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This site is meant for readers and members of the discussions to take a dive past the surface of the stories we know to discover what thoughts and emotions lie there as the foundation and lifeblood of the mythology of Ancient Greece and Rome

Olympian Zeus

An Ancient Version

Zeus was the god of justice and order but above all he was the supreme deity of the sky and Olympus, where he wielded the lightning bolt and reigned. 


A Halloween Post: Witches and Circe

An Ancient Version

Circe was the daughter of Helios, and a sorceress enchantress on the island Aeaea. She had special knowledge of magic and herbs, and used her skills against Odysseus in the Odyssey. The hero landed on her island with his crew, and she gave almost all of them a potion that turned them into wild pigs. 


Rome’s Aphrodite: Venus

An Ancient Version:

Venus was claimed by Julius Caesar as his ancestor, and Vergil’s Aeneid makes that connection. In the Aeneid, Venus bares the son Aeneas to the Trojan Anchises. Aeneas, the main character and hero of the Aeneid, escapes Troy alive to reach Italy. Aeneas reaches Latium, and it is there that his son Ascanius, also known as Iulus or Julius, founds the city of Alba Longa, and becomes king. Aeneas’ and by extension Venus’ descendants continue to rule Alba Longa down until the twins Romulus and Remus. Romulus becomes the new ruler and founder of Rome. The Julian family of Rome traces their lineage back through Romulus and Aeneas to Venus. 

Venus or Aphrodite Anadyomene from Pompeii, 1st century AD

Venus or Aphrodite Anadyomene from Pompeii, 1st century AD

This Venus, whose name comes from the Latin word “venus” for sexual love or desire, assimilated many myths and characteristics of her Greek equivalent, Aphrodite. For example, the association between Aphrodite and the seashell because of her birth from the sea is transferred to Venus. The seashell is a known attribute of the goddess, and can be found in Roman depictions such as a fresco from Pompeii.


Daedalus and Icarus

An Ancient Version

Daedalus, a famous inventor, designed the labyrinth for King Minos to keep his Minotaur in, but the King, after Daedalus completed it, forced him to remain on Crete and work for him.

Daedalus wished to escape with his son, but knew Minos controlled the land and sea routes. So, he invented wings of feathers and wax for his son Icarus and himself to wear. Since the wings were held together with wax, Icarus was warned not to fly too close to the sun since the heat would melt the wax, and not to fly too low near the sea since the feathers would become heavy with water and fall away from the wax.


Clytie, the Sunflower

Clytie or Clytia to the Romans (Klytie to the Greeks) was an Oceanid, a nymph daughter of the Titans Oceanos and Tethys. She was loved by the Sun, which could be either Helios or Apollo depending on the version of the myth, and loved the Sun deeply.

About Me
My name is Alexandra Magnani and as a passionate student of Ancient Greek and Latin, I developed a love for mythology. I plan on pursuing a career in the classics where I will have the opportunity to share my love, knowledge, and curiosity about these two ancient societies. I begin that dream with this website. Enjoy!   more>
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