Satyrs: Animal Spirits of Ancient Greece


A satyr is an animalistic nature spirit associated with fertility found within Greek and Roman mythology. Satyrs were short half-man, half-goat (or horse) like creatures with horns, tails, and long furry ears. In art, satyrs are always naked and depicted as being animalistic and hideous. Satyrs lived in remote forests and hills and could always be …

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Nymphs: Magical Creatures of Ancient Greece


In Greek mythology, nymphs are supernatural, female nature spirits associated with various natural elements such as mountains, forests, rivers, and springs. They are often depicted as beautiful and youthful beings, and they play important roles in many myths and stories. There are several types of nymphs, each associated with different aspects of nature. Whilst they …

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Poseidon’s Trident: A Legendary Weapon of the Sea God

poseidon's trident

As recognizable as Zeus’s thunderbolt, or Hermes’ winged boots, Poseidon’s Trident is one of those key symbols of Greek mythology. The legendary weapon was seen in the hands of the sea god from the very beginning of Greek civilization and was passed on to his Roman counterpart, Neptune. Now a symbol found throughout art and literature, …

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41 Greek Gods and Goddesses: Family Tree and Fun Facts

Greek Gods and Goddesses

Far away on Mount Olympus lives the… Well, the Olympians — the twelve most important Greek deities.  In ancient Greece, the 12 Olympian gods and goddesses and the rest of their family were an important part of daily Greek culture. Each god and goddess ruled certain realms and also played their part in mythology; fascinating …

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