There have been several references to Greek Mythology so far.

[WWW]"The Fable of the Bee" describes how the bee got her sting. The Queen of a hive of bees made an offering of honey to Zeus, ruler of the Greek gods. Zeus was pleased, and promised to grant the Queen anything she asked. She asked for a poison sting, so that she could kill humans who came to steal her honey. Zeus kept his word and gave the Queen her sting, but decreed that a bee who stung a human would lose her sting and die of its loss.

[WWW]"The Myth of Comatas" describes how honeybees saved the life of a goatherd. Comatas happened to spy the nine Muses dancing, and sacrificed one of his master's goats to them. The master sealed Comatas in a chest to starve to death, but the Muses sent their bees to fed Comatas honey through a crack in the chest.


In Phase 1, gives us the comment "Arachne hung herself, you know. Take a hint already." (Presumably because TheOperator found TheSPDR's probing extremely unpleasant.) Anyway, Arachne was a girl who foolishly boasted that her weaving was superior to that of the Greek goddess Athena. Athena challenged Arachne to a weaving contest, and lo and behold, Arachne's weaving <u>was</u> better. The furious Athena destroyed Arachne's work and beat her savagely, but then Arachne, disgraced and humiliated, hanged herself. Athena repented and turned Arachne into a spider, leaving her talent for weaving intact. From Arachne's name we get the modern word arachnid.

The Widow's Journey

The allegorical TheStory of TheWidow's journey to restore TheQueen -- created by piecing together the snippets of text found in the CorruptedImageText on -- refers to a rogue process as a TheManticore. A manticore is a fabulous beast with the body of a lion, the face of a human, and a tail with the sting of a scorpion and poisoned spines that it can shoot like arrows. It lives in the depths of the earth, eats human flesh, and is considered a beast of ill omen.

Although the manticore is believed to be Persian in origin, Greek authors made frequent mention of it, so I decided to include it anyway. -- UserShadow

The Operator's Monologue

In Phase 2, when TheSPDR is working on TheOperator, she coughs up some snippets of MilitaryConversation, in which two military officers discuss an impending attack on "Troy." The war between the Greeks and the Trojans lasted ten years, and the Greeks finally won only after they used the Trojan Horse to sneak behind Troy's impregnable walls. Homer tells this story in [WWW]The Iliad. Those who fled Troy eventually founded the city of Rome.

SPDR also triggers LinksOnFunStuffPageFinalSolution in which the Operator refers to TheCastaway as "A sailor with Odysseus." Odysseus was the wily trickster who came up with the idea for the Trojan horse. (For anyone who doesn't know, a bunch of Greek soldiers hid inside a gigantic wooden horse, and the other Greeks pretended to leave. The Trojans brought the horse into their city, thinking it was a religious offering, whereupon the hidden Greeks let in the rest of their army and sacked the city.) Odysseus then took another ten years to get home, getting the rest of his crew killed on the way. Homer tells this story in [WWW]The Odyssey -- and yes, his name is the original source of the word odyssey.

The Castaway also calls the Operator "Melissa," which derives from the Greek word for honeybee. Melissa was a nymph that cared for Zeus and fed him honey when he was an infant hiding from his father, Cronus. Cronus turned her into an insect for protecting Zeus, and Zeus -- after he eventually killed his father and became the new ruler of the gods -- later made her a honeybee.

Phase 3 Monologue

The following line from the PhaseMonologue also stands out:

The Princess (= young stage of a queen) Nausicaa found Odysseus, who we have met earlier in Phase 2, after he was shipwrecked. "wine-dark sea" is a prevalent phrase in Homer's Odyssey. Rather interestingly in Japanese Anime, Princess Nausicaa is insect-loving, derived from a combination of the Greek Nausicaa and Japanese folklore about The Princess Who Loved Insects.

Athena speaks to Odysseus with Your apathy and lack of wit astound me, for you so often are the clever one., although this is something of a stretch.

TheOperator also says, when bemoaning her inability to talk: "Tongue cut out. (Can't remember her name either.)" This is probably a reference to Philomela of Greek myth. According to Book VI of Ovid's [WWW]<u>Metamorphoses</u>, King Tereus of Thrace, who was the husband of Philomela's sister, Procne, raped Philomela and then cut out her tongue so she could not expose him. Philomela managed to inform Procne anyway, by weaving the story into a tapestry. Procne wreaked a horrible revenge on her husband -- including murdering their son, Itys, and serving him to the unsuspecting king as a meal -- and the gods ultimately turned Philomela into a nightingale.

Incidentally, Book VI is the same book of Ovid's Metamorphoses in which the story of Arachne appears. -- UserShadow 18:03, 12 Aug 2004 (PDT)


I think the names may have a signifigance.

Dana from - The daughter of Eurydice and Acrisius and mother of Perseus who was imprisoned by her father in a bronze chamber. Thought the imprisoned in a bronze chamber signifigant, possibly an airtight container of some sort?

Note: That's actually Danae or DanaŽ, not Dana. *ducks anything thrown at her* -Kachi

Margaret from - Derived from Greek margarites meaning "pearl".

Also, from above: Melissa means "bee" in Greek. This was the name of a nymph that cared for young Zeus in Greek mythology and was later turned into a honeybee. It is also the name of the fairy who helps Rogero escape from the witch Alcina in the poem 'Orlando Furioso' by Ariosto.

Also, the larval stage of some insects (bees included I think) is sometimes called a nymph. The reference to "The young stage of a bee found him, the clever one, adrift on a wine-dark sea," could easily be a reference to the part of the Odyssey where Odysseus is found by the nymph Calypso.

Hence this could refer to Melissa finding the Castaway and taking him in. Possibly with connotations that she wanted him as a lover.

Not sure if this belongs here, but... In the Kamal .wavs, the girl that Aiden's having an affair with at the time. Her name is always written as "Celine", but following along the Greek mythology link, it could easily be "Selene", who is the Greek goddess of the moon. Feel free to shoot this theory down if you want, but we have no official spellings after all. :) -Kachi