In ancient times ’till now, myths and legends are preserved and studied all over the world. They can give us a perspective of the past, or through myths and legends we can take the feedback of past mistakes. Different mythologies and legends are also always the same in their core – divinity and mortality, but with the grain of salt that all power comes with levels of difficulty, moral and understanding.
But myths and legends can show us that all gods and mortals, given power, does not mean equal to wisdom – that is reserved for those that study their variations.
The Myth of the Muses – Inspiration in the Ancient World
The famous inspiration goddesses, the Muses (Μοῦσαι, Moûsai, Μόσες, Múses), are patrons of poetry, the arts, and science. Their leader is Apollo. According to the Boeotian (Thracian) tradition, they were originally worshiped by the giants Oth and Ephialtes, worshiping three muses: Meleta (μελετη – “learning, experience”), Mnema (μνιμη – memory) and Aoida (ωδή – “song”).
God of Medicine Asclepius
Asclepius/Aesculapius is the god of medicine, son of Apollo and the nymph Coronida (according to the writer Apollodorus is Arsinoea, great-granddaughter of Perseus, and according to others only of Apollo), his daughters are the “Asclepiades” – Hygeia (“Health”), Jaso (” treatment, recovery from illness”), Aceso (“treatment, healing process”), Aegle (goddess of good health) and Panacea (goddess of universal medicine).
Myths of Hercules/Heracles – Part 6 – The Death of Hercules
Myths in this article: Heracles and the Giants - Titan Gaia gave birth to the giants from the blood of the defeated titan Cronus. The giants were so powerful that they flaunted their power, and Gaia gave them invulnerability to the weapons of the gods, but failed to...
Myths of Hercules/Heracles – Part 5 – Siege of Troy
Twelve Labors of Hercules in this article: Eurytus - the myth in which Heracles is insulted and accused of theft, incited to murder and sold as a slave to Omphala, queen of Lydia.The Giant Geryon - the task of kidnapping the cows of the giant Gerion, who has three...
Myths of Hercules/Heracles – Part 4 – Cattle, Fearsome Cerberus and the Golden Apples
Twelve Labors of Hercules: The Giant Geryon - the task of kidnapping the cows of the giant Gerion, who has three heads and six arms.The Apples from the Garden of the Hesperides - Heracles first helps Prometheus from his terrible punishment, and Prometheus directs him...
Myths of Hercules/Heracles – Part 3 – The Stables, The Bull, The horses and The Belt
Part of the Twelve Labors (in this article): Augean Stables - an interesting feat that involves washing the stables from toxic cattle excrement given to Helios' son by his father.The Cretan bull - the raging bull ravaging everything because of Poseidon's rage,...
Hercules/Heracles Myths and The Twelve Labors – Part 2
Heracles settled in Tiryns and became a servant of the weak, cowardly Eurystheus. Eurystheus was afraid of the mighty hero and did not let him set foot in Mycenae. He gave all his orders to the son of Zeus in Tiryns through his messenger Coprey.
Hercules/Heracles Myths and the Twelve Labors – Part 1
Heracles (Ἡρακλῆς) known by the ancient Roman name Hercules is the most famous hero of ancient Greek mythology. Son of the Thunderer Zeus (myth of Zeus here) and the mortal Alcimena, his brother Ifikel. His birth name was Alcides and later became known as Heracles.
King Priam – Aesacus and Hesperia
Aesacus was the son of the Trojan king Priam and the brother of the great hero Hector. He was born on the slopes of Mount Ida by the lovely nymph Alexiroya, the daughter of the river god Granik. Growing up in the mountains, Aesacus disliked the city and avoided living...
Sons Of Zeus – The Dioscuri Castor And Pollux
Dioscuri translated from ancient Greek (Διόσκουροι) means "sons of Zeus", and that is what the twins Castor (Κάστωρ) and Pollux (Πολυδεύκης) were called. Their sisters are the notorious Beautiful Helen, Clytemnestra, and they are all children of Leda and the Spartan...
Sons of the Cyclops Pelops – Myth of the Terrible Deed
Atreus (Ατρεύς) and Thyestes are twin brothers in ancient Greek mythology, sons of the Cyclops Pelops. Atreus is the father of Agamemnon and Menelaus. Pelops expels his sons for the murder of their stepbrother Chrysippus. When the Sun set back, Atreus had to make...
The Cyclope Polyphemus In Love With Galatea
The beautiful Nereid Galatea loved the son of Cimetida, the young Acis, and Acis loved the nereid. It was not only Acis who was captured by Galatea. The huge Cyclops Polyphemus once saw the beautiful Galatea as it emerged from the waves of the azure sea, shining with...
Flower Hyacinth – The Name of A Friend of Apollo
The extraordinarily handsome, equal in beauty to the Olympian gods themselves, Hyacinth, the young son of the king of Sparta, was a friend of the archer-god Apollo. Apollo often came to the shores of Eurota in Sparta with his friend and spent time there with him,...
The Death Of Orpheus – Bacchanalians’ Murder
Four years have passed since Eurydice's death (the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice), but Orpheus remained faithful to her as before. He did not want to marry any woman from Thrace. Once in early spring, when the first petals appeared on the trees, the great singer was...
Orpheus and Eurydice – Greek Myth
The great singer Orpheus - son of the river god Eager and the muse Kaliopa - lived in distant Thrace. Orpheus' wife was the beautiful nymph Eurydice. The singer loved her dearly. But Orpheus did not enjoy a happy life with his wife for long. Once, shortly after the...
Meleager – Son of Ares and the Boar
Meleager is the son of the Chaldean king Oeneus, but according to some legends, his real father was Ares, the god of war. At the age of seven, the mighty moirs predicted Meleager's death. She became famous for racing Atalanta in a race, and when, in gratitude to all...
Fall of Icarus and Flight of Daedalus
Daedalus (Δαίδαλος, Daedalos) is an Athenian architect, sculptor and artist, whose name literally means "skillful master". Son of Euphalamus and Meropa (daughter of Erechtheus - Myth of Erechtheus here), and his descendant was the ancient philosopher Socrates....
Procne and Philomela – Revenge Upon Lustful Tereus
Procne (Πρόκνη, Próknē) is the eldest daughter of the Athenian king Pandion, wife of King Tereus of Thrace, and her sister is Philomela. Philomela is raped by Tereus, who cuts off her tongue and she, in turn, weaves a tapestry depicting everything to reveal the crime,...
Boreas – The Fearful God of Wind Lustfully Abducts Oritia
Boreas is the son of the titan Astrea and the goddess of the dawn Eos (myth of Eos here), and his name (Βορέας) means "northern" because he is the god of the north wind. He inhabited Thrace and was glorified as a rebellious deity, and when he met Oritia, he swore...
Cephalus and Procris – Romance and a Curse
Celaphus, is the son of Hermes and Hersa in ancient Greek Hellenistic mythology. The jealous sister of Hersa Aglavra, standing between the lovers Hermes and Hersa. According to legend, Hermes turned her into a stone, and Cephalus married Procris, but the goddess of...
The Great Founders of Athens – Mythical Charachters
In the myths, the founders of the city of Athens are Cecrops, Erichthonius and Erechtheus. Cecrops (Κέκροψ, Kekrops, Cecrops) - the eldest son of Erechtheus, as well as the brother of Pandora (myth of Pandora here). King of Attica in 1347-1307 BC. He consecrated a...
Niobe – Greek Tragedy Inspired Niobe From The Matrix
Niobe from "The Matrix" is actually inspired by the heroin of the same name in a tragic Greek myth. She is the wife of Amphion (the myth of Amphion here) king of Thebes and the daughter of Tantalus (myth of Tantalus here) punished by the gods. Niobe has a large family...
Amphion and Zethus – Heroes of Thebes
The king of ancient Thebes, as well as the son of Zeus and Antiope, is Amphion (Amfίων), and Zethus is his twin brother. The rise of the city dates back to Cadmus (the myth of Cadmus here), and the twins helped build the city walls, with Zethus helping with his great...
Cadmus – The Dragon Killer
Cadmus (Κάδμος) is the son of the Phoenician king Agenor and the brother of Europe (the myth of Europe here). Cadmus is the founder of the city of Thebes, the acropolis is named after him - Cadmea. The historian Herodotus mentions Cadmus as a person who introduced the...
Europa and the White Bull – Zeus Seduces Europa
Europa is the daughter of the Phoenician king Agenor in ancient Greek mythology. Legend has it that Zeus seduced her while playing with friends on the beach. In the image of a white bull, and then of a wonderful young man, after the intimate meeting of the two, his...
Pelops and Hippodamia – Greek Mythology
Pelops in Greek mythology was king of Pisa, his father was Tantalus (Myth of Tantalus), who was the founder of the House of Atreus. Pelops is revered in Olympia, where the fundamental myth of the Olympic Games (Article about the Olympic Games) is the cult of Pelops....
Tantalus and Zeus’ Punishment – Neverending Torment in the Underworld
Tantalus (Τάνταλος) is the ancestor of the Tantalids in ancient Greek mythology and the son of Zeus and the nymph Pluto. He was a Lydian or Phrygian king, his wife was the oceanid Dionysus, and they were both parents of Pelops, Niobius, and Brotey. Tantalus was a...
Prometheus – Revenge of Zeus – The Titan in Schackles
Prometheus (Ancient Greek: Προμηθεύς, Προμηθέως; Latin: Prometheus) is a titan from ancient Greek mythology. Son of Iapetus (who is also a titan) and the oceanid Klimena. Prometheus is the brother of the titans Atlas, Epimetheus and Meneteus. He is the father of...
Bellerophon, The Mighty Scary Chimera and Pegasus
Sisyphus (Myth of Sisyphus) had a son, the hero Glaucus, who ruled in Corinth after his father's death. And Glaucus had a son - Bellerophon, one of the greatest heroes of Greece. Beautiful as a god was Bellerophon and equal to the immortal gods in manhood. When he was...
Sisyphus and the Great Task of the Stone
Sisyphus, the son of the god of all winds, Aeolus, was the founder of the city of Corinth, which in ancient times was called Ether. No one in all of Greece could match Sisyphus' in cunning, cunning, and dexterity of mind. Thanks to his cunning, Sisyphus amassed...
Perseus, Atlas and Andromeda Myths
Perseus is moving further and further away from the island of the Gorgons. He flies across the sky like a cloud driven by a strong wind. He finally reached the country where the titan’s son Iapetus, Prometheus’ brother, the giant Atlas, reigned. Thousands of flocks of fine-wooled sheep and whirling cows and bulls grazed the Atlas fields. Magnificent orchards stretched across his estates, and among the gardens was a tree with golden branches and leaves; and the apples that this tree yielded were also golden. Atlas guarded this tree like the apple of his eye; it was his greatest treasure. The goddess Themis foretold him that one day a son of Zeus would come to him and steal his golden apples. Atlas was afraid of that. He surrounded the orchard where the golden tree grew with a high wall, and placed a dragon in front of the entrance as a guard, spewing flames. Atlas did not allow foreigners into his possessions – he feared that a son of Zeus would penetrate between them. Here that Perseus flew to Atlas with his winged sandals and addressed him with such welcoming words:
Perseus And Medusa – Heroism Of Ancient World
Perseus Perseus (Greek: Περσεύς; Latin: Perseus) - a hero of ancient Greek / Hellenistic mythology. Son of the goddess Danae and the Thunderer Zeus. Perseus is one of the great heroes of the ancient Greek epic, and his most famous exploits include defeating the gorgon...
Danaus, Aegyptus and the Danaides
The son of Zeus and Io, Epaphus, had a son, Bell, and he had two sons, Aegyptus and Danaus. Aegyptus ruled the whole country, which the blessed Nile irrigated; in his name this country was also called Aegyptus. Danaus ruled in Libya. The gods gave Aegyptus fifty sons...
Aeacus – Judge of the Underworld
Zeus the Thunderer, after kidnapping the beautiful daughter of the river god Azop, took her to the island of Oynopia, which has since been named after Azop’s daughter Aegina. The son of Aegina and Zeus, Aeacus, was born on this island. When Aeacus grew up, matured, and became king on the island of Aegina, no one in all of Greece could compare to him in love of truth or justice. The great Olympians themselves revered Aeacus and often chose him as a judge in their disputes. After his death, Aeacus, like Minos and Radamant, became a judge in the underworld by the will of the gods.
Pandora’s Box and Merciless Consequences
When Prometheus stole the divine fire for mortals, taught them various arts and crafts and gave them knowledge, life on earth became happier. Zeus, angered by Prometheus’ actions, punished him severely and sent evil to the people. He commanded the glorious god, the blacksmith Hephaestus, to mix earth and water, and to make of this mixture a beautiful girl equal in power to men, to have a gentle voice and a gaze similar to that of the immortal goddesses. Zeus’ daughter Athena was to weave a beautiful garment for the girl; the goddess of love, the golden Aphrodite, was to give her a charm that no one could resist; Hermes to give her a cunning mind and dexterity.
The Great Flood in Greek Mythology – Myth
Many crimes were committed by the people of the Copper Age. Arrogant and wicked, they did not obey the Olympian gods. The thunderbolt Zeus was angry with them; Zeus was especially angry with the king of Lycosura in Arcadia, Lycaon. Once Zeus came to Lycosura as an ordinary mortal. In order for the inhabitants of Lycosura to know that he was a god, Zeus gave them a sign and all the inhabitants fell prostrate before him and worshiped him as a god. Only Lycaon did not want to give Zeus divine honors and ridiculed all who worshiped Zeus. Lycaon decided to test whether Zeus was a god. He killed a hostage who was in his palace, boiled part of his body, burned another part and offered them to the great thunderbolt to eat. Zeus was terribly angry. With a flash of lightning, he destroyed Lycaon’s palace and turned it into a bloodthirsty wolf.
Five Ages of Man – Greek Mythology
The immortal gods living on the bright Olympus created the first human race happy; this was the Golden Age. Then the god Cronus ruled in the sky. In those days, people lived like the blessed gods, knowing neither worries, nor labor, nor sorrow. They did not know the weak old age either; their legs and arms were always strong and sturdy. Their life, without disease and full of happiness, was like an eternal feast. Their death, which came after a long life, was like a peaceful, quiet sleep.
Punishment of Dionysus
And in Orchomenus, in Boeotia, they did not want to recognize the god Dionysus. When the priest of Dionysus (Bacchus) appeared in Orchomenus and called on all the girls and women to go to the forests and mountains in merry mourning in honor of the god of wine, the three daughters of King Minyas refused to go to the feast: they did not want to recognize Dionysus for god. All the women of Orchomenus went out of the city into the shady forests and there sang and danced to celebrate the great god.
Apollo and Daphne Myth
The bright, cheerful god Apollo also knows sorrow: misfortune befell him too. He knew the grief soon after his victory over Python. When Apollo, proud to have defeated Python, stood over the monster defeated by his arrows, he saw the young god of love, Eros, stretching his golden bow. Apollo told him with a laugh:
Apollo’s Punishment – Giants and Satyr
The long-range Apollo is frightening when he gets angry, and then there is no mercy of with his golden arrows. They killed many. From them perished the proud Otos and Ephialtes, sons of Aloadae, who did not want to obey anyone. From an early age, they were famous for their enormous height, strength and boundless courage. As young men, Otto and Ephialtes began to threaten the Olympian gods:
God Pan – God of the Forest – Greek Myth
The god Pan could often be seen in the midst of Dionysus’ entourage. When the great Pan was born, his mother, the nymph Driopa, looked at her son, terrified, and fled. He was born with goat’s legs and horns and a long beard. But his father, Hermes, rejoiced that a son had been born to him, took him in his arms, and carried him to the bright Olympus and the gods. All the gods rejoiced loudly at the birth of Pan and laughed as they watched him.
King Midas and His Golden Curse – Greek Mythology
Once the merry Dionysus with a noisy crowd of maenads and satyrs wandered on the tree-covered rocks of Tmol in Phrygia. Only Strong was missing from his entourage. He stayed behind and stumbled at every step, because he was quite drunk, wandering the Phrygian fields. The villagers saw him, tied him with garlands of flowers and took him to King Midas. Midas immediately recognized Dionysus’ teacher, received him respectfully in his palace, and celebrated him with lavish feasts for nine days in a row. On the tenth day, Midas personally took Strong to the god Dionysus. Dionysus rejoiced to see Strong, and allowed Midas, as a reward for the respect he had shown his teacher, to choose the gift he wanted. Then Midas shouted:
Dionysus – The Greek God of Wine
Zeus the Thunderer loved the beautiful Semela, the daughter of the Theban king Cadmus. He once promised to grant her every request, whatever it was, and swore to her with the inviolable oath of the gods in the sacred waters of the underground Styx. But the great goddess Hera hated Semela and wished to destroy her. She told Semela:
Phaeton – Son of the God Helios and Sun’s Chariot
Only once was the established order in the world challenged, and the sun-god did not go out in his chariot to heaven to shine upon men. This is what happened. The Sun, Helios, had a son by Clemena, the daughter of the sea goddess Thetis, who was called Phaeton. Phaeton’s cousin Epaphus, the son of the thunderer Zeus, once laughed at him, telling him:
Night, Moon, Dawn and Sun – Greek Myth
Slowly travels across the sky in her chariot, drawn by black horses, the goddess Night – Nukta. With her dark veil she has swept the earth. Darkness has enveloped everything. Near the chariot of the goddess Night the stars are crowded and an uncertain flickering light pours on the earth – these are the young sons of the goddess Dawn – Eos, and of Astrey.
Goddess Demeter’s Blessed and Cursed
The great goddess Demeter, who gives fertility to the earth, taught people how to cultivate fertile fields. She gave the young son of the Eleusinian king, Triptolemus, wheat seeds, and he first plowed the Rary field near Eleusis with a plow three times and threw the seeds into the dark earth. A rich harvest yielded the fields blessed by Demeter herself. In a wonderful chariot drawn by the wings of dragons, Triptolemus, by order of Demeter, flew around all the countries and taught people agriculture everywhere.
Goddess Demeter and Daughter – Persephone
The great goddess Demeter had a young, beautiful daughter, Persephone. Persephone’s father was the great son of Cronus himself, the Thunderer Zeus. Once upon a time, the beautiful Persephone, along with her oceanid friends, played carefree in the blossoming Nise Valley. Like a light-winged butterfly, the young daughter of Demetrius came running from flower to flower. She plucked gorgeous roses, fragrant violets, snow-white lilies and red hyacinths (hyacinths). Persephone was carelessly mad, not knowing what fate her father Zeus had ordained for her. De could think that she would not see the clear sunlight again soon, that she would not soon enjoy the flowers and inhale their sweet scent. Zeus gave her in marriage to his gloomy brother Hades, the ruler of the realm of the shadows of the dead, and with him she was to live in the darkness of the underworld, deprived of the light of the scorching southern sun.
God Hephaestus – God of the Forge
Hephaestus (Ἥφαιστος, Hḗphaistos) was one of the gods of Olympus, son of Zeus and Hera, god of blacksmithing, metallurgy, carpentry, stonework, fire and volcanoes. Famous for forging the weapons of the gods, banished by his mother Hera for his infirmity, and according to another version banished by Zeus for his intentions towards Hera. His wife is the unfaithful goddess of love Aphrodite. Finding out from the sun god Helios that she is cheating on him with the god of war Ares, he binds them with a special chain and drags them to Mount Olympus for edification and shame in front of all the gods.
Eros and his Arrows – Greek God of Erotics
The beautiful Aphrodite reigns over the world. And she, like the thunderer Zeus, has a messenger. Through him she carries out her will. This messenger of Aphrodite is her son Eros, a cheerful, insidious, and sometimes cruel boy. Eros flies on its shining, golden wings over lands and seas, fast and light as a breeze. He holds a small golden bow in his hands and carries an archer with arrows on his shoulder.
Goddess Aphrodite – Goddess of Love
Aphrodite (Ἀφροδίτη, Aphrodítē) is a goddess of love, passion, beauty, pleasure and fertility who can often be seen depicted with the god Eros of passion and desire. Wife of the god of blacksmithing Hephaestus, on whom she cheated constantly (even with Ares), in Laconia she is also worshiped as a warrior goddess. According to one version (“Iliad”, Homer), Aphrodite is the daughter of Zeus and Dione, according to another (“Theogony”, Hesiod) Aphrodite was born off the coast of Kythera from the foam (ἀφρός, aphrós) produced by the genitals of Uranus, and according to a third (“Symposium”, Plato) – the two origins are of two separate hypostases: Aphrodite Urania (“Heavenly” Aphrodite) and Aphrodite Pandemos (Aphrodite “for all men”).
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