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Halcyone English I Louise S. McGehee School 2004 (Wood)
Culture and Beliefs • Began as a myth in Greece • Reason for belief is to explain 7 calm days around the winter solstice (“Europe”)
Myth of Halcyone Halcyone, who was the human daughter of Aeolus, married Ceyx. They both loved each other very much. One day, Ceyx told his wife he was leaving to go on a trip and although she begged him not to, he went. (Jokinen)
Ceyx’s Departure (Parada)
Myth (continued…) While at sea, Ceyx perished during a storm, still calling out to his wife. Halcyone received a dream finding out the news of his death and went to the coast. She saw his body, and unable to go on, threw herself off a cliff. The gods took pity and Apollo turned her and her husband into birds. (Memorable)
Halcyone Description • The bird that Halcyone and her husband Ceyx were turned into was a Kingfisher, which was known as a Halcyone • Latin name is Ceryle alcyon • Not much is given on the physical description of Halcyone (Lockard)
Modern Day Connections • The seven peaceful days at sea are called “Alcyon Days” • Peaceful days in life are called “Alcyon Days” as well • Many boats and coastal hotels are called either Halcyone or Alcyone (“Accommodations”)
Works Cited • “Accommodations.” VeniceBy.com. 12 January 2004.<http://www.veniceby.com/alcyone/> • “Ceyx and Halcyone.” Mythology Guide. 2002. Jalic LLC. 9 January 2004. <http://www.online- mythology.com/ceyx_halcyone/>.
Works Cited • “Europe.” Destinations. 2003. Lonely Planet. 12 January2004.<http://www.lonelyplanet.com /mapshells/europe/greece/greece.htm>. • Jokinen, Anniina. “My Lief Is Faren in Londe.” Middle English Lyrics. 11 January 2004. 11 January 2004. <http://www.luminarium.org/medlit/medlyr ic.htm>.
Works Cited • Lockard, Vicki and Paul Barry. “Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon).” Canku Ota. 2002. Paul Barry.13 January 2004.<http://www.turtletrack.org/Issues02 /Co08242002/CO_08242002_Kingfisher.htm>. • “Memorable Myths.” Story-Lovers. 12 January 2004. <http://www.story-lovers.com/index.html>.
Works Cited • Parada, Carlos. “Ceyx and Alcyone 2.” Greek Mythology Link. 2003. 16 January 2004. <http://homepage.mac.com/cparada/GML/Bibliogra phy.html>. • Wood, Christopher. “Herbert James Draper.” Art Renewal Center. 12 July 2002. 12 January 2004. <http://www.artrenewal.org/asp/database/art.asp?a id=98>.