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Roman Myth

The other day, I looked at the Five Ages of Man according to Hesiod. In that post I listed these as the Golden Age, the Silver Age, the Bronze Age, the Age of Heroes, and the Age of Iron. There is another account of the ages of man that shares several similarities - and some [...]

Mything Quotes - Horace

by Erin on May 18, 2012

Today, I’d like to share an Ode from the ancient Roman poet Horace. As the opening lines indicate, this Ode is dedicated to the god Bacchus.

“I saw Bacchus today:
In a wild gorge he lay,
Teaching his sacred melodies. O years
To come, credit my glimpse
Of the attentive nymphs
And goat-foot satyrs cocking pointed ears.
Ai, ai, my mind still [...]

Mything Words - Genius

by Erin on May 7, 2012

There is a passage in the book Brush Up Your Mythology! by Michael Macrone that explains the concept of genius quite cleverly :

“It’s a good thing the Mensa Society didn’t have a chapter in ancient Rome, because there’s no way it could have kept its cherished exclusivity. Which is to say that there were a [...]

Mything Quotes - Ovid

by Erin on April 2, 2012

“Arms, warfare, violence - I was winding up to produce a
Regular epic, with verse-form to match -
Hexameters, naturally. But Cupid (they say) with a snicker
Lopped off one foot from each alternate line.
‘Nasty young brat,’ I told him, ‘who made you Inspector of Meters?’
We poets come under the Muses, we’re not in your mob.
What if Venus [...]

Mars and the Tale of Two Goddesses

by Erin on March 29, 2012

It’s still March, so let’s have a story about the Roman god Mars to end the month, shall we?
Mars was closely associated with the Greek god of war, Ares, in mythology. For this reason, there are few distinctly Roman tales about this important figure. One of the main exceptions is the story of Mars and [...]

Works of the Roman Poet Ovid

by Erin on March 28, 2012

“My soul would sing of metamorphoses.
But since, o gods, you were the source of these
bodies becoming other bodies, breathe
your breath into my book of changes: may
the song I sing be seamless as its way
weaves from the world’s beginning to our day.”

(prologue to the Metamorphoses of Ovid)
You could say that it was love at first read. [...]

Mything Quotes - Horace

by Erin on February 20, 2012

For today, I thought I would share an Ode that features the Roman god Mercury.

Great Mercury, by Maia sprung
From Atlas; god of nimble tongue
And understanding; saviour
Of our raw race, who deigned to teach
Man wrestling, grace of body, speech
And civilised behaviour,
You are the one my poem sings -
The lyre’s inventor; he who brings
Heaven’s messages; the witty
Adventurer [...]

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Mything Quotes - Ovid

by Erin on February 3, 2012

“So the moment you feel yourself treatable by my system, act as I tell you. No leisure - that’s rule number one. Leisure stimulates love, leisure watches the lovelorn, leisure’s the cause and sustenance of this sweet evil. Eliminate leisure, Cupid’s bow is broken, his torches lie lightless, scorned.”

Ovid, Cures for Love, lines 135-140
Say [...]

Mything Words - Jovial

by Erin on December 25, 2011

one of the synonyms of merry
jovial definition - someone who is merry could reasonably be called jovial…
Jove - Jupiter, Roman ruler of the gods and the counterpart to the Greek god Zeus.
influence of the planets on temperament back in the day

The Ancient Roman Festival of Saturnalia

by Erin on December 17, 2011

Today is the 17th of December, and that can only mean one thing - time to celebrate a Roman holiday! Well, perhaps remember is a better word than celebrate. I am of course referring to the Saturnalia. Not familiar with the festival? Well, let’s explore it in a bit more detail, then.
My Webster’s dictionary has [...]

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