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There’s an Apophis for That

The Serpent’s Shadow, by Rick Riordan – The third and presumably final book in the Kane Chronicles has Sadie and Carter finally defeating the serpent Apophis, and ties up some other loose ends as well. Among other matters, the story … Continue reading

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Hermaphroditos Is My Name

As you probably know, the word “hermaphrodite” is derived from combining the names of the gods Hermes and Aphrodite. The name was first applied to one particular being, the child of these two deities, who had both male and female … Continue reading

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The Io Affair

I’m sure we all know about Zeus’s reputation as a philanderer, and today’s myth is another one of the Horny Zeus variety. This time, the object of his affection was Io, the beautiful daughter of the river-god Inakhos. When Hera … Continue reading

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Orion’s Origins

Orion is perhaps the most visible constellation in the night sky these days (well, at least in the Northern Hemisphere), due largely to the three stars known as Orion’s Belt, which have also been called the Three Wise Men. While … Continue reading

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The Doctor Is In

One god who doesn’t get discussed all that much but has had a lasting impact on our culture is Asclepius, the god of physicians. Actually, early sources, such as the Homeric Hymns, refer to him not as a god, but … Continue reading

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All Gods Are Our Gods

The ancient Greeks had a tendency of associating the gods of foreign pantheons with their own. This was something I noticed when I read Herodotus back in college, and came across a reference to Ahura Mazda as “the Persian Zeus.” … Continue reading

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Nabu Puts It in Writing

It seems that most pantheons of gods have a member who serves as a scribe, although that’s often but one of the deity’s functions. The Greeks give that position to Hermes, also the messenger god, deity of commerce, and patron … Continue reading

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