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Love stories and the history of love

By |2017-08-16T11:56:26-07:00August 16th, 2017|People|

Hades and Persephone in the underworld People have been falling in love for hundreds of thousands of years, since they were monkeys and not really even people yet. And they have been telling stories about famous lovers for probably almost that long. Our earliest love stories go back to about 2500 BC, when [...]

The Knight’s Tale – Chaucer – Canterbury Tales

By |2018-04-24T09:13:53-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Chaucer's Knight's Tale: Medieval knights in the Metropolitan Museum of Art A story about Theseus Chaucer set his Knight's Tale in ancient Greece, and it's about Theseus, the king of Athens in Greek mythology. (So we can see that these medieval people knew all about Greek mythology!). In the story, Theseus is just coming back to Athens after [...]

Theseus and Ariadne – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T13:37:37-07:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Theseus leaves Ariadne on Delos - fresco painting from Pompeii Theseus and Ariadne were on their way home from Crete after killing the Minotaur. But when they got to the island of Delos, halfway home from Crete, they stopped to rest. Ariadne fell asleep, and Theseus left her there on the island and sailed away to Athens without her. [...]

Theseus kills the Minotaur – Greek myth

By |2018-04-23T13:36:45-07:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Theseus and the Minotaur - Athenian black-figure vase, ca. 550 BC According to the Greek story, Prince Theseus was the son of King Aegeus of Athens, not too long before the Trojan War (so maybe around 1300 BC). At this time the Minoans, who lived on the island of Crete, had a very strong navy. The Minoan king, King [...]

Phaedra’s suicide – Euripides’ Phaedra

By |2018-06-19T15:58:18-07:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

After Phaedra's suicide, Hippolytus drives his chariot away (On a red-figure vase from Southern Italy, ca. 350 BC) Phaedra - the second half of the play So the clueless chorus is singing about the need for love and balance in people's lives. (What's the beginning of Phaedra's story?) Phaedra's suicide But suddenly Phaedra's [...]

Phaedra and Hippolytus – Euripides

By |2018-04-23T09:09:06-07:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Phaedra falls in love with the hunter Hippolytus (Pompeii, ca. 79 AD) Phaedra is a play written by the Greek playwright Euripides. It is concerned with dike, justice, but also with sophrosyne, or control: how do people control themselves? When should they control themselves? Is control always good? In this way, the play [...]

Oedipus at Colonus – Sophocles

By |2018-04-23T08:49:31-07:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

A later painting of Antigone and Oedipus, by Camille Felix Bellanger, in the 1800s. Oedipus at Colonus is a play written by Sophocles. It tells the story of what happened to Oedipus after he left Thebes. Oedipus is old now, and he's blind, because he pulled out his own eyes. His daughter (and [...]