Below (for download) is a glossary, of sorts, of the names of characters in Journey to Orphalese. Think of it as a sort of anthropological or archeological map or a list of clues to aid you on your own exploration. In the column marked “Name Origin” I have given you a stub of information. This is by no means exhaustive but meant, instead to encourage you to do your own exploration and research; finding and excavating what is most important to you. Feel free to share what you find or are inspired to add either here as a comment or on the Adventures of Isabelle FB page!
A note from the Preface of Journey to Orphalese:
“It’s important for women and girls to see true reflections of themselves in literature and popular culture, but in order for them to find themselves, they must search amid a diversity of archetypes and real-life heroines. I wrote The Adventures of Isabelle to add to this diversity. As such, all female characters in this book represent archetypes that have appeared across many cultures and ages and many of their names are drawn from heroines, both historic and mythical. Some are goddesses and some are mere mortals. I uncovered them through research for this book and for a series of paintings I did entitled, Reclaiming the G*ddess. And, I encourage you to go on your own exploration to find archetypes and heroines, both divine and mortal, that resonate with you. To aid you in your search I’ve created a glossary of names and places in the book that provide anthropological clues.” (p.IX)