sunnudagur, maí 04, 2008


May Day come and gone before I really noticed.

Quaeritis unde putem Maio data nomina mensi?
non satis est liquido cognita causa mihi.

Ovid has Polyhymnia, Urania, and Calliope each give her own version of the origin of the month's name. It is named for old men, for majesty, or for Maia: most beautiful of the Pleiades, daughters of Atlas and Pleione, she the daughter of Ocean and the giantess Tethys. Mercury was her son, and after she led him to place where Rome would later stand, he named the month in her honor.

The god of thieves was a dutiful son. Nec pietas haec ultima est.

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