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Paean
song of joyful praise or exaltation

Apollo = Paean in Greek
Argys eyed
someone with keen vision/insight

Argus, 100-eyed monster
Parnassus
Greek home of Muses

center of artistic activity or learning
Chimera
someone with multi-facteted personality

creature with parts of many animals
Mercurial
changeable in temperament/mood; volatile
Nemesis
arch-rival who prevents you from getting what you want

goddess who punishes crime and represents excessive good fortune and arrogant pride
Panglossian
overly optimistic in spite of misfortunes
Falstaffian
Shakespearean character Falstaff

characterized by joviality; usually a little heavy, comical
Lothario
The Fair Penetant by Nicholas Rowe (play)

man who seduces and deceives women
Simon Legree
Uncle Tom's Cabin - brutal slave driver

harsh, merciless master/authority; cruel employer
Svengali
character from George Maurier's Trilby

authority who persuades with evil intent
Yahoo
Jonathon Swift's Gulliver's Travels

someone boorish, crass, or absurd
Pearl of Great Price
compared to Kingdom of Heaven by Jesus

something so precious you'd give up everything for/devote everything to it
Philistine
group opposed to Samson, Saul, David, Israelites

someone indifferent to cultural values
Sodom and Gomorrah
wicked cities destroyed by fire

place associated eith wickedness/sin
Solomon
King Solomon

a wise man
Machiavellian
Machiavelli, 15th century totalitarian genius - very calculating in how to achieve goals

someone calculating and almost underhanded/plotting in trying to achieve something; shrewd, two-faced
Sardonic
Greek plant from Sardinia that caused facial convulsions and death

scornful, mocking, disdainfully humorous
Thespian
Thespus, known as inventor of tragedy

someone/something relating to drama
Uriah Heep
character from Charles Dickens' David Copperfield

fawning toadie (suck up)