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The Greek underworld – Hades

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

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 [...]

Tantalus’ Crime and Punishment

By |2018-06-10T23:32:21-07:00July 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 |2018-04-23T08:13:20-07:00July 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 |2019-02-05T06:19:32-07:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Who were Atreus and Thyestes? Atreus and Thyestes were brothers, the sons of Pelops and Hippodameia. The brothers grew up together and played together. Greek mythology made easy All our Ancient Greece articles But instead of loving each other, Atreus and Thyestes were always rivals in everything. This may have been partly because of the curses on Tantalus, their grandfather, [...]

Who is Demeter? Greek goddess Demeter

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

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 [...]

Xenia – guests and hosts in ancient Greece

By |2018-04-23T10:13:16-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, People|

Kidnapping Helen of Troy (from Pompeii) In ancient Greece, xenia meant "the way you treat strangers or foreigners". It comes from a very old Proto-Indo-European (Yamnaya) word that means "stranger" but also "guest" and "host" and "foreigner" and sometimes "enemy". Do those words all seem very different to you? That's the point they're [...]