Mythic Beauty Past and Present

Gardens of Myth and Legend Linda Robbins: Beautiful gardens have been part of human experience from very early times and in many cultures the creation stories involve gardens. These myths, including the story of man’s disobedience are strikingly similar in many cultures.

Aphrodite: Greek Goddess of Beauty and Love Isabel Fitzmaurice: Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of beauty, love and desire. She was later known as Venus by the Romans. Elaborate myths sprung up around her and her legends have entranced people, artists, and lovers through the ages.

Hathor, Lady of Beauty Judith Illes: Hathor was the goddess of beauty and sacred sponsor of the cosmetic arts but simultaneously their living embodiment too. It is difficult to consider the Egyptian vision and concept of beauty without also considering the roles played by this prominent goddess. Read this fascinating article about Hathor, the Ancient Egyptian Goddess of Beauty, and the centrality of her role in Egyptian life.

Nefertiti Her name means “the beautiful one is come” and this ancient Egyptian queen is revered as one of the most beautiful women of all time. She was the wife of the Pharaoh Amenhotep IV, of the 18th Dynasty of the period of ancient Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom. He ruled from 1353-1336 BC. and changed his name to Akhenaten about 1348 BC.

Queen of the Nile: Cleopatra Beauty Worlds: A biography of Cleopatra. Was she beautiful or not? In any case, she has left her mark on history. Involved with various powerful men of the times, was she a manipulative schemer who used her position and sex to ensnare men or was she a patriot?

Goddesses Fly Again: Butterfly Images in Mexican Myth and Textiles Gary Noel Ross: Butterflies in Mexican mythology linking beauty, butterflies, the feminine and death.

The Story of Rapunzel and Her Long Blonde Hair Isabel Fitzmaurice: Fairy tales can be read on several levels. The story of Rapunzel expresses themes which typify some of the anxieties connected with beauty-the power of attraction, deception, impulsivity, possessiveness, and envy.

Marilyn: Candle in the Wind Marilyn Monroe, one of the most famous women of the twentieth century, was born Norma Jean Mortenson in June, 1926, in Los Angeles, USA. She was Marilyn, the legend, and now nearly forty years after her death, she still has all the allure of a mythic icon. Her story, her legend, has touched the hearts of the generations.

Princess Di: The Hunted Huntress There are few people in the modern era who have so captured the imagination of the public like Princess Diana who was alternately revered and vilified, portrayed both as an angel of good works and a disturbed publicity-seeking anorexic. She was born Diana Frances Spencer on July 1, 1961 and died tragically in a fatal car crash aged 36, while being sped through a Parisian tunnel in flight from the voyeuristic cameras of the paparazzi.

Xochiquetzal: Aztec Goddess of Love Xochiquetzal was the Aztec goddess of love. She had several other names including Ixquina and Tlaelquani. She had a beautiful garden and was an unparalleled beauty herself. Anyone who touched a flower from her garden became a passionate lover. The Aztecs, who had a passionate love of flowers, associated them with poetry, art, symbolism. music, sport, love and sexuality.


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