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14 07, 2017

Arion and the dolphins – Greek mythology

By |2019-02-03T11:02:11-07:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|1 Comment

Arion and the dolphins: a lyre player and his helper (probably enslaved)  (Greece, about 680 BC, now in the Getty Museum) Arion was a great singer Herodotus tells us that in the time of Periander the tyrant of Corinth (which would be about 625 BC), there was a great singer whose name was Arion. Arion sailed from Corinth to Sicily to [...]

12 07, 2017

Dionysos and the dolphins – Ancient Greece

By |2018-04-23T08:41:52-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments

Dionysos turns a ship into grapevines, and the bad sailors into dolphins (Athenian black-figure vase from the 500s BC) One story about Dionysos, which you can see painted on this vase, is that he once disguised himself as a rich young man and sailed on a Greek merchant ship on the ocean. The [...]