Great Greek Myths Athena Armed Wisdom 1.10

The gods were both cunning and intelligent. When used together, the two qualities love and hate. Athena was the goddess of wisdom. Zeus’s first wife was Metis. She stood for both truth and cunning. Uranus and Gaia visited Zeus and Metis. They gave a troublesome prediction. Metis would have a son who would surpass his…

Great Greek Myths Daedalus and Icarus 1.9

Even though his father had warned him not to do so, Icarus flew too close to the sun, which melted the wax on his wings. Yet, what kind of father would make a pair of wings for his son and challenge him to rival the flight of birds? Daedalus was a skilled inventor who had…

Great Greek Myths Dionysus An Outsider1.8

Dionysus loved singing and dancing and dressing like a woman. Staff wound with ivy topped by pinecone. Dionysus was always accompanied by a procession. Dionysys didn’t fit it. Nickname he who roars or wild one. Dionysus was the son of Zeus, chief deity of the ancient Greek pantheon, and Semele, a daughter of Cadmus (king of…

Bullfinch’s Mythology

  BULFINCH’S MYTHOLOGY THE AGE OF FABLE OR STORIES OF GODS AND HEROES by Thomas Bulfinch [1855]   CHAPTER I. Introduction. CHAPTER II. Prometheus And Pandora. CHAPTER III. Apollo And Daphne- Pyramus And Thisbe- Cephalus And Procris. CHAPTER IV. Juno And Her Rivals, Io And Callisto- Diana And Actaeon- Latona And The Rustics. CHAPTER V….

Great Greek Myths Apollo Shadow and Light 1.7

Apollo god of light ‘ Apollo God of the Sun, the Light, the Music and Prophecy Apollo is one of the most complex and important gods, and is the god of many things, including: music, poetry, art, oracles, archery, plague, medicine, sun, light and knowledge. He is the son of ZEUS and the TITAN LETO, and was born…

Hero With A Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell

PREFACE TO THE 1949 EDITION “TH E TRUTHS contained in religious doctrines are after all so distorted and systematically disguised,” writes Sigmund Freud, “that the mass of humanity cannot recognize them as truth. The case is similar to what happens when we tell a child that newborn babies are brought by the stork. Here, too,…

Evolution of Literature

Enheduanna “The world’s first known author is widely considered to be Enheduanna, a woman who lived in the 23rd century BCE in ancient Mesopotamia (approximately 2285 – 2250 BCE). Enheduanna is a remarkable figure: an ancient “triple threat”, she was a princess and a priestess as well as a writer and poet. “The third millennium BCE…

Locations of Temples of Ancient Greek Gods

“Although the Greek gods lived at the peak of Mount Olympus, they also descended to earth to participate in the lives of mortal beings. Temples were the places where humans tried to come into direct contact with the divine, so they took great care to construct magnificent buildings that could last forever.” https://athensandbeyond.com/temples-of-the-greek-gods/ Temples of…

Myths Evolved from Man’s Efforts to Explain What Otherwise Seemed to Be Inexplicable

Primavera by Botticelli – Image Credit Wikipedia “Mythology (from the Greek μῦθος (mythos), meaning a narrative, and logos, meaning speech or argument) refers to a body of stories that attempt to explain the origins and fundamental values of a given culture and the nature of the universe and humanity. In modern usage, the term can also mean stories that a particular culture…

Great Greek Myths Prometheus the Rebel of Olympus 1.6

Japet [pronounced iuhpeet] narried Clymene and they had 4 children atlas menoetius epimetheus – name means hindsight or he who thinks last prometheus – name means forethought or he who thinks first Prometheus did not join other titans in fighting against zeus, and he convinced Epimetheus to do the same. The Titans have superior strength…