The Titanomachy, or better known as the War of the Titans, was a ten-year battle fought between the Titans and the Olympians. The Olympians are the gods that many now attribute with Greek Mythology such as Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon. However, before the Olympians were in power, the Titans reigned. They consisted mainly of Cronos, Oceanus, and Hyperion. Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon were the son’s of Cronos who devoured the latter two immediately after their conception (see here for more detail).
The war began when Zeus wanted to stop the terrible reign of his father Cronos. Advised by Gaia, Zeus freed the three monstrous Cyclopes from the depths of Tartarus. As a reward, the Cyclopes gave lightning and thunder to Zeus to wield as weapons, and in later accounts also created Hades’ helmet of darkness and Poseidon’s trident. As the ten years went on, there was no permanent damage that could be done since all the gods and titans were immortal. However, eventually the Titans were overpowered by the Olympians and were imprisoned within Tartarus. Only a few Titans were spared such as Prometheus. It is said that Cronos was eventually released by Zeus and was assigned to rule over the Isles of the Blessed, where the spirits of heroes went after death.
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Artists and their work can be viewed as a forbidden love. As beautiful as a work of art may be, there will never be life within it. This is the case for Pygmalion and his statues. He is a sculptor who creates beautiful pieces in Aphrodite’s image. One day he makes a statue so beautiful, he falls in love with it. In his mind, the carved piece of ivory is flawless. He begins to see the imperfections of every woman he encounters and realizes he will never want another woman. He begins to treat it as if it were a real woman and lays with it every night. However, because this sculpture isn’t alive, he prays every night to Aphrodite to have a woman as perfect as his piece of art. As hard as he prayed, Aphrodite did not grant him anything. Eventually, a festival in the name of the goddess was held. Pygmalion decides one last time he will pray to her. Instead, this time he goes to the temple of Aphrodite and asks for his wish. She finally begins to see he will be lonely for the rest of his life unless she takes pity on him and grants his wish. Pygmalion returns to his home heartbroken and distraught. He begins to cry on his statues shoulder and as he does, her skin begins to soften. He kisses her and she begins to turn into a real woman and they are in love. He names her Galatea, which means “she who is as white as milk" due to the paleness of her skin which once was ivory.
@2 years ago with 56 notes
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Fuckyeahgreekmyths has been hiatus for a little while. Things have been hectic, so forgive me for being away. There are plenty of myths to come. As an announcement, fuckyeahgreekmyths will now be taking requests for myths and gods. If you have a certain story or character you would like to afford more clarity in, please locate the "Myths and Gods Requests" link in the lower left hand corner and submit your request. However, please allow some time for adequate research and I will do my best to post about your topic. Hope to hear from you!
@2 years ago
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Everyone should be grateful to Prometheus. After all, he created man. As the story goes, Prometheus was a titan who was spared from Tartarus for not having participated in the battle between the Titans and the Olympians. Him and Epimetheus were given the task to create man. Prometheus shaped man from clay and Athena breathed life into the figures. Epimetheus was assigned to give creatures of the earth certain traits such as swiftness, strength, fur, and wings. However, when it came time to give man traits, all the good qualities had already been given away so Prometheus gave man fire. Because Prometheus’s family had been banished to Tartarus, he grew to love man more than the gods. So when Zeus decreed that man must present a portion of each animal to be scarified to the gods, Prometheus decided to trick Zeus. He created a selection of beef hidden inside an ox’s stomach (food hidden inside a displeasing exterior), and the bull’s bones wrapped completely in “glistening fat” (something inedible hidden inside a pleasing exterior) and asked Zeus to pick one. Zeus chose the bones within the fat. This decided that the man would keep the meat and burn the bones as an offering to the gods. Angered from being tricked, Zeus hid fire away from man. In turn, Prometheus stole the fire and returned it to man but was punished severely by Zeus. For eternity, Prometheus was to be chained to a rock in Caucasus, where his liver was eaten by a great eagle everyday only to have the organ grow back at night due to his immortality.
@3 years ago with 19 notes
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Name: Dionysus (Bacchus)
Watches over: Wine, Theatre, and Ecstasy
Resides in: Mount Olympus
Symbol: Thyrsus, Bull, Serpent, Grapevine, Leopard Skin, Panther, Tiger, Leopard
Offspring of: Zeus and Semele
Sibling of: Nobody
Two words: True Blood. If you immediately understand the reference, then good for you. If not, then watch True Blood. Just kidding, let me explain. In the HBO series “True Blood”, there is a woman who plays a Maenad. Maenad’s are female followers of Dionysus. They are portrayed as in an ecstatic state of frenzy made possible through dancing and drunken intoxication. In these states, they would lose all self-control, engage in uncontrollable sexual behavior, and in some myths, ritualistically find men and children and tear them apart, devouring their raw flesh. Those of you who did get the reference, well now you understand why Maryann Forrester had all the people of Bon Temp acting insane. Dionysus was the cause of the Maenads’ madness. As the god of the grape harvest, wine-making and wine, of ritual madness and ecstasy, it’s no wonder the Maenad worshipers of Dionysus had no self-control. Dionysus has a strange story to his birth for he is the only god with a mortal parent. His mother, Semele, was the daughter of King Cadmus of Thebes and a mortal. Zeus came to Semele in the night, invisible, felt only as a divine presence. Semele was pleased to be a lover of a god. When Zeus’s wife, Hera, found out about the affair, she went to Semele as a old crone (in some stories as a nurse) and befriended Semele. Eventually Semele confided in Hera and told her it was in fact Zeus who had impregnated her. Hera then planted seeds of doubt in her mind as to whether or not it was Zeus. Confused, Semele demanded Zeus prove he was a god. He begged her to reconsider but she persisted and so he showed her. However, mortals cannot look upon gods without perishing so when she laid eyes upon his divine presence, she burst into flames.
@3 years ago with 13 notes
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