The Story of Perseus and Medusa, the Snake-Haired Gorgon

The Story of Perseus and Medusa, the Snake-Haired Gorgon

The story of Perseus, like many Greek myths, begins with a prophecy, a prophecy that Acrisius, the king of Argos, received from the Oracle of Delphi. Acrisius went to the Oracle for guidance and wisdom but left with a prophecy of his doom and demise instead, a...
The Myth of Semele, Zeus and the Birth of Dionysus

The Myth of Semele, Zeus and the Birth of Dionysus

Semele, a mortal woman and daughter of the great Phoenician hero Cadmus who later became king of Thebes, had through her great beauty attracted the attention of the great sky-god Zeus himself. When Hera noticed that her husband was once again tempted by his carnal...
The Myth of Daedalus and Icarus

The Myth of Daedalus and Icarus

In legendary times, Daedalus the Athenian was known as the foremost craftsman in the whole of Hellas. After attempting to murder his nephew Talos, in jealousy for his invention of the saw, he was exiled to Crete where king Minos ruled. As a guest of Minos he was held...
The Story of Apollo’s Lust for Daphne

The Story of Apollo’s Lust for Daphne

After the sun-god Apollo slew the formidable dragon Python at Delphi, he went north to the great river Peneios. Here he met the young god of love Eros, who was the son of Aphrodite. As Eros was minding his own business, playing and practicing with his bow and arrows,...
The Myth of King Midas and the Golden Touch

The Myth of King Midas and the Golden Touch

Once long ago Midas was the king of Phrygia. One day the satyr Silenus, a companion and tutor of the god Dionysus, had in his drunkenness wandered into one of the rose gardens of Midas. When the servants of Midas found him they captured him and brought him to the...
The Story of Philemon and Baucis

The Story of Philemon and Baucis

The sky-god Zeus (Jupiter) often took the form of a human being to visit Earth in order to learn more about the conduct of the people. Once in the company of his son Hermes (Mercury), they arrived to Phrygia dressed as normal peasants to test the hospitality...

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