The Re-Maled Fe-Male

I don’t know if being turned into a bird was a good thing in Roman times, but it would probably not be my choice. So many in the Met suffer this fate. We in the modern age may wish to fly on occasion--on the other hand, there is the question of whether your mind would … Continue reading The Re-Maled Fe-Male

Polyphemus’ Rage: The Prequel

Men in the Greek world have a long history of making rash decisions without thinking that often end really badly and commonly with bloodshed. One big example that immediately comes to mind is Paris kidnapping Helen of Troy which led to a ten year long war which led to the fall of Troy, causing all … Continue reading Polyphemus’ Rage: The Prequel

Sir, this is my emotional support significant other, please stop killing them

There is a difference between love and passion and I think that distinction was made pretty clear within these two books and I feel like it also divides godly love versus human love. We see real intricate stories of love in these books, starting out strong with Orpheus and Eurydice.  They seemed to truly love … Continue reading Sir, this is my emotional support significant other, please stop killing them

Pygmalion and [there is scholarly debate]

Pygmalion and Galatea by Jean-Léon Gérôme. Of the songs of Orpheus in book 10, Pygmalion’s is the one that has stuck with me the longest. It has been recieved into popular culture numerous times; a simple search of the Wikipedia page cites stories from Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” and “Pinocchio” to more contemporary retellings like … Continue reading Pygmalion and [there is scholarly debate]

(not) the victim

Artist: Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Italian, Florence, ca.1432–1498Hercules and Deianira The story about how Deianira was fought over by Hercules and Acheloüs like a prize is one thing, but when Acheloüs and Nessus start talking about Nessus' encounter with Deianira and Hercules it really shows toxic masculinity. Just because things did not go their way, the way … Continue reading (not) the victim