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Artemis
Goddess of the uncultivated earth; as a hunter usually hunts in the woodlands where wild animals are plentiful; personification of the untamed wilderness; patron of young girls and childbirth; equated with the moon. Unmarried; a devout virgin; twin sister of Apollo; daughter of Zeus and …
Hecate
the patron of witches, and lives in the Underworld. She also appears at crossroads, with flaming torches, snakes, and a pack of hounds. Best friend of Persephone.
Euripides’ Hippolytus
Euripides’ Hippolytus Key players: Hippolytus, illegitimate son of Theseus (king of Athens; his mother is an Amazon: Hippolyta) Theseus, his father Phaedra, his stepmother Aphrodite Artemis Poseidon Hippolytus is a virgin follower of Artemis. Theseus does not understand his son’…
Apollo
He is the God of music, creativity, prophecy and enlightenment, which led him to become the leader of the Muses, and gave inspiration to artists and poets. He is also equated with the sun. More importantly, he is the God of Prophecy. He can be very impulsive, and very impetuous but he…
Apollo Continued
Hera tortures Leto to try to stop her from giving mother. Hera also threatens towns that if they shelter Leto, she will retaliate. Hera also decrees that Leto will not give birth on stable ground. Leto then goes to Delos to give birth. She begs them to take her in, and they agree on the…
Apollo's Lovers
Cassandra, a would-be mother. She is one of the princess’s of Troy. She makes a deal with Apollo that shell become his lover if he will give her the gift of prophecy. He makes good on side, and then Cassandra refuses to become his lover. He curses her by spitting in her mouth. He leaves…
Asclepius
God of health and healing. Son of Apollo and Coronis. Symbols: snakes, snake-entwined rod (only ONE snake) Father to goddess Hygieia. Important cult sites: Epidauros, Athens, Kos These places were very relaxing, like health spas. But you had to spend a night with snakes, because snake…
Hipoccrates
Greek Physician ca 460-370 BCE
Hermes
Hermes (roman: Mercury) He is the messenger of the Gods, guide of souls to the Underworld (important role; takes you from Earth to the banks of the river Styx, but only till there). Patron of thieves, tricksters, travelers; associated with roads and boundaries. He is very good with words…
Hermes continued
Hermaphroditus and the nymph Salmacis Hermes does sleep with Aphrodite, and they have a son, Hermaphroditus. He is given tot hem nymphs to be raised but he leaves them at the age of 15. He comes to an inviting pool, and it’s a hot day. He doesn’t realize that a nymph Salmacis lives the…
Dionysus
He is the God of vegetation, particularly the grape, God of ecstasy and mysticism. He is the son of Zeus and the mortal Semele (princess of Thebes). He gets married to Ariadne, the princess of Crete. He is often called the “rockstar God”. Symbols: grapes, ivy, thyrsos (pinecone topped …
Dionysus continued
Dionyus meets a boy and falls in love with him.. as the story usually goes, the boy dies. So Dionysus goes into a deep depression and the thread-cutting Fate says that she cant bring back the boy, but she could give him something sweeter. Out of the body of the boy, grows a vine. And this…
Euripides' Baccahe
Tresias, prophet living in Thebes Daughters of Cadmus, the retired king of thebes Autonoe, Ino (sisters of Semele) Semele (mother of Dionysus) Agave (mother of Pentheus, the present king of Thebes) Dionysus has come back to Greece from the east. He gets wind that Semele did not rea…
Dionysus continued
The curse of the Golden Touch Midas isn’t the brightest king, and he continues to challenge the Gods. Before he comes against Apollo, he comes across Dionysus. He does a favor to a Dionysus and so he grants Midas a wish. Midas wishes that everything he touches turned to gold. Obviously, …
Echo and Narcissus
Pan makes an advance at Echo, and she rejects him. As a result, he inspires panic among the shepherds and they kill her. All that is left of her is her voice. Zeus has come to Arcadia to have a good time with the nymphs and echo is put on guard so that Zeus is not caught. But Hera comes…
Hades / Underworld
Roman: Pluto God of the Underworld Symbols: Cerberus Helmet of Darkness Brother of Original Olympians Wife: Persephone Epithets host of many Pluton unseen one Job to make sure no one escapes festival every 100 years Geography of the Underworld Plains of Asphodel where …
Famous Sinners in Tartarus
Famous Sinners Ixion attempted to seduce Hera tied to a flaming wheel for eternity Sisyphus Serial killer, continuously violated the gust-host relationship; betrayed Zeus push a heavy boulder up a steep hill side, but it always rolls back down on him cheats death (thonatos) tells h…

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