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On Falling Things in Greece



...I rather liked these. The first is true - reportedly an early text calls Akmon (meaning anvil, and occasionally a meteoric stone) the father of Oranos, reflecting a primitive belief that the sky was made of stone. The second is ridiculous, and refers to Icarus. Helle 'fell off' into the sea when being rescued by the Golden Fleece'd goat, naming the sea she fell into as the Hellespont, still called that today (near Istanbul.) Phrisus showed his thanks to the goat by sacrificing it. Of course, no apples fell on Tantalus, ever...

© 2008 Richard L.