Ægean shore a city stands Built nobly, pure the air and light the soil, Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And eloquence, native to famous wits Or hospitable, in her sweet recess, City or surburban, studious walks and shades; See there the olive grove of Academe, Plato’s retirement, where the Attic bird Trills her thick-warbled notes the summer long; There, flowery hill, Hymettus, with the sound Of bees’ industrious murmur, oft invites To studious musing; there Ilissus rolls His whispering stream: within the walls then view The schools of ancient sages; his, who bred Great Alexander to subdue the world, Lyceum there, and painted Stoa next: There shalt thou hear and learn the secret power Of harmony, in tones and numbers hit By voice or hand, and various-measured verse, Æolian charms, and Dorian lyric odes, And his who gave them breath, but higher sung, Blind Melesigenes, thence Homer called, Whose poem Phœbus challenged for his own. Thence what the lofty grave tragedians taught In chorus or iambic, teachers best Of moral prudence, with delight received In brief sententious precepts, while they treat Of fate, and chance, and change in human life; High actions and high passions best describing; Thence to the famous orators repair, Those ancient, whose resistless eloquence Wielded at will that fierce democratie, Shook the arsenal, and fulmined over Greece, To Macedon and Artaxerxes’ throne.