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21 07, 2017

The god Varuna – Hinduism – India

By |2017-07-21T13:25:30-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Monsoon rain (Goa) Around 1000 BC, in the Vedic period in India, Varuna was an important Hindu god. Varuna was originally a sky god - his name means "the one who covers everything." Often people think of Varuna as a rain god. He represented order in the universe (against the forces of chaos). Some parts of Varuna's identity, at [...]

16 07, 2017

Who is Poseidon? Greek gods

By |2018-09-17T09:02:48-07:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|1 Comment

The god Poseidon rules the ocean Ocean god Poseidon The Greeks thought of the god Poseidon as a god of violent, unpredictable movement. He is most often the god of the ocean, which is of course the biggest, most unpredictable, and most dangerous thing around. Many Greeks spent a lot of time sailing on the ocean, and they paid [...]

16 07, 2017

Pelops’ chariot race – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T08:13:20-07:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

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 [...]

11 07, 2017

Phaedra’s suicide – Euripides’ Phaedra

By |2018-06-19T15:58:18-07:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

After Phaedra's suicide, Hippolytus drives his chariot away (On a red-figure vase from Southern Italy, ca. 350 BC) Phaedra - the second half of the play So the clueless chorus is singing about the need for love and balance in people's lives. (What's the beginning of Phaedra's story?) Phaedra's suicide But suddenly Phaedra's [...]

10 07, 2017

Odyssey – Homer – Summary

By |2018-04-23T08:56:36-07:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Odysseus and his men put out the eye of the Cyclops, Polyphemos (ca. 660 BC) Homer wrote the Odyssey The Greek poet Homer wrote down the Odyssey around 700 BC, although the story itself is probably much older. It is the story of King Odysseus' return from the Trojan War to his kingdom [...]

6 07, 2017

Ancient Greek coins from Thebes

By |2018-04-22T12:26:11-07:00July 6th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|0 Comments

Coins from ancient Thebes Each Greek city-state minted their own kind of coin. For the coins of Athens and Corinth, click here. These two coins from Thebes show the kind of shield that Thebans carried in battle, and on the other side one has a trident and a fish, for Poseidon, and the [...]

5 07, 2017

Severe style sculpture in ancient Greece

By |2019-03-12T04:42:44-07:00July 5th, 2017|Art, Greeks|0 Comments

Kritias Boy (ca. 480 BC) - in the Severe style What is the Severe style? About the time of the Battle of Marathon, in 490 BC, Greek sculptors started to work in a new style, called the Severe style. This quickly replaced the old Archaic style. What's the Archaic Style? The Battle of [...]