February 23rd, 2005

Zeus as an ant?

I vageuly remember reading about Zeus taking the form of an ant to seduce a girl in some Greek myth. I don't remember anything else about the myth, and all my mythology books are either lost or don't have the relevant myth. Any information anyone knows about it would be greatly appreciated, since I'm currently trying to write a poem that's a parody of Leda and the Swan, focusing on that myth. Thank you.

Symbolism of various things

1. A character of mine is having a dream in which she is at a ball. She recognizes only one person; a girl she has class with. The other girl is wearing a red dress (with small hints of black) to symbolise strong emotions (ex: anger, passion, etc.) and black to symbolize death. Would anyone here know anything of what fire is symbolic of? I made a guess at fire = Hell = evil/negative (as I want the second girl to have 'dark' symbolism around her) but as this assumption is based off of Christianity, I want to see if there are any other meanings associated with fire as well so I don't make a fool out of myself.

2. While I'm at it, are there any other symbols for negativity or evil, possibly death, that I could use? The less obvious the better, as I don't want the first girl to figure it out too easily.

3. What would be good symbolism for something bad happening in the near future? (Near future as in a couple of months away). The first girl is wearing white, to symbolize innocence/purity, etc. and so I figured that simply having the dress change from white to black would suffice, but I want to see if there's anything else I could use.

Thanks in advance. :)

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Here's an odd little thing that's been bothering me all day: what were the names of the goats in Heidi? I've tried to google it, but all the versions I've found there are the translations of the names (Snowflake, Little Swan, Greenfinch) and not the names themselves. I could have sworn that one of them was something like Schnehopli, but I could be misremembering.

Can anyone come up with these bothersome names??

Sedations

I bring with me today a very strange, very badly written question, but I'll take a shot with it anyways...

Would someone happen to know what sedation (and possibly what dosage, if it is determinable) would be used in hospitals (namely ERs) when a previously unconscious patient comes back to consciousness, freaks out and tries to attack the nurses/doctors attending to them, if any at all? If none, what other measure(s) would be taken? If it makes any jot of difference, the patient is a small-bodied male.

Crime and Punishment in Ancient Greece

I'm not the classical scholar that I should be, I'm afraid. I have a scenario, and I'd like to make it as reasonably realistic as possible, but I can find no specific information on a similar situation. I'm going to include a few details here, as I imagine they make some sort of a difference to the outcome.

Say you're a wealthy government official living in a Peninsular Greek city, sometime at the height of the era (it really doesn't matter specifically when). You have a big house, a bunch of slaves, an obedient wife, and some nice children. Life is good. One day your oldest son brings home a strange young woman he found on the beach, who says she's the daughter of the king of a neighboring polis. She was kidnapped during a raid of some sort but managed to escape somehow (vagaries are my friend). You send a messenger to said city, to see if everything's a-okay and if you can ship the girl back to her father, because you really don't want her -- but you're nice enough not to turn her out into the cold. It'll take a few days for the messenger to get there and back, so you give her a room. Everything's nice for a short while, until one morning you awake to find that she's inexplicably killed your youngest two sons. Oh my!
So ... what happens to her? She obviously did it. She doesn't deny doing it. As far as my research has let on, murder was generally penalized by death in ancient Greece (which is good -- I want her dead), but would the fact that she's a woman make a difference? How was capital punishment usually carried out back then? In ... the Odyssey, I recall Odysseus hanging all of his disloyal slaves, women and men alike, I think, but that was a slightly different situation. Would there be a trial? Would they wait for the messenger to return with word from the father, or would they just get down to business? Who would carry out the deed, the man whose children were murdered, or someone else?
As you can see, I'm clueless, and if anyone knows about the penal system and its attitude towards women in ancient Greece, I'd appreciate some help. I hope I was clear enough. :D

Thanks in advance!