Zoe is a Greek female name meaning “life”. It was used as a calque of Eve by Jews (a calque being a loan translation of a word or phrase that means the same thing in another language), as well as being the name of several figures in the Ancient world such as the Byzantine empress Zoe Porphyrogenita (purple-born), as well as another Byzantine princess (whose name was later changed to Sophia) who married Ivan III, Grand Prince of Moscow, and was the grandmother of Ivan the Terrible, who became the first tsar of Russia. 25 more words
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These days everybody knows the earth is round. This idea wasn’t always commonly accepted. It wasn’t even an idea to begin with. Most believe that the Western civilization started progressing intellectually only after the dark ages. 203 more words
Melantho is a Greek feminine name meaning “black flower” from Greek elements melos (black, dark) and anthos (flower).
In Homer’s Odyssey, Melantho is one of the maids of Penelope, wife of Odysseus, who treats her like a daughter, though Melantho is ungrateful to her generosity by sleeping with the suitors of Penelope and who is rude to Odysseus when he returned to Ithaca disguised as a begger. 26 more words
Hercules is the Latinized spelling of Greek name Herakles meaning “glory of Hera” from Greek elements kleos (glory) and the name of the goddess Hera. It’s rather an ironic name for the son of Zeus and a mortal woman, Alcmene, considering Hera hated him as she hated all of Zeus’s illegitimate offspring, and drove him mad enough to kill his wife Megara and their children, in which Hercules had to perform the Twelve Labors for penance. 201 more words