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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 - Pandora by Rossetti

by Erin on May 9, 2012

Today, let’s take a look at the painting Pandora by Nineteenth century artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Before I begin with the work of art, I’d like to offer some background about the intriguing mythological character who is the subject of Rossetti’s image. Read on to learn a bit more about Pandora.
Pandora plays an intriguing role [...]

In the painting Electra at the Tomb of Agamemnon, Victorian artist Frederic Leighton uses what can be considered one of his artistic signatures - an image in which a solitary female figure is the focus. In addition, this poignant work also reveals that Leighton was a master of not only depicting Classical subjects, but also [...]

Mythology - Alcmene in Hesiod’s Shield

by Erin on April 19, 2012

A rather long time ago, I wrote an article about the mythological character Alcmene. In case that name isn’t ringing any bells of recognition, here is a quick refresher.
Indeed, the ancient Greek poet Hesiod begins his work The Shield with an introduction to the mother of Herakles.

“There was another woman,
daughter of Electryon
who was his people’s [...]

Art - Helen of Troy by Rossetti

by Erin on April 15, 2012

The subject for the painting Helen of Troy was taken from Classical mythology. According to legend, Helen was considered the most beautiful mortal woman. Although she was married to Menelaus, the cunning Paris (with the assistance of the goddess Aphrodite) convinced Helen to leave her husband and run away with him to Troy. This act [...]

Art - Nausicaa by Leighton

by Erin on April 11, 2012

In this beautiful but somber painting, artist Frederic Leighton has depicted the Greek heroine Nausicaa. The story of Nausicaa appears in the Odyssey of Homer. In this epic poem, Nausicaa and Odysseus (the hero of the tale) meet and have a brief but memorable encounter. And it is made clear in the tale that the [...]

The Femme Fatale in Myth

by Erin on February 28, 2012

Yesterday, I listed some of the tragic heroines from Greek myth who inspired popular works of art in the Nineteenth century. Today, let’s visit the dark side, and take a look at some femmes fatales, or dangerous women, from myth and legend. Again, I am going to keep with the theme of ancient Greece. So [...]

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Tragic Heroines from Greek Myth

by Erin on February 27, 2012

The following list of tragic heroines from Greek mythology was inspired by something I read recently in the book Olympian Dreamers. These forlorn figures were popular subjects with some of the Victorian Classical painters. Indeed, the heroines are described in the book as being the victims of “personal misfortune or disappointed love”.

Ariadne in Inception

by Erin on January 25, 2012

Inception is a movie from 2010 that could probably be best characterized as science fiction. I am not planning on reviewing or even really summarizing the film here. Instead, I want to focus today on a character from Inception. A character with the evocative name Ariadne. Ah, that name sounds familiar, doesn’t it? We’ve been [...]

Art - Captive Andromache by Leighton

by Erin on January 6, 2012

This painting depicting Captive Andromache was inspired by an ancient epic - the Iliad of Homer. In the poem, the character of Andromache is brought vividly to life. And Lord Leighton in turn translated the drama of the Greek heroine’s story into a compelling, timeless image.
According to Homer’s Iliad, Andromache was the wife of the [...]

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