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Origin of Actoridae

Eurytus and Cteatus, the sons of Actor (whence they were also called Actoridae) or else of Poseidon and Molione. As boys they fought against Nestor and the men of Pylus. When they had grown up, they beat the army of Heracles that threatened their uncle Augeas, but were killed by the former near Cleonae in Argolis. In Homer their sons Thalpius and Antimachus are the chieftains of the Epeians before Troy. A later legend describes them as having only one body.
MOLIONES or MOLIONIDAE (Molionidai), a patronymic name by which Eurytus and Cteatus, the sons of Actor, or Poseidon, by Molione, are orten designated. They were nephews of Augeas, king of the Epeians. As sons of Actor, they are also called Actoridae, or AktoriĆ“ne. According to a late tradition, they were born out of an egg; and it is further stated, that the two brothers were grown together, so that they had only one body, but two heads, four arms, and four legs. Homer mentions none of these extraordinary circumstances; and, accordi…

The Early Acton

The name Acton means Oak Town and is an Anglo-Saxon name, suggesting that there was a settlement at Acton in Saxon times. Most of the settlement in the Middle Ages lay along the Uxbridge Road and close to the parish church of St. Mary's. There were several inns here.

In the early days, Acton was popular with the gentry and minor courtiers as a summer residence. Acton Wells was reputed to possess health giving mineral water. The first known stagecoach to make journeys from Acton to London was The Acton Machine, there were horse trams, and electric trams ran the length of the Uxbridge Road. Motorbuses were seen.

Acton's first railway station was Acton Central, opening in 1853. This was on the North and South Western Junction line. Although the Great Western Railway ran through Acton from 1838, Acton main line station did not open until 1868. At this time, 38 trains travelled each way through Acton per day. There was also the Birmingham branch line of the GWR, which stopped at Old …

Historical Battle of Actium

At the Battle of Actium, off the western coast of Greece, Roman leader Octavian wins a decisive victory against the forces of Roman Mark Antony and Cleopatra, queen of Egypt. Before their forces suffered final defeat, Antony and Cleopatra broke though the enemy lines and fled to Egypt, where they would commit suicide the following year.

With the assassination of Roman dictator Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., Rome fell into civil war. To end the fighting, a coalition–the Second Triumvirate–was formed by three of the strongest belligerents. The triumvirate was made up of Octavian, Caesar’s great-nephew and chosen heir; Mark Antony, a powerful general; and Lepidus, a Roman statesman. The empire was divided among the three, and Antony took up the administration of the eastern provinces. Upon arriving in Asia Minor, he summoned Queen Cleopatra to answer charges that she had aided his enemies. Cleopatra, ruler of Egypt since 51 B.C., had once been Julius Caesar’s lover and had borne him a child, w…

Actis in Rhodes

So much natural beauty concentrated in one place could not fail to capture the imagination of its inhabitants and give rise to equally beautiful myths regarding the island’s creation and the course of its history. One of the myths, according to Pindar, says that when Zeus defeated the Giants he decided to divide the earth between the Olympian gods. However Helios, the sun god, was missing at that moment as he was off loafing on his daily journey and so was left without his own piece of earth. Zeus wanting to be just said that he would redivide the earth but Helios the traveller replied that he would own the land that emerged from the sea at sunrise the following morning. As dawn broke the next day, Helios saw the beautiful, verdant island of Rhodes appear from the turquoise water. Enthralled by its beauty he bathed it with his rays. Since then sun drenched Rhodes has been the island of the Sun.

On the island Helios and the nymph Rhodos had seven sons, the Heliadae: Ochimus, Cercaphus, …

Action That Become Actionless

One of Taoism’s most important concepts is wu wei, which is sometimes translated as “non-doing” or “non-action.” A better way to think of it, however, is as a paradoxical “Action of non-action.” Wu wei refers to the cultivation of a state of being in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the ebb and flow of the elemental cycles of the natural world. It is a kind of “going with the flow” that is characterized by great ease and awareness, in which -- without even trying -- we’re able to respond perfectly to whatever situations arise. Historically, wu wei has been practiced both within and outside of existing social and political structures.

The practice of wu wei is the expression of what in Taoism is considered to be the highest form of virtue -- one that is in no way premeditated but instead arises spontaneously.

As we find our alignment with the Tao -- with the rhythms of the elements within and outside of our bodies -- our actions are quite naturally of the highe…