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Real Life Muses - Stephen King’s Manly Muse

by Erin on September 5, 2012

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 [...]

Anyone who appreciates art and art history has their favorite works, and I am certainly no exception. The paintings I selected today represent different eras in the history of art, including the Renaissance, the Neoclassical period, and the eclectic Nineteenth century.
As for the characters who populate the paintings themselves, they are mainly drawn from Classical [...]

The Love Triangle in Greek Mythology

by Erin on August 22, 2012

Ah, the love triangle. Three definitely is not good company when it comes to romantic relationships. It seems this story is as old as, well, storytelling itself. Long before Bella (and Edward and Jacob), the tangled trio was already a time-honored feature in literature, poetry, and drama.
The ancient Greeks had their fair share of [...]

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Art - Birth of Venus by Bouguereau

by Erin on May 15, 2012

Artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s painting The Birth of Venus is part of a long and venerable tradition of images that depict the Classical goddess Venus. And perhaps the most famous paradigm for the birth of Venus was created during the Renaissance, by the artist Sandro Botticelli. Botticelli’s Birth of Venus set the standard for artists for [...]

Hymn to Hestia

by Erin on May 6, 2012

Homeric Hymn to Hestia

“Hestia, you who tend the sacred dwelling
of the far-shooting lord, Apollo, at holy Pytho,
from your tresses flowing oil ever drips down.
Come to this house! Come in gentle spirit
with resourceful Zeus and grant grace to my song!”

Welcome to May

by Erin on May 1, 2012

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 [...]

Mythology - It Started With An Apple…

by Erin on April 27, 2012

Imagine that you are attending a party. It’s a lavish affair, and all the beautiful people are there. Everywhere you look, you see stunning women and handsome men laughing, talking, perhaps even flirting. They appear to be enjoying themselves greatly. The wine flows freely, there is dancing and singing, and everyone seems happy. It is [...]

Art - Pallas Athene by Klimt

by Erin on April 18, 2012

Today, I’d like to take a look at an image by the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. This painting is called Pallas Athene, and is a late Nineteenth century interpretation of the Greek goddess of war and wisdom.
Athene - or Athena - faces the viewer, staring at the spectator with piercing grey eyes. Her expression is [...]

Mythology – Symbols of Athena

by Erin on April 17, 2012

The attributes of grey-eyed Athena are relatively easy to recognize. Since she is a goddess of war, she often appears clad in armor and holding a weapon, typically a spear. In addition to this garb, she is often depicted with what is called an aegis.
Aegis - The aegis was a breastplate or shield made of [...]

Cities and Shrines in Greece:
Argos - This city was sacred to the goddess Hera.
Athens - The goddess Athena presided over the city of Athens.
Corinth - A city sacred to both the god Poseidon and the goddess Aphrodite.
Cythera - The goddess Aphrodite was associated with this island.
Delos - The island of Delos was sacred to the [...]

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