Monday, January 18, 2010

Myth of the day


Phineas who lived in Salmydessus on the Black Sea, was said to be the son of Poseidon and had the gift of prophesy. Zeus was furious that Phineas was revealing too much of the gods' plans and decided to punish him. He blinded him and put him on an island with a banquet of food. Phineas, however, could not eat any of the food as the moment he picked it up, it was taken out of his hands by harpies. Jason and the Argonauts came to Phineas' rescue. They persuaded the Boreads, the sons of the North Wind, to chase away the harpies, who never came back. To repay Jason for his kindness, Phineas told him the secret of how to get the Argo through the Symplegades (rocks at the Bosphorus which clashed together randomly, causing many shipwrecks).

9 Comments:

Blogger Angus said...

The power of coincidences. Only last week, while waiting for my delayed flight, I happened to note that a movie 'The Harpies' was playing on the British Airways lounge television.I fear that the story line as portrayed by one of the Baldwin brothers had little to do with Phineas or Jason or indeed any classical antecedent.

1:26 pm  
Blogger Our Man in Abiko said...

Our Man used to work at the Argos in Leicester. It was just round the corner from the clock tower, opposite the defunct Haymarket theatre. Plenty of harpies back then too mind.

1:56 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Greetings, Angus - glad to share your coincidence!

Hi Our Man - LOL - just realised my typo!

3:14 pm  
Blogger info said...

I was always a bit iffy about Jason - he wasn't bad enough to qualify as an anti-hero nor good enough to be an establishment hero, if you get my drift

8:44 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

I suppose you're right, info, but perhaps being a "grey hero" gives him humanity and credibility?

3:06 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

I suppose you're right, info, but perhaps being a "grey hero" gives him humanity and credibility?

3:06 pm  
Blogger Eurodog said...

I gather these harpies had the nasty habit of leaving excrement behind.

3:57 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

You are right, ED, they didn't even eat the food, they just befouled it.

10:14 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What a mine of information you are, WW.

9:56 pm  

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