Pontus: The Greek Primordial God of the Sea

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It is a well-known fact that we as a species have only explored about 5% of the entire ocean. Considering the entire ocean covers about 70% of the Earth’s surface, and that’s a staggering 65% left unexplored! Think about all the things lurking underneath the well-lit canopy of the seas. Creatures of complex biology, uncharted …

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Chaos: Greek God of Air, and Parent of Everything

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A “rude and undeveloped mass” and yet also “an empty void,” the gloomy Chaos is both a being and not, a god and not. She is best described as the oxymoron of “a shapeless heap”, both contradictory and all-encompassing. The huge chaos, in essence, is the very foundation in which the universe exists, being the …

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Bellerophon: the Tragic Hero of Greek Mythology

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Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. In Greek mythology, there is no shortage of such heroes. From Heracles to Perseus, tales of six packed hunks wielding superweapons to slay monsters of yore are familiar across ancient Greek myths.  However, every now and then, these heroes in the limelight often overshadow the ones lurking in …

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Hemera: The Greek Personification of Day

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Many Greek gods and goddesses exist as fully realized personalities, for better or worse. Everyone knows Zeus for his wisdom and mercy (and, in equal parts, his philandering and quick temper), just as Aphrodite is widely recognized for her vanity and jealousy. This makes a great deal of sense. The Greek gods, after all, were …

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Aether: Primordial God of the Bright Upper Sky 

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The ancient Greeks created a complex pantheon to explain the world around them and their existence in it. They created several generations of gods and goddesses, Aether was one such god. Aether belonged to the first generation of Greek gods, known as primordial deities.  The first group of Greek deities in the ancient Greek pantheon …

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Lamia: Man-Eating Shapeshifter of Greek Mythology

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“Who does not know the name of Lamia, Libyan in race, a name of greatest reproach among mortals?” (Euripedes, Dramatic Fragments). Lamia was a shapeshifting monster that devoured children in Greek mythology. Described as a half-woman, half-monster, Lamia roamed the countryside in search of her next meal. The name Lamia likely is derived from the …

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