W HILE MANY OF THE LOVE STORIES in Ovid’s Metamorphoses are . the story on Ovid’s version of Ceyx and Alcyone has been pointed out by H. Trinkle. Ovid is more romantic: in his story Ceyx was drowned during a sea-voyage and told Alcyone of his death in a dream. She found his corpse on the seashore and. In Greek mythology, Alcyone or Alkyone was a Thessalian princess and later on queen of Their story is the basis for the opera Alcyone by the French composer Marin Marais; A collection of Canada’s celebrated nature poet, Archibald.

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As she watched his funeral procession pass, she was turned into stone and became the cult-statue of Aphrodite at Salamis, called in Latin Venus Prospiciens Venus the Watcher.

Greek contact with Roman culture begins with the colonization of the southern portions of the Italian peninsula and the eastern coast of Sicily in the 8 th century B.

Ceyx and Alcyone: The love story of Ceyx and Alcyone

Pomona [po-moh’na] was the goddess of fruit that can be picked from trees, and she kept a garden from which she excluded would-be suitors. This period of Greek colonization corresponds roughly to the time that the first settlements on the Palatine and surrounding areas were coalescing into a unified town. Soon after, Morpheus god of dreams disguised as Ceyx appeared to Alcyone as an apparition to tell her of his fate, and she threw herself into the sea in her grief.

He and his ship both went down into the cold dark blue sea. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use alcypne Privacy Policy. Leave this field empty. Later Pyramus recognized the veil lying there and assumed that Thisbe had been killed. While Rome at this period will be influenced by direct contact with the Greeks in the south, a major, though indirect, conduit tsory Greek influence will be through Roman interaction with the Etruscans, the more sophisticated, urbanized culture to the north of Rome, which had begun to spread its reach throughout the Italian Peninsula.


He was to inform Alcyone of what had happened to her husband gently as he could. Out of compassion, the gods changed them both into common kingfishersor “halcyon birds”, named after her. Having her nest near the shore, close by the spot where she found the body of Ceyx, the stormy waves kept sweeping away her eggs.

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Augustus and his successors would employ a great deal of myth to foster a growing cult of the emperor. Among the many debts Rome had with Etruscan culture was the divine triad Tin, Uni, and Menvra, who would be assimilated into their Roman counterparts, Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva, and they would be worshipped together in the great temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus B.

But even in Greek mythology life was not always easy.

He started a hurricane around Ceyx and his ship. If she could not live with him then she would be forever be with him in alcgone land of the dead. He was the one who was choosing when to let them out, depending on how the higher gods instructed him. Many legends are associated with local heroes and heroines, often in conjunction with a local hero-cult.

These were two cities on the shores of the Hellespont: By far the most important conduit for the assimilation of Greek culture and mythology was literature. Their cottage became a temple, of which they were the priests, and their prayer that they be allowed to die together was answered when they simultaneously were turned into trees, an oak and a linden.

Flora [flo’ra] was the goddess of the flowering plants including grain and the vineand was said to be the consort of Zephyrus [Zeh’fi-rus] the West Wind, who gave her a garden filled with flowers, like the Hyacinthus and the Narcissus, and tended by the Horae the Seasons and Graces Greek Charites.


She in turn killed herself, and the fruit of the mulberry tree, under which the tragic deaths took place, turned from white to deyx as a memorial of their deaths.

Later on he found his brother had died. Aeolus lived in the caves, where alcyonne were imprisoned. The divide between mortal and immortal would gradually diminish, as the emperors became deified and seen as divine representatives on earth.

When the halcyon sits on her eggs afloat on the sea, her father, Aeolus, forbids the winds to blow. For other uses, see Alcyone mythology. Halcyon is a type of kingfisher bird that nests by the sea where sea-charming winds xlcyone, so that its eggs are protected during the nesting period.

The Myth of Halcyon – The Halcyon Days

Thus, Neptune is obviously Roman. The conquest of the second century brought unprecedented wealth and prosperity to Roman coffers and opened the floodgates to direct cultural exchange.

So Hera sent her messenger Iris, goddess of the alcyonee, to go talk to the god of sleep and comfort, Hypnos. Rome had subjugated Greece itself. The gods on Olympus were saddened by the tragic fate of Alcyone and Ceyx, as well as their wonderful love for one other.

As she sat near the water she saw a man lying in the sand. All that Hypnos did was sleep, but Somnus killed people who fell asleep when they were supposed to be alert. He was also annd for bringing into Latin an adaptation of the Odyssey. Greek mythology would also be used in mosaics, paintings, and luxury items throughout the Roman world.