Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z by Kathleen N. Daly, Marian Rangail

By Kathleen N. Daly, Marian Rangail


According to many students, historical Greece and Rome supplied the principles of Western tradition. greater than millennia later, myths of either civilizations are nonetheless being studied for his or her wealthy storytelling and perception into the cultures that spawned them. Their endured retelling speaks to their common charm. This revised version of Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z illuminates the mythology on the middle of these civilizations' ideals.

Entries include:

The most renowned Greek and Roman gods and goddesses
The so much memorable heroes and heroines
Important themes in mythology and tradition, resembling loved ones gods and Olympic Games
Places corresponding to Athens, Parnassus, and Rome
And extra.

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Hera placed the eyes of Argus on the tail of the peacock, where they remain to this day. The peacock was sacred to Hera. ARGUS (2) (ARGOS) In Greek mythology, the builder of the ship ARGO and one of the ARGONAUTS. ARGUS (3) (ARGOS) In Greek mythology, the faithful old dog of ODYSSEUS, who alone recognized his master after 20 years of absence. ARIADNE In Greek mythology, daughter of MINOS and PASIPHAË of CRETE; sister of ANDROGEUS, and others. PHAEDRA, 16 ARION Ariadne fell in love with the hero THESEUS when he came to Crete to kill the MINOTAUR, a monstrous creature, half human, half bull, that lived in the tortuous maze of the LABYRINTH.

She told him to pull out the dragon’s teeth and plant them in the ground. Cadmus did this, and in a very short time a host of fully armed men sprang up eager to fight, for the dragon was sacred to Ares, the god who loved to fight. The men were called the Spartoi (Sown Men). Cadmus threw a stone into the midst of the Spartoi and at once the men started to attack each other, bellowing, until all but five were dead. Ares was angry with Cadmus for killing his serpent-dragon and a divine court sentenced Cadmus to of HEPHAESTUS.

Cephalus inadvertently cast the spear at Procris and killed her. He then killed himself by leaping from a cliff into the sea. CEPHEUS In Greek mythology, king of ETHIOPIA, A soldier slays a centaur. In Greek mythology, centaurs were notorious for their wild behavior. (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division [LC-USZ62103428]) Usually depicted as unruly, the centaurs are notorious in legend for their disorderly behavior among the Lapiths, the mythical people of Thessaly. The result was a battle.

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