When a new resident is accepted for membership, their URL will be listed on Elysium Gates in one of several areas (free advertising and link for their web site!). These
areas are divided by site content and may be specifically requested by the prospective member but are usually assigned by the Elysium Gates Staff based on subject matter.
There are also volunteers who help and interact with members in each of these subject areas. These areas are:
The agora referred to the ancient Greek marketplace, an equivalent of the Roman forum. It developed from a need for a place where people could gather politically, for
commerce and was a center for trade.
Here at Elysium Gates it is where we put those member sites that do not fall in any of the categories below. It is an eclectic collection of quality sites.
Bibliotheke is the Greek word for library. The greatest library of the ancient world was established by the Greeks in Alexandria in the 3rd century B.C.E.
At Elysium Gates this is where you will find sites that are about authors, books, literature, poetry and reference material. Thus creating a learning center for the entire
Emporium is the Greek word for warehouse. Although we know that agora was the traditional Greek marketplace, we felt that most of the American English speaking
world would be more familiar with the term Emporium and associate it with the selling of merchandise.
Thus in Elysium Gates, the Emporium is where you’ll find modern commercial enterprises and their wares vying for your drachma (money or coin).
In Greece, architecture was filled with covered passages that were open at one side, such as a portico or a colonnade. These passages are also known as a gallery.
Galleries appear as long, narrow rooms in substantial Renaissance houses and palaces, where they were used as promenades and to exhibit art. The modern term art
gallery is derived from this usage.
In Elysium Gates you will find this area filled with members who are artisans. Fine art, graphics, crafts, jewelry design and fashion design to mention but a few.
Histora is the Greek word for history. History is, in its broadest sense, the totality of all past events.
At Elysium Gates, you will find in this area members whose interests lie in the past. Here are sites on genealogy and archeology, also, sites that specialize in certain
historical eras and more speculative sites of the trends of societies and what it means for our future.
About 300BC the most famous observatory of classical times was built by the Greeks in Alexandria.
Since observatory comes from the word observe which means to watch carefully (the way something happens or someone does something), especially in order to learn
more about it, we have chosen to place the sites that deal with science and nature in this area. Here you may find a site about an endangered species, a new asteroid,
alternative power, pets, flower gardening, medical discoveries, modern physics, recycling or even how the internet works.
The word orchestra originally signified the section in ancient Greek theaters between the stage and the audience that was used by dancers and instrumentalists.
In Elysium Gates this area will allow you to find members whose interests lie in anything that involves music. Current and past vocalists, musicians, bands, dancers,
composing, instruments, lyrics, ballet and square dancing all will be residing in this area and much more.
In Greek architecture, stoa is a freestanding colonnade or covered walkway; also, a long open building, its roof supported by one or more rows of columns parallel to the
rear wall. Stoae (plural for Stoa) surrounded marketplaces and sanctuaries and formed places of business and public promenade.
Since this area was the promenade of the marketplace, it was also the place where cultures intermingled. In our more modern Elysium Gates we felt that this was the
ideal place for those members that wished to focus on cultural traditions such as Celtic, Hispanic and Native American and also sites that explore the vast diversity one can
experience through travel. This area is dedicated to celebrating the differences while honoring our interconnectedness.
This word comes from the Greek word symposion, which comes from sympinein which means "to drink together." In ancient Greece the word conveyed the idea of a
convivial party (as after a banquet) with music and conversation...the conversation being the focal point with a free interchange of ideas. The famous Greek Plato wrote a
book called the Symposium which records several banquet eulogies and presents the conversations that the phenomenological world can be viewed, as objects of mystical
contemplation and as stimuli of mystical emotion.
Such discourses and commentaries have led to the modern usage of the term Symposium to be a formal gathering of experts that elucidate on various specialized
topics. Once again Elysium Gates in this area is blending the old with the new, by gathering member sites that reflect spiritual, metaphysical and religious beliefs and
contemplations. Also here you will find sites that reflect philosophy, psychology and the mystical side of all cultures and activities.
Taverna, the Greek word for tavern; is a place that for countless centuries people have gathered to socialize, drink, eat and exchange news. This lively area of Elysium Gates
will find members who love to share. If you are looking for a site on food, recipes, wine, how to meet your next love, what the news or gossip is, or perhaps find a pen pal;
this is the area to go to.
You may think the word theatre/theater is English, but it is actually a Greek word. The term theater is often applied only to dramatic and musical plays, but it properly
includes opera, dance, circus and carnivals, mime vaudeville, puppet shows, pageants, and comedy.
In the Elysium Gates Theater area, you will not only find all of the above but also film, TV, and radio. At Elysium gates we are constantly blending the old world with the
new and trying to share on the net the best of both.
We weave caring and purpose into the net.
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