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Philemon and Baucis – Ovid’s Metamorphoses

By |2018-04-25T10:20:25+00:00September 3rd, 2017|Literature, Religion, Romans|

Just a loaf of bread This is a story we only know because Ovid wrote it down in his poem, the Metamorphoses. It might be a traditional Greek story, but we don't know it from anywhere else. In this story, Philemon and Baucis are poor people who live out in the countryside in an area called [...]

Perseus and Medusa – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T11:45:11+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Perseus and Medusa: Danae and Perseus adrift in their box Once there was a good king, but he died. His bad brother killed him so that he could be king. The bad brother needed to get rid of the good king's wife (Danae) and baby (Perseus), but he was afraid to kill them too. [...]

Who is Hermes? Ancient Greek god

By |2018-04-23T08:41:56+00:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

This statue by Praxiteles shows Hermes playing with the infant Dionysos(300s BC) Hermes is a god of boundaries, borders and edges. Because of this, he's also in charge of things that cross borders, like messages or travelers. He is the messenger of the Greek gods; his father, Zeus, often sends Hermes to earth when [...]

Hellenistic Greek sculpture

By |2018-04-22T11:38:50+00:00July 5th, 2017|Art, Greeks|

Hellenistic sculpture: Hermes At the end of the 400s BC, Greece, and especially Athens, was devastated by a terrible war which involved nearly all the Greek city-states, the Peloponnesian War. The end of the war left the Greeks too poor for much sculpture, but when people did begin creating new sculpture again it [...]

Who was the Norse god Loki?

By |2017-06-29T02:14:05+00:00June 29th, 2017|Northern Europe, Religion|

Norse god Loki? (Snaptun Stone, Sweden, ca 1000 AD) Loki was the German god of tricks. He was kind of like the Greek god Hermes. To help him in his tricks, he could transform himself into lots of different shapes including into girl shapes if he wanted. He was the father of Fenrir the [...]