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Arcadia is a poetical name for fantasy land (having more or less the same notation as Utopia ), named after the Greek land. However, Arcadia is the apellation for many cities in the United States. Utopia, in its most common and general meaning, refers to a hypothetical perfect society. ... Arcadia or Arkadía ( Greek Αρκαδία) is a region of Greece in the Peloponnesus. ...


According to Greek mythology, Pan the shepherd goat lived in Arcadia. Greek mythology inspired the Roman poet Virgil to write his Eclogues, a series of poems set in Arcadia. As a result of the influence of Virgil in medieval European literature (see, for example, The Divine Comedy), Arcadia became a symbol of pastoral simplicity. European Renaissance writers (for instance, the Spanish poet Garcilaso de la Vega) often revisited the theme, and the name came to apply to any idyllic location or paradise. Unlike the word "utopia" (named for Thomas More's book, Utopia), "Arcadia" does not carry the connotation of a human-designed civilization. Greek mythology comprises the collected legends of Greek gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines, originally created and spread within an oral-poetic tradition. ... Marble sculpture of Pan copulating with a goat, recovered from Herculaneum Pan (Greek Παν, genitive Πανος) is the Greek god who watches over shepherds and their flocks. ... For other uses see Virgil (disambiguation). ... An eclogue is a poem in a classical style on a pastoral subject. ... Dante shown holding a copy of The Divine Comedy, next to the entrance to Hell, the seven terraces of Mount Purgatory and the city of Florence, in Michelinos fresco. ... Titians The Pastoral Concert Pastoral refers to the lifestyle of shepherds. ... By Region: Italian Renaissance Northern Renaissance -French Renaissance -German Renaissance -English Renaissance The Renaissance was an influential cultural movement which brought about a period of scientific revolution and artistic transformation, at the dawn of modern European history. ... For the Peruvian writer, Garcilaso de la Vega, see Inca Garcilaso de la Vega Garcilaso de la Vega (b. ... Utopia, in its most common and general meaning, refers to a hypothetical perfect society. ... Portrait of Sir Thomas More by Hans Holbein the Younger Sir Thomas More (7 February 1478–6 July 1535), posthumously known also as Saint Thomas More, was an English lawyer, writer, and politician. ... See Utopia (disambiguation) for other meanings of this word Utopia, in its most common and general meaning, refers to a hypothetical perfect society. ...


In 1993, Tom Stoppard wrote an acclaimed play with this title, referring to the sense of classical beauty and order associated with Arcadia. Sir Tom Stoppard OM (born July 3, 1937) is a Czech-born British playwright, famous for plays such as The Real Thing and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and for the screenplay for Shakespeare in Love. ... Arcadia is a play by Tom Stoppard which first opened at the Royal National Theatre in London on 13 April 1993 and has played at many theatres since. ...


Arcadia was also the title of an influential heroic romance by the 16th-century poet Sir Philip Sidney.


Arcadia was the name of one of the twin worlds in best-selling PC-game The Longest Journey. Arcadia was the world of fantasy, dreams and magic, while its twin, Stark, was ours, the world of science. The Longest Journey is a 1999 adventure game by Funcom. ... The word stark may refer to one of several articles in Wikipedia: Stark is a novel by Ben Elton Stark is the name of one of the twin worlds in the best-selling PC-game The Longest Journey. ...


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