Greek Myth and the Classical Rennaisance

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’

 

In art;

 

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.

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Comment by Arthur James on October 28, 2017 at 8:16am

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Ya's Share for Our

Edification. It good

slob?

Slog?

Slow read.

`

Annais Nin...

She's wizened.

`There are very few human beings who receive

the truth, complete and staggering, by instant

illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment

by fragment, on a small scale, by succesive

developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.

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off topic

Kindergarten

pupil as Rabbi

'who was smarter?

Moses or Jesus.

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Jesus died in the

Calvary. I was

drafted into The

First Air Calvary.

O do I dislike

war and those

who delete and

be Pope?

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Pompous.

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Comment by Anna Herrington on October 28, 2017 at 10:07am

'The next Renaissance' -- sounds dreamy. 

Wonder which generation will get to witness?

I really enjoy your posts, Rodney, so glad you're here  : ) 

Comment by Arthur James on October 28, 2017 at 10:26am

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ME TOO...
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&
RODNEY R.
NO BE DELETED
AT ` OUR? HUH?
SALON. HUSH?
OKAY. NO TELL
AWEW? OY! NO
TELL ALL WE
THINK WE
DO KNOW.
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no be
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revealed
big shamed
doper-dope.
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Comment by Arthur James on October 28, 2017 at 10:37am

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I come back to Listen

to `Bach & Ponder

Ron

P. etc;,

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it sure is a beautiful

day to watch autumn

leaves. No use a black

magic marker tom paint

sunsets. okay. See mix

of gorgeous Fall  hews...

`:`,

`

Ron Powell

Comment by Anna Herrington on October 28, 2017 at 10:39am

No need for deleting, Art, politics, small heartedness, and endless debate is chasing plenty away on their own, I guess. I, for one, can only take so much, and I admire that Rodney just posts anyway, always full of something interesting and/or thought-provoking I keep thinking I ought to post more but haven't found the heart or time for it, lately. My garden and orchard have come into their own and take up way more time than they used to. And it's peaceful there.

Sign of the times, I also guess, everyone's agitated.

Comment by Ron Powell on October 28, 2017 at 10:41am

"The next Renaissance"

The phrase implies that  currently, we may well be in what might be deemed, or characterized as, a cyclically recurring "dark age", a manifestation of which is the recent election and the current occupant of the White House...

Interesting.....and quite possibly true.

Comment by Arthur James on October 28, 2017 at 10:43am

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I GO READ
ANNA HARRINGTON
&
Anais Nin
&
anna1lies
&
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folk who
no sell soul
to evil demon
whom con troll
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o, my oY! boys
& girls
&
we be okay?
if we
no sell
shoe
soul?
to devil?
&
Listen to Bach &
Shoeman and sit in
pickup @ Farm to
listen to Opera...
`

Comment by Ron Powell on October 28, 2017 at 10:47am

Keep in mind that the Declaration of Independence,  the American Revolution, the Constitution of the United States,  and the Bill of Rights occurred within the temporal parameters of what we refer to as the Age of Enlightenment.

Comment by Arthur James on October 28, 2017 at 10:49am

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PROFESSOR YELLS AT
VISITOR` RADIO RABBI.
WHY?
HE KEEPS SAYING JOHN
NOT JOHNS. NOT
JOHN,
BUT JOHN HOPKINS.
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IT FUN TO READ
RON
POWELL
IF HE NOT I A
NASTY BAH MOOD.
``:`
,

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