Friday, January 27, 2012

Lethean



Lethean [lɪˈθiən] a.

1.) Pertaining to the river Lethe; hence, pertaining to or causing oblivion or forgetfulness of the past.

Etymology: from Latin Lēthæ-us (adoption of Greek ληθαῖος, from λήθη Lethe, one of the five rivers of the Greek underworld) + -an.

"From the slain Victims pour the streaming Blood,
And leave their Bodies in the shady Wood:
Nine Mornings thence, Lethean Poppy bring,
T' appease the Manes of the Poets King:
And to propitiate his offended Bride,
A fatted Calf, and a black Ewe provide:
This finish'd, to the former Woods repair."
(Georgics by Virgil, John Dryden (trans.), 1697)

(The Waters of Lethe, Thomas Benjamin Kennington, 1890)

9 comments:

D4 said...

I've been saying it wrong. Oops.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Man, I could use some of that Lethean poppy.

Taker said...

Gonna be hard to use this one in conversation!

HYDRIOTAPHIA said...

So is it related to Lethal ??

Henry said...

Ha, I knew its etymology before its definition.

G said...

another lethean conversation with the wife

Meri said...

I think I've had a Lethean weekend- nope, thats the booze...

MRanthrope said...

Welcome back to posting sir.

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