Tuesday, April 24, 2018

1505 ....same as a Hollywood script

In the town of Rohatyn, Poland, in what is now western Ukraine.
                                [there was a birth in 1505, Aleksandra Lisovska or Roxelana.
A woman whose story resembles a tale of a fictional writer,
         [a slave and not a princess with titles, education, or knowledge of the piano.

A Slavic woman who was forced into concubinage and later became
                  [to the Ottoman sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, his beloved wife.

A genuinely fictional development,
                                              [same as a Hollywood script, a real change of life.

She was captured as a young girl by Crimean Tatar raiders
                           [and taken to Constantinople (now Istanbul), the Ottoman capital,
where she was sold to someone connected to Süleyman, and entered the harem,
        [the Sultan fell in love, and she became a wife and companion both valuable.

So extraordinary was Roxelana’s success
            [that her enemies saw witchcraft as the only possible explanation for it.

I once heard the phrase "Behind every great man there's a great woman,
                     [and I searched the internet who said it and what made him say it.


* ''IT COULD BE OTHERWISE in verse''
Texts and Narration: Odysseus Heavilayias - ROTTERDAM //
Language adjustments and text adaptation: Kellene G Safis -CHICAGO//
Digital adaptation and text editing: Cathy Rapakoulia Mataraga - PIRAEUS

*Roxelana was not strikingly beautiful, but she had a pleasing personality (her Turkish name, Hürrem, means “joyful one”), and she quickly made a special place for herself in the harem.

*The origin of the expression: Behind every great man there's a great woman : Adopted as a slogan for the 1960/70s feminist movement, first having been used in the 1940s. Less used in more recent years as the imagery of women being behind men is open to misinterpretation.

Origin - the full story
The first printed citation I can find is from the Texas newspaper The Port Arthur News, from February 1946. This was headed - "Meryll Frost - 'Most courageous athlete of 1945'":

"As he received his trophy, the plucky quarterback unfolded the story of how he 'came back'. He said 'They say behind every great man there's a woman. While I'm not a great man, there's a great woman behind me.'"

The use of the phrase in that quotation suggests it was well-known at the time, and may be much older than 1945.
Times change and by the 1980s women no longer wanted to be standing behind, whether deemed great or not. The use of the phrase received a boost in 1985 with the release of The Eurythmics' song - Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves, but with a different emphasis from the earlier slogan:

Now, there was a time,
when they used to say,
that behind ev'ry great man,
there had to be a great woman.
But oh, in these times of change,
you know that it's no longer true.
So we're comin' out of the kitchen,
'cause there's something we forgot to say to you.
We say, Sisters are doin' it for themselves
sourse : The Phrase Finder (internet)

 ELEGHOS... at history 

Comments :

Behind every man is a good woman is still a fairly popular saying, even if some women take offensive with it. I don't have a problem with it, in many cases it's true but that is not a bad thing for women. You can strong on your own, but also make your husband better. We have the best of both worlds. If anything I think it is bad for men, it says you can't be good on your own - you need a good wife. What's your opinion?
                                     Kellene G Safis, an American friend


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