Tag Archives: Greek Mythology

Zephyrus – Personification of the West Wind

Zephyrus is the personification of the West Wind in Greek mythology. Zephyrus was the son of Eos, goddess of the dawn, and of Astraeus, a Titan, or Aeolus, the king of the winds.

Read More »

Perseus (mythological hero)

In myth, Perseus was a hero of Argos and Tiryns, and the slayer of the monster Medusa. The story of his birth is one of the most picturesque Greek legends. King Acrisius of Argos had a beautiful daughter, Danaë, but he was warned by a prophecy that he was destined to be killed by any son born to her. So ...

Read More »

Aegis -the shield of Zeus

Also known as: Goat Skin Aegis is in Greek mythology, the shield of Zeus made by the smith-god Hephaestus and covered with the skin of the goat-nymph Amalthea. The shield had the power to terrify and disperse the enemy. When Zeus shook it, the shield produced tremendous thunder and lightning storms. It also had the power to protect friends. The ...

Read More »

Cassandra – Greek Prophetess

Also known as: Kassandra Cassandra is in greek mythology a prophetess, the daughter of King Priam of Troy and Hecuba. No mention of Cassandra’s ability to prophesy occurs in Homer’s works, but in a later legend she was loved by Apollo and was given the art of prophecy. When she refused Apollo’s love, he condemned her true prophecies to be ...

Read More »

Nymphs

Nymphs are in Greek mythology, minor female spirits who were supposed to inhabit various places in the natural world. They were beautiful, and while not immortal they lived for a few thousand years and thus were supposed to have certain magical and oracular powers.

Read More »

Argonauts

Also known as: Argonautai From: Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z, Revised Edition. Mythology A to Z. The crew gathered by the Greek hero Jason to sail on his ship, the Argo. There were 50 oars and 49 men and one woman, Atalanta. It is said that never before or since was so gallant a ship’s company gathered together. ...

Read More »

Atalanta

Also known as: Atalante From: Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World, Revised Edition. In myth, Atalanta was an Arcadian or Boeotian heroine of the athletic, forest-ranging, virginal type (in the pattern of the goddess Artemis and of the Amazons). Beloved by the hero Meleager, Atalanta joined him in the Calydonian Boar Hunt. But the best-known legend about Atalanta concerns her ...

Read More »

Calydonian Boar Hunt

From: Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World, Revised Edition. One of many Greek myths recounting the destruction of a local monster. King Oeneus of Calydon (a region in Aetolia) offended the goddess Artemis by forgetting to sacrifice to her. In retaliation, she sent a monstrous boar to ravage the countryside. To hunt the beast, Oeneus’s son Meleager collected a band ...

Read More »

Penthesilea

From: Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z, Revised Edition. Mythology A to Z. In Greek mythology, Amazon queen who led her female warriors to Troy to help the Trojans in the Trojan War. Penthesilea fought bravely against Achilles, the Greek hero. It is said that she was so brave and beautiful that Achilles fell in love with her even ...

Read More »

Pella

Pella From: Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World, Revised Edition. The capital city of the kingdom of Macedon, from about 410 BCE until the Roman conquest of 167 BCE, Pella is located in the Thermaic coastal plain, about 25 miles northwest of the modern Greek seaport of ThessalonĂ­ki. The city was in existence by the mid-400s BCE and was chosen ...

Read More »