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Was Talos an intelligent machine?

The more popular version of the Talos story can be found in the Argonautica. In it, Talos was an automaton, a self operating machine. He was forged by Hephaistos and was tasked by Zeus to guard Europa'...
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Hittite story similar to the story of Jason and Medea?

As usual, if you remove the little-simplified version of the BBC, the story they are talking about is "the Storm God and the serpent". but first: The Hittites The Hittites are an old civilization ...
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How long was the voyage of the Argonauts?

By my reading, the biggest stretch of time that Apollonius Rhodius mentions in his Argonautica as being spent in a single location by his heroes is in Line 1079 of Book 1, where they get stranded on ...
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What happened with the Golden Fleece?

After reading a whole theoi article, it leaves me very confused and with 2 theories. The less likely one. First the bull was sacrificed to the god Ares, and the fleece was put on the holy grove of ...
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Was Talos an intelligent machine?

No. The original myths are based more on ideas of "divine magic" as an explanation for the existence of various characters, rather than scientific logic as we know it today. So the explanation for ...
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What was the oak branch of Dodona (within Argo) called?

Koraki in Greek is κοράκι meaning crow or raven. Noticing other articles on that site the authors name is on top just like the "koraki". It's probably a made up name used to make the story ...
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How does one get purified of murder in Greek mythology?

It is the law for one who is defiled by shedding blood to be barred from speech until he is sprinkled with the blood of a new-born victim by a man who can purify from murder. Long before at other ...
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Was the Argo sentient and capable of conversation, or was its speech more like Siri or the USS Enterprise computer?

I would say Argo was not self aware. Instead, Zeus “... spoke through the wood taken from one of his Dodonian oaks, as stated in the first book of the Argonautica (Apollonius of Rhodes, 2009), when a ...
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What was the oak branch of Dodona (within Argo) called?

Argo The idea of Argo containing a branch of the Dodona Oak comes from the Hellenistic epic Argonautica by Appolonius of Rhodes. In Book 1, the Argonauts are getting in the ship preparing to leave ...
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What happened with the Golden Fleece?

Robert Graves in his scholarly "The Greek Myths" Ch 156 says: "Jason first visited Boeotian Orchomenus, where he hung up the golden fleece in the temple of Laphystian Zeus." I'm not sure what his ...
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How does one get purified of murder in Greek mythology?

It appears to be primarily by someone else ritually bloodying up the murderer's hands. The only place I have found a scene actually describing the ritual of purification from murder in Greek ...
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How does one get purified of murder in Greek mythology?

In Graeco-Roman necromancy (Ogden, Daniel "Graeco-Roman Necromancy" - excellent resource), one could be cleansed of murder by appeasing the victim by making offerings or performing labours for the ...
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