Wednesday, May 11, 2011

MYTH AND COINS-The Turtle in Greek mythology

In Greek mythology named Cheloni is known Oreada a nymph from Arcadia, or just a young girl that once, according to Aesop's fable, did ​​the mistake of not stoop to present to the divine wedding of Zeus and Hera '. According to another version, the turtle gone to the weddings, but it was erratic and disrespectful. In order to punish for the disregard of this, on gods have transformed in the homonymous animal, the turtle, condemning it on way to eternal silence (the turtle, symbolized the silence in ancient Greece). From the shell of by god Hermes later manufactured the first lyre by stretching strings on the concave side.
Also in Greek mythology, Dryopes was the daughter of King Dryopes, guarding their flocks of her father, near Mount Iti. The Amadryades attracted to their partners and have taught the dances and songs that appeal to the gods. In this environment, saw her by god Apollo and fell in love. To approach her, was transformed into a turtle. The girls enjoyed the animal and finally Dryopes transferred it in the palace of Dryopes. In the proper occasion Apollo transformed from a turtle to snake and  joined  Dryopes which was scared and she did not say a word to her parents. He married sooner Andraimona werewas the son of Oxylos. From this marriage was born Amfissos who founded the eponymous city. These myths are just a small sample of to turtle, in Greek mythology.

The turtle and capitalism ...

King Pheidon created silver coins at Aegina, in the temple of the goddess of wisdom and war Athena Aphaia and engraved the coins with a turtle, which is used today as a symbol of capitalism. The coins Turtles was the first medium of exchange that are not backed by a real good value. Widely was accepted and used as an international means of exchanging until the days of the Peloponnesian War.

Fresh designs for the couch, and a little history

  • The couch, as we know it, has been around English-speaking cultures since the 7th Century. 
  • The English adopted the word from the French, “couche”, where it had bifurcated usage as a 
  • verb—to lie down—and a noun—a reclining object where people could lie down. Of course, it eventually took on a third usage, as in to “couch a phrase”. Come to think of it, I spend most of
  • my working life lying down phrases.

  • According to Sofas Galore, the word “sofa” originated in the Arabic “suffah”, which means 
  • “bench”. Hence, Mark Antony “couched” with Cleopatra on a “suffa” around 41 BC. You can look 
  • it up.


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