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Tantalus’ Crime and Punishment

By |2018-06-10T23:32:21+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Tantalus' crime and punishment: This Italian vase from the 300s BC shows a different version of the story where a spirit holds Tantalus back from a basket of bread and a jug of water Who was Tantalus in Greek myth? Tantalus (TAN-ta-luss) was a Greek king (and a son of Zeus) who was so full of hubris that he thought he could fool [...]

Pelops’ chariot race – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T08:13:20+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Poseidon in love with Pelops (Athens, 400s BC) Pelops was the son of Tantalus, and so he was Zeus' grandson. When Pelops was still young, Tantalus murdered Pelops and served him to the gods as a stew. Luckily for Pelops, the gods figured this out before they ate him, except for Demeter ate a piece of Pelops' shoulder. After [...]

Atreus and Thyestes – House of Atreus – The Curse

By |2018-04-23T08:13:25+00:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Atreus and Thyestes were brothers, the sons of Pelops and Hippodameia. The brothers grew up together and played together. But instead of loving each other, they were always rivals in everything. This may have been partly because of the curses on Tantalus, their grandfather, and Pelops, their father. When they grew up, Atreus married the daughter of the King of Mycenae, and so he [...]

Who is Demeter? Ancient Greek gods

By |2018-04-26T12:15:41+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Greek goddess Demeter: A field of wheat growing The Greek goddess Demeter is an earth goddess; her name is De, which means earth (the same word as Gaia) and meter, which means mother. Demeter is the goddess of growing things, especially of grains like wheat and barley and millet. Demeter's daughter, Persephone, is the grain [...]