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By Steven Connor

Few creatures are as universally despised as flies. Blamed for pestilence and plagues, they have been publicly excommunicated from the medieval church. Beelzebub, “the lord of the flies,” was once stated to be the embodiment of evil, and, for hundreds of years, flies have been thought of the results of spontaneous generation—the unnatural end result of rotting meat.

Fly explores the heritage of this much-maligned creature after which turns to ascertain its newfound redemption via technological know-how. The secrets and techniques of the fly’s flexible powers of flight, Steven Connor finds, are just starting to be understood and liked. Its eyes and wings, for instance, have developed so completely that they supply idea for a few of today’s so much bold technological and medical techniques. And the common-or-garden fruit fly, Connor demonstrates, stands on the middle of progressive advances in genetic research.

Connor delights in monitoring his lowly topic via fantasy, literature, poetry, portray, movie, and biology. people reside in shut and intimate quarters with flies, yet Fly is the 1st booklet to offer those universal creatures their due.

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The myths of Persephone are complex because in their inner meanings they go to the heart of ancient Greek religion. In one version of her story, Zeus himself falls in love with her, and seduces her by taking the form of a snake and enveloping her in his coils—the resulting child is Dionysus (Bacchus). In the more common version, she is abducted by Hades—but a Hades who reveals many features of Dionysus in his archaic role as lord of the underworld (see p. 59). Hades Pure maiden Persephone, first known as Core, “the maiden,” was pure and beautiful.

Leucippus followed her disguised as a maiden, but the jealous Apollo advised the nymphs to bathe naked. When Leucippus removed his clothes, his deception was discovered and the nymphs tore him to pieces. C ” heiron was the greatest of the centaurs, who were half-man, half-horse. He was the son of Cronos (Roman Saturn, see p. 23) and the nymph Philyra, to whom Cronos had appeared as a horse. The other centaurs were descended from Centaurus, a grandson of Ares (Mars), who mated with the mares on Mount Pelion.

Pan, thwarted of his desires, cut the reeds into several unequal lengths, fastened them together with wax, and made the first syrinx, or pan pipes. Chaste nymph Syrinx was a nymph of the virgin goddess Artemis (Diana, see pp. 36–37), who demanded chastity from her attendants. Pursued by Pan, she was run to ground on the banks of the River Ladon, where, unable to escape and terrified of Artemis’ fury, she called upon the river goddess to help her. the evening, he shouts as “heInreturns from the hunt, And plays sweet music on his pipes of reed.

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