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 version of the tale behind the Halcyon Days. I do want to note, however, that there are of course other interpretations. That’s kind of how it works with mythology. All right, disclaimer mentioned, let’s move on with the story!
*And yes, I realize that Ovid is indeed Roman, not Greek. Giving myself some artistic license here.
The tale of Alcyone and Ceyx appears in Book Eleven of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.