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Love stories and the history of love

By | 2017-08-16T11:56:26+00:00 August 16th, 2017|People|

Hades and Persephone in the underworld People have been falling in love for hundreds of thousands of years, since they were monkeys and not really even people yet. And they have been telling stories about famous lovers for probably almost that long. Our earliest love stories go back to about 2500 BC, when [...]

Oracles in ancient Greece – definition of a Greek oracle

By | 2018-05-31T23:37:52+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

What is an oracle? The Greek oracle at Dodona in northern Greece Greek oracle definition: What is an oracle? The definition of the word oracle is actually pretty tricky. The word oracle in Greek can mean several related things, because Greek had fewer words than English does. An oracle means a god who predicts the [...]

Who was Niobe? Greek mythology

By | 2018-04-23T13:38:24+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Apollo and Artemis kill Niobe's children (Athens, 400s BC) Niobe (Nye-OH-bee) was a woman in Greece - in Thebes - a long long time ago (in the story). She was the daughter of Tantalus, and so she lived under a curse. Niobe had seven children, boys and girls, who were called the Niobids, meaning children of Niobe (I don't know what happened [...]

Cassandra and the fall of Troy

By | 2018-04-23T10:13:17+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

The Cassandra myth: Ajax the Lesser drags Cassandra away from the statue of Athena Apollo curses Cassandra Cassandra was a priestess of Apollo in Troy before the Trojan War. She was very beautiful, and Apollo saw her and fell in love with her.  He offered her the gift of prophecy (being able to see  what [...]

Delphi oracle – Predicting the future

By | 2018-04-23T09:48:52+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Temple of Apollo at Delphi Delphi (DELL-fee), in central Greece, seems to have been a sacred shrine even before the Greeks arrived in Greece around 2100 BC. Later Greek myth said that Delphi was originally sacred to a giant snake, but when Apollo came he killed the snake and took over its shrine. [...]

Apollo – Greek mythology and the sky god Apollo – Ancient Greece

By | 2018-05-31T16:05:48+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

The god Apollo was a sun god Apollo's family ties Apollo is a younger god, the son of Zeus and the nymph Leto, and the twin brother of Artemis. (More about Apollo's sister Artemis) The Greeks often thought of Apollo as being the same as Helios, the Sun god, or the same as [...]

What are nomos and physis? Greek philosophy

By | 2018-04-23T09:41:10+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|

Nomos and physis: Laocoon: being strangled by snakes People in ancient Greece often thought of the world as being a fight, or an agon, between the two forces of rationalism and chaos, or between law and nature. The Greeks called these two forces "nomos", meaning law and order and rationalism, and "physis" (FU-sis), [...]

Oedipus Rex – Sophocles – Summary and Themes

By | 2018-04-23T09:06:11+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Oedipus Rex: The shepherd tells his story to Oedipus, while Jocasta listens in horror (now in the Getty Museum) Sophocles wrote this very famous play in the 400s BC. It is mainly about fate, and how men do not control their own fate, no matter how much they try. It's about accepting that [...]

Eumenides – Aeschylus – Summary

By | 2018-04-23T08:13:25+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Orestes kills Clytemnestra The Eumenides is the third of a cycle of three plays written by the Greek playwright Aeschylus. When Orestes kills his mother, Clytemnestra, the Furies (the Eumenides: you-MEN-ih-dees) attack him because he has done such a terrible thing. You might say he begins to go crazy with the horror of [...]