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Who was Niobe? Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T13:38:24+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Apollo and Artemis kill Niobe's children (Athens, 400s BC) Niobe (Nye-OH-bee) was a woman in Greece - in Thebes - a long long time ago (in the story). She was the daughter of Tantalus, and so she lived under a curse. Niobe had seven children, boys and girls, who were called the Niobids, meaning children of Niobe (I don't know what happened [...]

Daedalus and Icarus – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T11:41:36+00:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Daedalus and Icarus: Icarus falling (on a wall painting from Pompeii,about 79 AD) Daedalus the inventor Once upon a time on the island of Crete, maybe about 1325 BC, there was a king whose name was Minos (in the story; this is only a story). He had living in his palace at Knossos a great architect and [...]

Arachne and Athena – the Arachne story in Greek mythology

By |2018-10-02T09:32:08+00:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

The Arachne story: Greek women weaving at a warp-weighted loom - Athens, 500s BC Who was Arachne? Arachne was a girl who lived in Greece a long long time ago (in the story; this is a story). She was a very good weaver and spinner. Who invented weaving?  Why did women spin? Arachne wove all sorts of beautiful pictures into her cloth, and people [...]

What is hubris? Hubris definition in easy words

By |2018-04-18T17:27:47+00:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Hubris definition: Aegisthus murdering Agamemnon Definition of hubris Hubris (HOO-briss) is a Greek word which we translate into English as "pride" or "arrogance." (You can also spell it hybris). Its original meaning in Greek was to hit something. But hubris means thinking you are better than you really are, as in the expression "Pride [...]

Greek religion – ancient Greece

By |2017-07-13T02:34:25+00:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Athena protects her worshippers (Andokides Painter, ca. 520 BC) Greek religion was a mixture of old Minoan beliefs, Central Asian gods that the Indo-Europeans brought to Greece, and West Asian ideas they got from their neighbors. Like all of those people, people in ancient Greece believed that there were invisible, powerful gods and spirits that could control what happened to you. Most people also thought [...]