Tag Archives: Mercury

Ode to Maia

Seven are the daughters of Pleione, whose stars bedazzle the winter sky—       most beautiful of all the seven       is Maia, daughter of Atlas. She it is who rejoices in May flowers’ bloom, the lengthening days, and the growing … Continue reading

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Novena prayer to Mercury

While doing my annual Festivus shopping this year,* I noticed that Galina Krasskova’s novena book In Praise of Hermes had hit the shelves, so naturally I swallowed it up greedily. I was delighted to find myself among the people in … Continue reading

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For Mercury, inventor of the lyre

I beg to place before the world a playlist of songs in honour of the god Mercury. The keynote—struck at the beginning as well as the end—is Gustav Holst’s Hymn of the Travellers, which I’ve had occasion to refer to … Continue reading

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Tales of Ritona

The four tales below in no way represent historically attested, ‘canonical’ mythology of Ritona, which unfortunately does not exist. I offer it to the world as ‘fan fiction’, as it were, concerning a number of deities—notably Ritona and Minerva—who are … Continue reading

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Behold Ritona

Here is the image I prepared as a modern interpretation of the ancient goddess Ritona, who is known from Augusta Treverorum (Trier) and other places in Gaul. This image brings together many of the elements historically attested from Ritona’s iconography, … Continue reading

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In search of Ritona

I want to say a few words about the goddess Ritona, who has been on my mind a lot in the past few months. By some measures, she must rank as one of the most major ‘minor’ deities from northeastern … Continue reading

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A problem and a solution

Every year on the Ides of May, business people in ancient Rome used to draw water from a well adjoining the Porta Capena, then sprinkle it on their wares and the tools of their respective trades. That well has, alas, … Continue reading

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