From Eccentric Flower


The Clio pages, as you will see below, were written by - or at least inspired by - an irascible Muse. The point of view expressed in these pages is not always that of the author of the rest of this site.

These pages were orginally written 1999-2001. A few updates have been made since then, but they aren't Clio's doing; she hasn't been heard from since 2001.

The image at right is a section of a 1632 painting, believed to be of Clio, by Artemisia Gentileschi.

Don't steal Clio's words. Even Muses are entitled to copyright.

"FOR THOUGH a man has sorrow and grief in his soul, yet when the servant of the Muses sings, at once he forgets his dark thoughts and remembers not his troubles."
- Hesiod

Would that it were so. Unfortunately, but inevitably, times have changed. Clio knows, perhaps more so than anyone, how things change, and yet it is no less painful to be on the poor side of change for knowing it.

The other Muses will always have ample followers, except perhaps for dear Urania, but Clio is in a period of decline. History is, she fears, becoming a lost cause.

Once when Clio told of history, it was, as Hesiod says, a welcome and cheering thing. Now it is hated and feared. Clio has a problem understanding this. Whether humans feel life is better than it was in the past, or worse, makes no difference. Either could just as well be used as a reason to embrace history instead of rejecting it. No, history is out of fashion and Clio must simply admit it.

But before she gives up gracefully, Clio may as well decant some of her old knowledge into new bottles.

Clio's Calendar
How humans keep time, why humans keep time, and the importance of the milestones they choose to mark.

A Year of the Seasons
Clio is pagan by nature. Here she reflects on the old, seasonal way of viewing time - and the eight holy days of modern pagans, which connect to many other holiday traditions.

"Give Us Back Our Eleven Days!"
About the Gregorian calendar - the calendar most used in the human world today - and its convoluted beginnings.

The Dragon In the Sky
About the Chinese lunar calendar, its mysteries, and the odd history of the calendar in modern China.

"Established 5757"
The Jewish calendar, Jewish holidays, and a few words about the Jewish perspective on history.

The Drifting Cycle
About the Islamic (Muslim) calendar, and its relation to the Muslim faith as a whole.

Clio's Chronicles
One learns as much from which events get recorded for posterity as from the events themselves.

Too Far To See
Clio's thoughts on millennial spectacle, and the dangers of trying to summarize a thousand years in a small space.

Two War Memorials
Americans celebrate both a Memorial Day and a Veterans' Day, but many Americans have no idea what either day commemorates.

Three Minor Saints
... whose holy days have become holidays, and have grown to have almost no connection with the saints whose names are on them.

"The Holy Blisful Martir"
About the cycle of holy days entwined with the life of that very interesting human, Jesus son of Joseph, of Nazareth, called in Greek "the Christ."

Clio's Correspondence
Clio displays some thoughts from her Ardent Readers, with occasional replies.

Clio's Attic
Clio is actually more Macedonian than Attic, but presumably you understand what she means. Here are her footnotes and other jottings on various of the essays above.

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