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Of all the mythology reference books I own, my two main workhorses are The Oxford Classical Dictionary and Who’s Who in Classical Mythology. I find myself returning to The OCD and Who’s Who over and over when I’m writing for Mythography, or [...]

There’s a Lamia in My Swimming Pool

by Erin on November 10, 2012

I just finished rereading the book Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice. It’s a collection of tales from A. S. Byatt. Yes, the author of The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye and Possession - both of which, incidentally, I’ve written about here at Mythography.
One story, provocatively called “A Lamia in the Cévennes”, caught my attention. [...]

Art - Jupiter and Semele by Moreau

by Erin on September 21, 2012

Today, I thought I would explore another work of art here at Mythography. Called Jupiter and Semele, the painting was created in the Nineteenth century by French artist Gustave Moreau. Let’s take a look.
As the title of this painting indicates, two figures are represented : Jupiter and Semele. But who are these figures? Well Jupiter [...]

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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Mythology - The Sirens, Reinterpreted

by Erin on July 31, 2012

One of the things I find most appealing about mythology is how characters are transformed over the centuries by countless artists, writers, poets, and storytellers. The story of the Sirens is just a single example of mythological “monsters” who have been reinterpreted since they appeared in the myth and art of the ancient Greeks.
A contemporary [...]

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This detail of a vase painting by the Achilles Painter features a delicate rendering of one of the Muses. It was done using the white ground technique, and the shape of the vase is what is known as a lekythos. This type of vase was used as an oil flask by the ancient Greeks. Scholars [...]

The other day, I looked at the Five Ages of Man according to Hesiod. In that post I listed these as the Golden Age, the Silver Age, the Bronze Age, the Age of Heroes, and the Age of Iron. There is another account of the ages of man that shares several similarities - and some [...]

We often think wistfully of some far off time, a Golden Age, an era when things were in harmony and prosperity was the order of the day. This nostalgic desire for a bygone time is most definitely not something new. Even the ancient Greek poets, creating works a couple of thousand years ago, looked back [...]

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