Tag Archives: Greek Gods

Heracles

Heracles is the greatest hero of Greek mythology, he was called Hercules by the Romans. Heracles was the son of the god Zeus and of a mortal, Alcmene, who was the wife of Amphitryon of Thebes;

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Ares – Greek God of War

Ares was the god of war. Though an immortal deity, he was bested by Heracles in battle and was almost killed when stuffed into a jar by two giants. When another hero wounded him during the Trojan War, he received scant sympathy from his father Zeus. The throne of Ares on Mount Olympus was covered in human skin. http://www.mythweb.com/encyc/entries/ares.html an ...

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Clytemnestra

Also known as: Klytaimnestra Klytemnestra; In myth, Klytemnestra was the wife and murderer of King Agamemnon of Mycenae and, according to different versions of the tale, her father was either the god Zeus or Leda’s husband, the Spartan king Tyndareus. Klytemnestra had the famous Helen of Troy for a twin sister and Castor and Polydeuces for her brothers. Her name, ...

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Daedalus

by Martha Thompson The Athenian Daedalus, son of Metion and the grandson of Erechtheus 1, was a famous architect, inventor, and craftsman. Among his inventions and creations were the wooden cow he constructed for the queen Pasiphae, the Labyrinth at Knossos, artificial wings for himself and his son Icarus, and he was even said to have invented images. Daedalus His ...

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Daktyls

by Micha F. Lindemans In Greek mythology, they are demons believed to live on Mount Ida in Phrygia Asia Minor, or on the Isle of Crete. They were considered to be the first metallurgists: they discovered iron and the art of working metals by fire. They belonged to the retinue of the goddess Cybele. The Dactyls are sometimes identified with ...

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Cyrene

by Micha F. Lindemans The daughter of the naiad Creusa and the mortal Hypseus, king of the Lapiths, and granddaughter of the river god Peneus. This myth has Cyrene wrestling a lion which was attacking her father’s sheep. The god Apollo, passing by, saw this and immediately fell in love with her. He carried her off to Africa, where he ...

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Castor and Pollux

The origins of some constellation myths are heavily debated. Gemini mythology, luckily, is pretty straightforward. By all accounts, the twins represented in Gemini mythology are Castor and Pollux of Greek mythology. They share the same mother, Leda (Greek mythology), but have different fathers. Castor’s father is Tyndarus, the King of Sparta, and Leda’s husband. Pollux’s father is the god Zeus ...

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Amphion

by Micha F. Lindemans Amphion is the son of Zeus and the nymph Antiope, the queen of Thebes. His twin brother is Zethus. When they reached maturity, the two brothers exacted a terrible revenge upon king Lycus of Thebes and his wife Dirce, for she had been treating their mother Antiope as a slave. They punished Dirce by tying her ...

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Chimera – A Monster

by Micha F. Lindemans In Greek mythology, the Chimera is a monster, depicted as an animal with the head of a lion, the body of a she-goat, and the tail of a dragon (sometimes it has multiple heads). It is a child of Typhon and Echidna. It terrorized Lycia (in Asia Minor), but was eventually killed by the Corinthian hero ...

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Cerberus – Three-Headed Watchdog

Cerberus is in Greek mythology, the three-headed watchdog who guards the entrance to the lower world, the Hades. It is a child of the giant Typhon and Echidna, a monstrous creature herself, being half woman and half snake.

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