Journey in Life: September 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018

"Time hangs heavy on hands" nghĩa là gì?

bị người yêu bỏ, thì đi ngắm nàng tiên cá cho khuây khỏa :) Photo courtesy Mike Baird.

'Time hangs heavy on someone's hands' nghĩa là (thời gian) kéo dài/trôi đi chậm chạp (time seems to go slowly when one has nothing to do).

Ví dụ
Books keep boredom (nỗi buồn tẻ, buồn chán; điều khó chịu) at bay and those who bury their nose in one never complain that time hangs heavy on their hands. Real godmothers should not have to wonder what to gift a child.

The fashionable cafe and bar district at Sea World, located opposite the Hilton and Bar Street, is only a few steps further, while the Mission Hills complex is just a few long golf drives away. If time hangs heavy on your hands by day, it’s good to know there’s also a cluster of local theme parks catering to all ages.

Immediately after the dumping, the sociologist Robert Weiss notes, people are in shock. For as long as two weeks, they’re also in denial. And then reality sets in. At this point, they find that time hangs heavy: many of life’s daily rituals have evaporated; they hardly know what to do with themselves. Moods swing relentlessly, encompassing protest, anger, panic, regret, self-doubt and consuming sadness. Some turn to alcohol or drugs; others rely on friends, therapists or self-help books.

Phạm Hạnh

Saturday, September 29, 2018

"Not do a hand's turn" nghĩa là gì?

chẳng làm gì, cả ngày chỉ cafe chém gió. Photo courtesy www.Pixel.la Free.

'Not do a hand's turn' có hand's turn = a small amount of work; an act of manual labor; especially : a single usually small expenditure of effort -> cụm từ ngày nghĩa là thảnh thơi, chẳng nỗ lực tí nào.

Ví dụ
The disgruntled (bực tức, cáu kỉnh, cằn nhằn, bất mãn) visitors who don’t like the food and complain the bed is too hard and won’t do a hand’s turn to help with the dishes or buy the odd loaf or bottle of wine.

It’s a black joke that the person who is trying to force the farm onto her children as a responsibility, insisting that it is bigger than they are, does not do a hand’s turn apart from lift a wine glass and ferry out nibbles.

At the age of 30, I remember sitting next to a man at dinner who asked what I did. 'I've got three children under four,' I said, beaming with self-importance. He was unimpressed. 'My mother was exactly like you,' he retorted. 'Never did a hand's turn of work all her life - except raise the six of us.' But I look back on the years I spent with my children as being the most fulfilling of my life. And it was only when my youngest began senior school that I realised I was teetering on the brink of becoming a desperate housewife unless I 'got a life'. And so, having happily put all my eggs in one basket, it was time to take a few out. And scramble them. To my amazement, the moment I decided to re-enter the workplace, I discovered my apparent lack of ambition had simply been masking a deliciously long pregnant pause. At 40, a sense of drive asserted itself.

Phạm Hạnh

Vì sao ngày càng nhiều thanh niên Việt Nam mắc bệnh ung thư?

Photo credit: thehealthyarchive.

chắc do ít/không thủ dâm thường xuyên :))
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Masturbation (thủ dâm) is good for you, according to science (khoa học đã chứng minh).

Australian scientists (nhà khoa học) Anthony Santella and Spring Chenoa Cooper claim that masturbation, or self-pleasuring (tự sướng) by touching (sờ, chạm) one's own genitals (bộ phận sinh dục), helps keep people healthy by warding off diseases like cystitis (viêm bọng đái), diabetes (tiểu đường) and prostate cancer (ung thư tuyết tiền liệt).

A recent U.S. survey revealed that 94 percent of men and 85 percent of women admit to masturbating. In fact, the practice is so natural (tự nhiên) and normal (bình thường) even babies (trẻ em) do it from the time they are in the womb (tử cung, trong bụng mẹ).

masturbation can even "lower risk of type-2 diabetes (though this association may also be explained by greater overall health), reduce insomnia (chứng mất ngủ) through hormonal and tension release, and increase pelvic (khung xương chậu) floor strength through the contractions that happen during orgasm (cực khoái)."

Self-pleasuring also help prevent (ngăn ngừa) depression (trầm cảm) and boost immune function (chức năng miễn dịch) by increasing levels of endorphins and the hormone cortisol.

Phương pháp mới giúp phụ nữ vô sinh có con

trứng nhân tạo từ tế bào da trong phòng thí nghiệm
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Japanese scientists just took a new step toward a “game changing” (thay đổi cuộc chơi) way to make babies from skin cells.

The Japanese team reports in the journal Science that they’re closer than ever (gần tới đích/đạt mục tiêu hơn bao giờ hết). The team, led by Mitinori Saitou and colleagues from Kyoto University, turned skin collected from female volunteers into primitive (nguyên thủy, ban sơ) precursors (tiền thân, điềm báo trước) of egg cells. They still don’t have eggs. But they’re closer. It’s just “a matter of time”.

In theory, lab-made reproductive cells could put an end to infertility (vô sinh) for people including cancer (ung thư) patients (bệnh nhân) and women in their 40s and 50s.

Friday, September 28, 2018

"Get sth off his hands" nghĩa là gì?

Tay không dính máu. Photo courtesy leah villalobos.

'Get something off one's hands" nghĩa là gạt bỏ/tống khứ cái gì; giũ trách nhiệm về một việc gì.

Ví dụ
A murder trial witness admitted to washing blood off his hands and hiding his clothing to avoid being linked to the crime scene.

Sarah Paulson enjoyed a mid-show snack and wiped the crumbs off her hands in the floor of the aisle. A girl's gotta eat!

Gomez has listed the property without any luck in the past, but maybe this time she'll be able to get it off her hands.

Luis Fuentes wiped chunks of grass off his hands on his white jersey. The Tijuana Xolos defender then grabbed his white shorts to add more mud to his uniform Sunday evening.

Phạm Hạnh


Thursday, September 27, 2018

"Gain an upper hand" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Eden, Janine and Jim.

'Gain an upper hand' nghĩa là thắng thế, chiếm ưu thế, giành thế thượng phong.

Ví dụ

How 'bad' bacteria gain the upper hand in the human gut.

If Mustafizur can get Rohit early in the innings, then Bangladesh will certainly have the upper hand considering that India's middle-order hasn't really impressed so far.

Accenture Plc. is on a merger and acquisition spree which saw the company acquire firms, technologies for widening and scale and capabilities that management felt were are required to get the upper hand in the market.

Advocates for the treaty have argued that it gives vital information to the U.S. and other allies about military troop movements in Russia, but critics counter that Russia uses the treaty to gain an upper hand on American forces.

Mrs. Theresa May could now look to Mr Tsipras for some more advice on how to gain an upper hand against Brussels in negotiations in order to strike a deal, even if allowing Jean-Claude Juncker to appear victorious helps squeeze it through.

Phạm Hạnh

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

"With a high hand" nghĩa là gì?

United we conquered*. Photo courtesy Michael Elleray.

'With a high hand' nghĩa là ngạo mạn, độc tài; kiêu căng, hống hách (oppressively; in an overbearing or domineering manner).

Ví dụ
Its security units rule with a high hand, even though they don't necessarily enjoy the people's moral support.

That tangled relationship has not prevented the three from managing their business with a high hand for more than two decades.

The London museum, which “hit the jackpot,” comes across more as homage to Freud’s ego ideal and particularly to the father ideal of Anna Freud, who managed her father’s memorial industry with a high hand.

Two weeks ago, Harel Locker became chairman. He's bringing a new and refreshing spirit into the company, and I'm confident that after having managed the Prime Minister's Office with a high hand, he'll bring us his rich experience in getting things done and his good connections, which will be very good for the company, both in Israel and overseas.

Phạm Hạnh


* The Commando Memorial is a monument in the Scottish Highlands, dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II. Situated around a mile from Spean Bridge village, it overlooks the training areas of the Commando Training Depot established in 1942 at Achnacarry Castle.

It was unveiled in 1952 by the Queen Mother, and has become one of Scotland's best-known monuments, both as a war memorial and as a tourist attraction offering views of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mòr.

"United we conquer" is inscribed around the top of the stone plinth (bệ tượng), while the original plaque on the stone plinth reads: "In memory of the officers and men of the commandos who died in the Second World War 1939–1945. This country was their training ground."

Đàn ông học nhậu tử tế có xin phép vợ đàng hoàng

không như gã người Anh này giả vờ bị bắt cóc, thế là thành bị bắt luôn vì... lãng phí nguồn lực của cảnh sát, giam 16 tuần không được thấy mặt con khi ra đời (bạn gái đang mang thai)
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A man managed to get himself jailed for 16 weeks and miss the birth of his child, after lying to his pregnant girlfriend that he had been kidnapped, just so he could get drunk with his buddies.

This kidnapping prank (trò đùa tinh nghịch/tinh quái, trò chơi khăm) gone wrong took place in January, when Leigh Ford, a 45-year-old man from Blackpool, England, made several frantic (điên cuồng, điên rồ) phone calls to his pregnant (đang mang thai) partner Zoe Doyle, telling her that he had been kidnapped (bắt cóc) and that he was going to be tortured  (bị tra tấn) unless she transferred all the money she had into the kidnappers’ bank account. At first, the woman thought he was kidding, but he sounded really scared, and there were other men shouting in the background, threatening to cut off Leigh’s legs, and pour hot water on him. So she complied, but she also called the police.

...A helicopter and a trained hostage (con tin) negotiator (đàm phán viên) were called in for what sounded like a complicated situation, but no one called again until next morning, when Leigh himself came home like nothing had ever happened.

Police were waiting for him, and after asking him a few questions, they arrested him for wasting police time and resources.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Gencasa Như Quỳnh: Kỷ niệm một năm thành lập

23, Hưng Yên 2, Phố mới Minh Khai,
Thị trấn Như Quỳnh, Huyện Văn Lâm, Tỉnh Hưng Yên,
84 221 3986089.

"Be hand in glove with" nghĩa là gì?

Proper protection. Photo courtesy David Goehring.

'Be hand in glove with' = như tay với găng tay -> nghĩa là rất thân với, ăn cánh với, cấu kết/cánh hẩu với,... thường là ám muội (in extremely close relationship or agreement; working together, often to do something dishonest).

Ví dụ
Principal (hiệu trưởng) hand-in-glove with MD in sexual harassment (quấy rối tình dục) case.

An inquiry should be conducted, to nab (túm lấy, vồ lấy; bắt được, tóm cổ) those civic officials (công chức) working hand-in-glove with the contractor (nhà thầu).

Manchester United would get huge money for Alexis Sanchez and he’d fit hand in glove with Paris Saint-Germain, he’d score goals for fun at Bayern Munich, or be a hard-working conduit for Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.

While the title stands for chief information security officer, it might make sense to reorganize the acronym to be chief security influence officer. The highest priorities of this job are to influence the rest of the executive team -- and the board -- about proper security and to make sure that safety posture works hand in glove with overarching business imperatives and strategies.

Phạm Hạnh

Em còn nhớ hay em đã quên

em gái người Anh 26 tuổi, đi chơi biển với bạn mấy ngày trước, không thể nhớ làm sao mà... có một con rùa chết trong... âm đạo :))
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Last Saturday, an unnamed woman suffered (trải qua, chịu đựng, đau khổ) from an inexplicable (không thể lý giải nổi) pain (đau đớn (thể xác), đau khổ (tinh thần)) in her lower abdomen (bụng dưới) and checked herself into an emergency (cấp cứu) room.

What doctors found as the source of her discomfort (sự bất an, bực dọc, khó chịu) was absolutely the last thing anyone could imagine (tưởng tượng).

Her pain was due to an infection (nhiễm trùng) caused by a dead turtle (rùa chết) found inside the woman's vagina (âm đạo).

The 26-year-old British expat told police she had been partying with other British friends a few nights earlier at Fañabé beach, but had no recollection (hồi tưởng, ký ức; kỷ niệm) as to how the dead reptile (loài bò sát; người hèn hạ đê tiện, người luồn cúi bợ đỡ) wound up lodged inside her that night.

Monday, September 24, 2018

"Take your life in your hands" nghĩa là gì?

Mad people cycling on the footpath down Ben Lomond. Photo courtesy shawnleishman.

'Take one's life in one's own hands' nghĩa là làm gì nguy hiểm đến tính mạng (risk being killed; to do something that is very dangerous, especially where you risk death).

Ví dụ
Every time you go parachuting you're taking your life in your hands.

Would you put your life in the hands of your Instagram followers?

I love adventure travel, so in each place there would need to be something iconic and adventure-related – like walking a chunk of the Great Wall of China, taking my life in my hands on a train ride in India or riding a bike in Siberia.

Speaking from the experience of biking hundreds of times from Madison’s east side to Centro Hispano, Urban League, Omega School, Penn Park, Genesis Center, Fountain of Life Church, Boys and Girls Club and other places on Madison’s south side, it’s not an exaggeration that you take your life in your hands every time you make your way around not particularly bike-friendly Park Street and Badger Road.

Phạm Hạnh

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Vui Tết trung thu 2018 tại Hoàng Liệt


Quanh Hồ Gươm lại bàn chuyện Vua Lê
Tây Bồi Beer - Uống bia no say, không giới hạn

"Take the law into your own hands" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Trojan_Llama.

'Take the law into one's own hands' nghĩa là tự trừng phạt ai theo cách của mình, nhất là vi phạm pháp luật hoặc bạo lực, mà không nhờ đến công an hay chính quyền can thiệp (punish someone for an offense according to one's own ideas of justice, especially in an illegal or violent way; punish someone or do something to put a situation right, instead of waiting for the police or the legal system to take action); (old) 'thế thiên hành đạo', (giờ là) 'vô pháp vô thiên'.

Ví dụ
If the police tries to enter the homes of villagers illegally, the women of the village will take law in their own hands.

If the Otago University proctor won’t respect students’ private property rights, students may have to take matters into their own hands.

The fatalities in Soweto are evidence of what can happen when communities take the law into their own hands. I would like to urge residents to please work through official channels to expose these offenders.

The victim’s father, a daily wage labourer in Noida, had one question: “Why did the accused take the law into their own hands? Even if they thought that he had an intention to steal, they should have nabbed him and informed the police. Why did they beat him to death?”. The 16-year-old was killed on suspicion that he had allegedly entered a house to steal valuables, the police said.

Phạm Hạnh

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Giao hữu bóng đá Ams-Hai Bà Trưng


Bài trước: Giao hữu bóng đá Ams-Đống Đa

Manulife DaNang International Marathon 2018
Chùa Văn Điển

"Take your courage in both hands" nghĩa là gì?

Courage is Contagious, sitdown at Bourks st - Refugee Action protest 27 July 2013 Melbourne. Photo courtesy Takver.

'Take one's courage in both hands' = nắm can đảm trong cả hai bàn tay -> nghĩa là lấy hết can đảm (để làm gì...) (nerve oneself to do something that frightens one).

Ví dụ
Even if you feel a little anxious and afraid of criticism, this is the time to take your courage in both hands and present your creations to the world.

Expect good things to happen this month. Not just in your personal or romantic life, but in all areas. Especially if you've worked hard creating solutions over the last few months. Take your courage in both hands and go after what you want. Make appointments with people you have been afraid to approach. Write a blog about something that has challenged you. This is one of the strongest cycle months of the year. Make good use of the power available to you. Size up situations with your keen vision, and be confident that you are able to organize for your own benefit.

If you are a Hazara from Afghanistan, you will almost certainly be assessed as a refugee. But when your one-month visa expires, you have to hide, because if you are found by the police, they will jail you. You cannot work or send your children to school, because if you are found, they will jail you. If the UNHCR has assessed you as a refugee, you can wait in the shadows until some country offers to resettle you. That might take 20 or 30 years. Now, for just one minute, imagine you are that person. Will you wait in the shadows for 20 or 30 years, or will you take your courage in both hands and get on a boat? I have never met an Australian who would not get on the boat.

Phạm Hạnh

Friday, September 21, 2018

"Show her hand" nghĩa là gì?

để lộ bàn tay... Photo courtesy Beryl_snw.

'Show one's hand' nghĩa là tiết lộ ý định/kế hoạch của mình, nhất là từ trước đến nay vẫn đang giữ bí mật (to make one's plans, intentions, ideas, or resources known to others, especially those that were previously hidden or kept secret).

Ví dụ
New York's Attorney General Shows His Hand Against Exxon Mobil.

Sky's the limit as Murdoch shows his hand but Comcast is not out of this bidding war yet.

Viewers will either crack a satisfied smile or feel utterly taken for a ride when Shani finally shows his hand as a crafty (lắm mánh khóe, láu cá, xảo quyệt) manipulator (người lôi kéo, vận động (bằng mánh khóe)) of a narrative that’s less linear than we expect.

After the "chaotic" first day of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination hearing, Wednesday saw the 53-year-old appellate judge bombarded with questions from senators. The AP describes him as "treading carefully," and highlights some of the biggest issues raised during the second day of the hearing. Kavanaugh "didn't show his hand" when questioned about abortion rights (quyền phá thai), for example, though he did call Roe v. Wade "important precedent" that has "been reaffirmed many times over the past 45 years."

Phạm Hạnh

Omega Plus: Kỷ niệm hai năm thành lập


Omega Plus: Kỷ niệm một năm thành lập
Hồi ký Bà Đầm thép (Margaret Thatcher)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

"Put her hand into her pocket" nghĩa là gì?

Goldfinger, Sean Connery, 1964. Photo courtesy Raoul Luoar.

'Put your hand into your pocket" nghĩa là sẵn sàng chi tiền, cho ai đó hoặc làm từ thiện (to give money to someone or to charity).

Ví dụ
People are more inclined to put their hands in their pockets to help children.

We have schools that are desperately short of money and having to ask parents to put their hands in their pockets to stay afloat.

Optometrist (người chuyên đo thị lực để bán mắt kính) Michael Connor had been "waiting for someone to put their hands in their pockets" and he said Primark's donation was a welcome one.

There's a wealth – if you'll pardon the pun (sự chơi chữ) – of personal finance tools out there, but many of them involve having to put your hand into your pocket, dig deep and part with some hard-earned cash.

Popular resorts with lots of all-inclusive hotels are much more comprehensive now than they used to be too. “You really don’t need to put your hand into your pocket,” says Porter, “and let’s face it, after the whole build-up of a wedding, sometimes just flaking and being pampered has the desired effect.”

Phạm Hạnh

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

"Play into the hands of" nghĩa là gì?

...chỉ làm lợi cho các nước phương Tây muốn xâm lược Syria*. Photo courtesy William Proby.

'Play into the hands of someone' nghĩa là làm lợi cho đối thủ của mình (to do something that one does not realize will hurt oneself and help someone else playing into the hands of the enemy).

Ví dụ
Manchester United warned any squabbling (cãi nhau ầm ĩ, cãi vặt) could play into the hands of rivals City.

Any attempt to disrupt (phá vỡ, gây cản trở) this vital (quan trọng, sống còn, trọng yếu, nguy hiểm đến tính mạng; sinh động, đầy sức sống) project (dự án quan trọng này) will only play into the hands of those who do not want peace (hòa bình) and progress for the Afghan people.

Many analysts (nhà phân tích) here predict (dự đoán) such a backlash (phản ứng mạnh) will play into the hands of politicians eager to weaken, if not dismantle (tháo dỡ, hủy bỏ, bãi bỏ), the European Union.

The Russian delegation spokesperson said that the claims are only playing "into the hands of the Western countries that plan to carry out another aggression (gây hấn, xâm lược) against Syria, using a staged (dàn dựng) chemical weapons (vũ khí hóa học) incident as an excuse (là cái cớ)".

Phạm Hạnh


* A Free Syrian Army fighter throws a hand grenade inside a Syrian Army base during heavy fighting in the Arabeen neighbourhood of Damascus February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"Many hands make light work" nghĩa là gì?

Workers on the New Zealand & South Seas Exhibition Site 1924. Photo courtesy Dunedin City Council Archives.

'Many hands make light work' nghĩa là nhiều người chung sức chung lòng thì dễ thành công (the more people working together on something, the quicker and easier it will be to finish).

Ví dụ
It's a long rebuild and it's a process, but it works much better if everyone is helping. Many hands make light work, even in the NFL.

Some volunteer jobs are easy to fill, while others are more challenging. Finding volunteers to help with parking lot monitoring, for example, can be more difficult, he noted. “Many hands make light work,” he said.

"Many hands make light work" is a true statement for the Hickory Gables Dairy Farm in Hickory Corners, Michigan. The local farm is run by the De Jong family, where every family member plays a role in keeping the cows comfortable and happy while making quality milk.

"Our Finance team wanted to spend a day giving back to the community, and we know that many hands make light work,” said Ron Winowiecki, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Perrigo. “We are pleased that we could accomplish that goal while helping support the unique and important work that takes place at Benjamin’s Hope."

Phạm Hạnh

Vào mùa trái cây, du lịch miệt vườn hút khách

tính 6 usd/cân dâu tây, mà khách cứ vặt ăn thoải mái rồi mới mang giỏ ra tính tiền đúng 1 cân -> lỗ, chẳng nhẽ nói khách làm vậy có khác nào ăn trộm, phải làm sao?

-> tính vé vào cửa đủ hòa vốn, nhưng nhớ gọi tên là vé vào cửa chứ đừng gọi tên là tiền ăn dâu, vì nếu vậy thì họ càng ăn nhiều hơn (để bù tiền đã bỏ ra),
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Dear Dan,

I have a farm where people come to pick blueberries, and I charge $3 per pound. The problem is that people think it is an open buffet and eat a lot of blueberries while in the field, and then they come back to the payment station with just $3 worth of blueberries. Without being rude, how can I let them know that they are stealing?

—Michelle

I must admit that when I’ve picked blueberries I too ate a few in the process. It’s just so tempting that I think it’s inhuman to ask people not to eat any. So if we accept that people will eat some blueberries in the process of picking, maybe the best approach is to charge an entrance fee to cover the cost of the snacking. But make sure to call it an entrance fee and not a snacking fee—otherwise people will try to maximize their benefit by eating even more blueberries.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Bệnh viện Việt Đức - cái nôi của ngành ngoại khoa

...ở nước ta, nhất là về khoa xương khớp và chỉnh hình.


Bài trước: Little Sol Montessori - khai giảng năm học 2018-2019

"Overplay his hand" nghĩa là gì?

the king of hearts. Photo courtesy sagesolar.

'Overplay one's hand' nghĩa là quá tự tin với bài trên tay nên đặt cược quá mức ((in a card game) play or bet on one's hand with a mistaken optimism); hay bỏ phí cơ hội thành công vì quá tự tin vào lợi thế của mình (spoil one's chance of success through excessive confidence in one's position).

Ví dụ
There was a leadership overhaul at the State Security Agency (SSA) only when its ex-director- general, Arthur Fraser, tried to overplay his hand.

Did Putin Overplay his Hand over Macedonia Name Deal: The Kremlin's foreign policy increasingly seems to rest on the assumption that all countries are as corruptible as Vladimir Putin's Russia. This was evident most recently in Russia's alleged efforts to undermine an agreement between Greece and its tiny northern neighbour, the Republic of Macedonia, over the latter's name.

Undoubtedly, Trump will overplay his hand and overdo it in trying to make the point that the demonstrators’ theatrics are disrespectful to an American institution and show contempt for the fans and what they hold dear. Nonetheless, Republicans will use the issue to their advantage and hit Democrats for supporting the protesters, just as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz did to his opponent Rep. Beto O’Rourke last week.

Phạm Hạnh

Mnēsarétē

= "commemorating virtue"


"Phryne", José Frappa, 1904

The ancient Greek courtesan (điếm hạng sang) Phryne removes her robe (áo choàng) and displays her breasts (ngực, vú) in front of the jury (bồi thẩm đoàn, hội đồng xét xử, ban giám khảo).

Phryne kiều diễm trước tòa
The Slave Market

The Slave Market


The Slave Market (chợ nô lệ)
by Jean-Léon Gérôme

Bài trước: The Large Pool of Bursa

The Large Pool of Bursa


The Large Pool of Bursa
by Jean-Léon Gérôme

Bài trước: Leda and the Swan

Leda and the Swan


Leda and the Swan*, 1895
by Jean-Léon Gérôme

By Jean-Léon Gérôme - Own work, Rauantiques, 29 March 2013, 15:40:11, Public Domain, Link

Bài trước: Pygmalion and Galatea

* Leda and the Swan is a story and subject in art from Greek mythology in which the god Zeus, in the form of a swan (thiên nga), seduces (quyến rũ) Leda. According to later Greek mythology (thần thoại Hy Lạp), Leda bore (sinh ra) Helen and Polydeuces, children of Zeus, while at the same time bearing Castor and Clytemnestra, children of her husband Tyndareus, the King (vua) of Sparta. In the W. B. Yeats version, it is subtly suggested that Clytemnestra, although being the daughter of Tyndareus, has somehow been traumatized (làm cho bị thương, gây chấn thương) by what the swan has done to her mother. According to many versions of the story, Zeus took the form of a swan and seduced Leda on the same night she slept with her husband King Tyndareus. In some versions, she laid two eggs from which the children hatched. In other versions, Helen is a daughter of Nemesis, the goddess who personified (là hiện thân của, nhân cách hóa) the disaster (tai họa, thảm họa, điều bất hạnh) that awaited those suffering from the pride of Hubris.

Pygmalion and Galatea


Pygmalion and Galatea
by Jean-Léon Gérôme

The motif is taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses, and depicts how the sculptor (nhà điêu khắc) Pygmalion kisses his ivory statue (bức tượng ngà) Galatea, after the goddess Aphrodite (nữ thần sắc đẹp) has brought her to life.

By Jean-Léon Gérôme - This file was donated to Wikimedia Commons by as part of a project by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. See the Image and Data Resources Open Access Policy, CC0, Link

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