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Divine whirlwinds and lightning-carrying eagles. October 17, 2011

Posted by phoenixaeon in A330, Mythology, OU, Pirate Penguin, Principessa art, The Principessa Files, TMA01.

Ganymede and the golden eagle of Zeus by Catherine H. Miller

As I’ve moaned about previously, I’m not writing – here on the blog (sorry! Meant to try and write more often) or creatively – but I am now writing academically. My current OU course, Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds, is in full swing.  This morning, I finally worked the nerve up to press the ‘Submit’ button on the first essay – a three source analysis of the myth of Ganymede. The picture there isn’t one of them, though!

Previous to this assignment, I’d known that Ganymede was something to do with mythology, that this was the alias that Shakespeare gave to Rosalind during her time in the forest of Arden, and through my teenage astronomy addiction that it is one of Jupiter’s moons. I didn’t know what the story was about, or even what it represented in Classical terms. So now to have studied they myth and understand its underlying socio-historic relevance, well… It’s a whole new level of understanding when looking at Ganymede in the forms I am familiar with, and the making of links and theories in my brain makes me happy! I am looking forward to diving deeper into the Classical world now.

So far, I am really enjoying the course. I’ve even met my tutor too, something that doesn’t happen often, but that’s my fault. I find reasons not to go to tutorials, so I’ve decided that I will make an effort to get to my tutorials this year. They are helpful, so I’m only spiting  myself by not going.

But I’m not the only one indulging in ‘the arts’. Princi recently started drama classes, so she’s been coming home telling me how she had to imagine being a strawberry and other things. Over the last week she’s had to learn some poetry, particularly a poem called ‘Sock Song’ by Ian McMillan. I can’t believe how fast she remembers things, she read the poem twice and had it memorised! The same happened with three of the other four poems that were on the sheets she’d brought home. She really does amaze me. Anyway, she was asked to draw a picture of the poem too, so this is what she came up with:

I love that she’s managed to find a place for her latest obsession, with two ‘Pirate Penguin’-style penguins appearing on the picture. And just so you know what I’m on about, this is Pirate Penguin (vs. Ninja Chicken):

Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken by Ray Friesen

So now, with TMA01 thrust on a wing and a prayer into the divine ether of the ‘net, it’s time for me to get reading Hippolytus. What mythic goodness (or tragedy, even) awaits me there?



1. Dad Who Writes (Gabriel) - October 17, 2011

I’m digging into all this stuff as well – have just finished the rather marvellous Aeniad. Good luck with the essay. And Princi’s comic is beautiful.

phoenixaeon - October 17, 2011

I’m dipping in and out of both the Aenied and Metamorphoses at the moment, and reading ‘Hippolytus’ by Euripides too. I’ve not had the pleasure of reading these books so it’s all new to me, but they really do fire the imagination. Especially when placed into a social context, and then to have the stories interpreted by other writers/artist/sculptors who present them in ways relevant in further social contexts; amazing. I can’t believe how blinkered I’ve been, I used to read just for entertainment. Reading has become a totally different pasttime for me over the last three years, and I’m grateful for it.

And I am sure Princi would say ‘Thank you very much,’ if she were awake to read your comment.

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