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today’s holiday: Halcyon Days


Halcyon Days

The ancient Greeks called the seven days preceding and the seven days following the Winter Solstice the “Halcyon Days.” Greek mythology has it that Halcyone (or Alcyone), Ceyx‘s wife and one of Aeolus’s daughters, drowned herself when she learned her husband had drowned. The gods took pity on her and transformed them both into kingfishers. Zeus commanded the seas to be still during these days, and it was considered a period when sailors could navigate in safety. Today, the expression “halcyon days” has come to mean a period of tranquility often used as a nostalgic reference to times past. More… Discuss

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Persephone


Persephone

In Greek mythology, Persephone is the goddess of fertility and, having been taken captive by Hades and made his wife, queen of the underworld. Though Hades eventually allowed her to return to Earth, he first tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds—the food of the dead—thus tethering her to the underworld and making it necessary for her to return to him for several months each year. What changes are said to come over the Earth each time she leaves for or returns from the underworld? More… Discuss

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WORD: CORNUCOPIA


cornucopia 

Definition: (noun) The property of being extremely abundant.
Synonyms: profusenessrichness
Usage: The cornucopia of job opportunities overwhelmed the immigrants, who had come from a town with only one employer. Discuss.

 

 

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Lernaean Hydra


Lernaean Hydra

In Greek and Roman mythology, the Hydra was a giant, multi-headed serpent-like monster that lived in the swamps of Lerna. Its breath and blood were toxic, and it terrorized the region for years. The goddess Hera had hoped it would kill Heracles, one of the many children her husband Zeus had fathered as a result of an extramarital affair. Heracles—also known as Hercules—was sent to slay the creature, but each time he cut off one of its heads, two more grew back. How did he finally kill the Hydra? More… Discuss