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Did any Greek mythological hero father a son who surpassed him in fame?

If you only look at the greatest Greek heroes, yes, of course their offspring don't surpass them. They are the greatest heroes, after all. I mean, Telemachus is no slouch, but you're comparing him to ...
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Is it Heracles or Herakles?

Both are correct: if you're not going to call him Ἡρακλῆς, then you need some way of representing his name in the Roman alphabet. Systems for doing this have changes over time. The letter "k" fell ...
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Why was Europe named after Europa?

As with other Greco-Roman myths, the connection is often through children, descendants or other family members. While Europa herself does not seem to have made it to the continental mainland, her ...
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Who is the oldest being in Greek mythology?

Hesiod's Theogony is widely regarded as the most ubiquitous of the Greek "creation myths".1 One of the earlier passages reads (ll. 116-138) Verily at the first Chaos came to be, but next wide-...
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Are sphinxes unigender?

There was only a single Sphinx in Greek mythology. According to Hesiod in his Theogony, she was a daughter of Orthrus and the Chimera. But she [Khimaira] also, in love with Orthos, mothered the ...
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Odin's Counterpart

The key point here is Roman Syncretism. The romans believed the world was full of different gods, and they didn't presume to know about all of them, or to know everything about the ones they already ...
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Achilles and his gold?

One of Achilles’ best known and most important connections with gold is that he rejects the treasure, including ten talents of gold (δέκα δὲ χρυσοῖο τάλαντα, Iliad 9.122 & 9.264), that is ...
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How old were Paris and Achilles at the time of the Trojan War?

Time and chronology tend to be fairly loose in Greek mythology, particularly as there are usually multiple authors treating the same subjects. Regardless, Achilles is presumed to be a youth at the ...
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Can the Greek Gods Be "Killed"?

Offhand, I can't think of any examples of Greek gods dying. Casting down into Tartarus seems to be the favored Ancient Greek methods for taking the old powers "off the game board". The turning to ...
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What kind of dog breed would Cerberus be?

Cerberus was the son of Echidna, a half-woman half-snake, and Typhon, a huge serpentine horror. That's a hell of a pedigree for a dog. More seriously, I imagine Cerberus had to be at least loosely ...
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Greek/Latin mythology with two brothers who die as reward for hard labor

That story appears in one of the most beautifully written stories that can exist. In Herodotus Histories, chapter 1. The Athenian lawgiver Solon is visiting the richest man in the world the Lydian ...
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Why is rape featured so prominently in Greek mythology?

Preface: This subject is complicated by changing social standards. Forced marriage has been routinely practiced around the world into the contemporary era, depending on the society. (This is a major ...
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Was Artemis a lesbian?

I agree that there isn't evidence that Artemis was exclusively a lesbian, and no myth as far as I know that explicitly states that either, but there is was such an implication. In the Callisto myth, ...
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Does Hercules have a tail?

It was a trophy. A Nemean Lion's Tail. It was the 1st labor of Hercules- it was Hercules' first great deed. The first of Hercules' labors was to kill the Nemean lion. Hesiod, in his Theogony, wrote ...
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Are there any children of Hades?

Yes, and for future questions of this type, Theoi is a great resource. Depending on the source, he had three children plus the Erinyes. The latter are problematic, as Aeschylus' Oresteia presume ...
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Why didn’t Zeus withhold fire from humans the second time?

You can't just take it back after humans have it, unless you destroy all the humans. Zeus, of course, considered this option on a few occasions, such as after his deeply disturbing run in with Lycaon,...
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How did Cronos lose if he was god of time?

OK, so there are a couple of misconceptions here. First, as Codosaur has already pointed out, Cronus and Chronos aren't necessarily the same being -- they just have similar names. On the other hand, ...
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Why did Zeus release Cronos?

TLDR; Cronos was in charge of a Golden Age for humanity, exactly what Zeus wanted for the Isles of the Blest. Theoi says Many human generations later, Zeus released Kronos and his brothers from ...
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Did any Greek mythological hero father a son who surpassed him in fame?

Achilles son of Peleus. Peleus was a minor hero and companion of Hercules in various of his adventures, and was also with Jason as an Argonaut. His son Achilles was more famous as the leading ...
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Is Chronos Kronos?

First of all, never get your mythology from Youtube comments. Second, the second comment is the accurate one. Χ in Greek is transliterated as ch, and that's where we get our time words from (as they ...
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Has Poseidon ever won a dispute with another Olympian?

Argolis, E. Peloponnesos TROIZENOS Poseidon vs Athena > 1 - 1 In the scramble for patronage over city territories, there's an occasion on which Zeus declared a draw between Poseidon and Athena when ...
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Exactly how did Asclepius cure death?

Ovid's account provides one explanation, as in @Yannis's answer. Others provide a number of different explanations. For instance, one explanation has the blood of a Gorgon being used: For he [...
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Is there a Western (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, or Norse) god of the cosmos?

For Egyptian, you'd have several choices. Going from the largest (at least in the Heliopolitian cosmology): Nuun (Nun) is the cosmic ocean that our universe is a bubble in: https://henadology....
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What is the connection of Egyptian mythology to Atlantis?

If there ever was one, we don't know what it was. Most likely, there never was one. The only real original source we have for the story of Atlantis is Plato. He used it as an allegory to help ...
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What is the moral of the myth of Icarus?

I think we can probably rule out the story being warning against flight, being that no one was building aircraft at the time, or for quite some time thereafter. Icarus's fall is a warning about ...
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Was Artemis a lesbian?

Artemis doesn't seek the company of man, that is true. She is the virgin goddess of the hunt, and she usually is escorted by young virgins. Virginity is linked to purity, and Artemis is one of the ...
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What kind of snakes were the Gorgons' hair made of?

Most sources I know of simply use some form of "ὄφις" (snake) when describing Medusa or her sisters. That's not particularly helpful in identifying the species of the snakes. One source that uses a ...
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How invincible was Achilles really?

The Styx story in the literary sources is very late. Nothing like it occurs in Homer or throughout Classical Greek antiquity. In fact, as Gantz (1993: 625–627) points out, we don't have a solid ...
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Who was the fastest character in Greek mythology?

The first that comes in mind is Hermes As the emissary and messenger of the gods, he sure has this position because of his unprecedented speed, as his theoi page lists, his attributes contained winged ...
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Why does looking at Medusa with a mirror work?

I think the "in-world" world answer would definitely be based on physics, specifically optics and reflectivity. Our modern conception is quite different than of the ancient. The modern ...
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