Ancient Greek Mythology

Acanthus Leaf Meaning and Symbolism (Triumph, Death & More)

Acanthus is a thistle like plant found in warmer climates. According to the Ancient Greeks, the acanthus flower was said to be a nymph loved by Apollo called Acantha, however the god eventually changed her into the acantha flower. The sinuate, notched leaves of two kinds of acanthus in the Mediterranean region provided the pattern …

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Story of Pygmalion: Sculptor in Love with the Statue Galatea

NOTE: This story is told only by Ovid and the Goddess of Love is therefore Venus and/or Aphrodite. It is an excellent example of Ovids way of dressing up a myth. A gifted young sculptor of Cyprus, named Pygmalion, was a woman-hater. Detesting the faults beyond measure which nature has given to women, he resolved …

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Zeus vs Jupiter: 3 Important Similarities & Differences

Overall differences between Roman and Greek gods It is important to recognize that the very early gods of the Romans were entirely different from those of the Greeks. Through cultural exchanges and especially after the Roman Republic conquered Greece, the Roman gods assimilated the characteristics of the Greek pantheon since Greek culture was seen as …

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