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Eleusinian Mystery Rites Drink May Have Been Hallucinogenic

Kykeon, the mysterious drink from the past linked to the Eleusinian Mysteries -- few know of its existence, and fewer still speak or write about it. By Giorgio Pintzas Monzani But it was an essential part of a ritual that took...

The History of the Ancient Greek City of Thebes

The ancient Greek city of Thebes played a central role in the long pageant of Greek history; appearing in many of the age-old legends of Greek mythology, it was part of the Mycenaean civilization during the Bronze Age. Later becoming...

The Goddess Hera’s Place in Ancient Greek Mythology

The goddess Hera, who loomed large in Ancient Greek mythology, was not only the wife and sister of Zeus, the King of the gods -- she was also a powerful deity in her own right. Hera, known as Juno in...

Nyx, the Ancient Greek Goddess of the Night

Nyx is the is the Ancient Greek goddess of the night.  Unlike her sister, Eos, the goddess of the Dawn, Nyx is a mysterious figure.

The Nymphs of Ancient Greece

For ancient Greeks, every waterway was protected by nymphs. These were invariably ageless young girls who existed even before the Olympic gods -- and long before the birth of mortals. By Patrick Garner They were not all immortal. Some died after...

Scylla and Charybdis Embodied Male Fears in Greek Mythology

The monsters of Greek mythology form the very concepts of terror for us. The creatures Scylla and Charybdis are no exceptions to this rule.

Circe, the First Witch of Greek Mythology

Witches have had a long and elaborate history, even back to ancient Greece. Thanks to Homer and his epic adventure tale the Odyssey, we met Circe, who has often been identified as the first witch in Greek mythology. Circe was...

Giorgio de Chirico, Italian Artist From Greece Who Made Metaphysical Art

Giorgio de Chirico is considered one of the foremost surrealist painters of the 20th century. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art,...

The Oceanids: Powerful Water Nymphs of Ancient Greek Mythology

In Greek mythology, there are over 3,000 Oceanids, or water nymphs. Although most commonly associated with water, not every Oceanid has an aquatic connection. Some were even linked to land. The Oceanids are the daughters of two Titans, the pre-Olympian,...

The Most Prolific Couples in Ancient Greek Mythology

Greek mythology has captured people's imaginations for millennia, particularly the stories of love that feature adoring and often tragic couples, some of which produced countless children. Oceanus and Tethys Oceanus and Tethys seem to be one of the few monogamous couples...