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#207390 - 09/28/12 01:44 AM Theseus' clew Joined: Mar 2000
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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 11:09 AM Re: Theseus' clew [Re: Jackie] Joined: Nov 2011
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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.
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#207458 - 10/01/12 08:50 AM Re: Theseus' clew [Re: Jackie] Joined: Sep 2010
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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 01:15 PM Re: Theseus' clew [Re: Jackie] Joined: Jun 2000
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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 02:34 PM Re: Theseus' clew [Re: Avy] Joined: Aug 2005
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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.
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#207476 - 10/02/12 02:23 AM Re: Theseus' clew [Re: zmjezhd] Joined: Jun 2000
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Oh okay! Wow. Great suggestion. Thanks!
#208631 - 01/01/13 08:34 PM Re: Theseus' clew [Re: Avy] Joined: Sep 2000
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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.
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