The Trojan War: Ancient History’s Famed Conflict

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The Trojan War was one of the most significant wars of Greek mythology, whose legendary scale and destruction has been discussed for centuries. Although undeniably crucial to how we know and view the world of the ancient Greeks today, the tale of the Trojan War is still wreathed in mystery.  The most famous chronicle of …

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Theseus: A Legendary Greek Hero

Theseus

The story of Theseus casts a long shadow over Greek mythology. He stands as both a mystical hero that rivaled the legendary Heracles (a.k.a. Hercules) and slew the minotaur, and as the king who was said to have united the villages of the Attic Peninsula into the city-state of Athens.  Sometimes called the “Last Mythical …

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Uranus: Sky God and Grandfather to the Gods

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Uranus is best known as the third largest planet in our solar system. Tucked between Saturn and Neptune, and a distant seven planets away from the sun, Uranus the Ice Giant seems remote and irrelevant.  But like the other planets, Uranus was first a Greek god. And he was not just any god. He was …

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Hestia: Greek Goddess of the Hearth and Home

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Hestia is the uniquely sound-of-mind, passive, voice of reason in the popular pantheon of Greek mythology. She is the sole attendant to the celestial hearth of the gods, and is held with high esteem amongst both the undying gods and mankind, being known as “Chief of the Goddesses.” Although not a central figure of many …

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The Minotaur Myth: A Tragic Tale

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The creation and eventual killing of the Minotaur is one of the most repeated stories in Greek mythology. Perhaps it was the intriguing physical nature of the creature or its role in the heroic story of Theseus, but contemporary and modern audiences alike cannot help but want to know more about this sad creature and …

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Hades: Greek God of the Underworld

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Stern, unyielding, melancholy: Hades.  Despite being known as that one introverted god that kidnapped his niece to marry her and who has that giant three-headed guard dog, there is more to this mysterious deity than meets the eye.  Indeed, although seldom mentioned, Hades was a crucial aspect of the preformation of funeral rites for the …

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