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Terminology looked up from the first chapter in book one: The Old Man

The Old Man - 1
Phaethon (Greek: "Shining" or "Radiant") Son of Helios. {and Clymene}
Helios (Greek: "Sun") offspring of the Titans, Hyperion (Greek: "The High-One") {Helios alternatives: Apollo, Zeus}
Daphne (Greek: "laurel") dryad {tree nymph}, daughter of river god Peneus and nymph Creusa (Greek: "princess") 
Apollo had insulted Eros (Greek: "Desire") {Cupid, Greek: "desire"}. 
Eros shot a golden arrow at Apollo causing him to fall in love with the nymph Daphne, a virgin. Eros then shot Daphne with a lead arrow so she could not return Apollo's love.  Trying to help, Penus transformed Daphne into a laurel tree to foil Apollo.
Rhadamanthus. (Greek: hybrid term) Son of Zeus and Europa. He was a wise king of Crete. In later accounts he is said to be one of the judges of the dead.
Rhadamanthus' name might mean 'rod diviner' derived from two Greek words mantis "soothsayer, seer" and rhabdos "rod, wand". It could also be etymologically related to Greek adámas "invincible, untamed", damázo "to overpower, to tame, to conquer."
Rhadamanthus married Ariadne. Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete and his wife Pasiphae. By her mother, she was the granddaughter of the sun god Helios. Ariadne's myths have many varients, including falling in love with and eloping with Theseus after helping him to kill the Minataur.
The Old Man - 2
Antiamaranthine, from amaranthine: the appellation is rooted in the Greek words amarantos, meaning "immortal" or "unfading," and anthos, meaning "flower."
The Old Man - 3
Aurelian - Roman Emperor 270-275
Byzantine: relating to Byzantium (now Istanbul), the Byzantine Empire, or the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Oecumene: The ecumene (US) or oecumene (UK) (Greek: "inhabited") an ancient Greek term for the known, the inhabited, or the habitable world. Under the Roman Empire, it came to refer to ..civilization as well as the secular and religious imperial administration.
Seven Peers and Paramounts -
(Should have a referent. I have not located a satisfactory one. Historically, the seven days of the week and the seven wandering stars are strongly associated with the number seven.)
Destiny Lake: This is a concept based on the belief that there is a fixed natural order to the universe, and in some conceptions, the cosmos. Classical and European mythology feature personified "fate spinners," known as the Moirai in Greek mythology, the Parcae in Roman mythology, and the Norns in Norse mythology.
Wheel-of-Life: The Bhavachakra, the Wheel of Life or Wheel of Becoming, is a mandala - a complex picture representing the Buddhist view of the universe. To Buddhists, existence is a cycle of life, death, rebirth and suffering that they seek to escape altogether.
Transfiguration: a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.
Age of Tranquility: Tranquillity (also spelled tranquility) is the quality or state of being tranquil; that is, calm, serene, and worry-free. The word tranquillity appears in numerous texts ranging from the religious writings of Buddhism, where the term passaddhi refers to tranquillity of the body, thoughts and consciousness on the path to enlightenment, to an assortment of policy and planning guidance documents, where interpretation of the word is typically linked to engagement with the natural environment.
Aeon also spelled eon (in American English), originally meant "life", "vital force" or "being", "generation" or "a period of time", though it tended to be translated as "age" in the sense of "ages", "forever", "timeless" or "for eternity". It is a Latin transliteration from the koine Greek word ὁ αἰών (ho aion), from the archaic αἰϝών (aiwon). In Homer it typically refers to life or lifespan. Its latest meaning is more or less similar to the Sanskrit word kalpa and Hebrew word olam. A cognate Latin word aevum or aeuum (cf. αἰϝών) for "age" is present in words such as longevity and mediaeval.
College of Hortators: The real historic meaning of the word 'hortator' Hortator is a Latin word meaning (inciter; encourager, exhorter, urger) it was used in the Old Rome, that was a title of a slave runner that gave a rowing beat on the Roman trirremes to communicate to the slave rowers the speed the captain wanted.

Hidden are several examples of terminology used in the first chapter of this novel. 


Edited by dream_weaver

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Spoiler Warnings continued.

Terminology looked up from the second chapter in book one: The Neptunian

The Neptunion - 2

Orpheus is a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greek religion. Some ancient Greek sources note Orpheus' Thracian origins. Parents: Oeagrus or Apollo and Calliope.

1. an idealized person or thing.
2. a specter or phantom.
Curia in ancient Rome referred to one of the original groupings of the citizenry, eventually numbering 30, and later every Roman citizen was presumed to belong to one. 
A curia is an official body that governs a particular Church in the Catholic Church. These curias range from the relatively simple diocesan curia, to the larger patriarchal curias, to the Roman Curia, which is the central government of the Catholic Church.
The Neptunion - 3
Porphyrogen: Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos or Porphyrogenitus was the fourth Emperor of the Macedonian dynasty of the Byzantine Empire, 913-959
Cygnus XI: Cygnus (the swan) had many identities; however Cygnus was most likely Zeus in disguise. Leda (the wife of the Spartan king, Tyndareus, and the mother of the Gemini and Helen of Troy) had unrivaled beauty. Leda was so beautiful that Zeus could not resist her.
The Neptunion - 4
Jovian is the adjectival form of Jupiter and may refer to: Jovian (emperor) (Flavius Iovianus Augustus), Roman emperor (363–364 AD) Jovians and Herculians, Roman imperial guard corps.  Jovian (lemur), a Coquerel's sifaka known for Zoboomafoo.
Vafnir: In Norse mythology, Fáfnir (Old Norse and Icelandic) or Frænir is a son of the dwarf king Hreidmar and brother of Regin, Ótr, Lyngheiðr and Lofnheiðr. After being affected by the curse of Andvari's ring and gold, Fafnir became a dragon and was slain by Sigurd.
Eleemosynary: relating to or dependent on charity; charitable.
Nebuchednezzar” of the Book of Daniel | Era of Prophet Jeremiah.
The Neptunion - 5
A tritonic scale is a musical scale or mode with three notes per octave. This is in contrast to a heptatonic scale such as the major scale and minor scale, or a dodecatonic scale, both common in modern Western music. Tritonic scales are not common in modern art music, and are generally associated with primitive music.
Tritonic: of, relating to, or characteristic of the demigod Triton
Triton is a Greek god of the sea, the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, god and goddess of the sea respectively.
Scaramouche, also known as scaramouch, is a stock clown character of the 16th-century commedia dell'arte. The role combined characteristics of the Zanni and the Capitano, with some assortment of villainous traits.
Harlequin: a mute character in traditional pantomime, typically masked and dressed in a diamond-patterned costume.
The Neptunian - 6
Arcadia (Greek: Αρκαδία, Arkadía) is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the administrative region of Peloponnese. It is situated in the central and eastern part of the Peloponnese peninsula. It takes its name from the mythological figure Arcas. In Greek mythology, it was the home of the god Pan. In European Renaissance arts, Arcadia was celebrated as an unspoiled, harmonious wilderness.
In Greek mythology, Arcas was a hunter who became king of Arcadia. He was remembered for having taught people the arts of weaving and baking bread.

Hidden are several examples of terminology used in the second chapter of this novel. 

Edited by dream_weaver

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Spoiler Warnings continued.

Terminology looked up from the third, fourth and seventh chapter in book one:


The Storm-Sculptor - 5

penultimate: last but one in a series of things; second last.

"the penultimate chapter of the book"


The Soldier - 2

Warlock: A warlock is a person (typically male) who uses magic, especially for or against others (compare wizard, sorcerer).

The Soldier - 7

Demeter is the goddess of the harvest and presides over grains and the fertility of the earth. Although she was most often referred to as the goddess of the harvest, she was also goddess of sacred law and the cycle of life and death.


The Chamber of Memories - 2

Synod: is a council of a church, usually convened to decide an issue of doctrine, administration or application. The word synod comes from the Greek meaning "assembly" or "meeting", and it is synonymous with the Latin word concilium meaning "council".

Hidden are several examples of terminology used in the third, fourth and seventh chapters of this novel. 

Edited by dream_weaver

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