|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » General Topics » Miscellany » Theseus' clew Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#207390 - 09/27/12 09:44 PM Theseus' clew
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Today the History Channel had programs about different mythological figures, and I was fascinated to hear this (quote from the Online Etymology Dictionary): clue (n.)
1590s, phonetic variant of clew "a ball of thread or yarn," with reference to the one Theseus used as a guide out of the Labyrinth. The purely figurative sense of "that which points the way" is from 1620s.
#207398 - 09/28/12 07:09 AM Re: Theseus' clew [Re: Jackie]
Loc: Lancaster, UK
That's fascinating, Jackie! I had only coe across the word before as a sailing term - meaing the lower corners of a sail. Hence, "to clew-up", meaning to gather the sail together on the yard arm as a preparation for furling it._________________________
I'm immortal until proven otherwise
#207458 - 10/01/12 04:50 AM Re: Theseus' clew [Re: Jackie]
Loc: down under
So...Jackie if its 'purely figurative sense of, that which points the way' it has noting to do with unravelling a ball of wool or string on the way through with idea that one can find way out again?
#207460 - 10/01/12 09:15 AM Re: Theseus' clew [Re: Jackie]
Speaking of Theseaus, does anyone know of a good book that covers the the story of King Minos, Minotaur, Deadelus, Theseaus it all its gory and glorius detail; or must I be happy with itty bitty mythical bytes from Bullfinch's mythology and suchlike?
PS: Sorry jackie I am not "hi jacking" the thread really.
#207466 - 10/01/12 10:34 AM Re: Theseus' clew [Re: Avy]
a good book that covers the the story of King Minos, Minotaur, Deadelus, Theseaus it all its gory and glorius detail;
You might try looking up those persons and animal in The Oxford Classical Dictionary and see the references and citations there. The great thing (or not so great depending on your particular tastes) is that the myths and legends of the Romans and the Greek is pretty much spread out over a wide range of texts, e.g., I looked up Minos in my copy (3rd edition) and the first citation I came across was to the Iliad. Also, different texts may give different stories as these classical mythologies were anything but standardized._________________________
Ceci n'est pas un seing.
#207476 - 10/01/12 10:23 PM Re: Theseus' clew [Re: zmjezhd]
Oh okay! Wow. Great suggestion. Thanks!
#208631 - 01/01/13 03:34 PM Re: Theseus' clew [Re: Avy]
or you could try Mary Renault - her novels based on classical mytholgy are (imho) never less than great reads, and often reach to the margins of poetry.
The King Must Die
Forum Stats 8793 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members ayushji, SpeechlessInPDX, Freethinkinfool, gauti, edmundsingleton
8793 Registered Users
Who's Online 1 registered (wofahulicodoc), 46 Guests and 4 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
LukeJavan8 104 wofahulicodoc 99 endymion6 81 A C Bowden 32 Tromboniator 11 May 5 kenpk 1 Raynbeaugirl 1
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11610 tsuwm 10526 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 LukeJavan8 7070 AnnaStrophic 6511 Wordwind 6296 wofahulicodoc 5447 of troy 5400
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith