Deeper into Jeopardy! XXXIV: Mythology – $400

If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for all things mythological – and is there a better time for such matters than just after the winter solstice, when daylight begins returning to the world northern hemisphere and cultures throughout history have some sort of festival to celebrate? Well, sure there is, and I could think of an excuse to do a mythology category no matter what time of year it is. But whatever the post-hoc justification, the 34th installment of Deeper into Jeopardy! will deal with the simply-titled DJ! category of MYTHOLOGY. By the way, does it bother anyone else that the term “mythology” always seems refer by default to Graeco-Roman mythology? No, just me? Oh well. It’s my blog.

Jeopardy! category: MYTHOLOGY (22-12-2014)

$400 clue: This son of Zeus had many oracles, but Pythia at Delphi was the greatest

Correct response

The gist: γνῶθι σεαυτόν, “gnōthi seauton,” “know thyself,” the temple proclaimed to pilgrims on its front porch – which was both a warning and an invitation.  Continue reading

Deeper into Jeopardy! XXXIII: French Lit – $1200

Jeopardy! category: FRENCH LIT (11-12-2014)

$1200 clue: Here is Amantine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin, known by this pen name; she loved Chopin in more ways than one

Correct response

The gist: Although she based her nomme du pleume on the name of a man with whom she collaborated, she’s remembered as one of 19th century Europe’s quintessentially independent women.  Continue reading

Deeper into Jeopardy! XXXIII: French Lit – $400

Ah, the French. We’ve taken a look at plenty of literature categories (it being one of Jeopardy!’s most frequent high culture concerns), but not much French writing has snuck its way in so far. This installment will change that, though, as la littérature storms this blog like it’s the Bastille and today is July 14, 1789.

Jeopardy! category: FRENCH LIT (11-12-2014)

$400 clue: In 1845 this pere continued the story of a certain trio in “Twenty Years After”

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The gist: Pardon the pun, but that’s one storied lineage.  Continue reading