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Targoviste - between myth and reality


Centuries ago, Vlad Tepes, a Romanian prince, became well known in Europe because of his bloody habit, impaling. For this reason, people called him Vlad the Impaler. One of the favourite cities to express this bloody wish, was Targoviste. That’s why, Vlad the Impaler has been associated with Dracula, and Targoviste as one of Dracula’s house.
How does it look Targoviste nowadays?

A very quiet town, the only army that makes noise is for the celebration of the town.

Αιώνες πριν, γράφουν οι Ρουμάνοι συνεργάτες μας, ένας αιμοσταγής ηγεμόνας της Βλαχίας, ο Βλαντ Τέπες, ήταν διαβόητος στην Ευρώπη για τη συνήθειά του να ανασκολοπίζει τους εχθρούς του. Ένα από τα κάστρα του, το κάστρο του Δράκουλα βρίσκεται στην πόλη μας, Ταργκοβίστε, σήμερα μια ήσυχη επαρχιακή πόλη. Ο μόνος στρατός που παρελαύνει είναι οι κάτοικοι κατά τις τοπικές γιορτές.
A feedback from Medeea Secretariat

© video made by Romanian students Click here to see Elefsina today and its mythological background. NOTE: Demeter, the ancient goddess of earth, had a special connection to our town. "Demeter" is the name of the ship with which Dracula travelled from Romania to England, in a most thrilling story within a story! Πατήστε εδώ για πληροφορίες για τη μυθολογική Ελευσίνα και την πόλη σήμερα. ΣΗΜ.: Στο βιβλίο, ο Δράκουλας ταξιδεύει από τη Ρουμανία στην Αγγλία με καράβι που ονομάζεται ΔΗΜΗΤΡΑ! Πρόκειται για τη θεά των Ελευσινίων μυστηρίων που δίδαξε την καλλιέργεια του σίτου και έδωσε ελπίδα για τη μεταθανάτια ζωή στους θνητούς!

eTwinning conference

For the article on the conference in the Greek local press, press here Πατήστε εδώ για το άρθρο περί Διάσκεψης στον τοπικό τύπο του Θριασίου Αττικής.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Can a book do harm?

“His eye fell on the yellow book that Lord Henry had sent him.[...] After a few minutes he became absorbed. It was the strangest book that he had ever read. [...] Things that he had dimly dreamed of were suddenly made real to him. Things of which he had never dreamed were gradually revealed. [...] There were in it metaphors as monstrous as orchids and as subtle in colour. The life of the senses was described in the terms of mystical philosophy. One hardly knew at times whether one was reading the spiritual ecstasies of some mediaeval saint or the morbid confessions of a modern sinner. It was a poisonous book.” The Picture of Dorian Grey, chapter 10

We started discussing it in one of our chats, remember? Will the bookclub members please comment on this question, so we can have a bookish roundup of our project?
«Το μάτι του έπεσε στο κίτρινο βιβλίο που του είχε χαρίσει ο λόρδος Χένρι. […] Μέσα σε λίγα λεπτά είχε προσηλωθεί. Ήταν το πιο παράξενο βιβλίο που είχε διαβάσει. […] Ό,τι είχε φανταστεί σα σε όνειρο τώρα έπαιρνε σάρκα και οστά. Κι ακόμα ό, τι δεν είχε φανταστεί τώρα του αποκαλύπτονταν σταδιακά.[…] Συνάντησε μεταφορές άγριες σαν ορχιδέες με λεπτότατες αποχρώσεις. Οι αισθήσεις περιγράφονταν με όρους μυστικιστικούς. Δεν ξεχώριζε κανείς μερικές φορές αν διάβαζε την πνευματική έκσταση κάποιου αγίου του μεσαίωνα ή την αρρωστημένη εξομολόγηση ενός μοντέρνου αμαρτωλού. Ήταν ένα δηλητηριώδες βιβλίο.» Το πορτραίτο του Ντόριαν Γκρέυ, κεφ. 10

Θυμόσαστε τη συζήτησή μας στο chat για το αν το βιβλίο έβλαψε τον Ντόριαν ή ήταν φύσει επιρρεπής στη διαφθορά; Καλούνται τα μέλη μας να εκφράσουν τη γνώμη τους στα σχόλια για το αν και πότε ένα βιβλίο είναι επικίνδυνο για τον αναγνώστη του, ώστε να δώσουμε βιβλιοφιλικό τέλος στο πρόγραμμά μας!


Diana Oancea said...

Reading has an important role in improving the language and develop a rich vocabulary. There is a diversity of artistic creations which attract with their beauty, wisdom, knowledge.
Their instructive and educative value is special and helps us in forming our personality. In this way we learn to make a choice between bad and good, we learn to be honest, to respect the truth and detest the injustice, lie and evil.
But, not only the computer could do harm to the kids. Now, even the books can be unsafe for their education.
There are situations when the school-books and even the encyclopedias are full of blunder and redaction mistakes. This will not encourage us learning to speak correctly. The books can also influence us in a bad way, when the author mixes the real facts with those invented by him. So, the readers who are not used to history, religion etc. will be not able to make a difference between reality and fiction, having a wrong opinion about the events mentioned in it.
We shouldn’t forget the books with boring and tiresome poems, too. They should fill our time in a pleasant and useful way.
There are also a variety of books which promote the hate between people, races, religion and it is not a good thing. These books should be censured and the bad element should be used with elegance. In this way, they can save us from different temptations of life.
Diana Oancea, 15

Ioana said...

I think that a book can be very harmful because every book we read influences us in a way or another. A harmful book, as every thing bad, attracts us like a magnet. A good book influences us less because presents us something we already know. It doesn't contradict the bad things and what are the consequences doing them...it doesn't present the difference between good and evil. So a book can be harmful more than we think because we are always tempted to risk doing the bad things.

elefsina said...

The Greek Bookclub thought that a book can be harmful if read at an early-immature stage and if not discussed.

Anonymous said...

I think no book is harmful...it becomes harmful when it's not read properly. By properly i don't mean just that it's read too early or has an inadequate subject for certain people...A book can be harmful when the reader isn't interested in the theme,doesn't try to understand it and reads it just for the sake of reading, because then it becomes a waste of time. Unfortunately, many kids nowadays do that.

INeedADream said...

Yes, in my opinion a book can be harmful, but it's our fault. Why? Because we must to gather the good things that are in a book and learn from the bads things.
A book it's made for teach us, not for be harmful. It depends of us how we know to understand the message.
I'm sure that there are cases when a book is harmful and we can't do anything...but this don't mean that we must to leave all books to have a negative influence in our life. DENISA

DreamerGirl said...

I believe that a book can be harmful whether the reader is susceptible to influence, especially bad influence.I really think that we should be very careful when we choose a book to read and try to anticipate if we are prepared or if we need to be more mature to read that book.

I know it seems quite hard, but I belive that we are rational enough to realise, when reading, that there are some things that we can't simply "digest".And it's better to postpone the lecture of a book, than not to understand properly what it says.


Anonymous said...

I think a book isn't harmful but it can be so if you read it too young. Reading a book which isn't suitable can harm you psychologically. Discussing with my teacher she asked me:-When you will be a father will you permit your children read a book unsuitable for them? And I answered: of course I wouldn’t do that because it will harm them. I wouldn’t permit them read a same book until 16.
I also agree with Ioana, because a book can harm us in different ways.:) ELTON

Anonymous said...

Γενικότερα ένα βιβλίο ωφελεί τον άνθρωπο, τον μορφώνει, του καλλιεργεί το λεξιλόγιο και τη φαντασία. Πολλά βιβλία έχουν γεννήσει και συγγραφείς! Υπάρχουν όμως και αρνητικά σημεία. Αν, για παράδειγμα, διαβάσεις ένα βιβλίο με τίτλο "Πώς να γίνεις χάκερ", σίγουρα οι επιπτώσεις θα είναι αρνητικές!!

Κυριακή Ρέγκου, 16

Books are useful in many ways. They educate and impove vocabulary and imagination. But a book about how to become a haker is certainly harmful!!

Kiriaki Regou, 16

Anonymous said...

I believe that reading a book is a good way to improve our language and reading skiils.It is also a good way to improve our vocabulary.I don't think that a book "Can be harmful"because you read it,it can't harm you.I think that children can recognise when a book is good or bad because they know what kind of book they read.VAGELIS

Anonymous said...

Ένα βιβλίο από καλός φίλος μπορεί να γίνει "καλός" εχθρός. Ενα βιβλίο μπορεί να παρασύρει ένα παιδί σε επικίνδυνα μονοπάτια. Αυτά που πασχίζουμε μια ζωή να αποφύγουμε. Όλα είναι στην κρίση του αναγνώστη, αν είναι ΙΚΑΝΟΣ να κρίνει. Η ωριμότητα, πιστεύω, έχει να κάνει με τις εμπειρίες περισσότερο παρά με την ηλικία. Πάντως δεν νομίζω ότι οι μεγάλοι πρέπει να απαγορεύουν στους μικρότερους την ανάγνωση από φόβο ότι θα τους βλάψει, αλλά αντίθετα να διαβάζουν μαζί. Μόνο έτσι σώζουμε τους εαυτούς μας, όταν γινόμαστε ένα.

Μαρία Πασσιά, 17

A book can become your worst enemy from your best friend. It can have a bad influence on a child's mind and lead him to dangerous paths, those which we strive to avoid all our lives. It depends on one's judgement, if they CAN judge. I personally think that maturity is rather a matter of experience rather than age. I also think adults shouldn't forbid reading for fear that it will harm the child, but read WITH the child. Only by becoming one, can we save ourselves.

Library translation of Maria Passia's (17) notes.

Anonymous said...

I think reading a book is the best way to discover things you can't "see" somewhere else.
Aris, 17

Anonymous said...

Carmen Radulescu:
Στο ερώτημα αν ένα βιβλίο μπορεί να βλάψει τον αναγνώστη του, η απάντηση είναι θετική. «Το βιβλίο είναι σα δίκοπο μαχαίρι, η χρήση του εξαρτάται από εκείνον που το χειρίζεται. Είναι ένας λόγος να θέλει κανείς να διδάξει, για να κατευθύνει δηλ. τους μαθητές να εμπνέονται από τα βιβλία» λέει η κυρία Radulescu και συνεχίζει: «Η απαγόρευση της ανάγνωσης δεν είναι ο καταλληλότερος τρόπος να το κάνει, αφού το καλό βιβλίο εκτιμάται μόνο σε αντιπαράθεση με το αντίθετό του, το κακό βιβλίο.

Anonymous said...

Πιστεύω ότι δεν υπάρχουν κακά βιβλία, μόνο κακά μυαλά. Όμως από την αρχαιότητα μέχρι σήμερα πολλοί τα δυσφυμίζουν και επηρεάζουν και άλλους.
Μουσλούμ, 17
I don't think there are such things as bad books. Only bad minds. However, people who thought that books are harmful have influenced the audience against certain books.
Muslum, 17

Anonymous said...

Τα βιβλία οδηγούν τα παιδιά στο να έχουν τεκμηριωμένες και σωστές απόψεις, αρκεί φυσικά να μην πρόκειται για βιβλία που ευτελίζουν τις ηθικές αξίες και την ανθρώπινη αξιοπρέπεια.
Κώστας Π., 17
Books lead us to reasoning and train our way of thinking. As long as they respect morals and human descency, they cannot harm us.
Costas P., 17