“What are Myrmidons?” is possibly the number one question I get asked regarding my blog. Most people assume it’s another word for merman, which is quite logical.
Strangely enough, it means “Ant-Man” (I’m NOT kidding!). This is because Zeus disguised himself as an ant in order to seduce the lovely Eurymedusa. The resulting son of this union is…you guessed it! Ant-man (or Myrmidon). His myth is rather obscure, and is really only of any importance because of Achilles, who ruled the Myrmidons. Without Achilles, Ant-man would be nemo (no-man, or “Nohbody” for you Odyssey lovers out there!).
So why did I choose this obscure tribe to be part of my title? It wasn’t based on making it easy to get to my website, I can tell you that much! (Honestly, probably the second most asked question is “how do you spell that?).
When I began thinking about blogging my thoughts on seeking God in stories, I knew mermaids had to be a part of it – for what evokes the mysteries of fairy tales better than mermaids?
However, I wanted to evoke more than just fairy tales. I wanted to channel all stories, especially the Greek myths I’d fallen in love with in college. And what better way to evoke this than to use a name sounding so very similar to mermaids! Thus, before I even began to blog, “Myrmidons” was quickly incorporated into my blog title.
Now, I don’t necessarily like Myrmidons. In fact, Achilles was kind of a jerk. However, I liked the double “mer” sound…and after hearing it, there was really no other word I could consider!
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