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Dictionary of Allusions

Background Information: Juno was part of the life of women, mostly married life. She was a very important goddess and was the sister of Jupiter and the mother of mars. When she ate a magical herb, she became pregnant and was soon the mother of Mars. In Practice: Juno would represent a motherly figure.

Resources used: "Juno | Roman Mythology." N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2012. <>. "Juno (Roman Goddess)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2012. <>. "JUNO." Juno. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2012. <>.


Background Information: Lethargy comes from the Greek word lethargos, which means forgetful. There is a river with the name of Lethe that flows through Hades, it is known as the river of forgetfulness. In Practice: Lethargy now would mean being sluggish, lazy, weak, etc. Resources used: "The Greek Meaning and Origin Of...?" Yahoo! Answers. Yahoo!, n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2012. <>.


Background information: Mentor was a friend of Odysseus and the tutor of Telemachus. In the Odyssey, Athena disguised herself as Mentor to rouse Telemachus and to give him hope and advice. She also disguised herself because she did not want to be seen by the suitors of Telemachus’ mother. In Practice: An advisor or guide would be seen as a mentor. Resources used: "Mentor." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 17 Aug. 2012. Web. 13 Sept. 2012. <>.


Background information: Mercury was a fleet footed messenger who the gods gave the name Mercury. It is a silver metallic element; it is in liquid form at room temperature, also being called...
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