Pentheus

Pentheus is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, a king of Thebes who banned the worship of the god Dionysos, who happened to be the son of his aunt Semele. As punishment, Dionysos sent the women of Thebes into a violent frenzy which ended in Pentheus’s death as the women (including his own mother) tore him limb…

Achillea

Achillea is the botanical name for the yarrow which derives its name from the Greek mythological hero Achilles. It got its name because the plant was used to staunch the bleeding of his soldiers during the Trojan War. The origin of the name is of uncertain meaning though the first part of his name has been linked…

Achilles

Achilles is the name of a great warrior in Greek mythology, the son of the human king Peleus of Aegina, and the sea-nymph Thetis. In fact, it was their wedding that resulted in the Trojan war because of all the gods that attended, only Eris, the goddess of discord, wasn’t invited. Angered, she arrived at the wedding with a…

Penthesilea

Penthesilea is the name of an Amazon Queen in Greek mythology, the daughter of Ares and the sister of Hippolyta. She fought in the Trojan War on the side of the Trojans and was killed in battle by Achilles, who apprently fell in love with her when he took off her helmet and saw her face. A fellow Greek…

Ruth

Ruth is a Hebrew female name of uncertain origin though the most popular theory is that it is linked to Hebrew re’ut meaning “companion” or “friend”, though other possible theories include: “refreshment”, “appearance, beauty”, and “pasture”. Ruth may also be related to Middle English word ruthe or reuth meaning “pity, compassion”, “sorrow, grief” derived from Old Norse hryggð (sorrow, grief). Ruth is also a…