Edith Hamilton's MYTHOLOGY succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths that are the keystones of Western culture-the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present. We meet the Greek Gods...
Cronos/Saturn: A titan who is time. Fathered Zeus/Jupiter and other gods. He was the youngest and strongest of the Titans, and ruled before Zeus overthrew him.
Ocean: A Titan, one who was allowed to stay on Mt. Olympus after the Titans were overthrown. He was the God of the Great River Ocean that was thought to encircle the Earth. Widely worshiped by sailors.
Gaia: A titan who is the earth. She is 'mother earth'.
Zeus: Ruler of the universe, Lord of the Sky, King of the Gods. Son of the Titans Kronos and Rhea. He overthrew his father Kronos, chopped him into peices, and threw him into Tartarus. Freed the hundred-handed-ones and the Cyclopes, but imprisoned the Titans. Father of countless demi and minor gods; also father of Athena, goddess of battle, wisdom, and crafts, Ares, god of war, Hephaestus, god of the forges, Hermes, god of craftsmen, theives, merchants, and travelers, Artemis, goddess of the hunt, Apollo, god of music, archery, and poetry, and Dionysus, god of wine. Wife and brother of Hera, Queen of the Gods, and Goddess of Marriage and Women. Brother to Poseidon, Lord of the Sea, Hades, God of the Dead, and Lord of all the Riches in the Earth, Demeter, Goddess of the Harvest and mother to Persephone, goddess of springtime, and Hestia, goddess of the hearth and home.
Hades: He is the king of the dead but not death itself. He is ruler of the underworld ware all of the dead souls have been sent to. He doesn't do a good job of taking care of the dead. None of the gods really like it when hes around because hes a miserable person.
Neptune: Roman god of the sea. Equivalent to the Greek god Poseidon.
Brynhild: A princess loved by the hero Sigurd in the Volsunga Saga. In the Teutonic version, she is a Valkyrie, one of the maidens who ride through the air in full armor and oversee the battles of men.
Odin: The greatest of the Scandinavian gods. God of wisdom, poetry, war and agriculture.
Iphigenia: Daughter of Agamemnon and Clytaemnestra.
Diomedes: In Greek mythology, he was the King of Argos, and a mighty Greek warrior during the Trojan War.
Hephaestus: In Greek mythology, the Greek god of technology, blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, fire and volcanoes. Hephaestus' Roman equivalent was Vulcan. In Greek mythology, Hephaestus was the son of Zeus and Hera, the King and Queen of the Gods.
Troy: Ancient and mythical city/state located on the northwest coast of present day Turkey. It is best known for being the setting of the Trojan War described in the Greek mythology and especially in the Iliad.
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