She was a mathematician, philosopher and the daughter of Theon Alexandricus, the last librarian of the Alexandria Library in the Museum of Alexandria. She was educated at Athens and in Italy; at about 400 AD, she became headmistress of the Platonist school at Alexandria, where she imparted the knowledge of Plato and Aristotle, to any student; the pupils included pagans, Christians, and foreigners.
An epic tale from the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology, it’s story of love, lust, broken trust, relentless passion and ultimate tragedy. Like all such stories which live a long life, and this story is at least seventeen centuries old, it concerns a love triangle. A familiar triangle, the old king, his young wife, the trusted knight. The three involved in our story are the great Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn Mac Cool in English), the beautiful but headstrong Grainne, and the noble young warrior, Diarmuid Ua Duibhne. It’s a saga of magic, sorcery, murderous mayhem, bloody vengeance, relentless pursuit and a final act of treachery.
Romeo and Juliet does not make a specific moral statement about the relationships between love and society, religion, and family; rather, it portrays the chaos and passion of being in love, combining images of love, violence, death, religion, and family in an impressionistic rush leading to the play’s tragic conclusion.
The Helix Nebula is a trillion-mile-long cloud of hot gases.” At its center is dying star which has ejected masses of dust and gas to form tentacle-like filaments stretching toward an outer rim composed of the same material. Our own sun may look like this in several billion years.
Did you ever wonder why we have seven days in a week? As it turns out the seven day week is based on the moon and not the sun. There are 29 days to the moons cycle which breaks down into 4 seven day periods with 1 day of what is called a New Moon (also called the Dark Moon) and is not visible as there is no sun light is being reflected to earth from its surface.
The number seven has a long history of mystical and religious associations: Seven Sleepers, Seven Ages of Man, Seven Wonders of Ancient Greece, Seventh Son of the Seventh Son, Seven Sisters and Seven Days Week.
Belief in the special gifts of a Seventh Son (and Daughter) can be found in Folklore throughout the world. In France, The Seventh Son was called a ‘Marcou’ and branded with a fleur-de-lis. Captains of Merchant Ships would try, ‘often by force if necessary’ to have a Seventh Son on ship as Legend has it that the Ship wouldn’t sink with a Seventh Son on Board.
The Pleiades, located more than 400 light-years away in the Taurus constellation, are the subject of many legends and writings throughout the world. Greek mythology holds that the great hunter Orion saw the Pleiades as they walked through the Boeotian countryside, and fancied them. He pursued them for seven years, until Zeus answered their prayers for delivery and transformed them into doves placing them among the stars.
Seven Ages of Man is from the romantic comedy “As You Like It”, written by William Shakespeare. It is set in the forest of Arden, where the senior Duke lives in exile with a band of loyal courtiers. These lines are spoken by one of the characters, Jaques, who is given to a lot of philosophizing.
This documentary was an intellectual, thought-provoking, and worthwhile presentation. It is a powerful indictment of the American Propaganda Machine. It lays bare the inner workings of how the American Plutocracy employs media to shape and control the American populist opinion.
Christmas is celebrated around the world in many different ways. Traditions, Songs and Food are just a few of the variations from country to country, but in spite of these differences, family, friends and sharing remain a common thread regardless of the language one may speak.
The Mayan’s did not predict the end of the world and their calendar was cyclical, in other words, it never ended. There are only two mentions of 2012 in Mayan writing and they reference the end of the 13th Bak’tun (1 Bak’tun was equal to 394.26 years) which ends on the winter solstice 2012 or Dec 21st 2012.
Tyrannosaurus Rex (meaning “tyrant lizard king”, from the Greek tyrannos meaning “tyrant,” and sauros meaning “lizard” and the Latin rex meaning “king”) was a coelurosaurian theropod dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous period about 67 to 65.5 million years ago.
Easter is a Christian feast and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. To understand how the resurrection of Jesus Christ correlates to the spring equinox, you have to understand what Jesus Christ actually is.
For the third time and after an eight-and-a-half-year-long occupation, the US has declared an end to the Iraq War. The United States is leaving behind a $6 billion embassy and diplomatic effort to be run by the State Department and staffed with thousands of private…
Stingy Jack, perhaps also known as Jack the Smith, Drunk Jack, and Jack of the Lantern, is a mythical character apparently associated with All Hallows Eve. It is common lore that the “jack-o’-lantern” is derived from …
The three witches in Macbeth are present in only four scenes in the play, but Macbeth’s fascination with them motivates much of the play’s action. When they meet with Banquo and Macbeth, they address Macbeth with three titles: thane of Glamis, thane of Cawdor, and king hereafter…
If you have been watching the news the whole world seems to be celebrating the departure of President Hosni Mubarak and the arrival of President Omar Suleiman. No elections, no vote, just an appointment by an outgoing dictator. I do not get it. If one dictator gives power to another dictator how is that democracy? What is the giant celebration about?
Whenever I criticize conservative political ideas I am often called an Obama Zombie and when I criticize the liberal political ideas I am called a Tea-Bagger, without any consideration that there are more than just two ideas in this country. The Republican and Democratic Parties are but two sides of same coin. They do not serve the American people they enslave the American people.