Musings Pt.1

Inspired by a few others who have delved into the meaning of things… something as simple as the days of the week, months and years. In particular the naming convention of these markers and indicators of the passage of time, the sun and the moon. Derived from Hellenistic astrology, where the seven planets, known in English as Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury and the Moon

The 7-day week.

Sunday –  literally “day of the sun” (dies solis) Helios in Greek

Monday – literally “day of the moon,” (Lunæ dies) Selene goddess deity in Greek

Tuesday – literally “day of mars” (dies Martis – Roman god of war) from Ares in Greek mythos and much later Old English tiwesdæg, from Tiwes

Wednesday – literally “day of Mercury” (dies Mercurii) translated from Greek Hermes and Woden in Old English for Odin

Thursday – literally “day of Jupiter” (Jovis dies) from Greek dios hēmera “the day of Zeus.” and much later old English and Norse. Day of Thor

Friday – literally “day of Venus” (dies Veneris) which itself translated from Greek Aphrodites hēmera. Much later is Old English frigedæg from Norse mythology Freya – goddess of sexual love and beauty.

Saturday – literally “day of Saturn” (Saturni dies) loan-translation of Greek kronou hēmera, literally “the day of Cronus.”

So… who are these Hellensitic gods? who is Helen? Who are these Roman & Greek gods and why are the planets named after them? what is the significance that we use these names day in and day out to note the passage of time, days months & years.

History scholars tell us “The Hellenistic period” covers the period of Mediterranean history between the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE and the emergence of the Roman Empire as signified by the Battle of Actium in 31 BCE and the conquest of Ptolemaic Egypt the following year.”

But human history reigns and spans far further than this period, which in comparison this period is a very small part. Although a significant one which has since dictated how the western world is run to this day.

I will stop here, as I intend to ping-back later on in my entries. (which will seem a bit random) but that’s why I started this blog to connect the dots and share wider.

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