According to Greek legend, Parthenope was the daughter of the god Achelous and the Muse Terpsichore. She cast herself into the sea and drowned when her songs failed to entice Odysseus.  Her body washed ashore at Naples, on the island of Megaride, where the Castel dell'Ovo is now located. When people from the city of Cumae settled there, they named their city Parthenope in her honor.

Roman myth tells a different version of the tale, in which a centaur called Vesuvius was enamored with Parthenope. In jealousy, Zeus turned the centaur into a volcano and Parthenope into the city of Naples. Thwarted in his desire, Vesuvius’s anger is manifested in the mountain’s frequent eruptions.

Parthenope by Milo Manara. 

mermaid work tips 🌊

🌊  should you ever come across a mermaid who asks ask you “is (king) alexander alive?” (or, "Ζει ο Βασιλεύς Αλέξανδρος;“) always reply with “he lives and reigns and conquers the world” (“Ζει και βασιλεύει και τον κόσμον κυριεύει”), otherwise she will be angered and curse you. this is from a greek legend in which alexander the great’s sister was turned into a mermaid in her death.

🌊  in european/british mermaid lore, a mermaid who tells you that you are near shore/land, has doomed you for the opposite. however, telling you you will never see the shore again is just as dooming. 

🌊  speaking to mermaids often results in storm activity, as they tend to bring it with them. 

“It is frightfully difficult to know much about the fairies, and almost the only thing for certain is that there are fairies wherever there are children.”  
 ―    J.M. Barrie    

photo by Ailera Stone

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Gucci’s “The Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice” is a four-part series of short films shot in New York. Gia Coppola casts a contemporary lens over the Greek legend, starring the ill-fated lovers and the Pre-Fall 2016 collection. Pictures by Dan Regan.

According to the ancient tale, talented musician Orpheus descends to the underworld to retrieve his newlywed wife Eurydice, who steps on a poisonous snake and dies. Moved by Orpheus’ music, Hades & Persephone, rulers of the afterlife, allow him to take Eurydice back under one condition. Eurydice is to follow Orpheus while walking out to the light, but he can’t look back otherwise she will return to the land of the dead forever.

my powers have come to me now: a persephone fanmix

GhostsThe Head and the Heart // Bones & Skin - mirah // Down in the Valley - The Head and the Heart // Possession - Sarah McLachlan // The Beast - Laura Marling // Vesuvius - Sufjan Stevens // Bedroom Hymns - Florence & the Machine // Home - Daughter // Lillith - Susanne Sundfør // In The Round - The Cardigans // Sophia - Laura Marling




Appearing early in Greek legend, we see Hyakinthos of Sparta, a dark haired youth who was so beautiful he was perused by the singer Thamyris, the god Zephyrus, and the god Apollo. At his word, the three devised a contest to try and win his affections. First, the two gods conspired to get rid of the mortal, Thamyris, by telling the nine muses that he’d boasted his skill above their own. Then, Zephyrus went, using the west wind to shake the trees around them. Hyacinthus was impressed, but when Apollo shot his arrow leaving nothing but music and sunshine in it’s wake, he took the sun god as his lover. Apollo taught him music and gave him poetry, much of which Hyacinthus then passed on to mortals, but one day when they were throwing the discus, the god of the west wind grew sick with jealousy. Zephyrus turned the spinning disk in midair, causing it to collide with the mortal boy’s skull. Apollo was stricken with grief, but even as the god of medicine, there was no care he could administer to his lover to heal his wounds. Left believing that he’d killed Hyacinthus, he would not allow for Hades to claim his soul, and instead formed a flower from his blood, the Hyacinth, which would rise and return to the world every spring. If you look closely, on it’s petals in inscribed the Greek character “AI” for mourning.

song: the boy who blocked his own shot by brand new

anonymous asked:

my favourite friendship to learn about from the revolution was nathan hale and benjamin tallmadge. have you got any interesting, lesser known facts about them?

  • Nathan Hale and Benjamin Tallmadge first met Yale and they soon become VERY close boyfriends. 
  • They both got into trouble a lot and accumulated many fines for breaking bottles, windows and getting drunk. 
  • Hale and Tallmadge both led many debates in favor of women’s rights and education. They led debates also in question of the ethics of slavery. Apparently Hale was the better speaker. 
  • I felt like adding this in but Nathan Hale was six foot and two inches taller than Ben. 
  • Damon & Pythias were friends from Greek Legend who were willing to die for one another. They were also the pen names that Benjamin Tallmadge and Nathan Hale used when they wrote to one another. 
  • Other ways that Tallmadge addressed Hale in their letters was as “Friend Nathan”, “Brother Nathan”.
  • Benjamin and Nathan participated in theater of the Greeks and Romans and dressed up in ladies wigs and dresses as well as makeup. Apparently Nathan was a terrible actor. 
  • They both become teachers in Connecticut after they graduated. 
  • Tallmadge and Hale used to visit one another at each other’s homes over the summer. 
  • It was Tallmadge who convinced Nathan in a letter to join the American Continentals. 
  • Ben probably blamed himself for the death of Nathan Hale because he convinced him to join the army. 
  • It was the death of Nathan Hale that Tallmadge realized how crucial it was to create the Culper spy ring. 
  • According to Alexander Hamilton, one night in the company of John Andre and Benjamin Tallmadge, they were all discussing the consequences of spying. Tallmadge suddenly got silent and pretended to look out the window. Andre turned to Hamilton and asked him if Tallmadge was thinking of Hale again, Hamilton nodded mentioning that Tallmadge never mentions Hale because it is too painful. 
  • Ben thought it was too painful to mention Nathan. 
Chimera Discourse

So Chimeras are pretty cool. Fun fact I’ve learned about the Chimera is no matter how you pronounce it’s name, you’re flat-out always pronouncing it wrong. Whether this is one of it’s magical abilities is up to interpretation.

While 90% of mythological creatures are mashed-up combos of already existing creatures, (Expecting more creativity out of you, Greece) the chimera, is, well, *the* creature mashup. Every mashup that isn’t already something else can technically be considered a chimera. This is why some subjects like genetics uses chimera as a term to define an abnormal combination of things. Being the sibling of the hydra and Cerberus, it’s clear Greece likes multi-headed creatures.

However, the chimera is a little bit different than those two, since they comprise of multiple heads of the same species. So what would a realistic chimera even entail? That’s what we’re going to learn today, so buckle up.

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erinlyndalmartin  asked:

I love retellings and I want to write one of my own. (I'm still choosing a source story.) Do you have any suggestions on how to approach a retelling? I want to keep some of the spirit of the original alive but also make it my own. What are some good questions to ask as I brainstorm and write? What are some pitfalls to avoid? Thank you.

There are different ways on how to re tell a story, you have to pick one that suits both, you and the story you choose.

When you find a story there are at least three questions to ask yourself, there can, and will, be more, but these three will help you choosing how you want to retell a story

Retelling the story from a different POV

Almost every story with a first person narrator, and with a third person narrator, focuses on one character that serves as the main character. You know their story, their background, their journey, their struggles, among others, and you know the secondary characters, but there are aspects hidden of these secondary characters, and many of them can offer a different perspective of the same story. Here’s where you ask yourself, what if the story is told by a different character, or what if the story focuses on a different character? Many of stories like this focus on the antagonist of the story, so readers can know them better. Ophelia by Lisa Klein is an example.

Different/Modern setting

What if the story takes place on a different setting? What if the story takes place on a modern setting? This is a form of retelling a story, you take the characters, and the whole story, and place it somewhere else, it is usually our modern world, or is an alternate universe. Here you don’t, necessary, have to use the same name for your characters, but the plot, or the essence of the story is the important part. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley is a literary example, Sons of Anarchy is a modern setting of Hamlet, and both, Sherlock and Elementary, are also examples of a different/modern setting.

Retelling of Myths

Almost the same of the section above, but this time with gods and goddesses and characters of myths, or folklore. Many retellings rely heavily on the Greek Pantheon, the legend of Arthur Pendragon, and Robin Hood, sometimes, the characters find themselves on our world, sometimes is what they represent what is translated

The Other Story

What if don Quixote had fought real giants? What if Frankenstein never runs from the creature? What if Icarus reaches the sun? The original story but with a twist, what happens after an important plot point takes a different path is up to you.

Every retelling needs an understanding of the original story, the context in which it was created, what they do, and do not, represent, among others. This means that whatever story you choose, you need to know what it is about, you need to know the characters and how they would behave on a different context. Also, many retellings are based on classical works, or stories, or characters, that are of public domain, this is why research on copyrights and cultural appropiation comes first.

One more question for you to answer, why should I care about  your retelling? I already know about, let’s say, Red Riding Hood, what’s new with your story? I’ve already thought about her as the wolf, so that’s not new, why is the story worth a retelling?