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Sold Short

Mythology and folklore include all kinds of strange beings, including both the very big and the very small. The ancient Greeks wrote of Pygmies, called that because the pygme was a measurement from the wrist to the elbow. This was … Continue reading

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Left, Right, and Centaur

In an old post, I discussed some beings from mythology that are part human and part animal. The most famous of this bunch are probably the centaurs, and I mentioned how they’re sometimes portrayed as wild, orgiastic creatures, and other … Continue reading

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Power Pig

While I generally think of pigs as fairly gentle domestic animals, they apparently can be quite dangerous, particularly when they’re the wild variety that you don’t see all that often in my neck of the woods. There are several Greek … Continue reading

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Quit Monkeying Around!

Today, I’m going to tell you about the Kerkopes, sometimes spelled Cercopes, not to be confused with King Cecrops of Athens. They were dwarf-like men, sons of Oceanus and Theia, daughter of Memnon of Ethiopia. It seems that there were … Continue reading

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Kratos and Barrel

While I still occasionally write about video games, I have to say it’s been a while since I’ve actually PLAYED one. I keep meaning to get back to the Dragon Quest games for the DS and some of the Sims … Continue reading

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Incest and Peppermints

One thing you’ll note if looking at a genealogy of the Greco-Roman gods is that there’s a lot of incest going on in that family. Kronos married his sister Rhea, and their children included Zeus and Hera, who also married … 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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Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars

I’m sure many of us will recall the time when we looked up into the night sky in all its majesty, saw the stars in their glory, and thought to ourselves, “THAT’S supposed to be a LION? What were those … Continue reading

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Bless My Soul, Herc Was on a Roll

We now take a look at Disney’s Hercules. The two previous animated features, while they did contain some humor, tackled some pretty serious issues. This one, on the other hand, is wacky all the way through. It’s not a total … Continue reading

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The Crow and the Cup

Since I mentioned the constellation Corvus in a recent post, I might as well say a little more about the mythology surrounding this constellation. If you recall, Corvus is also the main villain of Dragon Quest IX, as the Celestrians … Continue reading

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