Halcyone


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Halcyone

(hælˈsaɪənɪ)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) a variant of Alcyone1
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At the close of the "Shield" Heracles goes on to Trachis to the house of Ceyx, and this warning suggests that the "Marriage of Ceyx" may have come immediately after the `Or such as was' of Alcmena in the "Eoiae": possibly Halcyone, the wife of Ceyx, was one of the heroines sung in the poem, and the original section was `developed' into the "Marriage", although what form the poem took is unknown.
What is particularly interesting, however, is that the way he learns about the manner of his father's death is clearly reminiscent of the mythological dream vision, told by Ovid in his Metamorphoses (and re-told by Chaucer in The book of the Duchess), in which Halcyone, the wife of Ceyx, a king of Thessaly, sees, in a dream, her dead husband who informs her about his death (by drowning) and about the manner of his dying:
Long gone it seems are the halcyone days of intelligent analogue control; instead we're back to the `twist-and-pressforward' shenanigans that blighted early 3D gaming.