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Apollo

Apollo  

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In Greek mythology, a god, son of Zeus and Leto and brother of Artemis. He is associated with music, poetic inspiration, archery, prophecy, medicine, pastoral life, and the sun; the sanctuary at ...
Arcesilaus

Arcesilaus  

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(1st cent. bc),successful Greek sculptor working in Rome, friend of L. Licinius Lucullus (2), highly regarded by Varro. His major public commission was the statue of Venus Genetrix for ...
Bacis

Bacis  

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A Boeotian chresmologue (oracle-collector) ‘maddened by the nymphs’ (Pausanias 4. 27. 4) whose oracles were known from the 5th cent. bc onwards (e.g. Herodotus 8. 20. 77 and 9. 43 ...
Callisto

Callisto  

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(Cavalli: La Calisto). Sop. A nymph, follower of Diana. Jupiter falls in love with her and in revenge his wife, Juno, turns Callisto into a bear. Unable to break his wife's spell, Jupiter places ...
cave

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A large, natural, underground hollow, usually with a horizontal opening. Karst caves result from solution and corrosion; see Miller (2006) GSA Special Paper 404.
Charitĕs

Charitĕs  

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‘Graces’, goddesses personifying grace, charm, and beauty. Hesiod, names them Aglaea (Radiance), Euphrosynē (Joy), and Thalīa (Flowering). He calls them daughters of Zeus. They are closely associated ...
Curetes

Curetes  

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Young, divine male warriors of Crete. They attend upon Zeus, the megistos Kouros of the Dictaean Hymn of Palaio-kastro who leads them (daimones, 1. 52) up Mt. Dicte. As nature ...
Demeter

Demeter  

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In Greek mythology, the corn goddess, daughter of Cronus and Rhea, and mother of Persephone. She is associated with Cybele, and her symbol is an ear of corn. The Eleusinian mysteries were held in ...
Dione

Dione  

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In Greek mythology, a Titan, the mother by Zeus of Aphrodite.
Dionysus

Dionysus  

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In Greek mythology, a god, son of Zeus and Semele; his worship entered Greece from Thrace c.1000 bc. Originally a god of the fertility of nature, associated with wild and ecstatic religious rites, in ...
Dryope

Dryope  

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Daughter of Dryops or of Eurytus, was mother by Apollo of Amphissus, eponym of Amphissa. She was transformed either into a nymph associated with a spring (Nicander in Antoninus Liberalis ...
Echo

Echo  

In Greek mythology, a nymph deprived of speech by Hera in order to stop her chatter, and left able only to repeat what others had said; she fell in love with Narcissus, and on being rejected by him, ...
Gorgons

Gorgons  

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In Greek mythology, each of three sisters, Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa, with snakes for hair, who had the power to turn anyone who looked at them to stone. Medusa was killed by Perseus, and the ...
Greek pastoral poetry

Greek pastoral poetry  

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For as long as peasants have tended their flocks and herds on grazing lands away from the village, song and music (esp. that of the pipe (syrinx), which is easily cut, fashioned and carried) have ...
healing gods

healing gods  

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Disease has always been a crisis in the lives of both individuals and communities; to overcome such a crisis has been a major task of religion. Specific gods became patrons of human healers or were ...
Hermes

Hermes  

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In Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Maia, the messenger of the gods, and god of merchants, thieves, and oratory. He was portrayed as a herald equipped for travelling, with broad-brimmed hat, ...
heroes

heroes  

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Heroes were a class of beings worshipped by the Greeks, generally conceived as the powerful dead, and often as forming a class intermediate between gods and men. Not until the 8th cent. do hero‐cults ...
Hesione

Hesione  

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(Ἡσιόνη), in mythology,1 an Oceanid (see nymphs), wife of Prometheus (Aeschylus Prometheus Vinctus 560).2 Wife of Nauplius (1) and mother of Palamedes, Oeax, and Nausimedon (Apollodorus mythographus ...
Hylas

Hylas  

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In Greek mythology, a king's son taken as his companion on the expedition of the Argonauts by Hercules; he was drowned when a water-nymph who had fallen in love with him drew him into her fountain.
Ithaca

Ithaca  

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An island off the western coast of Greece in the Ionian Sea, the legendary home of Odysseus.

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