Sunday, April 8, 2012

Greek Mythology

I've been so addicted to the Greek Mythology since a very long time ago, when i was so young, pretty and cute (okay you can gag now). I like it because of a very 'fun to read' novel, "Percy Jackson and The Olympians" by Rick Riordan. Oh God, I'm so in love with that novel. But have you seen the movie? Yeah how lame!! Really disappointing and sucks. If you haven't seen the movie, that's good. Don't try to watch it. You'll regret to waste your time.
Last week i just bought a new book of Rick Riordan, it's "The Heroes of Olympus" book one "The Lost Hero". But i haven't finished it yet, I've been so busy these days.

I'm wondering, have you ever heard about Greek Mythology? It's a sort of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades and whatever. This mythology is not only a part of religion in ancient Greece but also part of religion in modern Greece as Hellenismos. I don't say that i believe in that. For me, it's just mythology and i'm so desperately interested to know more, learn it, and discuss with people as an ancient culture and history.

Do you see the picture above? It's family tree of greek gods and goddesses. Yeah i know, long story, confusing and complicated. I only know a few of them. I started with the Twelve Olympians (the famous story). In the fantasy book, Percy Jackson & The Olympians, said that Olympus throne move from country to country, such as from Greece to Roman or from UK to USA (Percy Jackson book). When that country start to fall and no longer as a superpower, the gods will move to other superpower. In the fantasy book series The Heroes of Olympus, it's said that Greek gods have Roman name with other personalities. They are more tough in Roman version. So here they are, the Twelve Olympians:

1. Zeus (Roman name: Jupiter)
King of the gods and ruler of Mount Olympus god of the sky and thunder. Youngest child of the Titans Cronus and Rhea. Symbols include the thunderbolt, eagle, oak tree, scepter and scales. Father of a famous hero, Hercules. Brother and husband of Hera, although he had many lovers.

2. Hera (Roman name: Juno)
Queen of the gods and the goddess of marriage and family. Symbols include the peacock, pomegranate, crown, cuckoo, lion and cow. Youngest daughter of Cronus and Rhea. Wife and sister of Zeus. Being the goddess of marriage, she frequently tried to get revenge on Zeus' lovers and their children.

3. Poseidon (Roman name: Neptune)
Lord of the seas, earthquakes and horses. Symbols include the horse, bull, dolphin and trident. Middle son of Cronus and Rhea. Brother of Zeus and Hades. Married to the Nereid Amphitrite, although, like most male Greek Gods, he had many lovers.

4. Dionysus (Roman name: Bacchus)
God of wine, celebrations and ecstasy. Patron god of the art of theatre. Symbols include the grapevine, ivy, cup, tiger, panther, leopard, dolphin and goat. Son of Zeus and the mortal Theban princess Semele. Married to the Cretan princess Ariadne. The youngest Olympian, as well as the only one to have been born of a mortal woman.

5. Apollo (Roman name: Phoebus)
God of light, knowledge, music, poetry, prophecy and archery. Son of Zeus and Leto. Symbols include the sun, lyre, bow and arrow, raven, dolphin, wolf, swan and mouse. Twin brother of Artemis. In Percy Jackson book, he's described as a charming god.

6. Artemis (Roman name: Diana)
Virgin goddess of the hunt, virginity, childbirth, archery and all animals. Symbols include the moon, deer, hound, she-bear, snake, cypress tree and bow and arrow. Daughter of Zeus and Leto and twin sister of Apollo.

7. Hermes (Roman name: Mercury)
Messenger of the gods; god of commerce and thieves. Symbols include the caduceus (staff entwined with two snakes), winged sandals and cap, stork and tortoise (whose shell he used to invent the lyre). Son of Zeus and the nymph Maia. The second-youngest Olympian, just older than Dionysus. He married Dryope, the daughter of Dryops, and their son Pan became the god of nature, lord of the satyrs, inventor of the panpipes and comrade of Dionysus.

8. Athena (Roman name: Minerva)
Virgin goddess of wisdom, handicrafts, defense and strategic warfare. Symbols include the owl and the olive tree. Daughter of Zeus and the Oceanid Metis, she rose from her father's head fully grown and in full battle armor after he swallowed her mother. She was depicted crowned with a crested helm, armed with shield and a spear.

9. Ares (Roman name: Mars)
God of war, violence and bloodshed. Symbols include the boar, serpent, dog, vulture, spear and shield. Son of Zeus and Hera, all the other gods (except Aphrodite) despised him. His Latin name, Mars, gave us the word "martial."

10. Aphrodite (Roman name: Venus)
Goddess of love, beauty, and desire. Symbols include the dove, bird, apple, bee, swan, myrtle and rose. Daughter of Zeus and the Oceanid Dione, or perhaps born from the sea foam after Uranus' blood dripped onto the earth and into the sea after being defeated by his youngest son Cronus. Married to Hephaestus, although she had many adulterous affairs, most notably with Ares. Her name gave us the word "aphrodisiac", while her Latin name gave us the word "venereal".

11. Hephaestus (Roman name: Vulcan)
Master blacksmith and craftsman of the gods; god of fire and the forge. Symbols include fire, anvil, ax, donkey, hammer, tongs and quail. Son of Hera, either by Zeus or alone. Married to Aphrodite, though unlike most divine husbands, he was rarely ever licentious. His Latin name, Vulcan, gave us the word "volcano."

12. Demeter (Roman name: Ceres)
Goddess of fertility, agriculture, nature, and the seasons. Symbols include the poppy, wheat, torch, and pig. Middle daughter of Cronus and Rhea. Her Latin name, Ceres, gave us the word "cereal".

13. Hades (Roman name: Pluto)
God of the Underworld, dead and the riches under the Earth ("Pluto" translates to "The Rich One"). Oldest son of Cronus and Rhea. He was born into the first Olympian generation, but as he lives in the Underworld rather than on Mount Olympus, he is typically not included amongst the twelve Olympians.

So after all, my favorite is Athena. In my opinion, she's the one who could think logically,calm and smart when the others are panic and don't know what to do. How about Zeus? Ah he's selfish, only think about himself and Olympus dignity. Hera? She's vengeful and cunning. She's the one who couldn't be trusted, especially if you're son of Zeus. I don't like her. Artemis? She's my favorite too. She's cool, tough, smart, has ability to survive in the wild and also virgin.

Omg omg, i'm so addicted to Rick Riordan's books. I wish i was a Demigod, be the daughter of Athena, live in Half Blood Hill, adventures, defeat monsters, take dangerous missions, be a Hunter of Artemis and bla bla bla. Okay, wake up from your dream, Rani.


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    1. Thymus, a sea nymph queen and her father was Atlas

  2. I thought Apollo's Greek name is Apollo. It says in Riordan's books (the Demigod Diaries and Demigod Files,as well as the glossary of the Heroes of Olympus books)But I'm not too sure

    1. well wikipedia says apollo-phoebus but some source says apollo-apollo, Im not sure which one is true. and I havent read Demigod Diaries and Demigod Files :)

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    1. Yes, its only about the twelve olympians and I will post something about the Titans next time :) Thanks for visiting

  4. The family tree actually left out a few relationships though.. From what I know, Hades and Persephone are married and gave birth to a few children. Like you mentioned, Hephaestus and Aphrodite are married too, it's just that Aphrodite had affairs with Ares, but the family tree didn't show.