Those who believe in fate also believe in the concept of luck; hoping that a flip of a coin may decide if our lucks end up good or bad. Like many things in life, our luck is balance. There are times when our life is filled with good fortune and times where we hit rock bottom. Many are more associated with the Greek gods and goddess but when it comes to luck, many think of the Roman goddess Fortuna instead of her Greek counterpart Tyche. The Roman goddess Fortuna is known by o
In Greek and Egyptian mythology there is a guardian that is half human, and half lion with the wings of a bird. These creatures are known as a Sphinx, a mystical creature use to guard ancient dwellings. Many associate these creatures with riddles yet there are other characteristics to these hybrids. There are many legends and myths surrounding the Sphinx’s creation. In Greek myth a Sphinx was sent by either Ares or Athena to guard the entrance to the city of Thebes. This crea
I have always been intrigued by Greek mythology, but while playing the video game, God of War, I noticed that they built their universe around the lore and history behind the gods and goddesses. In the game, the main antagonist is Ares, God of War, hence the title of the game. I thought it would be interesting to explore more about the deity, exploring more than what we associate, which is fury, brutality, and bloodlust. Ares is the counterpart to his sister, Athena, Goddess
S. Thomas Summers, is a Pushcart nominated poet, is the author of Private Hercules McGraw: Poems of the American Civil War and The Journals of Lt. Kendall Everly, both published by Anaphora Literary Press. He teaches literature, philosophy, and writing at Wayne Hills High School and Passaic County Community College in Wayne and Paterson New Jersey, respectively. S. Thomas Summers is a husband and a father who often spends time stepping through the forests that surround his ho
Many of the Roman gods and goddesses have similar attributes for the Greek counterparts. For example, Venus the Goddess of Love, her Greek counterpart is Aphrodite the Goddess of Beauty. Venus is always depicted in art as being a vision of purity and beauty.
Both women represent desire in the form of sexual curiosity. Despite Venus being a symbol for fertility, she was a beacon for Roman people thus. birthing their hero of the Troy war, Aeneas. Mythology of Venus
In every culture there is an isolated world where the souls of the dead are forced to dwell. In Norse mythology, those who die heroically or in battle are taken to Valhalla to prepare for the upcoming battle that would end the world. Those who died as a coward or took their own life were sent to the World of Darkness and Ice. Nifetheim is the prison for these souls and Hel the Goddess of Death, is their warden.
Hel is the daughter of Loki the God of Mischief and her mother
In ancient Greece, Thebes was nicknamed The City of Thieves, being home to the shady characters of the ancient world. Many heroes went to the city hoping to make a name for themselves. It’s no surprise that many of the town believed in a god that was the trickster and messenger of the gods named Hermes. This winged shoe God was prayed to by travelers and by those that considered themselves to be thieves. Hermes is the winged messenger of the Greek gods, usually wearing a wing
Many know of my enjoyment of the ancient history and mythology to the point where the middle part of my author name is a dedication to the Greek doddess of the night. Nyx was one of the first gods created in the universe and is the mother of numerous minor gods. She is one of the few goddesses that is feared by Zeus and is part of the cycle between day and nighttime. Nyx is a child of Chaos and helped shape the cosmos. With her husband Eretbus or also known as Darkness, she c
In Greek mythology there are many legends about heroes of half mortal and half god named demi-gods. They accomplished great feats to prove themselves to the gods. One of the most well-known legends is the twelve trials of Heracles. His second task required him to defeat the Hydra, a serpentine sea monster. Heracles is the demi-god created by Zeus the King of the Gods and Alcmene, a mortal woman who was tricked into making love to Zeus. Zeus took the form of her husband Amphit
When heroes went on great quests or adventures they would pray to Athena for guidance and protection. Athena is the Greek Goddess of wisdom, victory, and war. She is often drawn with an owl on her shoulder dressed in full battle armor. The goddess has been mentioned in numerous myth both helping heroes and getting revenge on the misguided. Athena ‘s birth is unique in Greek mythology. Zeus was complaining about a headache allowing Hephaestus the God of the Forge to split his
In modern literature, centaurs are guardians or creatures gifted with strength, astronomy, and healing. Some deceptions portray centaurs more human with animalistic tendencies or act like wild savage monsters. Yet they contain the same physical traits of an entity that has the upper body of a human and the lower body and legs of a horse. Centaurs can be viewed in our universe as a constellation, portraying the hybrid in the night sky. The name of the constellation is Centauru