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Welcome to April

by Erin on April 1, 2012

No April Fools here at Mythography today - I am certain there is more than enough of that going around.
My plan for the early part of this month is to continue on with the Spring theme we started in March.

Mything Words - Caduceus

by Erin on March 31, 2012

So, what exactly is a caduceus? So good that you asked! It is basically a staff decorated with two entwined serpents. I’m guessing you have seen a contemporary version of the caduceus at some point. Say, in a doctor’s office.
This strange symbol originated long ago, and yes, there is a connection to myth. Indeed, the [...]

What’s New at Mythography

by Erin on March 25, 2012

For the week of March 19 - 25, 2012
Here is a recap of what I am calling the blog style posts here at Mythography:
In Story of the Selkie, I muse about some compelling chapters from the book The Orphan’s Tales: In The Night Garden.
The this theme is continued in The Satyr and the Selkie, [...]

Mything Words – Halcyon Days

by Erin on March 23, 2012

Ah, the Halcyon Days. Days of tranquility and contentment. You’ve heard of this phrase, haven’t you? Well, it has its origins in (surprise!) Greek mythology. And since it is a lovely Spring day here, I was inspired to discuss the myth behind this expression. I adore Ovid*, so I thought that I would share his [...]

Horace’s Ode to Spring

by Erin on March 22, 2012

“Winter relaxes its grip. West winds are a pleasant change.The spring’s here.
The windlasses haul down the dry hulls seaward;
Penned in the stable, the beasts grow fretful; the farmer loves his fire less.
The fields no longer shine with morning whiteness.
Queening the dance, with a full moon hanging above, the Cytherean
Leads, and the Nymphs and the comely [...]

The Satyr and the Selkie

by Erin on March 20, 2012

Yesterday, in Story of the Selkie, I shared writer Catherynne M. Valente’s tale of a pair of mythological creatures who fall in love. This relationship was between a female Satyr a male Selkie in the book The Orphans Tales: In the Night Garden. Now, I really enjoyed Valente’s intriguing interpretation, as unconventional as it is, [...]

Story of the Selkie

by Erin on March 19, 2012

I am trying really hard to honor my promise of no spoilers from the book The Orphan’s Tales: In The Night Garden. Yes, I know you’re waiting for the “but”, so here it is. The one exception is the story of the Selkie. Sorry, I can’t resist sharing this tale here. It starts with “The [...]

It’s easy to find information about the legendary characters - the gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines - of Classical mythology. You know, Hercules, Athena, Aphrodite, the big standouts. How about the minor figures from myth? These little luminaries deserve some time in the spotlight too. So every so often here at Mythography, I plan [...]

Mything Quotes - Milton

by Erin on March 14, 2012

“There thou shalt hear and learn the secret power
Of harmony, in tones and numbers hit
By voice or hand, and various-measured verse,
Aeolian charms and Dorian lyric odes,
And his who gave them breath, but higher sung,
Blind Melesigenes, thence Homer called,
Whose poem Phoebus challenged for his own.”

- Milton, Paradise Regained, IV. 245

Epithets in Classical Myth & Literature

by Erin on March 13, 2012

First of all, let’s define what an epithet is in Classical mythology. It is basically a surname, or as I like to think of it, a poetic nickname. Epithets often reveal a role, characteristic, or even a nuance of a particular god or goddess.
Some of my favorite epithets follow:
Anadyomene – One of the many names [...]

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