Pandora’s Box: The Myth Behind the Popular Idiom

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You may be familiar with the saying, “It would open a Pandora’s box of problems.” Most people know this to be synonymous with “very bad news” but that does not answer many questions. After all, you might wonder, what was Pandora’s box? Who was Pandora? Why would opening the box create so many problems? What …

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Odysseus: Greek Hero of the Odyssey


A Greek war hero, father, and king: Odysseus was all of this and then some. He miraculously survived the 10-year Trojan War and was the last of the veterans to return. However, his homeland – a humble island on the Ionian Sea – would evade him for another decade. In the beginning, Odysseus and his …

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Daedalus: The Ancient Greek Problem Solver 


Daedalus is a mythical Greek inventor and problem solver who is one of the most well-known figures in Greek mythology. The myth of Daedalus and his son, Icarus, has been passed down from the Minoans. The Minoans thrived on the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea from 3500 BCE. The stories of the genius Daedalus …

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Pluto: The Roman God of the Underworld

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Some of you may know Pluto as a Disney character. But, did you know that the character was actually named after a dwarf planet in our solar system? And then again, did you know that the name of this dwarf planet was based on a god of ancient Greece and ancient Rome? Indeed, even Disney …

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Juno: the Roman Queen of the Gods and Goddesses

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Protection is perhaps one of the most defining traits of what truly forges a well-respected deity.  With the throbs of power, charisma, flair, and countless tales to their name, a deity with such characteristics would have mastered the art of protection and defense. Of all the Roman gods and goddesses, Jupiter, the King of Gods, …

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Saturn: Roman God of Agriculture 


If you have read anything about Roman mythology and their gods, the chances are that you have heard of Saturn, most probably in connection with the festivals that were dedicated to the god of agriculture. Associated with agriculture, harvest, wealth, abundance, and time, Saturn was one of the most powerful gods of the archaic Romans.  …

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