Безупречный стиль: Сибариты

Безупречный стиль: Сибариты

На днях один мой хороший друг в диалоге со мной назвал меня сибаритом, причём упомянул, что я являюсь сибаритом в хорошем смысле этого слова, мол для меня важно, чтобы всё, что меня окружает, было красивым. Конечно же, я не знал точного значения слова «сибарит» и поэтому не мог не согласиться, не опровергнуть это умозаключение моего друга. Последние несколько дней, ну а если быть точнее, несколько вечеров и ночей я посвятил исследованию понятия сибарит. Кто они - современные сибариты? Почему в современном языке это слово почти не используется и откуда берёт своё начало?

Из словаря мы берём определения слова «сибарит» как человек, живущий в роскоши, удовольствиях и праздности; или человек, любящий роскошь и удовольствия.

История появления слова относит нас к VIII веку до нашей эры, в то время юг Италии находился под властью Древней Греции. В провинции Лукания между устьями двух рек Сибарис (ныне Косчиле) и Кратис (ныне Крати) ахейцами и трезенцами была основана колония Сибарис. Город процветал благодаря своему географическому положению, хотя он и не находился на берегу моря, что было важно в те времена. В первую очередь Сибарис стал крупным торговым центром, подчинив под своё правление более 20 городов вокруг. Торговля с городами из Малой Азии способствовала росту количества состоятельных граждан. Многие философы писали, что в периоды своего расцвета жителям Сибариса (сибаритам) богатства доставались без особого труда, а накопленные средства тут же тратились на предметы роскоши. За двести лет про сибаритов было написано множество историй, основанных на фактах и домыслах, некоторые из них вообще походили на сказки. Во всех них говорится о роскоши, в которой живут жители колонии. Таким образом, слово «сибарит» стало нарицательным. 

В 510 году до нашей эры Сибарис объявил войну Кротону - другой могущественной колонии, располагавшейся неподалёку, и так же, как и Сибарис, имевшей значительное влияние на территориях южной Италии (современная Калабрия). Кротон не просто разгромил Сибарис в войне, которая продолжалась 70 дней, он разрушил его до основания, но и этого показалось мало. Чтобы похоронить всякую память о Сибарисе и его жителях, Милон Кротонский - один из самых известных греков того времени (полководец и шестикратный чемпион олимпийских игр по вольной борьбе) распорядился направить русло одной из рек на руины Сибариса и затопил его. На этом история Сибариса не закончилась: возле его руин потомками сибаритов при главенстве Афин был построен новый город, получивший название Фурии, в 284 году до нашей эры он перешёл под правление римлян, а во время Пунических войн город перешёл под управление Ганнибалу. Изначально Ганнибал усилил город, но затем в 204 году отдал его на разграбление своему войску, переселив оставшихся жителей в Кротон. На месте разграбленного города вскоре появилась римская колония Копия, что переводится с латыни как «изобилие», и напоминала о небывалом богатстве у жителей этих земель. Уже в XX веке, а именно в 1960 году, в нескольких километрах от руин Сибариса был построен современный город Сибари. 

Почему же понятие «сибарит» стало нарицательным в древней Греции и имело такой негативный окрас? На мой взгляд это связанно по большей мере с бытом, который царил по всей Великой Греции. В большинстве своём древние греки жили достаточно аскетично и пропагандировали такой образ жизни, для них главным являлась красота разума в совокупности со здоровым телом. Поэтому нет ничего удивительного, что сибаритам, имеющим другие ценности, так легко было их получить, ведь конкуренции как таковой не было. Древние греки осуждали и считали непристойным разнузданный образ жизни сибаритов, поэтому Сибарис был разрушен до основания, тем самым воплотив идеи социального равенства.

Честно ли утверждать, что все блага доставались сибаритам легко? Думаю, нет. Сибаритам приходилось много работать, чтобы саккумулировать такое количество материальных ценностей, ведь не их вина в том, что им никто не составлял достойной конкуренции, и они отточили своё предпринимательское мастерство до идеала. Нельзя винить их в том, что они стремились окружить себя предметами роскоши и постоянно улучшать качество своей жизни. Не думаю, что в уничтожении Сибариса кротонцы руководствовались высокими принципами, немалую роль тут сыграла и зависть по отношению к богатому соседу.

Кто же такие современные сибариты? К современным сибаритам с большой долей вероятности можно отнести таких людей, как Лапо Элкан или Джанлука Вакки и других состоятельных людей, окружающих себя предметами роскоши. Вот только в современном мире нельзя расслабляться и расчитывать на накопленные предками богатства. Конкуренция подталкивает к тому, что даже самые закоренелые сибариты вынуждены работать, чтобы сохранить свой роскошный образ жизни.

Что же до меня? Конечно, я - не сибарит, да и не стремлюсь им стать, хотя и не считаю это стремление плохой целью. Для меня красота вещей скрывается в их простоте, при том, что самые красивые вещи всегда остаются бесценными. Видеть красоту в окружающем тебя, жить в ней, создавать её и искать - не одно и тоже с тем, чтобы окружить себя роскошью. Роскошь подчас бывает вульгарна и безвкусна, красота же, напротив - это квинтэссенция вкуса. «Мир спасёт красота»: в этих словах Достоевского сокрыто спасение моего мира.

Если всё же вы видите в себе сибарита или стремитесь им стать, то следующие вещи вам пригодятся.

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  • Фото Berluti - Lizard And Shearling-trimmed Nubuck Bomber Jacket - Emerald Berluti

    Berluti - Lizard And Shearling-trimmed Nubuck Bomber Jacket - Emerald

    The best word to describe Berluti 's bomber jacket is rich - it's made from a combination of supple nubuck and plush shearling and comes in a deep-emerald and black palette that's just so visually appealing. It'll be a style you can wear frequently for years to come, as it looks just as good over a cream rollneck as it does a simple grey tee. Shown here with Berluti trousers, Berluti sweater, Berluti boots. Emerald nubuck, black shearling - Lizard-trimmed undercollar, two front slash pockets, ribbed-knit trims, internal buttoned patch pocket, fully lined - Zip fastening - 100% calfskin; undercollar: 100% lizard (monitor lizard); trim: 97% wool, 2% polyamide, 1% elastane; lining: 100% lamb shearling; sleeve lining: 60% cupro, 40% cotton; pocket lining: 100% cotton - Specialist clean - Monitor lizard: Malaysia - Made in Italy

  • Фото Piaget - Possession 18-karat White Gold Diamond Cuff - Silver Piaget

    Piaget - Possession 18-karat White Gold Diamond Cuff - Silver

    A real investment piece, Piaget 's cuff is cast from gleaming 18-karat white gold and fitted with diamond-encrusted rotating bands - the signature detail from the 'Possession' collection that symbolises the wheels of destiny in motion. The clever twist design ensures it's easy to slip on and off. 18-karat white gold - Diamonds, total weight: 0.38-carats - This piece has been certified in accordance with the Hallmarking Act 1973 - MR PORTER.COM is a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council - Comes in a presentation box

  • Фото AMIRI - Burgundy Slim-fit Chain-detailed Leather-trimmed Silk-velvet Blazer Amiri

    AMIRI - Burgundy Slim-fit Chain-detailed Leather-trimmed Silk-velvet Blazer

    This burgundy silk-velvet blazer was sent down AMIRI 's debut runway in Paris for FW18 - it typically takes brands years to build up enough accolades to be invited to show there, but it only took the LA label three. Impeccably tailored in Italy, it's detailed with black leather trims and silver chains along the peak lapels that really push the glam-grunge feel. Wear yours with black jeans and boots. Shown here with Rick Owens T-shirt, AMIRI trousers, Saint Laurent boots. Burgundy silk-velvet - Peak lapels, felted undercollar, padded shoulders, non-functioning buttoned cuffs, chest welt pocket, two front patch pockets, single vent, black leather trims, silver chain details, two internal pockets, fully lined - One button fastening - 100% silk; lining: 100% cupro - Dry clean - Made in Italy

  • Фото Linley - Trafalgar Wood Shooting Companion - Brown
    Linley

    Linley - Trafalgar Wood Shooting Companion - Brown

    Packed in an oiled walnut carrier, Linley 's shooting companion is replete with a cotton blanket, two lead crystal decanters, pewter cups that are numbered one through eight as a reference to guns' pegs, a cigar cutter and holder for eight Corona No 5 cigars. Even if a trip to the lodge isn't in your plans, this kit makes an elegant gift for sportsmen. Walnut - Contains a cotton blanket, two crystal decanters, eight pewter cups, cigar cutter and holder for eight cigars - Buckle fastening - Comes in a presentation box - Made in the UK

  • Фото Ermenegildo Zegna - Shearling-trimmed Suede Bomber Jacket - Brown Ermenegildo Zegna

    Ermenegildo Zegna - Shearling-trimmed Suede Bomber Jacket - Brown

    Along with fighter pilots of the '40s, Mr Marlon Brando is credited for popularising the shearling-trimmed bomber jacket after he famously donned one in On The Waterfront. Ermenegildo Zegna 's has been expertly made in Italy from brown suede and is trimmed with a black collar and ribbed borders. The body is lined with stretch-wool to keep you extra warm. Shown here with Boglioli shirt, Ermenegildo Zegna shirt, Ermenegildo Zegna jeans, Berluti sneakers. This item is small to size. See Size & Fit notes. Brown suede - Detachable black shearling collar, two front welt pockets, dark-grey ribbed trims, internal pocket, partially lined - Button and zip fastenings - 100% suede (lamb); trim: 86% wool, 13% polyamide, 1% elastane; lining1: 96% wool, 4% elastane; lining2: 53% cotton, 47% cupro; buttons: 100% horn (buffalo) - Specialist clean - Made in Italy

  • Фото Loewe Green Large Rucksack Loewe

    Loewe Green Large Rucksack

    Grained nappa leather backpack in cypress green. Extended strap detailing throughout. Carry handle at top. Adjustable drawstring-style shoulder straps with pin-buckle fastening. Flap pocket at face. Zippered compartment at back face. Flap pocket at sides. Logo-embossed foldover flap with press-stud fastening at main compartment. Drawstring at throat. Embossed logo and patch pocket at unlined interior. Silver-tone hardware. Tonal stitching. Approx. 12.75 length x 16.75 height x 10 width.

  • Фото Piaget - Polo S Chronograph 42mm Stainless Steel Watch - White Piaget

    Piaget - Polo S Chronograph 42mm Stainless Steel Watch - White

    Piaget 's 'Polo S' model references the relaxed elegance associated with the equestrian sport and the kindred sophistication for which the Swiss horologist is known. Crafted with a stainless steel case that's both polished and satin-brushed, this piece houses a hand-assembled 1160P self-winding chronograph movement that can be seen through the sapphire-glass back - look closely and you'll notice the engraved oscillating weight and ruby jewels. The horizontally patterned guilloche dial enhances the Super-LumiNova®-coated hands, ensuring excellent legibility. We offer a two-year warranty for all working parts and manufacturing faults for luxury watches. Call our Customer Care team for more information. Need more advice? Read the Luxury Watch Guide. - #Movement - Swiss-made 1160P self-winding mechanical chronograph movement with 50-hour power reserve - 35 jewels, 28, 800 Vph #Functions - Hour, minute and second hands - Date window - Chronograph - Balance stop #Dial - Silvered guilloche dial, Super-LumiNova®-coated hands and indices #Case - Stainless steel case - Screw-in crown for time adjustments and manual winding - Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and transparent back - Clasp-fastening stainless steel bracelet strap #Specifications - Case diameter: 42mm; case thickness: 11.2mm - Water resistance: 10 bar - Comes in a presentation box - Reference number: G0A41004 - Manufactured in Switzerland

  • Фото Fendi - Belted Logo-appliqued Shearling Jacket - Tan FENDI

    Fendi - Belted Logo-appliqued Shearling Jacket - Tan

    Fendi 's weighty shearling coat has been impeccably made in Italy and designed to weather the coldest winter seasons. It has a slightly loose cut for comfortable layering, a double placket to keep the chill out and large flap pockets to hold your keys and gloves. At the chest, the applique is embroidered with the house's iconic 'FF' logo, a brand signature first introduced by Mr Karl Lagerfeld back in the '60s. Shown here with Fendi sweatpants, Fendi sweater, Gucci sneakers. Tan shearling - Appliqued designer emblem, four front snap-fastening flap pockets, detachable belt, internal buttoned cuff tabs and pocket - Two-way zip and button fastenings - 100% shearling (lamb); embroidery: 100% polyester - Specialist clean - Made in Italy

  • Фото Etro - Midnight-blue Slim-fit Satin-trimmed Embellished Velvet Tuxedo Jacket - Midnight Etro

    Etro - Midnight-blue Slim-fit Satin-trimmed Embellished Velvet Tuxedo Jacket - Midnight

    Way back in Etro 's early days, the Italian label filled its in-house library with rare books and exceptional textile art, so it has a wealth of inspiration to draw from every season. This tuxedo jacket takes cues from ornate traditional embroidery and has been hand embellished with delicate glass beading and metallic threads. Tailored from rich midnight-blue velvet, it has satin peak lapels and a collar that's decorated with the brand's signature paisley print on the underside. Midnight-blue velvet - Black satin peak lapels, paisley-print undercollar, non-functioning buttoned cuffs, beading, two front welt pockets, double vent, two internal pockets, fully lined - One button fastening - 100% viscose; lining: 100% silk - Dry clean - Made in Italy

  • Фото Amalgam Collection - Limited Edition Ferrari 250 Tr (1958) Lemans Lucy Belle 2 1:8th Model Car - White
    Amalgam Collection

    Amalgam Collection - Limited Edition Ferrari 250 Tr (1958) Lemans Lucy Belle 2 1:8th Model Car - White

    Racing connoisseurs will no doubt recognise Amalgam 's 'Ferrari TR Lucy Belle 2' car - it first zipped around the LeMans track in France back in 1958, but this 1:8th model makes the perfect substitute for the real thing. A limited edition creation with only 99 in existence, it's handcrafted by skilled engineers for a total of 400 hours using bespoke paints and leather upholstery. It comes with a certificate of authenticity and is presented on a leather stand so you can proudly display it on your desk or mantel. Blue, white and black resin, red and brown leather, carbon fibre, stainless steel, pewter - Comes in a presentation box

  • Фото Valextra - Leather Cabin Suitcase - Mens - Burgundy Valextra

    Valextra - Leather Cabin Suitcase - Mens - Burgundy

    Valextra - Valextra has been crafting luxury leather goods since 1937, making this burgundy calf-leather cabin suitcase a classic investment, built to last. Hand-crafted in Italy by a single artisan - note their personal serial number stamped in metallic-gold - it features a quilted navy interior with adjustable straps and a large zip pocket. Set on a two wheeled base with a retractable carbon-fibre top handle, an accompanying luggage tag completes this piece.