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Some Ancient Greek Poets & Mythographers

by Erin on March 5, 2012

Today I’d like to offer a brief introduction to some of the ancient Greek authors who wrote about myth in their works. These are the poets and playwrights, the dramatists and composers of comedies. In other words, the famous names who shaped the stories and turned them into timeless tales.
Aeschylus | Dramatist who wrote, among [...]

The Ancient Greek Poet Homer

by Erin on February 24, 2012

There has been a great deal of controversy about the identity of Homer. He is the author credited with “writing” (or creating) the two great epics from ancient Greek civilization: the Iliad and the Odyssey. Scholars debated (and some still do) for decades about whether there was an actual man known as Homer, or if [...]

Mything Quotes - Horace

by Erin on February 20, 2012

For today, I thought I would share an Ode that features the Roman god Mercury.

Great Mercury, by Maia sprung
From Atlas; god of nimble tongue
And understanding; saviour
Of our raw race, who deigned to teach
Man wrestling, grace of body, speech
And civilised behaviour,
You are the one my poem sings -
The lyre’s inventor; he who brings
Heaven’s messages; the witty
Adventurer [...]

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Mything Quotes - Ovid

by Erin on February 3, 2012

“So the moment you feel yourself treatable by my system, act as I tell you. No leisure - that’s rule number one. Leisure stimulates love, leisure watches the lovelorn, leisure’s the cause and sustenance of this sweet evil. Eliminate leisure, Cupid’s bow is broken, his torches lie lightless, scorned.”

Ovid, Cures for Love, lines 135-140
Say [...]

Mything Quotes - Sappho

by Erin on January 31, 2012

Now I know why Eros, of all the progeny of Earth and Heaven, has been most dearly loved

- Sappho

Art – Sappho and Alcaeus by Alma-Tadema

by Erin on January 22, 2012

Today, let’s look at a painting by Nineteenth century artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. As the title of the work indicates, Sappho and Alcaeus depicts two famous poets from ancient Greece.
One the left side of the painting, Sappho rests casually at a lectern. She listens enrapt to the performance of her fellow poet. The girl who [...]

Mything Quotes - Ovid

by Erin on January 18, 2012

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.

- Ovid

The Ancient Greek Poet Sappho

by Erin on December 19, 2011

Sappho was an ancient Greek poet who infused her works with intense emotions - especially love, desire, longing, and their companion, suffering. She crafted her poems primarily as a tribute to the private world of women, something from which we are generally excluded in Greek literature. Therefore the poems provide us with a valuable and [...]

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