the human condition
the state of living unique to mankind in which we experience and question the challenges, sorrows, joys, and mysteries existence
academic disciplines engaged in non-empirical study of what it means to be human, including religion, philosophy, languages, and the arts
writings in prose or verse, especially those exhibiting excellence of form or expression exploring ideas of permanent or universal interest
(n.) something that stands for or suggests something else by reason of relationship, association, convention, or accidental resemblance; especially : a visible sign of something invisible
(n.) a traditional story about heroes or supernatural beings, often attempting to explain the origins of natural phenomena or aspects of human behavior
(n.) a state of utter confusion; a state of things in which chance is supreme; especially : the confused unorganized state of primordial matter before the creation of distinct forms
an Olympian; born out of the head of the most powerful god; goddess of wisdom, arts and crafts, victory in battle [strategy]; Roman name: Minerva
an enchantress who detains Odysseus on her island and turns his men into swine; she has braided hair and a braided wand of willow
the faithful wife of a great Greek hero [Odysseus], she resists the advances of many suitors until she is finally reunited with her husband
[In the Odyssey,] inhabitants of an island that is home to a strange plant that makes people forget about their cares and memories
[One of a group of sea nymphs who by] their sweet singing lured mariners to destruction on the rocks surrounding their island
(v.) to express grief for or about; mourn | "Apollo would often ____ the death of his friend, Hyacinthus."
(adj.) deliberately harmful : MALEVOLENT, PERNICIOUS | "Agnes spread ___ rumors about her enemy."
(n.) A medieval philosophy and early form of chemistry whose aims were the transformation of base metals into gold and the discovery of a cure for all diseases and a potion for eternal youth.
(n.) loss of the soul; eternal damnation | "The young artist would risk __ in order to capture the divine beauty of the beautiful maiden on canvas."
(n.) a disastrous event marked by great loss and lasting distress and suffering | "The introduction of amateur bull riding to the annual Dawson Fall Festival ended in ___."
(n.) an occurrence or phenomenon believed to be signify a future event; PORTENT | "She interpreted the appearance of the black cat with thirteen toes as a bad ____." | Note: the word PORTENT is similar to omen; a portent is usually an omen that something bad is going to happen.
(n.) an act or state of absent-minded daydreaming | "Staring out the window at the beautiful landscape, Hildegard was lost in a state of ___."
(n.) an immeasurably deep chasm, depth, or void | "Alone on the island, Calypso plunged into an ___ of loneliness and despair."
(n.) a self-operating machine or mechanism, especially a robot; a person that behaves or responds in a mechanical way | "Under the hypnotic spell of the moon, the frightening zombie -- a staggering, thoughtless, groaning ___ -- wandered the forest until dawn."
(n.) a shelter (as in a garden) made with tree boughs or vines twined together; a lady's private apartment in a medieval hall or castle | "The beautiful princess spent her time reading poetry in a peaceful ___ in the castle garden."
(adj.) expressing or characterized by warmth of feeling; passionate : FERVENT | "Antoinette was an __ fan of Justin Bieber; the walls of her room were covered with images of his face."
(adj.) extremely costly, rich, luxurious, or magnificent | "Captured in a spell, the maiden slept in a ___ chamber decorated with rich fabrics and tapestries of velvet, silk, gold, and silver.
(adj.) hateful, vile, highly offensive, revolting : ODIOUS | "Not a single villager felt sympathy for the __ ogre."
(n.) foresight, discernment, or keen perception; ability to make good judgments : WISDOM | "King Arthur valued Merlin for his friendship, humor, honesty, and ____."
(n.) extreme or unnatural paleness | "The face of the vampire exhibited a horrifying ___."
(adj.) belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly; commonplace; everyday; ordinary
(n.) an original model or type after which other similar things are patterned; a prototype | "The evil queen in Snow White is an ___ for many fairy tales."
an Olympian; god of the sun, fine arts, music, poetry, medicine, eloquence, archery, and young, unmarried men; his twin sister is the goddess of the hunt
an Olympian; her twin brother is the god of the sun; goddess of the hunt, the moon, and unmarried girls
conscious and unconscious forces in an individual that influence thought, behavior and personality; in Greek, this word is related to the idea of the soul and the mind
to bring about (an agreement, accord, truce, peace) as an intermediary between parties by compromise, reconciliation, removal of misunderstanding
(adj.) inspiring awe; uplifting emotion because of its beauty, nobility, grandeur, or immensity | "The view from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is truly __."
(v.) to change completely the nature or appearance of something so that it becomes more glorified, praised, or honored | Note: ___is related to the verb metamorphose, except that ___ suggests a change for the better
(n.) a person of low intelligence; a silly person; a dolt | "The robot was skilled at physical movement, but whenever it entered a conversation, it appeared to be an ___."
(n.) a false belief or opinion; a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary
(adj.) very hazardous or dangerous | "The knight embarked upon a ___ journey throughthe dark, wild, lonely forest."
(v.) proceed or issue forth, as from a source | "Chilling mists and strange howls ___ from the dark, haunted swamp."
(n.) a figure of speech in which an object or abstract idea is given human characteristics
(adj.) easily understood; CLEAR; also: of or relating to a period of normality between periods of insane or irresponsible behavior
a nymph pursued by the god of poetry; she was transformed into a laurel tree in order to avoid his embrace.
he stole fire from Mt. Olympus and gave it to man; chained to a rock by the most powerful god as punishment; he is the champion of mankind; the subtitle for Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein is "The Modern __"
he lost control of his father's sun chariot; he was killed by the most powerful god, who later transformed his mourning sisters into poplar trees
he almost freed his wife from the underworld but looked back at the last moment and lost her forever; husband of Eurydice; he is very skilled at playing a certain musical instrument
made by request of the most powerful Olympian, she opened a box that contained all of the troubles of mankind; she is the "Eve" of mythology
(n.) a stringed instrument of the harp family having two curved arms connected at the upper end by a crossbar, used to accompany a singer or reciter of poetry, especially in ancient Greece
(adj.) characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; intangible; almost as light as air; airy
(adj.) having material or physical form or substance : TANGIBLE; of, relating to, or characteristic of the body
(n.) distinctive and stylish elegance; also: a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
(adj.) of or relating to basic facts or principles; elementary; fundamental; not elaborated or perfected : BASIC
a saltwater nymph (a sea nymph) | There are fifty Nereid, all of whom are the daughters of Nereus, a shape-shifter god who is the son of Pontus (the sea) and Gaia (the earth).