A large Siberian amethyst mounted as a jewel with diamond-set honeysuckle motifs, c. At a later date it was made the centre of this amathyst and diamond tiara in the form of vine leaves that are a witty allusion to the purple stones.
CCSS - Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day - madeleine - something that triggers memories or nostalgia: in allusion to a nostalgic passage in Proust's Remembrance of Things Past.
Harebrained PRONUNCIATION: (HAYR-braynd) MEANING: adjective: Foolish; reckless; ridiculous. ETYMOLOGY: From the allusion that a harebrained person has the brain as small as a hare’s. From Old English hara (hare) + braegen (brain). Earliest documented use: 1548. http://wordsmith.org/words/harebrained.html
Reverse of a clay tablet from Pylos bearing the motif of the Labyrinth. The tablet, the earliest datable representation of the classical labyrinth, was recovered from the remains of the Mycenaean palace of Pylos, destroyed by fire 1200 BCE
NIOBE/HUBRIS The allusion originates from the daughter of Tantalus who boasted about her children. This provoked two gods to kill her children and turn her to stone. The meaning of this allusion is excessive pride. The meaning is from Niobe who had too much pride for her children and suffered for it. Ex/ The athlete showed too much hubris and had the crowd dislike him for it.
A STEP-BY-STEP APPROACH TO TEACHING MYTHOLOGICAL ALLUSIONS
This step-by-step approach helps students learn how to determine mythological allusions in text. Since it is a difficult standard to teach, this method breaks it down and shows students an effective way to determine the meaning of allusions.