Once Again the Rose Fingered Titaness Paints the Sky
In Ancient Greek mythology there was a pantheon of gods and goddesses consisting of primordial gods, Gaia (Mother Earth) and Uranus (Father Sea). A second set of Gods – the first generation Titans - were giants of incredible strength; the sons and daughters of Gaia and Uranus. Among this second set, the Titans, was Hyperion who had three children; Helios, Selene, and Eos. They were respectively the Sun God, the Moon Goddess, and Eos, Goddess of the Dawn.
The third set of gods; the Olympian gods and goddesses are more commonly known and were the children of one of the Titans. They include Zeus and Hera.
Since all were immortal it is not as though there was a succession, but some had more power than others, and they lived on different mountain tops
Eos, the goddess of dawn, and Selene, the moon goddess were both attracted to young, handsome mortal men. There was just one problem with that. Mortal men grew old and the titanesses desired younger men. Both Eos and Selene appealed to Zeus to make their loves immortal, and that created some conflict on the mountain tops since there was just so much room for immortals. Selene asked first and her wish was granted. Eos got turned down.
Poor Eos didn’t live on a mountain top. Instead, she lived at the edge of Oceana and lit up the morning sky with her rosy glow, and we are so lucky she did.
During the Renaissance there was a revival of classic Greek and Roman literature. Every educated person during that time whether poet or chemist had a background in Latin and Greek, and got exposed to the myths of heroes and villains, immortal beings with surprisingly mortal temptations and conflicts.
As a result we have been given poetry like John Keats Endymnion (A thing of beauty is a joy forever),
This poem which extols the beauty and eternal joy of nature references Endymnion who was given immortality by Zeus.
We have classical influences in music’
Greek Revival architecture;
And even references to Greek mythology in chemistry:
Eosin is one of the “workhorse” stains used every day in pathology laboratories to stain tissue sections.
Eosin was named such after the Titaness, Eos, and her rosy glow.
All of these things; the architecture, the music, he literature, the art and even the names of chemicals came as a result of breaking free of the last dark age. I wonder if they will be found during the next Renaissance.