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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
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CREUSA/CRUSA (f): There were several Creusas in Greek mythology, including one of the less well-known daughters of Priam, King of Troy, by his wife Hecuba. Probably the best known, however, was Creusa, daughter of Erechtheus, King of Athens in legendary times. Seduced by the god Apollo, she bore a son, Ion, whom she tried to kill to conceal her shame, but without success. It was fortunate that she failed — Ion gave his name to Ionia (a region in Greece/Asia Minor); the Ionian Sea and Ionian Islands (including Ithaca), off Greece; the Ionian column, dear to our Greek-Revival ancestors; Ionia Co., Michigan; and towns of this name in Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, and elsewhere, to name a few. Creusa married a lord named Xuthus, by whom she bore a son Achaicus — whose name sounds derived from the same root as Achaia/Achaea(n), first defined as a district in the Peloponnesus bordering on the Gulf of Corinth, north on Elis and Arcadia; later as a Roman province “corresponding approximately to modern Greece.” (Clarence L. Barnhart, William D. Halsey et al., New Century Encyclopedia of Names, 3 vols. (New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1954) 1:1127-28 (Creusa); 28 (Achaea, etc.).

Crusa Cook, daughter of Stephen and Joanna (Scott) Cook, was born at Bellingham, Mass. 14 March 1775 (Bellingham VRs, p. 24). The late eighteenth century saw a great revival of the classical tradition in all branches of the arts and letters, including popular culture.

Posted by Jean Powers at 06/19/2012 09:06:56 AM | 

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