the name of the staff carried by Hermes. It is a staff encircled by snakes.
one of the 9 muses. She was the Muse of epic poetry
a nymph who keeps Odysseus as her "husband" but is finally persuaded by the gods to allow him to go home.
from the Laitn word cardo meaning hinge or pivot, this word can refer to numbers, or the directions on a compass.
a daughter of Priam of Troy. She was a lover of Apollo to whom he gave the gift of prophecy. At the end of their relationship, he gave her the gift never to be believed. She spoke against bringing in the Trojan horse and warned Agamemnon of their impending deaths.
Castor and Pollux
the brothers of Clytemnestra and Helen. They are considered the quintessential example of brotherly love. When the mortal one of the two died in a hunt, the immortal twin asked to share his divinity with his brother, each spending one day alive and one dead. But both mourned not being able to live with the other and they were brought into the heavens as the constellation the Gemini.
the reason of war. it can also be used to refer to justification for fighting.
let the buyer beware. A suggestion that one should always be wary in business transactions.
one of 2 Roman magistrates who was in charge of not only the keeping the census but also overseeing public morals and overseeing the administration of public finances.
abbreviation for confer
compare. it suggests that one compare the information presented with that of another entry (especially in dictionaries or encyclopedias).
an adjective meaning absolutely fantastical or improbable. From the name of the ancient mythic monster that was part lion, goat, and snake.
a Roman magistrate who was asked during his retirement to take the dictatorship during a time of crisis against the Etruscan tribes. He squashed the Etruscan and shed the title of dictator after only 16 days. He stands as the example of using power responsibly.
abbreviation for circa
meaning "around" it is used, especially with dates, when an exact date isn't known.
a sorceress who turned Odysseus' men into pigs.
ruler of Roman Egypt during the 40sBC. She was of Greek descent, and along with her brother Ptolemy, she was placed on the throne by her father. After Ptolemy killed Pompey and was sent to his death by Caesar, she carried on scandalous affairs with Caesar (by whom she bore a son) and Marc Antony after Caesar's death. Her forces combined with those to Antony to fight Octavian and Agrippa at the battle of Actium in 31 BC but they were promptly defeated. She an Antony both committed suicide rather than being paraded in Rome...famously died by the venomous bite of an asp.
cogito ergo sum
I think therefore I am. a philosophical statement by Descartes that suggests we know our existence by the fact that we can think of it.
from the Latin word for chain, it is the stringing together of multiple items to form a chain or compound.
emperor of Rome from 306 to 337AD he is regarded as the first Christian emperor. He had a great conversion to Christianity when he saw a sign at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. He instituted the Edict of Milan making Christianity the official religious institution of the empire. Also he divided the empire into 2 parts, and moved the seat of power to a city in Asia Minor name after himself.