LINKS TO GODDESSES AND GODS IN ANCIENT MYTHOLOGY
Every culture in history has had a belief in the divine, mythological tales to explain the world around them. Angry gods and goddesses might be the reason for a drought or why illness befell a village. When gods and goddesses were pleased, sea voyages went well and there was a bountiful crop. In addition to explaining the toils and luck of daily life, mythology and legend were a way to impart cultural values and parables to the following generations.
- The Olympians: The Greek gods that live on Mt. Olympus.
- The Titans: Information about the Titans that ruled before the Olympians overthrew them.
- Lesser Gods and Goddesses: Lesser gods and other mythological characters.
- The Seven Sisters: The mythology about the Pleiades.
- Images of the Gods: Images of the Olympian gods and ancient texts that reference them.
- The Perseus Encyclopedia: The ultimate encyclopedia of the classical world.
- Greek Mythology in Art: A dictionary of how characters from Greek mythology are depicted in art.
- Greek Creation Myth: The creation of the world in Greek mythology.
- Women in Greek Myths: An encyclopedia of the females in Greek myth, including nymphs, goddesses, mortals, Amazons, and "monstresses".
- Aphrodite: The Greek goddess of love may seem insignificant when compared to some of the other Greek gods, but she had power unlike any other.
- Persephone: The story of how Persephone was taken to the underworld.
- Artemis: This page tells the origins of Artemis.
- Pandora: Read about the first woman, Pandora, and learn what happened when she opened the box.
Native American Mythology
- Sumerian Creation: Stories of how the world and humanity were created.
- Enlil and Ninlil: A translation of one of the core Sumerian myths.
- Love, Lust, and the Young God Enlil: An analysis of the Enlil and Ninlil myth.
- Gods and Goddesses: Details about the gods, goddesses, demons, and monsters of early Mesopotamia.
- The Epic of Gilgamesh: The epic tale about the part-god king that is believed to be one of the earliest pieces of literature.
- The Deluge: An examination of the Epic of Gilgamesh in relation to its mention of a great flood.
- Inanna: Read about the descent of the goddess of love, fertility, and war.
- Dumuzid: Translations of the myths which involve Dumuzid.
- Enki and Ninhursaja: Read the myth of Enki and Ninhursaja, the earth goddess.
- Ereshkigal: The goddess of the underworld and sister of Inanna.
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About Persephone, who appears in the image on this page: In Greek mythology, Persephone (in modern English, also called Kore) is the daughter of Zeus and the harvest goddess Demeter, and queen of the underworld; she was abducted from her mother by Hades. The myth of her rape represents her function as the personification of vegetation which shoots forth in spring and withdraws into the earth after harvest; hence she is also associated with spring and with the seeds of the fruits of the fields. Persephone as a vegetation goddess (Kore) and her mother Demeter were the central figures of the Eleusinian mysteries that predated the Olympian pantheon. In the Linear B (Mycenean Greek) tablets dated 1400-1200 BC found at Pylos, the "two mistresses and the king" are mentioned; John Chadwick identifies these as Demeter, Persephone and Poseidon.
In Classical Greek art, Persephone is invariably portrayed robed. She may be carrying a sheaf of grain; in Latin, she is called Proserpina. (Thank you, wikipedia!)
The 1874 painting, entitled Proserpine, is by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
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