:: Your Hostess ::
A twenty-something female with a fondness for many things Japanese, including anime, manga, doujinshi, cel collecting, and J-Rock/Pop. I like the ancient Greeks but am far less enthused about the Romans. I'm a Harry Potter fan who adores Snape and loathes Lockhart. Yaoi and slash are my cup of tea, and I'm a fanfic reader but not writer (though I wish I were), as trying to write fiction causes me extreme mental anguish. I'm attempting to go through life without ever watching the Star Wars movies all the way through, and I flatly refuse to watch Titanic.

I have a quickly deteriorating knowledge of ancient Greek and Latin (Chaire! Salve!), and there's some small bit of Spanish tucked away in there as well (Una limonada, por favor?). On rare occasions, I delude myself into thinking I can teach myself Japanese. This simply means I know kana well enough to do Important Things like browse Yahoo! Japan auctions with some semblance of ease.

In Real Life™ I am a boring office manager for a small business. I'm working, however, on ruling the world behind the scenes (pay no attention to the woman behind the curtain!).

From this page alone it should be obvious that I abuse parentheses and ellipses with reckless abandon.

I guess that's enough of an introduction.

:: The Myth ::

Here's the story in a nutshell. This being a myth, I daresay you'll run across slightly varying versions.

Pasiphae was the wife of King Minos, and they lived on island of Crete. Minos had a perfect white bull which he had promised to sacrifice to the god Poseidon, but he never made the sacrifice. Poseidon was enraged, and in retaliation he caused Pasiphae to desire the bull. Pasiphae enlisted Daedalus to construct a hollow cow for her, which she then hid inside. She became pregnant, and gave birth to the half-man half-bull Minotaur. The Minotaur was placed in the labyrinth, where it dined on Athenian youths until Theseus (perfide!), with help from Ariadne, killed it.

:: Why the Name? ::

After read the myth, you're probably thinking, "Why the hell did she choose that name for a handle??" First off, let me make clear that there's no beastiality on this site (wonder how many search engine hits this page will get because simply because I typed the word here...). If that's what you're looking for, you're in the wrong place. My love of animals made me a vegetarian, but that's as far as it goes. ^_^

I decided to use the name for several reasons. I've been interested in classical studies for a number of years, and I was intrigued by Knossos et al when my humanities class studied ancient Greece during my freshman year of high school. And since I was a classics major in college, I thought it fitting to use something that reflected that. The name Pasiphae just sounded cool. (Yeah, it should be Pasiphaë, but I'm too lazy to type it that way most...well, all...of the time. ^_~) Plus, it was (and mostly still is) obscure enough that I don't have to register as pasiphae13423542354 when signing up for message boards and the like, and the .net was available when I decided to get a domain name of my own.

So there you have it. There's no sordid tale surrounding my choosing the name. Sorry.

:: Further Resources ::

In scholarly fashion, I have assembled some links related (sometimes quite tenuously) to the mythical Pasiphae for your perusal. (Note: "scholarly," as used here, means "I was bored one evening and spent some time wandering Google.") More will be added I find them/have time.

  • Mythography's page on Pasiphae
  • English translation of a fragment of Euripides' Cretans (the play is not extant in its entirety)
  • Some info on Matisse's Pasiphae Suite
  • Jackson Pollock's Pasiphae
  • A wall painting from Pompeii (link is a little ways down)
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    corner image from the anime "Fruits Basket"