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Parthenon
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Parthenon

The magnificent temple on the Acropolis of Athens, known as the Parthenon, was built between 447 and 432 BCE in the Age of Pericles, and it was dedicated to the city's patron deity Athena Parthenos. The temple was constructed to house the...
Yu the Engineer and Flood Stories from China: Crash Course World Mythology #17
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Yu the Engineer and Flood Stories from China: Crash Course World Mythology #17

On this Crash Course in World Mythology, Mike Rugnetta is teaching you about floods and deluges, specifically in China. In Chinese myth, flood stories pretty much all revolve around a guy named Yu the Great, or Yu the Engineer. In the distant...
The Legend of Osiris - Mythology 101 with Dael Kingsmill
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The Legend of Osiris - Mythology 101 with Dael Kingsmill

Dael takes a crack at Egyptian mythology for the first time, featuring attractive containers, dead people trees, and lots of animal heads. Head over to the Geek & Sundry forums and join in the discussion: http://geekandsundry.com/forums/categories/dael-kingsmill...
Indian Pantheons: Crash Course World Mythology #8
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Indian Pantheons: Crash Course World Mythology #8

In which Mike Rugnetta continues our unit on pantheons with the complex Indian pantheon, focusing on stories that were written in Sanskrit. We start with a violent creation story. We talk about the concept of Brahman, and the personification...
Odysseus & the Sirens
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Odysseus & the Sirens

Roman mosaic from the 2nd century CE depicting Odysseus and the Sirens. Displayed in the Bardo Museum in Tunisia.
Romulus and Remus
Definitionby Brittany Garcia

Romulus and Remus

In Roman mythology, Romulus and his twin brother Remus were the founders of the city of Rome. They were the children of Rhea Silvia and Mars (or in some variations the demi-god hero Hercules) and their story is recorded by many authors including...
Jason brings Pelias the Golden Fleece
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Jason brings Pelias the Golden Fleece

Jason bringing Pelias the Golden Fleece; a winged victory prepares to crown him with a wreath. Side A from an Apulian red-figure calyx crater, 340 BC–330 BCE. On display at the Louvre Museum, Paris, France (Department of Greek, Etruscan...
Social Orders and Creation Stories: Crash Course World Mythology #5
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Social Orders and Creation Stories: Crash Course World Mythology #5

In which Mike Rugnetta sits you down for a little talk about myth as a way to construct or reinforce social orders. Specifically, we’re going to look today at stories from around the world that establish or amplify the idea that the errors...
Dogs & Their Collars in Ancient Greece
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Dogs & Their Collars in Ancient Greece

Dogs in ancient Greece are regularly depicted in art, on ceramics, in literature, and other written works as loyal companions, guardians, hunters, and even as great intuitive thinkers; all of these expressing the deep admiration the Greeks...
Odysseus and the Sirens
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Odysseus and the Sirens

An Attic red-figure stamnos from Vulci c. 480-450 BCE depicting the myth of Odysseus tied to his ship's mast in order to resist the enchanting song of the Sirens. The episode occurs during the hero's long voyage home to Ithaka following the...
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