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Juno – the Roman goddess – Roman religion

By |2017-09-04T14:36:31+00:00September 4th, 2017|Religion, Romans|

The Roman goddess Juno Juno was Jupiter's wife and sister for the Romans, the way Hera was Zeus's wife for the Greeks. Because the Romans and the Greeks were both descended from Central Asian Indo-Europeans, Hera and Juno probably started out as the same goddess. But the Romans thought of Juno a little differently from Hera. Juno was mainly a goddess of marriage, like [...]

Who is Lakshmi? Hindu goddess – India

By |2017-07-21T11:07:45+00:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|

Lakshmi (Sanchi Stupa, central India, 200s BC) Lakshmi was (and is) a Hindu goddess of light, wealth, good luck and success. Her name comes from the Sanskrit word laks, which can mean "light" or "goal". And that comes from an earlier Yamnaya word for "bright and shiny". There are statues of Lakshmi starting about 500 BC, but she probably became a [...]

Judgment of Paris – Trojan War

By |2018-04-23T13:41:07+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Judgment of Paris -Paris is on the right (A fresco from Pompeii, ca. 79 AD) Who is the most beautiful? Once upon a time, around 1250 BC, toward the end of the Bronze Age in Greece, three goddesses were having an argument (said the Greeks). The goddesses Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera were arguing about which one of them was the most beautiful. [...]

Herakles – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T11:38:41+00:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Herakles as a baby, on a red-figure vase from Athens (400s BC) You might think you already know all about Hercules (the Greeks called him Herakles) from watching the Disney movie, but if you read this you'll see that the Greeks told this story very differently! According to the Greeks, Herakles was the son [...]

Herakles and the hydra – Labors of Herakles

By |2018-04-23T10:07:40+00:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Herakles fights the Hydra (Athenian red-figure vase, ca. 475 BC, Palermo, Sicily) King Eurystheus then told Herakles he had to go kill the Hydra for another one of his labors. The Hydra was a huge snake with seven heads. Hercules thought, "Well, that sounds easy. I'll just go cut off its heads with my sword." But when [...]

Who was Antaeus? Labors of Herakles

By |2018-04-23T10:07:39+00:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

(Hercules was an enemy of Hera, and Hera is an Earth goddess, and so whenever Antaeus hit the ground, Hera was able to pour more power into him). Athens, 400s BC For one of his labors, Hercules had to fight a very strong man named Antaeus. But Antaeus had a special magic. Whenever he touched [...]

Who is Hera? Ancient Greek gods

By |2018-09-01T06:09:31+00:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Hera (on the left) on the Siphnian Treasury at Delphi (500s BC) Hera, the Greek goddess 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). The daughter of Earth and Time So Hera, like Zeus, is the [...]

Athletic events – Ancient Greek Olympics

By |2018-04-22T22:34:59+00:00July 6th, 2017|Games, Greeks|

Greek Olympic events - Men's footrace (Athens, ca. 530 BC) A short foot race At first, the only athletic competition at the Olympics was a single short foot race, 170 meters long. (According to one story, that was how far Hercules could run on one breath.) For the first twelve Olympics, that's all [...]