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15 09, 2017

Who is Ishtar? A Mesopotamian god

By |2019-09-29T12:01:04-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

The Mesopotamian god Ishtar or Inanna Who was Ishtar? Ishtar (also called Inanna) was an important god of West Asia. Beginning at least by 3000 BC  the Sumerians,  the Akkadians, the Babylonians, and the Assyrians all worshipped the god Ishtar. What about Astarte? West Asian religion All our West Asia articles What was Ishtar the [...]

15 09, 2017

Who is Astarte? West Asian religion

By |2019-09-24T05:05:33-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

The goddess Astarte in the Late Bronze Age The goddess Astarte As early as about 3000 BC,  Astarte was a Semitic goddess of love and fertility. People worshipped her in Mesopotamia and in the Levant. More West Asian religion The Bronze Age All our West Asia articles Like the Roman goddess Venus or the Greek goddess Aphrodite, Astarte started out [...]

4 09, 2017

Who was the Roman goddess Venus? Roman religion

By |2017-09-04T16:45:03-07:00September 4th, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

Venus rising out of the ocean, from Tunisia in North Africa (300s AD) The goddess Venus was the goddess of growing things, gardens, love and fertility for the Romans. People sacrificed to her when they wanted to have babies, or to make somebody fall in love with them. People thought of Venus as watery and [...]

13 07, 2017

Who is Actaeon? Greek myth

By |2019-01-17T06:03:59-07:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments

Deer in the forest Who was Actaeon? Actaeon (ac-TAY-on) was a young man who liked to go hunting in the woods. He spent a lot of time alone in the woods with his hunting dogs. History of dogs More about hunting Lots more Greek myths All our Ancient Greece articles Together, Actaeon and his dogs hunted [...]

13 07, 2017

Who was Hestia? Ancient Greek gods

By |2019-08-12T22:18:24-07:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments

Hestia, home, and the hearth: A woman and a girl cooking Hestia's hardly there Hestia doesn't appear in stories much. We have almost no images of her, either. She is one of the daughters of Rhea and Kronos, and so she is the sister of Hera and Demeter. Rhea and Kronos More Greek gods Greek religion All [...]

13 07, 2017

Who is Hera? Ancient Greek gods

By |2019-09-17T10:59:47-07:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks|2 Comments

The Greek god Hera was the sister and wife of Zeus. Greek god Hera Hera is the sister and wife of Zeus (the Greeks did not approve of this arrangement for real people but, like the Egyptians, they thought it was okay for gods). Who is Zeus? Egyptian god Isis More Greek gods All our ancient Greece [...]

13 07, 2017

Who is Gaia? Early Greek gods

By |2019-09-17T10:59:39-07:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks|2 Comments

Gaia is the earth. In the beginning... Many people in classical Greece believed that at the beginning of time there was only one being, which they called Chaos. (This is not unlike the Jewish idea that "the earth was without form, and void.") More about Chaos More Greek religion All our Ancient Greece stories Gaia and Ouranos [...]

12 07, 2017

Who is Artemis? Ancient Greek gods

By |2019-02-03T18:36:25-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments

Artemis is the goddess of the moon. Greek goddess Artemis The Greek god Apollo had a twin sister named Artemis, who was also the daughter of Zeus and the nymph Leto. Artemis's brother Apollo Her father Zeus More Greek mythology All our Ancient Greece articles What was Artemis the goddess of? Artemis never [...]

12 07, 2017

Who is Aphrodite? Greek goddess

By |2019-01-29T05:15:07-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments

Birth of the goddess Aphrodite (from Pompeii, about 50 AD) The goddess of love Aphrodite (a-fro-DIE-tee) was the Greek goddess of love. So naturally she was always falling in love with somebody. Or somebody was falling in love with her. Aphrodite is one of the oldest goddesses, the daughter of Ouranos. In some [...]

9 07, 2017

Athena in Homer’s Odyssey

By |2018-04-23T08:41:50-07:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, Literature, Religion|0 Comments

Athena in the Odyssey: Odysseus and Athena, on a red-figure vase Athena in the Odyssey In the Iliad and the Odyssey, Athena was on the side of the Greeks, because she hated the Trojans. Athena hated the Trojans because Paris was a Trojan and he had voted against her in the Judgment of [...]