Vita Brevis Breviter In Brevi Finietu

Vita Brevis Breviter In Brevi Finietu

Friday, 23 November 2012

Photo Every Day #327

So today we gave kitty a name! He's now called Draco, I personally just love the name! It means a few different things in different contexts. For example, it Latin it is used to reference to a dragon and in Greek it refers to a large serpent. Draco was also the first lawmaker in Ancient Athens in 650BC and he imposed extremely harsh, severe laws which is where the term Draconian Law comes from. It also refers to a constellation of stars in the shape of a snake. Draco is also the name of a character in the Harry Potter series.

The most interesting reference that I could find however, is that Draco is one of the names of the hounds in Ancient Greek mythology. The basic story, although there are several versions, see Actaeon come across the beautiful woman, Artemis, bathing in the woods whilst out hunting. Artemis is often described as the goddess of the hunt, wild animals, the wilderness, virginity and childbirth, and in Classic Greek mythology she is Zeus and Leto's daughter and sister of Apollo. After Artemis catches Actaeon staring at her naked body, she forbids him to speak. He sees his hunt party in the distance and tries to cry out to them, but by speaking, breaks Artemis' command and turns into a stag. His dogs (sometimes told as Artemis' dogs) then not recognising them as their master proceed to attack and maul him to death, devouring him as they would any wild animal.


Song Of The Day: Metallica - Nothing Else Matters (Acoustic)
Reason: Beautiful song and is even more amazing done acoustically.

Highlight Of The Day: Naming little Draco!

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