Tag Archives: Mythology

2001: Nothing But Black Space

In a 2001 study, Tim and Virginia Kasser analyzed the dreams of people who had been assessed as either highly materialistic or non-materialistic. They asked the participants to share “the two most meaningful, memorable, or powerful dreams they remembered in … Continue reading

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100 AD: Leucippus

Galatea, daughter of Eurytius, who was son of Sparton, married at Phaestus in Crete Pandion’s son, Lamprus, a man of good family but without means. When Galatea became pregnant, Lamprus prayed to have a son and said plainly to his … Continue reading

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1535: Panorama

Maerten van Heemskerck: Panorama with the Abduction of Helen Amidst the Wonders of the Ancient World (1535); click for detail.

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1499: Wild Men

The two archetypal “wild men” that frame Albrecht Dürer’s portrait of Oswolt Krel (1499) were part of a popular theme in the late Medieval period and the early Renaissance. Wild men symbolized lust, fighting spirit, and the power of the primitive. … Continue reading

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6th Century AD: Medusa

No one really has an explanation for the two massive Medusa heads that support columns in the Basilica Cistern, a cathedral-sized reservoir underneath the city of Istanbul. The Medusa, of course, is a monster from Greek mythology: a winged woman … Continue reading

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1875: Modern Cyclopes

Adolph von Menzel: Iron Rolling Mill (Modern Cyclopes) (1872-1875) The elder Cyclopes—not to be confused with the shepherd Cyclopes encountered by Odysseus—were single-eyed immortal giants cast into the depths of the earth upon birth by their father, Uranus, along with … Continue reading

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1913: Then from the Darkness there Came Another Sound

Beatrice Elvery: Fionn and Áillen (1913); illustration for Violet Russell’s Heroes of the Dawn (source) In Irish mythology, Áillen the Burner came forth every Samhain from Mag Mell, the underworld, to burn the scared site of Tara to the ground … Continue reading

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