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A who’s-who on all females in Greek mythology, with a section on Greek Men, a collection of myths, and a lot of beautiful images.

  • 1. Aphrodite Aphrodite, frequently celebrated as the epitome of beauty and love in Greek mythology, carries a legacy that transcends ancient lore and permeates modern culture. This goddess, born from the sea foam after Cronus threw Uranus's severed genitals into…

  • Imagine walking through the ruins of ancient Athens, a city filled with the sounds of philosophers discussing the nature of reality and artisans carving stories into marble. Now, shift your view. What you see isn't so different in today's busy…

  • Practical Challenges Housing a mythical creature like a dragon or unicorn in a suburban backyard simply won't do. Dragons need vast terrains that mimic their natural highlands or mystical forests, while unicorns thrive in enchanted environments beyond a few flowers…

  • Historical Roots of Greek Myths in Media Greek mythology isn't just about gods clashing with titans or heroes slaying monsters. These tales were the original fan-favorite stories that shaped early entertainment. They transitioned seamlessly from oral recitations at communal gatherings…

  • Understanding Hercules' Workout Fundamentals Understanding Hercules' Workout Fundamentals is essential when diving into the realm of workouts inspired by Greek heroes. This focus highlights the legendary treatments of Hercules, both from mythology and featured reel heroes like in recent cinematic…

  • Greek mythology is like the oldest soap opera you can find, full of drama, adventure, and the quirkiest bunch of gods and goddesses you could ever meet. These celestial celebrities dictate the day-to-day lives of ancient Greeks, who offer up…

  • Oh, Greek gods and love! Dive into this storytelling cocktail and expect one wild ride. Let's meet the biggest stars on this dramatic stage—where passion clashes with duty, and even the divine aren't safe from heartbreak. Picture this: Aphrodite, the…

  • Imagine a career day unlike any other, held on the shimmering heights of Mount Olympus, where gods and goddesses dress not in armor or robes but in modern clothes fit for the jobs they want. As we set foot into…

  • As we traverse the storied landscapes of Greek mythology, we encounter a pantheon of hybrid creatures whose tales are stitched into the very fabric of ancient narratives. These beings, part human, part beast, serve as potent symbols through which we…

  • Stepping into a modern adventure stirs the soul much like the epic quests of mythological heroes. Imagine life as a maze, each twist and turn a new decision, full of potential for danger or promise. Today's adventurers, with smartphones as…

  • Greek mythology, aren't we all a bit curious about those tales as old as time? Here we have a delightful whirlwind of gods, goddesses, and creatures, each wearing their identities as seamlessly as the fabric they're often depicted in. The…

  • Historical Cryptids in Greek Lore Exploring the mysteries of the ancient and the unknown, it's fascinating to draw parallels between the legendary cryptids of today and the mythological creatures from Greek lore. Both serve as mirrors reflecting human fears, curiosities,…

  • Mythological Geography When you dive into the heart-pounding tales of Greek mythology, you quickly realize that the gods weren't messing around when they pinned their wild sagas onto some very real earthly maps. Take, for instance, Ithaca, famously known as…

  • Chaos and Order in Creation Myths The struggle between chaos and order is a thematic powerhouse in myths worldwide, as seen in the ancient stories that shaped civilizations. In Hesiod's Theogony, the universe starts with a yawning nothingness called Chaos.…

  • In the vast and storied landscape of Greek mythology, prophecies and fate intertwine with the lives of gods and mortals, crafting narratives rich with drama and psychological depth. These ancient stories offer more than mere entertainment; they serve as a…

  • Jupiter and Callisto, by Jean-Honore Fragonard. Read more re: Callisto

  • Rape is all over Greek myths. It’s impossible to read for more than a day and not stumble across it. D’Aulaires usually talked about men abducting women, kidnapping women, or dragging women away by the hair (in the case of…

  • this is just to signal boost the awesome that is Bubo’s Blog: Hippos and Pregnant Women (Egyptian)  The Legend of the Stork (German)  Torches and Childbirth (Greek) It Just Must Not Be That Important (Norse) When in Rome, Give Birth…

  • N.S. Gill’s Ancient History Blog does Wordless Wednesday, and I think that actually might be something I can maintain. So, from now on, I’ll post images with a link to their Gallery page and a link to read more about…

  • Today’s post has been brought to you by Erika Meriaux, one of my favorite  artists, who has a really spectacular collection of paintings of Greek Myths (among other subjects). The first painting is of Nana*, the daughter of the River Sangarios,…

  • So last year Breakfast With Pandora cast the Aeneid with the help of commenters. This seemed like a good idea to me, especially now that Clash of the Titans came out, and the Percy Jackson movies cast the characters without even needing…

  • It was Mark Alford who first made me really bother looking a second time at Rick Riordan’s uber-popular Greek myth inspired Percy Jackson series. After I read it and started getting inundated with emails from kids hoping they were really…

  • I honestly thought that the next entry I posted was going to say, “Sorry, I’m done with this blog. See you in a few years!” But then someone sent me an email asking me to fix my entry on Medusa…

  • I’ve been working up to writing this post for over a month, ever since Wendy responded to The Dangers of de-Mystification. I can’t address the whole thing in one post, so this will have to be a series. But by…

  • I loved this book, but it’s taken me a year to figure out why. Sure, the writing was good – a more lit-y than the genre fic I usually read, something I had to chew and savor instead of swallowing…

  • Hey guys, have you heard? There’s been a shift in Amazon Rank and stories like the ones you come to Women in Greek Myths to enjoy are in danger. That’s right, in the name of protecting kids from “adult” material,…

  • I loved Greek myths when I was little. I loved that Athena trounced Ares on the regular and that she cared about the same kind of book-learning wisdom that I, and my privileged family, loved. I loved that Hera, for…

  • The truth is, even though there is SO much more to be said about the Greek goddesses, I’m just not spending much time thinking about them anymore. In fact, other than slowly reading Kirk Ormand’s book Controlling Desires: Sexuality in…

  • I know people don’t come here for the book reviews, but IF you are interested in awesome children’s books like me, you should go get Lugalbanda: The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War: An Epic Tale From Ancient…

  • So, for a while there, I was thinking about seeing if I was inspired to do something like Women in Greek Myths about Celtic junk. So I started the same I way I did when I was 13, compiling names…

  • Well, I’m branching out a little today. Below I’ve linked to the hour and 20 minute movie “Sita Sings the Blues.” It’s the story of Sita (and Rama) as well as the contemporary story of the marriage of animator, Nina,…

  • As I mentioned in the last post, I am doing a bit of introspection about why I bother to write here (this blog and this site more generally). The answer is that I wanted to know about women in Greek…

  • So I’m TAing a class this semester called “Many Ways of Being Human,” and on the first day of class I mentioned the blog Savage Minds as a place they might be interested in heading. But then I asked how…

  • As it turns out, I DID get a copy of Kirk Ormand’s Controlling Desires not for Thesmophoria but just in time for Christmas. That worked out well, because I got to read it all during our Winter Break. Except that…

  • I know, I know … a real post is coming soon. But in the meantime, this is a really awesome article: The Glory That Was Greece From a Female Perspective

  • Persephone Again Everyone wants to talk about Persephone. Especially the poets. How she was grabbed and carried off, how she was kept in darkness so many months, while her mother searched everywhere, waited for her darling to come home. Some…

  • Hi. This is not the Monster Syncroblog post promised. Nope. In my imagination, I will get it done. Obviously, I have already missed the deadline. However, I have another deadline. Actually, 5 deadlines. All for major real world projects. I…

  • INFP – The Idealists     The meaning-seeking and unconventional type. They are especially attuned to making sure their beliefs and actions are congruent. They often develop a passion for the arts or unusal forms of self-expression. They enjoy work…

  • I’ve mentioned Byblis before, I think. The poor girl fell in love with her brother which eventually led to being turned into a spring. But how she got from point A to point B is the awesomeness of the myth.…

  • I grew up reading D’Aulaire’s Greek Myths, like lots of kids, and credit it with my early inspiration to create my website, Women in Greek Myths. But, I should add, it was a negative inspiration. I had decided that they…

  • This is a repost from Mahud’s Between Old and New Moons. The Topic for the Mythology Synchroblog is Mythical Monsters and Otherworldly Entities. The Mythology Synchroblog is open to anyone who has an interest in mythology and/or Paganism. So, Pagans,…

  • I’ve been tagged. It’s a meme that I got from Stregheria Pratica (an awesome witchcraft and spirituality blog that stretches my knowledge of romance languages to read without Babelfish’s help). Here’s how to play: 1. Link you the person who…

  • Despite the fact that we so often refer to the ancient Greeks for our whole obsession with Democracy here in the U.S., most of us acknowledge that it wasn’t all Skittles and Slice. Beyond the obvious difficulties of actually involving…

  • I was playing on Gender Analyzer and discovered that I am a man. I’m actually not (although I’ve gotten emails from wingnuts telling me I can’t possibly be a woman), but I am extremely curious what the heck it is…

  • I’m doing a bunch of projects on sexuality and adolescence in school and I happened to come across this gem: a girl insisting that if you “jump up and down a lot, the stuff will fall out of you and…

  • So as must be obvious to many of you, I love Goodreads.com. Whenever I talk about any good book, I provide a link there. I might be able to pick up a little pocket change by referring you to Amazon.com…

  • My favorite holiday of the year is coming up very very soon! In my first year of college I was Arachne. It was awesome. And if there weren’t quite so many awesome amazing women to dress up like left, I…

  • Watch out, Paleothea is about to get partisan. What little readership I have does not come here for this, but this is how I see the world, and yes, I think it relates to ancient Greece. Women’s health, it is…

  • This is a series on Penelope, who rocks and everyone should know more about. The breakdown is based on my reading (in ancient Greek, thank you very much) of the Odyssey and with some help from Jenny Strauss Clay, Nancy…

  • This is a series on Penelope, who rocks and everyone should know more about. The breakdown is based on my reading (in ancient Greek, thank you very much) of the Odyssey and with some help from Jenny Strauss Clay, Nancy…

  • This is a series on Penelope, who rocks and everyone should know more about. The breakdown is based on my reading (in ancient Greek, thank you very much) of the Odyssey and with some help from Jenny Strauss Clay, Nancy…

  • This is a series on Penelope, who rocks and everyone should know more about. The breakdown is based on my reading (in ancient Greek, thank you very much) of the Odyssey and with some help from Jenny Strauss Clay, Nancy…

  • You may have heard by now about Nailin’ Paylin. It’s being made by Larry Flint and that’s really all you need to know. Although I understand people’s anger, I think that’s exactly what Flint is challenging. I see it as…

  • This is a series on Penelope, who rocks and everyone should know more about. The breakdown is based on my reading (in ancient Greek, thank you very much) of the Odyssey and with some help from Jenny Strauss Clay, Nancy…

  • Because the Wayward Classicist did it: * Grab the nearest book. * Open the book to page 56. * Find the fifth sentence. * Post the text of the next few sentences in your journal along with these instructions. *…

  • You may have picked up from previous entries that I really dig Penelope, but now you’ll start to understand why in this series! — There has been a great deal of work done in recent years to “reclaim” the Goddess.…

  • This book is the bomb. Really. If you are truly interested in ancient Greek myth, you should own this book. It’s typically used as an college textbook in Mythology classes and has 1105 pages, but if you need just one…

  • Today is my birthday and I’m too exhausted to dress myself properly let alone do my classwork or write a coherent post. But life is good!

  • Here’s whatcha need to know: The Underworld is where people’s souls go when they die. All people, good and bad. It is, unsurprisingly, located under the world we inhabit It is not Hell and people aren’t generally punished (with a…

  • In 2005, the famous Margaret Atwood published The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus. Whether or not you have actually read the Odyssey (or generally know the story), it is interesting. It is the story from Penelope‘s point of…