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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 Dionysos

by Erin on April 5, 2012

Yesterday, we explored a work of art that depicted Dionysos with Maenads. Today, let’s look specifically at some symbols of Dionysos.
In Greek mythology, Dionysos was the god of wine. He was also associated with the theater. He is represented in myth and art by several symbols, including the grape wine, ivy, animals such as the [...]

Mars and the Tale of Two Goddesses

by Erin on March 29, 2012

It’s still March, so let’s have a story about the Roman god Mars to end the month, shall we?
Mars was closely associated with the Greek god of war, Ares, in mythology. For this reason, there are few distinctly Roman tales about this important figure. One of the main exceptions is the story of Mars and [...]

Mythology - Dionysos at Sea

by Erin on February 22, 2012

Dionysos plays an active role in many works of poetry, tragedy and comedy (he was the patron god of the theater, after all), and of course, has his share of mythological stories. And one of the most intriguing is the story of Dionysos at Sea.
One of numerous Homeric Hymns tells the tale of the abduction [...]

Mything Quotes - Horace

by Erin on February 20, 2012

For today, I thought I would share an Ode that features the Roman god Mercury.

Great Mercury, by Maia sprung
From Atlas; god of nimble tongue
And understanding; saviour
Of our raw race, who deigned to teach
Man wrestling, grace of body, speech
And civilised behaviour,
You are the one my poem sings -
The lyre’s inventor; he who brings
Heaven’s messages; the witty
Adventurer [...]

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Aphrodite & Hephaistos - A Union of Opposites

by Erin on February 16, 2012

Let’s take another look at the goddess Aphrodite. Specifically, today I’d like to explore the marriage of Aphrodite and Hephaistos (or Hephaestus). The relationship between these two Olympians is, well, such an odd juxtaposition. On the one hand, you have a beautiful goddess, who is appealing and alluring. On the other, a rather less attractive [...]

Art - Sleeping Eros

by Erin on February 9, 2012

In this Hellenistic statue of Eros, were are confronted with an image of the great Greek god of love - represented as a sleeping child. Indeed, the bronze image charmingly captures the innocent slumber of an exhausted child, complete with details such as pudgy limbs and tousled hair. The only thing that distinguishes this statue [...]

Mythology - The Loves of Poseidon

by Erin on February 7, 2012

Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, was a member of the first generation of Olympians. He was one of the most powerful male divinities, his might rivaled only by his brothers Zeus and Hades. It should therefore come as no surprise that Poseidon had his choice of female companions and fathered many children (divine [...]

Mythology - The Loves of Ares

by Erin on February 6, 2012

The fierce god Ares was often inflamed with lust in Greek mythology - lust for battle, that is. Indeed, it is fair to say that Ares was obsessed with war, almost to the exclusion of anything else. The god did, however, have an eye for the female form, and his appetite for Aphrodite, the alluring [...]

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