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 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.

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