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15 09, 2017

Who is Tammuz? Mesopotamia – West Asian religion

By |2019-09-04T05:58:59-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

The god Tammuz (probably) with grain growing from his shoulders A West Asian god Tammuz (or Dumuzi) was a West Asian god who personified growing food, like Persephone in Greece or Osiris in Egypt. Like Osiris, Tammuz was male. The Sumerians worshipped Tammuz as early as 2600 BC - and probably much earlier - and so did all the other people [...]

15 09, 2017

Who is Ishtar? A Mesopotamian god

By |2019-09-29T12:01:04-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

The Mesopotamian god Ishtar or Inanna Who was Ishtar? Ishtar (also called Inanna) was an important god of West Asia. Beginning at least by 3000 BC  the Sumerians,  the Akkadians, the Babylonians, and the Assyrians all worshipped the god Ishtar. What about Astarte? West Asian religion All our West Asia articles What was Ishtar the [...]

16 07, 2017

The Greek underworld – Hades

By |2019-06-06T18:53:19-07:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|1 Comment

Hades and Persephone in the Greek underworld What happened when you died? Greek people didn't like to talk about what happened to you after you died. So we don't know as much about what they thought as we might like. Egyptian afterlife Zoroastrianism Probably they did not think about life after death as [...]

16 07, 2017

Persephone and Hades – Greek religion

By |2018-04-23T09:49:50-07:00July 16th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Hades kidnaps Persephone (mosaic from Amphipolis, 300s BC) Persephone was the daughter of the goddess Demeter. One day Persephone was dancing with her friends in a sunny meadow, having a good time, picking flowers. Suddenly Persephone's spooky uncle Hades burst out of the ground and grabbed her and pulled her into his chariot! He took Persephone (purr-SEFF-oh-nee) [...]

13 07, 2017

Greek mystery cults – ancient Greece

By |2018-04-23T10:04:50-07:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments

Torchlight parade (this one is actually in India) Most Greek religious rituals were about sacrifice to the gods. But there was another form of religious activity also, which we call the mystery cults. People who wanted to participate in the mystery cults also kept on doing the usual sacrifices. You didn't have to choose. It's like [...]

13 07, 2017

Who is Hades? – ancient Greek gods

By |2019-08-01T09:10:19-07:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments

Hades and the underworld In Greek mythology, Hades was the god of the dead, who ruled the place where dead people went after they died (Sometimes people also called the underworld "Hades"). He is a rather shadowy figure in more ways than one, spooky and cruel, and the Greeks didn't like to talk about him too [...]

13 07, 2017

Eleusinian Mysteries – a Greek mystery cult

By |2019-05-27T14:00:32-07:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments

Eleusinian Mysteries: Demeter, Persephone, and Triptolemos (the boy), an 1899 drawing from a stone carving found at Eleusis . When did the Eleusinian Mysteries start? Beginning at least as early as the Late Bronze Age (about 1400 BC) and maybe much earlier even than that, the people of Eleusis in Greece celebrated a [...]

13 07, 2017

Persephone project – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T09:49:49-07:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks, History, Religion|0 Comments

Persephone project: Hades kidnaps Persephone (Greek painting from the Hellenistic period) Put on a play for your class, or make a short film about Persephone, or write a book or a song about Persephone. Send it to us here at Quatr.us (or send us a link to the YouTube video), and we'll put [...]

12 07, 2017

Who is Demeter? Greek goddess Demeter

By |2019-05-04T07:13:55-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments

Greek goddess Demeter: A field of wheat growing What does "Demeter" mean? 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. History of [...]

3 07, 2017

Classical Greek painting – ancient Greece

By |2019-04-08T12:37:53-07:00July 3rd, 2017|Art, Greeks|0 Comments

Tomb of the Diver (ca. 500 BC) Classical Greek painting Artists in Classical Greece continued to favor the stiffer Mycenaean style of painting more than the looser, fancier Minoan style. Mycenaean painting Classical sculpture Classical Greek history All our Ancient Greece articles What did it look like? Classical Greek painters usually didn't include [...]