Interesting Firefly fact I just learned on Jeopardy
Thursday, July 14, 2005

"Londinium" (The Alliance Co-Capital) is the Roman name for London. I new Londinium had a British meaning but I didn’t know it came from a Roman word.


Friday, July 15, 2005 2:53 PM


That last one was me...

Friday, July 15, 2005 3:37 AM


And Bellerophon was the guy who rode Pegasus and defeated the Chimaera ( a fire-breathing monster with a lion's front, a goat's middle, and a snake's tail.)

I liked that they took the names of planets and places from Greek mythology because 1) I like Greek mythology and 2) we name planets after Roman gods, so it's kind of like they just kept the tradition up as they moved on in the 'Verse.

Friday, July 15, 2005 2:59 AM


When tied to the fact it's the Anglo-Sino alliance (Anglo meaning English) makes it kinda questionable if it's America and China or Britain and China that go off and colonise the galaxy...

Friday, July 15, 2005 12:53 AM


Then you probably don't also know that:

Boros was the grandson of Peleus (father of Achilles) and is also an ancient Greek word meaning gluttony and/or dung ...

Persephone was the daughter of Demeter (goddess of harvest) and Zeus. She was abducted by Hades (king of the underworld) and her distraught mother looked for her for 6 months during which she was so distraught she forgot to look after the earth and all the plants died (winter)...

When she found her she was told she could have her daughter back only if she hadn't eaten anything while in the underworld. Sadly it turned out she'd eaten a pomegranate seed. So it was agreed she would spend half the year in Hades (winter) and half the year above the earth (summer)- Winter is when Demeter grieves for her daughter and summer is when she celebrates her return....

The 5th century Athenians had this great little cult called the Eleusinian mysteries which revolved around the yearly dichotomy ...

Oh and Persehone mean something along the lines of "She who destroys the light".

Oh and my favourite Roman name for an English town is Camulodunum (modern day Colchester) ...

OK that's the derivation lesson over for today ...


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