This short story was primarily built using “standard” Greek mythology that’s commonly known to Westerners. While I’ve added my own embellishments, I also used a little of my research into ancient (or, at least, older) Greek culture. This was by no means an attempt to write a fully historically accurate tale, but I did want to ground it in a reality that can be referenced. Here are just a few of the terms used throughout the story and their origins, as I have learned them.
Commonly said to be the original name for the city of Athens prior to Athena’s adoption as Matron. The name is still used to describe the modern region.
A body-length garment often consisting of a single rectangular cloth that was folded, draped, and pinned around the body with the bottom hem reaching the ankles. The peplos was standard dress for women in Greece and could be layered for warmth and visual interest.
Alternate spellings include: Cronus, Cronos, and Kronos depending on location and time period.
Titan “Lord of Time”. In certain traditions, He is identified as the father of the Olympians and husband of the Goddess Rhea.
Rhea (or Rheia)
Titaness. In certain traditions, She is listed as one of the daughters of Gaia and Uranus. She is the mother of the Olympians and wife of the God Chronos.
Arche (Hear pronunciation)
Alternate spelling “Archi”. General meanings: beginning, start, origin, source of action, inception. Used in expressions such as “the first element” and “the original argument”. See additional info here.
The “wise man” whose rule is predicted by Chronos and Rhea is a reference to King Cecrops, mythical founder of Attica/Athens. It was he who was chosen to preside over the contest between Athena and Poseidon for matronage/patronage of the city. Among other things, he is said to have taught the people reading and writing and is famous for establishing monogamy, the first law courts, and giving women the right to vote. He is said to have had three daughters, at least one of whom is thought to have been a priestess of Athena. The fictional character Arche was inspired by this story.