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4 09, 2017

Juno the Roman god – Roman religion

By |2019-10-20T15:12:17-07:00September 4th, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

Juno the Roman god Who was 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 gods. Who was Jupiter? More about Hera Who were the Indo-Europeans? Roman religion All our ancient [...]

21 07, 2017

Who is Lakshmi? Hindu goddess – India

By |2017-07-21T11:07:45-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

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 [...]

16 07, 2017

Judgment of Paris – Trojan War

By |2019-10-19T12:46:38-07:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

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. [...]

15 07, 2017

Herakles – Greek mythology

By |2019-10-20T13:22:16-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Herakles as a baby, on a red-figure vase from Athens (400s BC) Herakles/Hercules 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! Herakles and the Nemean Lion More Greek [...]

15 07, 2017

Herakles and the hydra – Labors of Herakles

By |2019-10-20T14:10:21-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Herakles fights the Hydra (Athenian red-figure vase, ca. 475 BC, Palermo, Sicily) Another labor for Herakles 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. Why does Herakles do labors? More Greek myths All our ancient Greece articles Harder [...]

14 07, 2017

Who was Antaeus? Labors of Herakles

By |2019-10-20T14:09:37-07:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments

Herakles wrestling Antaeus, on a red figure vase from Athens, 400s BC Herakles and Antaeus For one of his labors, Herakles had to fight a very strong man named Antaeus. More labors of Herakles More Greek mythology All our Ancient Greece articles Why was Antaeus hard to beat? But Antaeus had a special magic. [...]

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 [...]

6 07, 2017

Athletic events – Ancient Greek Olympics

By |2019-02-05T05:26:14-07:00July 6th, 2017|Games, Greeks|0 Comments

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 Herakles could run on one breath.) More about the Olympics All our Ancient [...]