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Greek Myth

Mything Words - Lotus Eaters

by Erin on April 28, 2012

In Homer’s Odyssey, Lotus Eaters, or lotophagi, were mythical people who forgot their former lives when they consumed the lotus.
Here’s a taste about the Lotus Eaters from the relevant passage in the Odyssey:

“Upon the tenth
we came to the coastline of the Lotus Eaters,
who live upon that flower. We landed there
to take on water. All ship’s [...]

Mythology - It Started With An Apple…

by Erin on April 27, 2012

Imagine that you are attending a party. It’s a lavish affair, and all the beautiful people are there. Everywhere you look, you see stunning women and handsome men laughing, talking, perhaps even flirting. They appear to be enjoying themselves greatly. The wine flows freely, there is dancing and singing, and everyone seems happy. It is [...]

Mythology – Symbols of Poseidon

by Erin on April 25, 2012

Ah, Poseidon. According to mythology, he was the Greek god of the sea who also happened to be associated with earthquakes.
Here are some of the main symbols of the god Poseidon:
Bull - In ancient Greece, bulls were sacrificed to Poseidon (as well as the other gods). One legendary example is the the bull of Minos. [...]

Mythology - Alcmene in Hesiod’s Shield

by Erin on April 19, 2012

A rather long time ago, I wrote an article about the mythological character Alcmene. In case that name isn’t ringing any bells of recognition, here is a quick refresher.
Indeed, the ancient Greek poet Hesiod begins his work The Shield with an introduction to the mother of Herakles.

“There was another woman,
Alcmene,
daughter of Electryon
who was his people’s [...]

Mythology – Symbols of Athena

by Erin on April 17, 2012

The attributes of grey-eyed Athena are relatively easy to recognize. Since she is a goddess of war, she often appears clad in armor and holding a weapon, typically a spear. In addition to this garb, she is often depicted with what is called an aegis.
Aegis - The aegis was a breastplate or shield made of [...]

Mything Words – Aegis

by Erin on April 16, 2012

In Greek mythology, the aegis was a type of shield or breastplate. The aegis was associated primarily with two gods - Zeus and Athena. Zeus had a goatskin aegis, while Athena adorned the aegis with the head of a Gorgon.
According to the Iliad of Homer, the aegis was made by Hephaistos. Here is the relevant [...]

Cities and Shrines in Greece:
Argos - This city was sacred to the goddess Hera.
Athens - The goddess Athena presided over the city of Athens.
Corinth - A city sacred to both the god Poseidon and the goddess Aphrodite.
Cythera - The goddess Aphrodite was associated with this island.
Delos - The island of Delos was sacred to the [...]

Mythology – Symbols of Apollo

by Erin on April 10, 2012

The god Apollo played a significant role in the mythology of the ancient Greeks.
Bow - As the god of archery, it stands to reason that Apollo would be represented with a bow in both myth and art. It is worth noting that Apollo shares this attribute with his sister Artemis.
Deer - Both Apollo and [...]

Mythology - Legends of Apollo

by Erin on April 9, 2012

Shortly after his birth on the island of Delos, the precocious god Apollo embarked on his first adventure. In a beautifully lyrical passage of the Homeric Hymn to Apollo, the handsome young divinity is depicted traveling the earth and then ascending to Olympus, where he charmed the gods and goddesses with his music. The goddesses [...]

Mythology – Symbols of Aphrodite

by Erin on April 7, 2012

Aphrodite was the goddess of love and beauty in Greek mythology. She is represented in myth and art by various symbols, including the dove, myrtle, and the scepter.
Dove - Today, when we think of doves, peace often comes to mind. For the ancient Greeks, however, doves evoked love, since they were one of the symbols [...]

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