Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Xanthippe





Xanthippe is by legend a nagging wife. Her contemporaries do not report this. Her husband, Socrates, is given words that when I read them stand as admirably commemorative:
"None of your soft-mouthed, docile animals for me, the horse for me to own must show some spirit"
(Her name means Yellow Horse.)
It is said that once she followed up loud words by upending a chamber pot over the head of Socrates, to which he remarked, ‘after thunder comes the rain.’
It seems to me that this was a lively household: two strong minded parents, three young sons.
(The chamberpot in other accounts is merely ‘washing water.’)
I like the stride of the Yellow Horse, and catch a glint of amusement in those imagined eyes.





6 comments:

  1. Resembles a cave dwelling drawing from France.

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  2. I think I remember this story.

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    Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
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  3. That lower picture looks like a copy from the French cave wall paintings. I can't believe it was a chamber pot.

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  4. Strength in women is so often labeled bitchiness. Gee, wonder who benefits from that? (Just maintaining the Xanthippe tradition.)

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  5. I think I know her...she's a neighbor. Good post, girl!

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  6. Those are the French cave horses, they are stunning, I think.
    Thank you for all comments- I am attempting to return more visits this week! :-)

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