Greek Gods and Goddesses

The ancient Greeks projected upon the twelve gods their own faults and strengths, passions and weaknesses, their loves and hatreds, their nightmares and dreams. Jupiter (Zeus) The “Father of gods and people,” Zeus / Jupiter, the king of Olympus and the twelve-leader, lord of lightning, Punisher and protector, lover and warlord, he defeated his father Cronus and the Titans and threw the Giants in Tartarus. He was the undisputed ruler of the universe and controlled everything. Known for his amorous adventures, he always caused the jealousy of his wife, Hera. The Greeks attributed him with many nicknames, the most famous

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Top 5 Bad Ass Monsters From Greek Mythology

Our love affair with monsters is not a completely new thing; the fertile imagination of the ancient Greeks had given rise to many terrifying beings. While these ancient mythical monsters may not have been the results of cloning, nuclear tests, or even deep sea mining, they certainly were as good, if not better than present-day, computer generated ones. And these monsters have staying power, for they have continued to influence writers and artists over thousands of years. I seriously doubt that the Cloverfield monster (as cool as it was) will be remembered a few centuries from now.So, let’s take a

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The writings of Homer part 2 – Odyssey

   The second of the great writings of Homer is Odyssey. Odyssey is an impressive combination of literary power and nobility and has the timeless ability to express the triumph and the disappointments of life. Both epics, Iliad and Odyssey are poems with imperishable beauty and resplendence. The development of the action in Odyssey is more extensive than the Iliad’s but the structure is more harmonic and compound. This writing of Homer describes with an incredible and immersive way the adventurous return (nostos) of the very intelligent hero of the Trojan War and king of Ithaca (island of the Ionian

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Rare Greek Mythical Creatures

Centuries ago, people imagined about terrifying and demonic creatures. They were strange creatures, often results of profane associations between mismatched entities. In every mythology, every culture contains stories about abnormal monsters with unique properties and usually demonic. Greek mythology is full of such stories and beings. These Greek mythical creatures were almost never good with people. Instead, they were demonic and terrifying. They always plagued the inhabitants of entire areas  until a hero arose to give a solution. Delfini or Delfyna A serpent deity, daughter of Gaia. From the waist up, she was a woman and a snake from the

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The most famous Ancient Greek Heroes

   In the rich Greek ancient history, we meet very often myths and stories about heroes. But what this means? What is a hero? The people from the ancient years were admiring and honoring men who had a great physical strength and braveness. These are the famous men of the antiquity who have been inspiration for myths and for literature generally, they are not only famous in Greece but they are glorified worldwide. We can separate the Ancient Greek heroes in two categories: the heroes of the ancient Greek mythology and the heroes of the ancient Greek history. Existents or

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Myths of the 12 Labors of Hercules

Hercules was born son of Alcmene and Zeus. His father Zeus was also known as the kind of gods who married a mortal woman. Hercules married Megara. Zeus’s wife Hera did not however love him so much due to his constant infidelity. It was Hera who caused Hercules to go mad when he was grown up and also happily married. This caused him to kill his children and wife.  To cleanse his soul from the sins he committed as a result, he was forced to serve King Eurystheus for a period of 12 years.  In each of these years the

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Greek Mythology – Cosmogony

The beginning of time and origin of the gods for the ancient Greeks is best described In Hesiod’s “Theogony”. So in the beginning there was Chaos, the Earth and Eros. These three primary deities had no family relationship between them, just appeared one after the other. Chaos was pitch-dark like a black spider with no sign of life. Absolute silence reigned everywhere. This scary, original creature was boundless; it had neither a beginning nor end. It was so vast, so if someone was living at the time and could fly, he would fly in all his life without being able

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The Writings of Homer Part 1 – Iliad

The ‘’Epics of Homer’’ are the most famous writings from the historical period of the Ancient Greece. These epics are two, Iliad and Odyssey. Homer is mentioned as author and there is only some contradictory and questionable information about him. The Iliad was written some decades before the Odyssey approximately in the 8th century BC and its name Iliad was inspired from the ancient name of the town and battlefield ‘’Ilion’’ (Troy). The Iliad is a heroic poem and is consisted of 15.693 verses and is separated in 24 parts (as the 24 characters of the Greek alphabet) known as

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The myth of Centaurs

Centaurs, according to Greek legend, were a race of creatures who were half man and half horse. They lived on the plains of Thessaly in central Greece and were well known for their lawlessness and riotous temperament. They were also known as hippocentaur. According to the old paintings and graffitis it has been found that they had the hint of a house and the torso of a human. These mythical creatures were said that they were born to Nephele and Ixion. Another legend is that a certain person had mated with the Magnesian mares thus resulting in the birth of

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