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Helen of Troy – the Trojan War

By |2019-03-29T20:39:58-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Kidnapping Helen of Troy (from Pompeii) Who was Helen of Troy? Helen, the daughter of Zeus and the queen of Sparta, was the most beautiful young woman in the world. She lived in Sparta with her mother and her father, the king of Sparta, and her half-sister, Clytemnestra. More about Clytemnestra Judgment of Paris Summary of the Iliad [...]

Europa and Zeus – Greek mythology

By |2019-06-01T22:05:14-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Europa holding the horn of Zeus (disguised as a bull) - Athenian vase found in northern Italy, 480 BC Who was Europa? Europa, according to Greek mythology, was a girl who lived a long time ago, the daughter of the king of the Phoenicians. Who were the Phoenicians? More Greek myths All our ancient Greece articles What happened to [...]

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, [...]

Severe style sculpture in ancient Greece

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

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 [...]

Who was the Berlin Painter? Greek pottery

By |2019-02-13T10:00:25-07:00July 3rd, 2017|Art, Greeks|

A vase by the Berlin Painter, from ancient Athens Where did the Berlin Painter live? One of the most famous Greek red-figure vase painters is known today as the Berlin Painter. Like Exekias, he worked in Athens. The reason we call him the Berlin Painter is that we don't know his name, because [...]

Who was the Norse god Thor?

By |2017-06-29T02:32:30-07:00June 29th, 2017|North America, Religion|

Viking Bronze, from Iceland, 1000 AD Thor was the German god of strength, and the god of thunder and lightning (like Jupiter or Zeus). These three gods of the Greeks, Romans, and Germans were more or less the same because they all came from the same older Indo-European god. But there were some [...]

Who was the Norse god Odin?

By |2017-06-29T02:30:16-07:00June 29th, 2017|Northern Europe, Religion|

Viking stone, 600s AD, from Gotland, Sweden. Odin is riding his horse, Sleipnir. Sometime before 300 AD, people started to think of Odin (or Wotan) as the chief of the German gods, as Zeus was for the Greeks and Jupiter for the Romans. Odin replaced the earlier chief god, Tyr. Odin had two brothers, [...]

Who was Lei Kung? Ancient Chinese gods

By |2018-04-18T17:29:29-07:00June 7th, 2017|China, Religion|

Lei Kung was the Chinese god of thunder, and his wife, Lei Zi, was the goddess of lightning. He makes thunder with his hammer, like the German god Thor, and Lei Zi makes lightning with her mirrors. Artists drew Lei Kung with a bird's head and wings and claws, and blue skin, and he rode [...]