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Mythology – Symbols of Hermes

by Erin on May 4, 2012

The symbols of Hermes are perhaps the most distinctive of all the Olympians. Indeed, the messenger god has a set of attributes that identify him in both mythology and art. He is often depicted wearing a hat and boots, and carrying a staff.
Incidentally, my usual caveat applies - this list of the symbols of Hermes [...]

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 – 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 [...]

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 – 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 [...]

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 [...]

Mythology – Symbols of Zeus

by Erin on January 3, 2012

The gods and goddesses of ancient Greece often had symbols or attributes associated with them. These symbols served many functions in myth and art. On the most basic level, they helped to distinguish a specific god or goddess.
Zeus is the ruler of the Olympians. He is therefore a powerful god. Indeed, his primary symbols reenforce [...]

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