Ah, the Iliad and the Odyssey. If you’ve ever read either - or even both - of these masterpieces of ancient Greek literature, you will probably remember the poetic language Homer uses to describe the various characters, both human and divine, in his stories. These descriptions are sometimes called epithets, and what follows are some [...]
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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 [...]
For the week of April 2 - 8, 2012
The holiday edition of what’s new features a summary of what I like to call the blog style posts at Mythography. Here they are:
I started the week with a quote from a favorite Roman writer. In Mything Quotes - Ovid, I share a snippet from the Amores, [...]
No April Fools here at Mythography today - I am certain there is more than enough of that going around.
My plan for the early part of this month is to continue on with the Spring theme we started in March.
For the week of March 19 - 25, 2012
Here is a recap of what I am calling the blog style posts here at Mythography:
In Story of the Selkie, I muse about some compelling chapters from the book The Orphan’s Tales: In The Night Garden.
The this theme is continued in The Satyr and the Selkie, [...]
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I would feature a tale from Celtic legend. It’s the story of how Ireland got its name. You see, the Irish call their home Éire. This name was given by a goddess. Indeed, Éire (or Ériu) was part of a trio of goddesses, along with her sisters [...]
First of all, let’s define what an epithet is in Classical mythology. It is basically a surname, or as I like to think of it, a poetic nickname. Epithets often reveal a role, characteristic, or even a nuance of a particular god or goddess.
Some of my favorite epithets follow:
Anadyomene – One of the many names [...]
It’s the beginning of another month, and you know what that means - a little background on nomenclature, Mythography style. I’m sure you’ve recognized the similarities between the word March and a figure from myth. And indeed, the name of this month has its origin from Mars, the Roman god of war. For some reason, [...]
It was the first day of class. A new semester, a new subject. This time around it was Latin. I squirmed a bit in my seat, fiddled with my pen and resisted the urge to start doodling in my pristine notebook. When the professor stepped in the room I snapped to attention, and immediately stopped [...]
It was decided. A fait accompli. I had to take Greek. That, along with Latin, were required if I wanted to pursue Classical Archaeology. Of course, we didn’t have a proper Classical Archaeology program at my university. So taking courses in the Department of Classics would have to suffice. I now feel a bit apologetic [...]