The Interrelation of Literature, Art and Religion: The Adventures of the Archegos


  • Robert Baines


The collection of goldsmith's works directed towards a statement of the Archegos offers a multiplicity of options in the building of emblematic and votive artefacts. As a philological preamble the term archegos projects a Judaeo-Christian vision of pioneering and leadership as expressed in Hellenic Antiquity. The Septuagint posits a military sense in its Biblical usage but within the origins of the Greek language the root for leader (archegos) is a beginning (arche) or principle. This context can be paralleled to Prince (Latin: princeps) or principal person, but both Latin and Greek show the more abstract idea of a 'principle' extending authority or power.