City 28 on Vinyl


This City might still be under construction (not yet finished) but it already has some graffiti. "Pour Me Nepenthe" and "Superman Damn Fool!" Last night while drawing this I was listening to Eluvium's "An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death" cd and my favorite song is called Nepenthe so I wondered what is was. I looked it up on Wikipedia and it means:

Nepenthe is a drug of forgetfulness mentioned in Greek mythology, depicted as originating in Egypt.

The word "Nepenthe" first appears in the fourth book (vv. 220-221) of the Odyssey of Homer. Literally, it means "the one that chases away sorrow" (ne = not, penthos = grief, sorrow). In the Odyssey, "Nepenthes pharmakon" (i.e. a philter that chases away sorrow) is a magical potion given to Helen by an Egyptian queen. It quells all sorrows with forgetfulness.

Many scholars think that nepenthe might have been an opium preparation, perhaps similar to laudanum [1]. Alternatively, some believe it could have been an Egyptian wormwood elixir. (Refer to absinthe, history.) However, the descriptions in literature of the effects of nepenthe are similar to how the effects of opiates are described.

The carnivorous plant genus Nepenthes is named after the drug nepenthe.


I just thought that was interesting and thought I would share that.