Mythology in the Mountains: Hecate

Hecate from the Tate Gallery

For, by the sacred radiance of the sun,
The mysteries of Hecate, and the night;
By all the operation of the orbs
From whom we do exist, and cease to be;
Here I disclaim all my paternal care,
Propinquity and property of blood,
And as a stranger to my heart and me
Hold thee, from this, for ever.

Here is a good website to look at: Emory College.  They have done a good job of looking up images of characters and themes from Shakespeare.

This is William Blake’s painting of Hecate.  Hecate appears in A Midsummer NIght’s Dream and King Lear, both of which we shall be reading in the Shakespeare in the Mountains myth group.  Do you recognise the quotation?

The image come from the Tate Gallery webpage, which is worth a look.  The collection at Tate Britain has many Shakespearean connections due to the enthusiasm of the Romantics and Pre-Raphaelites.  Here is Waterhouse’s Hecate, for example.

If you are interested in myth, you’ll be interested in this: Myth.


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