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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

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

Gold

Gold: a precious metal that seems to shine like the sun, and does not tarnish or rust. No wonder it is associated with the gods. We see this, for example, when the gods meet: "Now the gods were sitting with Zeus in council upon the golden floor while the goddess Hebe went round pouring out nectar for them to drink, and as they pledged one another in their cups of… Read more