OCEANIC: Mythology 101 (Ariadne’s Thread Cont’d) By Sharon Collins

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Mythology 101
(Ariadne’s Thread Cont’d)
By Sharon Collins

Sighing, Ariadne held out the wineglass for a refill.

“Ok,” said Dion, “let me start from the beginning. The depth of my family’s devotion to mythology,” indicating the open expanse of the Aegean, “is, to say the least, oceanic. It all started with our great, great-grandfather whose name was Zeus.”

Ariadne nodded, “Of course it was,” she murmured. “And your great, great grandmother’s name was Hera. Right?”

“No, but close,” he agreed as he refilled her glass. “Her last name was Juno, which is the Roman…”

“I know,” she cut him off. “Juno, the Roman equivalent of Hera, the wife of Zeus, King of the Gods. Remember, my name is Ariadne. Bullfinches’ Mythology was practically my reading primer when I was a kid.” Relaxing into the now gentle swell of the waves, she began to enjoy the ride. “Go on,” she urged,

“Anna-Maria Caterina Juno, born and raised on the Isle of Capri. In their marriage the Greeks and Italians finally managed to learn to live together,” he continued with a smirk. “However, I do think the Roman Queen of the Gods usually ruled their version of Mt. Olympus. Anyway, they had eight children and of coursed named each one of them after a god. There were four boys and four girls: Poseidon, Ares, Minerva, Demeter, Hermes, Venus, and the twins, Apollo and Diana. Zeus chose Greek names for the boys and Anna-Maria chose Roman names for the girls. Thus the tradition was launched and we’ve all suffered eternally for it,” he ended grimacing in mock agony. Hardly a child escapes with a normal name, especially if it’s the mother who comes from the family. Sometimes the guys, mutiny and refuse to saddle their kids with these archaic names, but if the kids don’t get them, then the pets do. I have an uncle living in Germany who named his schnauzers Thor and Loki and his one-eyed- cat, Odin. Actually when I think about it, Norse Mythological names are pretty cool. The poor creatures could have been call, Scylla, Charybdis, and Cyclops.”

“So you’re saying, that Theo’s related to you through his mom and keeping with the tradition she named him Theseus and his sister Persephone?” Ariadne, concluded, enjoying the name-game and already wondering, after which god or goddess she would name a child of her own. Penelope and Ulysses, immediately came to mind since twins ran in her family. “With four generations, your family must have used up all the cool names. What about the truly awful names like Hephaestus?” she asked.

“We don’t have Heaphestus aka Vulcan, but my cousin Aphrodite married a guy that looks a lot like Lenord Nimoy.” Ariadine burst out laughing at that one. “Good for you,” Dion said, most people don’t get the allusion.

“Of course I do,” she giggled. “Aphrodite aka Venus, gorgeous Goddess of Love marries Hephaestus aka Vulcan, the ugliest God of the Forge. Your cousin married Mr. Spock, the Vulcan from Star Trek. How totally cool is that?”

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