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Brewer's: Eumenides

[the good-tempered goddesses ]. A name given by the Greeks to the Furies, as it would have been ominous and bad policy to call them by their right name, Erinnyes. Source: Dictionary of Ph…

Aeschylus

Although little is known for certain about his life, ancient Athenian Aeschylus has come down to us through history as one of the greatest early dramatists and "the father of Greek tragedy." He wrote…

Brewer's: Eumæ'os

or Eumæus. A swineherd. So called from the slave and swineherd of Ulysses. “This second Eumæus strode hastily down the forest glade, driving before him ... the whole herd of…

Brewer's: Eumnestes

[Memory ], who, being very old, keeps a little boy named Anamnestes [Research ] to fetch books from the shelves. (Spenser: Faërie Queene, book ii. 9.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase an…

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Destiny

DestinyThat you are fair or wise is vain, Or strong, or rich, or generous; You must add the untaught strain That sheds beauty on the rose. There's a melody born of melody, Which melts the worl…

Brewer's: Trilogy

A group of three tragedies. Everyone in Greece who took part in the poetic contest had to produce a trilogy and a satyric drama. We have only one specimen, and that is by Æschylos, emb…

Classical Mythology: The End of Heroes

The End of HeroesClassical MythologyAll's Not Fair in Love and War: The Fall of TroyThe Face That Launched a Thousand ShipsThe Final Battles: The Tenth Year of the WarThe End of Heroes The wa…

Brewer's: Deities

Air: Ariel, Elves (singular, Elf). Caves or Caverns: Hill-people (Hög-folk, hög = height). Corn: Ceres (2 syl.) (Greek, Demeter). Domestic Life: Vesta. Eloquence: Mercury (Gree…

Brewer's: Lucus a non Lucendo

An etymological contradiction. The Latin word lucus means a “dark grove,” but is said to be derived from the verb luce o, to shine. Similarly our word black (the Anglo-Saxon bla…