It’s time for another mything word! In case you’re wondering, a mything word is one with some type of connection to mythology. Today, I’m taking a look at the word pantheon. While it’s certainly not as common - or trendy - as say selfie, the word has been around long enough to establish a history. [...]
Stephen King’s book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft inspires me for many reasons. It’s insightful and honest and beautifully written. As the title suggests, the book is part autobiography, part instruction for writers (and aspiring writers), from one of the most well-known and successful contemporary novelists.
I was particularly relishing the chapter of the [...]
One of the things I find most appealing about mythology is how characters are transformed over the centuries by countless artists, writers, poets, and storytellers. The story of the Sirens is just a single example of mythological “monsters” who have been reinterpreted since they appeared in the myth and art of the ancient Greeks.
A contemporary [...]
And now for something completely different at Mythography…
I typically focus on Classical - that is, Greek and Roman - and Celtic mythology, with an emphasis on the former, on this site. Today, I am going to diverge from that path a bit and explore Japanese mythology. I should also emphasize that when I say Japanese [...]
In honor of Mother’s Day this year, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at a few famous mothers from mythology.
In the Beginning…
Gaia (or Gaea) was the original Earth Mother - or should I say, Mother Earth - in Greek mythology. Her fertility was quite literally legendary. Indeed, Gaia gave birth to [...]
It’s the beginning of another month, and at Mythography, that means it’s also time for another exploration of this month’s name. You might already recognize the connection between May and the character from Classical myth who inspired it. Why it’s Maia, of course. However, the interesting bit is that not one but two mythical Maias [...]
Some time ago, I wrote an introduction to river gods in Greek mythology. Today, I want to continue the theme with an exploration of wind gods in Classical myth.
Both the ancient Greeks and Romans recognized and worshiped beings that were essentially personifications of the wind. These wind gods played intriguing roles in many mythological stories.
“Peace reigned in Heaven
in the wine bowl
It was Hermes
who took up the
wine jug and poured
wine for the gods”
“On Hellespont, guilty of true-loves’ blood,
In view and opposite, two cities stood,
Sea-borderers, disjoined by Neptune’s might;
The one Abydos, the other Sestos hight.
At Sestos Hero dwelt; Hero the fair,
Whom young Apollo courted for her hair,
And offered as a dower his burning throne,
Where she could sit for men to gaze upon.
The outside of her garments were of [...]
For the week of April 2 - 8, 2012
The holiday edition of what’s new features a summary of what I like to call the blog style posts at Mythography. Here they are:
I started the week with a quote from a favorite Roman writer. In Mything Quotes - Ovid, I share a snippet from the Amores, [...]