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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.
The topics include the Swedish appropriation of a classical myth and its demise in the botanical scholarship of Engelbert Kaempfer and Carl Linnaeus, language comparison before comparative linguistics: theories of language change and classification in Olof Rudbeck's <Atlantica/>, how Eric Julius Bi|rner can still be read with profit and even delight, ablaze in the northern sky: tears of amber and the relocation of Ovidian myth to the Baltic Sea, and the fauna of fallen Babylon: Carl Aurivillius on the animals in Isaiah 13:21 and the task of Bible hermeneutics.
The latter, in particular, was inspired by the tale of Ambrosia, a classical myth that reconciles femininity and power--a concept that The Future Perfect's founder David Alhadeff thought spoke to Adelman's past work, describing it as a "rare balance of fierce and fragile.
This modern vision of the classical myth of Orpheus and Eurydice originated as a recorded song cycle that toured extensively before being developed for the stage at a number of nonprofit theater venues.
JUST LIKE THE EVER-DYING AND EVER-LIVING MOON-BULL, the classical myth of the Minotaur and the labyrinth of Crete is reborn with its every retelling, reception, and appropriation.
For instance, Marta Miquel-Baldellou's "The Myth of Apollo and Daphne as a Metaphor of Personal Crisis in Daphne Du Maurier's "The Apple Tree", debates convincingly the intertextual links with the classical myth, highlightingDu Maurier's marital problems, her ambivalent sexual identity and her menopause.
She wears her genius casually, and somehow the ideas she's been repeating for 50 years are still fun to readthe rabbis versus the Kabbalists; Judaism and its edicts versus classical myth and its magic.
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.
Hosmer's busts of Daphne and Medusa of 1854, intended to be understood as a pair, depict two women from classical myth whose metamorphoses speak to "the possibilities of a fluid feminine identity rather than a static subjectivity defined by patriarchal norms" (49).
Rather than providing Christian interpretations of classical myth, both authors relate classical myth to the fashionable philosophies of their era, Neoplatonism, Pythagorism, and Hermeticism.
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.
Norse saga, classical myth, the Nibelungenlied: These are other sources for the artist's keen attraction to the literary and poetic.