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Eros was the greek god of love and male sexuality. The modern english work erotic is derived from his name. Roman counterpart is Cupid, who is slightly better known. The picture is a Greek woman trying to fend off an insatiable Eros.
The nine muses, daughters of the titan Mnemosyne are followers of Apollo who love to sing and dance. The nine muses, or "Those who remember" all have a art, science, or story to retell.
Pan was the god of the shepherds and of of the herds of roming free animals. He was also the god of hunting and rustic music. People would feel scared when he passed because they couldn't see him, but could feel his presence.
Pan, the rustic god, picking grapes | Greek vase, Lucanian red figure volute krater
Furies were three sisters who stayed in the undrworld to torment bad people and sinners. They are the godesses of vengeance. Even though they can be very mean, they can be very fair aswell. Source:
The Gorgons were three sisters, the daughters of the ancient Pre-Titan Gods. Two of the sisters were immortal, Sthenno and Euryale. The other sister, Medusa, was a mortal. The sisters were so hideous that the shock of seeing them would turn anyone to stone. The Gorgons were strongly disliked and sought to be destroyed. Because Medusa was the only mortal, it was her that King Polydektes pledged to destroy. He came upon the young Greek hero, Perseus, and told him to destroy Medusa. The Gods provided Perseus with a reflective shield which helped him to see Medusa withought directly looking in her eyes. They also provided him with invisibility so that Medusa could not see him. In the end, Perseus managed to slay Medusa.
The Sirens were mythological creatures who sang beautiful songs from their island to tempt sailors to come near them. When a sailor finally got close enough to their island, the Sirens would make him their victim and discard his dead body among the decaying corpses and mounds of bones that surrounded them. The Sirens are featured in Homer's
where they unsuccessfully try to lure Odysseus and his men onto their island.
The titan of forethought, Prometheus, had the task of creating mankind out of clay, Zeus had already planned to let the mortals live in their primitive ways for he had no interest in them. Prometheus, feeling sorry for them, attempted to enhance their lives by stealing the fire from Zeus and giving it to them in their caves. Not only did Prometheus give humans fire but he also gave them many other gifts such as numbers, the alphabet, art, healing and even ships. Since the titan had already deceived Zeus before when he almost tricked the gods into eating bones rather than meat, Zeus decided to punish him. Prometheus was sentenced to have an eagle feed on his liver (which could regenerate) everyday until Hercules finally came and released him. Zeus’ rage did not stop there though; he had Pandora created and be sent into the world.
Stewart, Michael. "Prometheus",
Greek Mythology: From the Iliad to the Fall of the Last Tyrant
(November 14, 2005)
According to Greek mythology Pandora was the first woman on earth. Zeus demanded Hephaestus to create her, which he did with land and water. Being the first woman she was given several gifts such as beauty from Aphrodite, music from Apollo, and persuasion from Hermes. As a result of all the gifts she was named Pandora which is translated into English as "all-gifted".
Pandora was given to Epimetheus, Prometheus’s brother for revenge against stealing fire from heaven. With Pandora was a box, which she was never supposed to open. Curiosity getting the better of her, Pandora opened it to release all the evil contained onto the Earth. Quickly shutting it, Pandora only managed to keep one thing in the box, hope.
Lindemans, Micha. Pandora.
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Cyclopses were huge, ugly, powerful creatures that worked for Hephustus, the god of smiths and fire. A unieque charactoristic of the cyclops is its single glowing eye in the center of their forehead. Cyclopses were good masons and smiths for they were incredibly strong and powerful. Posiden's famous trident was made by the Cyclopses as well as the tower on Mt. Olympus. They were the ones that helped Orion see where the king that he was trying to get revenge on was. They also were three of the children of Gaea; Thunder Thunderbolt, and Lightning. They also appeared in Homer's
. Odusseus and his men are captured by a cyclops and are held in his cave for him to devour. While the cyclops is sleeping, Odysseus and his men drive a burning steak into the cyclops's glowing eye. As they sail away from the island, the Cyclops shouts out to the boat, "What is your name?". Odysseus calls back that his name is "no-man". The unintellegence of the cyclops is illustrated when he shouts for anyone who can hear him that "No man" is hurting him.
Atlas, a Titan, was best known for bearing on his shoulders the pillars that keep heaven and earth apart (the sky). Atlas being forced to keep this on his shoulders was Zeus's punishment . Atlas was being punished for being the leader of the Titans during their war against the Olympians. It is said to be that the reason why the sky does not fall is because Atlas holds it upon his shoulders.
The gods before the commonly known Olympian gods were know as the Titans. There were thirteen titan gods which include
Gaea, Uranus, Cronus, Rhea, Oceanus, Tethys, Hyperion, Mnemosyne, Themis, Iapetus, Coeus, Crius, Pheobe, Thea, Prometheus, Epimetheus, Atlas, Metis, and Dione. Their leader was the youngest Titan, Cronus. Source: Hunt, J.M. "The Titans"
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Adonis was the prince of an island off of West Asia called Kypros. Adonis was loved by Aphrodite, and they had a daughter together. Adonis was later killed by Ares disguised as a pig because Ares was jealous. Source: MMVI Encyclopedia Mythica, "Adonis"
Characters in Greek Mythology.
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