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Laughing at Legends

Three more Tom Holt books this time: Grailblazers – I think this one is a clear improvement over the last few Holt books, showing the author honing his style. As usual, it focuses on one element of folklore, in this … Continue reading

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My Venus of the Stars

Aphrodite is the goddess of love and beauty, which makes her sound like she should be one of the friendlier deities, but such is not necessarily the case. Like most members of the Greek pantheon, she could be helpful or … Continue reading

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Zeus or Consequences

As ruler of the Greek gods, Zeus was considered by the ancient Greeks as one of the most powerful entities in the world, with only Destiny and the Fates remaining outside his control. His father Kronos, faced with a prophecy … Continue reading

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Now on the Scene, the Goddess Nemesis

Yes, I still do mythology posts occasionally, especially when I have something to inspire me. In this case, it’s Rick Riordan’s The Mark of Athena, in which the goddess Nemesis makes an appearance. Based on her name, you’d think she’d … Continue reading

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Myth-tery Date

I seem to recall reading somewhere (and maybe I’m misremembering a bit) that Jewish mythology differs from that of other nations from the same time period because it incorporated actual history. I’m not sure I’d say this is entirely accurate. … Continue reading

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Penalty: Go to Troy

The Trojan War was a significant event in Greek mythology and history, basically separating the mythical age from the historical one. While the time prior to the war was full of tales about demigods fighting monsters and founding kingdoms, things … Continue reading

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The Sensational Sorcerer of Samaria

In early Christianity, a common scapegoat was someone called Simon Magus. He was identified as the founder of Gnosticism, a false Messiah, and sometimes even the father of all heresies. So who was Simon Magus really? It’s a bit difficult … Continue reading

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