Sunday, October 10, 2021

Corvids, Ovid, and Coronis

A recent email from a pen friend mentions the "(C) OVID virus" and connects the Great Reset with the Metamorphoses of Ovid.

This reminds me of Ovid's story of Coronis. Coronis was a mortal woman who was a lover of Apollo but was unfaithful to him. The raven, which was then a white bird, heard of her infidelity and reported it to Apollo. Apollo killed Coronis and punished the raven by turning it black. Coronis herself became the constellation Corvus (the Crow) after her death.

Note that far-darting Apollo was the god of, among other things, epidemic disease. By some accounts, Coronis was the mother of Apollo's son Aesculapius, whose staff and serpent has become a universal symbol of medicine, appearing for example on the logo of the WHO.

7 comments:

Poppop said...

I have been trying for two years to make a limerick but run out of ideas...

There once was a poet named Ovid
Who succumbed to a bad case of Covid
....

????

Wm Jas Tychonievich said...

Alas, those two names don't rhyme for me. The poet is Ah-vid, and the birdemic is Coe-vid.

Poppop said...

...
He'd received six vaccines,
Wore a mask made from jeans,
Yet still down to his grave he was drove-d.

ick

Poppop said...

You are using the Asian pronunciation, bro...

Here stateside, we all say "cah-vid", at least in Vermont...

jorgen said...

There once was a poet named Ovid
Who wrote of a woman name Corona
who of famed Apollo was a lova
Aesculapius was her son not her daughta
whose temple will make your illness no nada
his motha is acrow in the domain of nasA

Wm Jas Tychonievich said...

That is NOT a limerick!

Don't provoke me, or I'll have to write one myself.

Henry said...

There once was a poet named Ovid
One day he jokingly pronounced Covid, Cah-vid
Zeus, standing nearby in the form of a colt,
sent a fatal lightning bolt
of a type he normally reserved for graduates of Harv-id

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