gods

Divine Gifts

"The herald came near, bringing with him a singer, very trusted, whom the Muse loved exceedingly. She gave him both a good thing and a bad thing. For she took away from him his eyes but gave him the sweetness of song." The gifts of the gods are ambiguous and double-edged. Read more

Book Club | August 2019: Apollodorus Library, 3.8–3.16

"When Thetis had got a babe by Peleus, she wished to make it immortal, and unknown to Peleus she used to hide it in the fire by night in order to destroy the mortal element which the child inherited from its father, but by day she anointed him with ambrosia. But Peleus watched her, and, seeing the child writhing on the fire, he cried out; and Thetis, thus prevented from… Read more

Fathers and Sons in Epic and Lyric

What is the role played by fathers and sons in ancient Greek epic and lyric? Are fathers good role models? Do they show or teach their children how to behave or function? What kind of relationships do we witness in the texts? Are immortal and mortal fathers portrayed in similar ways? Read more

Walk around New York City with ancient gods!

On a recent trip to New York, I discovered representations of the ancient Greek gods, some in unexpected places, and couldn't resist photographing them! Whether at home or on your travels, have you come across any sculptures of the ancient Greek gods or heroes? Please share in the forums! Read more

The Mountain Gods and Musical Contests

It is odd that a culture that seems to personify most natural features as deities has so few gods of the mountain peaks.There seem to be only ten mountains called “god.” Three of them, Helikon, Cithaeron, and Tmolus, have distinctive myths or personalities. Cithaeron and Tmolus are associated with Dionysus, Helikon more famously with Apollo and the Muses. These three mountains are also associated with musical contests. Read more