星期五, 2月 22, 1980

A m p h i o n and Z e t h u s

 Zethus slossonae, Psidium guajava, Schefflera arboricola, Schefflera octophylla, Sagittaria sagittifolia, Poritia phama, Cynandra opis Brilliant Nymph, Anthanassa sitalces Pine Crescent, Eleocharis dulcis, Sambucus canadensis, Actaea erythrocarpa, Saururus cernuus
s u n. 初 四, 316歇 業 無 聲 (mon. 補假)

星期日, 2月 17, 1980

_ i d a s & m a r p e s s a

 T h e c l a (Ancient Greek: Θέκλα, Thékla, God's fame) was a saint of the early Christian Church, and a reported follower of Paul the Apostle. The earliest record of her life comes from the ancient apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla.  

 M a r p e s s a /mɑrˈpɛsə/ (Ancient Greek: Μάρπησσα, Márpēssa, the robbed one) was an Aetolian princess, and a granddaughter of Ares. According to another myth, she was the daughter of Evenus and Alcippe. She loved Idas and was loved by him in return. She was also loved by Apollo.

When Idas asked to marry Marpessa, Evenus refused his request. Idas went to Poseidon and begged for the use of a winged chariot. Poseidon consented to his use, and Idas stole Marpessa away and fled. Her father, after chasing the couple for a long time and realizing he could not catch up to them, killed his horses and then drowned himself in a nearby river, which took his name.

Apollo also pursued them in his own chariot, wanting Marpessa for himself. Eventually Zeus intervened and commanded Marpessa to choose between her mortal lover and the god. Marpessa chose Idas, reasoning to Apollo that had she chosen the god, she would have eventually grown old and lost his affections:

"And thou beautiful god, in that far time,
 When in thy setting sweet thou gazest down
 On this grey head, wilt thou remember then
 That once I pleased thee, that I once was young?"

星期六, 2月 16, 1980

_ A r c h i a s & A c t a e o n

  Arcas imperialis Cramer, 1775 syn. Papilio actaeon Fabricius, 1775

 A r c h i a s fell in love with the son of Melissus, named Actaeon (distinct from Actaeon, son of Aristaeus) - the most handsome youth in the city. Finding that "no fair means or persuasion" prevailed upon the youth, Archias made plans to kidnap him. Under the guise of inviting himself to Melissus' house in order to take part in a feast, Archias and his accomplices laid hands on the boy and attempted to spirit him away. The family resisted, and in the ensuing tug of war Actaeon was torn apart.

Melissus demanded justice of the Corinthians, but was ignored by them. In return he climbed to the top of Poseidon's temple, invoked the god's wrath as vengeance for his son's murder and threw himself onto the rocks. A great drought and famine resulted, and the oracle, upon being consulted, announced that the death of Actaeon had to be avenged. Archias went into voluntary exile, and led a group of Corinthians into Sicily where they established the colony of S y r a c u s e.

After establishing the town and fathering two daughters, Archias was "treacherously" slain by T e l e p h u s, whom he had taken advantage of when Telephus was still a boy.

 A r c a s /ˈɑrkəs/ Ἀρκάς, the son of Zeus and Callisto, she was a nymph in the retinue of the goddess Artemis.

  E v e n u s, the river-god. In a story in which Evenus is presented as a mortal king, he drowned in the river that bore his name whilst pursuing Idas who abducted his daughter, Marpessa.

 T e l e m u s (Τήλεμος, Telemos), a prophet, son of Eurymus. Telemus warned the Cyclops Polyphemus that he would lose his sight to a man named Odysseus.
    Now an ancient prophecy about me
    has truly been fulfilled! Telemus,   

    fine, tall son of Eurymus, a seer
    who surpassed all men in prophecy,
    reached old age among the Cyclopes
    as a soothsayer. He said all these things
    would come to pass someday—I'd lose my sight
    at the hand of someone called Odysseus.

    — Homer, Odyssey, ix, 509

星期四, 2月 14, 1980

【 A l e c t r y o n 】

Trochilus polytmus m & f, Houttuynia cordata, Strobilanthes dyeriana Persian Shield, Dimocarpus longan, Piper nigrum, Polyommatus dorylas Turquoise Blue, Nomiades, Polyommatus, Smilax glabra./ Gallus gallus, Alectryon excelsus, Pangasianodon hypophthalmus, Wolfiporia extensa.

Wolfiporia extensa 茯 苓
Smilax glabra 土 茯 苓
農 曆 十 二 二 六

s w e e t g r a s s ɛ l o v e d a r t

 ( i n d i g e n o u s )  

 philenor (Greek φιληνωρ) literally means "fond of a man/men" or "loving one's husband". Battus comes from a "regal Greek  family" from cyrene in North Africa. (Tveten, 1996)

星期日, 2月 10, 1980

Z i z i p h u s = 棗

Zizyphus mauritiana, Annona squamosa, Panacea prola, Fagopyrum esculentum, Ziziphus jujuba, Coix lacryma-jobi, Hordeum vulgare, Clausena lansium, Polyura cognatus, Charaxes smaragdalis, Phoenix dactylifera.

Hyptis 山香屬 (Hyptis suaveolens, 山粉圓), Labiatae 唇形科
Turpinia 山香圓屬, Staphyleaceae 省沽油科
Clausena 黃皮屬 (C. excavata, 假黃皮, 過山香), Rutaceae 芸香科

楠 P h o e b e / 润 楠 M a c h i l u s

 Persea americana, Eugenia sprengelii, Sitta leucopsis, Phoebe zhennan, Machilus thunbergii, Syzygium australe, Sterculia nobilis,   Alstonia spectabilis

 P h o e b e married Pollux and bore him a son, named either Mnesileos or Mnasinous.

 Phoebe and Hilaeira were priestesses of Athena and Artemis, and betrothed to Idas and Lynceus, the sons of Aphareus. Castor and Pollux were charmed by their beauty and carried them off. When Idas and Lynceus tried to rescue their brides-to-be they were both slain, but Castor himself fell. Pollux persuaded Zeus to allow him to share his immortality with his brother.