June 22, 2016
The letter is X for Xystus
A new word to me, but though its origins go back to ancient Greece and the Roman Empire the name has been captured by a modern Dutch band, and it seems to me it is popular in this generation as a symbol for good health, positivity, exercise and well being.
Xystus, in its ancient useage, was defined as a long and open portico used especially by ancient Greeks or Romans for athletic exercises in wintry or stormy weather, or sometimes a walk,
lined with trees.
In early Christian times Saint Xystus was a Pope who was chosen upon the death of St. Stephen
in 257, - the 25th from St. Peter
He was described as a peaceable and excellent prelate.
But now, in modern times, we find the name Xystus attached to a Dutch Band...
Formed in 1998 the band is described as Progressive Power Metal, but more Melodic.
The third album they released was a Rock Opera, Equilibrio
and here is one of the songs from the Opera (The Pact)
for those of you who are into heavy metal
(and I do not mean to be critical - just the wrong generation to appreciate it fully)
For more Xs cross over here to ABC Wednesday
with thanks to Roger, Denise, and all their xoxoxo helpers