The Origins and History of the Greek Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt

Author: Charles River Charles River Editors

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781977567215


Page: 96

View: 6974


*Includes pictures *Includes ancient accounts *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading The interactions between mortals and immortals in Greek myths were usually a coin-flip of love and hate, with the Trojan War being the biggest exception. This was the case even though the gods were mercilessly partisan. If the immortals chose not to sleep with mortals, they were punishing them for some slight or other, such as neglecting a sacrifice or hubristic boasting. Being the "eternal virgin" in the eyes of most later mythographers did not present Artemis with many opportunities to pursue amorous liaisons, but she never failed to exact her revenge for slights against herself or her mother, Leto. Artemis had one of the most widespread cults in the Greek world, perhaps due to her connection to nature, which can be a ubiquitous antagonist or boon-giver. Her association with nature may also explain why she was one of the oldest deities in the Greek pantheon, although her appearance in the Mycenaean Linear B script (the earliest form of Greek that has been deciphered, dating to as early as 1450 BCE) is still contested. Etymology often gives modern readers a better idea of the earliest form of a deity, but Artemis's is confusing. Of course, that didn't stop many writers, both ancient and modern, from making attempts at it, either associating her with mythic qualities (such as "maidenhood" and "purity") and/or giving her non-Greek origins. The latter is as unsurprising as the former, since Artemis had a large following throughout Greece and across Asia Minor, where her most famous temple-one of the Seven Wonders of the World-resided. It was in the Near East that Artemis embraced some of the wilder and more formidable characteristics many of the later Greek mythographers only hinted at. To many modern readers, what is most surprising about Artemis is not her "foreignness," but that she was not the carefree maiden prancing through woods and glades to give succor to animals in need. She was a maiden, and her realm was most certainly wooded, but it was above all wild, as was she. Since the dawn of time, humans have been clustering together for safety, and Artemis was the emanation of nature and all the unyielding and unforgiving elements therein Many of the stories in which she was involved reflect this wilderness (and oftentimes cruelty), finding their physical manifestation in much of the cult activity carried out in her honor. The duality of nature as both boon and danger is often present in the writing about Artemis, which gives more for modern historians to work with. Moreover, her deeds are recorded almost unceasingly from the 8th century BCE - when Homer and Hesiod first began recording orally transmitted myths - through to Roman times (during which her name changed, but little else). There is no definitive text on Artemis's deeds, there was no shortage of works that help explain the mythological, ritualistic, and cultural persona of the huntress. Artemis: The Origins and History of the Greek Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt looks at the story of the legendary goddess and the various roles she played in ancient mythology. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about Artemis like never before.

Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Global History

Author: Fred S. Kleiner

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1133711162

Category: Education

Page: 1216

View: 2292


The 14TH EDITION of GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES provides you with a comprehensive, beautifully-illustrated tour of the world's great artistic traditions! Easy to read and understand, the fourteenth edition of the most widely-read art history book in the English language continues to evolve, providing a rich cultural backdrop for each of the covered periods and geographical locations, and incorporating new artists and art forms -- all reproduced according to the highest standards of clarity and color fidelity. A complete online environment, including all images and an eBook, is also available. The unique Scale feature will help you better visualize the actual size of the artworks shown in the book. A new timeline within each chapter, along with The Big Picture overviews at the end of every chapter, will help you review for exams. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Llewellyn's Complete Book of Names for Pagans, Wiccans, Witches, Druids, Heathens, Mages, Shamans & Independent Thinkers of All Sorts who are Curious about Names from Every Place and Every Time

Author: K. M. Sheard

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 0738723681

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 780

View: 632


A comprehensive name guide is written specifically for Witches, Pagans and anyone who wants factual and in-depth information on a wide variety of names. Features more than 7,000 names derived from assorted cultures and spiritual traditions, from ancient times to modern, including names from mythology, magical texts, nature and the Bible. Includes pronunciations, guidance in name selection, a glossary, an index by gender and lists of names by theme. Original.

The Unofficial Heroes of Olympus Companion

Gods, Monsters, Myths and What's in Store for Jason, Piper and Leo

Author: Richard Marcus,Natalie Buczynsky,Jonathan Shelnutt

Publisher: Ulysses Press

ISBN: 1569759863

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 220

View: 3682


Fascinating facts about Greek myths and gods are combined with insights into the Heroes of Olympus series and its new generation of demigods, including exclusive predictions on what to expect next. Original.

Reclaim the Power of the Witch

Making Magic Make Sense

Author: Monte Plaisance

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 1609252845

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

View: 6268


In an effort to bring witchcraft back to its roots, Monte Plaisance presents a straightforward look into the world of the witch. Plaisance tackles one of the most often misinterpreted aspects of witchcraft: the elements of magic. This is not a book of magical recipes or spells, but rather a serious look at what goes into making magic work: will and intent. Writing from years of experience, he demystifies the growing religion of Wicca and dispels popular myths created by TV and movies. This book offers a sweeping survey of the sources and influences of witchcraft from many cultures, showing that much of modern magick has its roots in Greek and Roman Mythology. Including chapters on divination, ritual, dreams and dreamwork, practical magical tools, and more, this book invites each reader to reclaim the power of the witch.


A Primary Source Cultural Guide

Author: Maura McGinnis

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9780823939992

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

View: 794


Follow the fascinating course of history from classical Greece to the development of the modern nation in this fascinating portrait of Greek culture. From the most well-known temples and ruins of ancient Athens, Crete, and Delphi, to the contemporary disputes on the Island of Cyprus, students will gain an impressive understanding of Greek culture through the use of thought-provoking primary source material. Greece: A Primary Source Cultural Guide illuminates the origins of Greek mythology, examines ancient historical conflicts, and allows students a chance to glimpse such remarkable structures as the Parthenon and Acropolis alongside a comprehensive examination of the country, its people, and its influential artistic achievements.

World of Baby Names, A (Revised)

Author: Teresa Norman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440625565

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 640

View: 2107


One of the most comprehensive baby name reference guides available, featuring more than 30,000 baby names, has been revised and expanded. Each chapter focuses on names from specific countries, regions, and ethnicities, including details about traditional naming customs. Each entry contains various spellings and pronunciations, as well as the name's meaning, history, etymology, and derivations.

It's Raining Frogs and Fishes

Four Seasons of Natural Phenomena and Oddities of the Sky

Author: Jerry Dennis

Publisher: Diversion Books

ISBN: 0989333191

Category: Nature

Page: 265

View: 6893


It's Raining Frogs and Fishes is a generously illustrated inquiry into wonders of the sky: Why is the sky blue? Where do meteors originate? What causes rainbows, mirages, and the colors of the sunset? Why do some birds and insects migrate, and how do they navigate over hundreds or thousands of miles to do it? How have civilizations throughout history viewed the aurora borealis, tornadoes, eclipses, and the bizarre but well documented cases of fish, reptiles, snails, and even snakes that have rained to earth? Author Jerry Dennis and illustrator Glenn Wolff approach such questions with curiosity and wit, and suggest ways to observe first-hand extraordinary weather, astronomical anomalies, and odd and interesting wildlife of the skies. This updated edition of the national bestseller is a spellbinding look into the natural world's most fascinating and baffling phenomena, with illustrated explanations of rainbows, meteors, sunsets, hurricanes, the northern lights, bird and insect flight, and dozens of other curiosities. Subjects are arranged by season, and each is discussed in a concise and entertaining style that blends the most recent scientific findings with historical anecdotes, personal observations, and examples of the lore and superstitions that have always surrounded phenomena of the skies. PRAISE: “Amusing and illuminating…This writer-artist team shines a bright and lovely light on nature.” —Los Angeles Times “Charming, informative, humorous, and scholarly… embraces wind and weather, the sun, the moon and stars, the seasons of the year and the effect of these things on the denizens of this planet. It is a delight.” —Nelson Bryant, columnist for The New York Times "Vastly entertaining, valuable... Makes natural history so much fun the reader is sucked from paragraph to paragraph, page to page, chapter to chapter.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch "This delightful look at a cornucopia of fact and lore. Wit, humor, wonder, and reverence spice and season the vignettes herein. It's Raining Frogs and Fishes reminds adults — especially in this hectic, fast-paced, just-do-it world — that it is more than OK, it is desirable, to be child-like and to look up at the heavens and ask why." —Toledo Blade

Pearson General Knowledge Manual 2009

Author: Edgar Thorpe,Showick Thorpe

Publisher: Pearson Education India

ISBN: 9788131723005


Page: N.A

View: 5594


An Updated and Revised Edition of the Most Popular General Knowledge Manual. FEATURES * Up-to-date, comprehensive and all purpose in approach * Includes a set of multiple-choice questions at the end of each section to test your understanding * Based on current trends in various examinations * National and international current affairs included