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favourite faces for favourite mythic ladies: Clymene with Liv Tyler

When Helen makes her flight to Troy, there are women who have to follow. A year older than Helen, Clymene has followed the daughter of Zeus across cities and here, in this new foreign land, she serves Helen still.

In the palace of King Priam, Clymene and her mother are outsiders even among the other servants. Washing women whisper behind their backs about the trouble their mistress brings. Cooks turn their backs and ‘forget’ Helen’s meals. Guards ignore them trying to get through.

It’s hard here. It’s lonely, but Clymene does love Helen - she doesn’t know whether it’s real love, true and enduring, or simply a thing born of servitude that has never been free of this particular cage.

She sleeps badly here in Troy, where war is outside the gates and the night birds sing unfamiliar songs. She wonders at how Helen sleeps so well in the arms of a Trojan prince.


Faces of the Trojan War:


Helen is the object of one of the most dramatic love stories of all time and one of the main reasons for a ten-year war between the Greeks and Trojans, known as the Trojan War. Hers was the face that launched a thousand ships because of the vast number of warships the Greeks sailed to Troy to retrieve Helen. When snatched from her husband, Menalaus, by the Trojan Paris, she galvanizes the Greek army as they attempt to reclaim her. 



Cassandra was the mortal daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. As a child she and her twin brother Helenus were given the gift of prophecy when two snakes came upon the babes one night and licked their ears clean. When morning came the snakes slithered into sacred laurels, a symbol of the god Apollo. As a young woman she rejected the affections of the god and he in turn cursed her: while she still had the gift of prophecy no one would believe her and she would be spurned and thought of as mad. She foresaw the fall of Troy but no one heeded her advice. She sought refuge in the Temple of Athena as her home was sacked, but Ajax the Lesser found her and raped her, all the while Cassandra pleaded with the goddess to help her. Given to Agamemnon as a spoil of war, she was later beheaded by his wife Clytemnestra, angry with her husband’s betrayal.

hotelsongs sent: HELEN ADRESTIA


Nemesis-born Helen out of her eggshell specifically to decimate the population of Greek demigods and their offspring; apotheosis-ed Helen sitting and laughing bitterly of the centuries since then and now. The gods are petty; the gods care only for themselves and for their offspring. Artemis cares nothing for girls past puberty; Athena does not care for them at all; Hera is of marriage; Persephone has you after death; Eleuthia is birthing mothers; but Helen.

Helen is for all girls. Helen is all girls because she is mutable and has no true form — to say that she does and to put her in one is a move to dispose her. 

Helen is the torch that burns brightly through the centuries. Come too close and you are burnt, unless you know how to properly handle fire and the only baptism girls have is through fire: the wreath of teenagerhood with its pretty flowers and the lengths of thorns woven without; the transformation of belonging to your self alone and the horrible realization that others think your body belongs to them; the raw power of sex and sexuality to still bring a nation to its knees and drive men from power not two decades past.


mythology meme » [3/9] Greek Gods/Goddesses 

Circe was a minor goddess of m a g i c.  She was renowned for her vast knowledge of drugs and herbs. Through the use of magical potions and a wand she transformed her enemies, or those who offended her, into animals.  Namely in the Odyssey when she invited Odysseus' crew to a feast of familiar food, a pottage of cheese and meal, sweetened with honey and laced with wine, but also laced with one of her magical potions. Thus she turned them all into swine with a wand after they gorged themselves on it.

(Source: colesaintsclair)

[Matt Fraction is] writing ODY-C in six-syllable dactylic hexameter, the same poetic way Homer did, “because I can’t do anything simply,” Fraction says with a laugh. He’ll use the rhythm “until it becomes inconvenient, and then (expletive) it, that’s a dumb idea.”

Like her ancient male counterpart, Odyssia is the captain of a crew who’ve been at war for 10 years and just want to go home, though they run into lotus-eaters (in the second issue) and other familiar aspects for Homer-philes.

"She is crafty and wily and she’s the mother trickster who won the war with the big ideas and big plans," says Fraction, who even has a riff on the Trojan Horse that was born of a maternal thread. (x)

(Source: helruna)



No: you’ll still mumble in a corner a crust of truth, to men and gods disgusting. [“Cassandra” — Robinson Jeffers]


favourite faces for favourite mythic ladies: Electra with Camilla Belle

In such a state, my friends, one cannot
be moderate and restrained nor pious either.
Evil is all around me, evil
is what I am compelled to practice.


Charles Vess, Circe and Her Swine
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Charles Vess, Circe and Her Swine

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