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Antisthenes See CYNIC. (anta˘nee, kleeo¯patra˘) Archetypes of doomed lovers. C. and had responsibility for Rome’s eastern provinces. ), queen of Egypt, but their joint forces were defeated by Octavian at ACTIUM in 31 BC, after which Antony committed suicide having been told (inaccurately) that Cleopatra was dead. Cleopatra Antony and Cleopatra 20 apocalypse killed herself shortly afterward, letting a poisonous asp bite her. “Passion is destructive. It destroyed Antony and Cleopatra, Tristan and Isolde” (William Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge, 1944).
The pair resolved to have their revenge upon their former colleague who, like Ascalaphus betraying Persephone, had brought about their utter ruin when they were within sight of victory. Ascalaphus Asgard ashes 28 See VALHALLA. See SACKCLOTH AND ASHES. Aspasia ashes to ashes See UNTO DUST SHALT THOU RETURN. Ashtoreth (ashta˘reth) Symbol of fertility or sexuality. Ashtoreth (Ashtorath) is identified in the Bible as the Phoenician fertility goddess Astarte, equivalent to the Greek Aphrodite, whom the Israelites briefly adopted as an idol, to the great offense of God: “And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth” (Judges 10:6).
The allusion is to Greek mythology and the belief that the gods on Olympus fed on such food, which gave them immortality. “We feasted that evening as on nectar and ambrosia” (Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, 1847). See also NECTAR. amillennialism See MILLENNIUM. Am I my brother’s keeper? See MY BROTHER’S KEEPER. The word comes from the name of the Egyptian god Ammon (meaning “the hidden one”), as the salt or gum resin that is the source of ammonia was supposedly first obtained from plants growing near a temple dedicated to him in Libya.
Facts on File Dictionary of Classical and Biblical Allusions (Writers Reference) by Martin H. Manser