classical mythology

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Noun1.classical mythology - the system of mythology of the Greeks and Romans togetherclassical mythology - the system of mythology of the Greeks and Romans together; much of Roman mythology (especially the gods) was borrowed from the Greeks
apple of discord - (classical mythology) a golden apple thrown into a banquet of the gods by Eris (goddess of discord--who had not been invited); the apple had `for the fairest' written on it and Hera and Athena and Aphrodite all claimed it; when Paris (prince of Troy) awarded it to Aphrodite it began a chain of events that led to the Trojan War
nectar, ambrosia - (classical mythology) the food and drink of the gods; mortals who ate it became immortal
mythology - myths collectively; the body of stories associated with a culture or institution or person
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
Roman mythology - the mythology of the ancient Romans
amphisbaena - (classical mythology) a serpent with a head at each end of its body
basilisk - (classical mythology) a serpent (or lizard or dragon) able to kill with its breath or glance
centaur - (classical mythology) a mythical being that is half man and half horse
Erinyes, Eumenides, Fury - (classical mythology) the hideous snake-haired monsters (usually three in number) who pursued unpunished criminals
nymph - (classical mythology) a minor nature goddess usually depicted as a beautiful maiden; "the ancient Greeks believed that nymphs inhabited forests and bodies of water"
Priapus - (classical mythology) god of male procreative power and guardian of gardens and vineyards
Alcides, Heracles, Herakles, Hercules - (classical mythology) a hero noted for his strength; performed 12 immense labors to gain immortality
hero - (classical mythology) a being of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits; often the offspring of a mortal and a god
Golden Age - (classical mythology) the first and best age of the world, a time of ideal happiness, prosperity, and innocence; by extension, any flourishing and outstanding period
silver age - (classical mythology) the second age of the world, characterized by opulence and irreligion; by extension, a period secondary in achievement to a golden age
bronze age - (classical mythology) the third age of the world, marked by war and violence
iron age - (classical mythology) the last and worst age of the world
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In his oration for the bachelor's degree, he gives me to understand, he will treat of the classical myths, viewed in the aspect of baby stories, and has a great mind to discuss the expediency of using up the whole of ancient history, for the same purpose.
It just wasn't much in tune with its source, which in truth isn't the classical myth of Semele, for which he showed much sympathy, but its 18th-century reworking by William Congreve and Handel, for which he showed little: when its creators' sensibility didn't suit him, he simply ignored it--or removed it altogether from "his" premises, as he did with the last 10 minutes of the opera.
Drawing on the ambiguous postclassical conception of classical myth, the serious Baroque mythological comedia, as practiced first of all by Lope de Vega and Calderon, (1) flaunts a paradoxical coexistence of what appear to be mutually exclusive mythographic perspectives.
From escaping into the world of competitive ballroom dancing as a child, and my mother going on to be a dance teacher, through to the formative moment at the National Institute of Dramatic Art when a group of talented students and I brought together the classical myth of triumph over oppression and placed it in this world of suburban theatre, the first production of Strictly Ballroom was born.
Norse saga, classical myth, the Nibelungenlied: These are other sources for the artist's keen attraction to the literary and poetic.
Baxter and Classical Myth by Geoffrey Miles, John Davidson and Paul Millar (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2011).
Heracles's role as saviour also appears from a scene, based on a story from classical myth, in which he saves the Titan Prometheus, Atlas's brother, from his chains on Mount Caucasus where Zeus punished Prometheus for deceiving him (Winterson 2005, 93).
The Orpheus Myth and the Powers of Music is a scholarly examination of how the classical myth of Orpheus and Eurydice has affected humankind's perception of the power of music, up to the present day.
Her work exhibits a compelling yet disturbing merging of Brazilian folklore, classical myth, mystical Catholicism and political satire.
Weber am Bach demonstrates that there was a market for Madonna paintings among educated Protestant patrons in Strasbourg, and that Baldung's images, with their unusually sensual Virgins and implicit allusions to classical myth, suited the tastes and intellects of Strasbourg's art patrons.
The Fabric of Myth at Compton Verney seeks to explore the symbolic function of textiles in classical myth and their influence on historic and contemporary art.
These "fused images" emerge from Lorde's own nightmare, Scripture, and classical myth.