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When and how did the Greek mythos transfer to the Romans?

Common Ancestry Both the Ancient Greeks and Romans were descended from Proto-Indo-Europeans. While the two groups had diverged, they continued to share remnants of a common language and other ...
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What is the world's oldest joke?

According to Paul McDonald at the University of Wolverhampton, it's this 3900-year-old one, from 1900BC in Sumeria: Something which has never occurred since time immemorial: a young woman did not ...
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Did ancient Greek religion ever become monotheistic?

No, at least not that we know of. If there was a monotheistic cult in ancient Greece, it certainly wasn't as popular as Atenism. There are traces of monotheistic thought in Platonism (e.g. the ...
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What is the relationship between Jesus, Iseous, and Zeus

Jesus is the Medieval Latin spelling of Iesus (the 'i' is consonantal), itself derived from the Greek Ἰησοῦς, as bleh noted, which transcribed in Latin characters would be Iesous, close to your Iseous ...
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When and how did the Greek mythos transfer to the Romans?

Romans had little mythology of their own before meeting with other civilizations. One of the many aspects they were lacking, cultural wise, that they borrowed from Greece (and other civilizations). ...
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Was the development of Greek mythology dynamic or static?

Definitely dynamic. In Burkert's "Graechische Religion..." (Intro/2: sources), we can find the following reasons: - as there were no holy scriptures there was no "canon" whatsoever to tell apart "...
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What is this symbol on my necklace?

This is the dove with a halo, as a christian symbol for the Holy Spirit or the soul. The colour red is associated with the blood of Christ and with the Holy Spirit. The fact that you bought it in ...
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Was the development of Greek mythology dynamic or static?

Dynamic: I could also imagine that the stories were more naturally developed, like an on-going ad hoc collection of stories. A scenario where anyone could just make up a myth/god and where the popular ...
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Did any ancient cultures or scholars recognize the Hero's Journey monomyth?

Well, this assumes that Campbell is accurate! Campbell is playing fast, loose, and vague with the evidence, but that's a different story. The ancients as far as I am aware did not recognize Campbell'...
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What do we know about the beliefs of the people of modern India before Hinduism and how much did that affect modern Hinduism?

Hinduism is generally considered to have begun around 500-200 BCE. Hinduism was formed from a combination of other traditions, in what is often referred to as the "Hindu Synthesis" or "Brahmanic ...
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The unreadable book: Voynich manuscript?

Since the V.M. has been extensively studied, as far as its physical properties go, I don't think much can be said for "mythical origins" of the book. It's known to be old and most likely made in ...
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Is it possible to build a timeline for Greek mythology?

Yes, it is possible, and has been done. The GML Compilation I would say the handiest resource available for this online is the "Mythical Chronology Chart" page on Carlos Parada's website the ...
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When and how did the Greek mythos transfer to the Romans?

The Romans thought that the Greek gods needed some changes, and adopted them to settle religious feuds. The Romans took Athena's power as a war goddess and took that away, which made the Greeks ...
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What is the meaning of Sage in respect of eastern folklore?

Before we can derive the meaning behind the word, we need to first understand where the term originates. These sages can be considered philosophers that use their wisdom to help shape the foundation ...
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Is there any evidence of the Ancient Greeks worshipping Zeus's daughter Helen?

We first a crown of low-growing lotus having woven will place it on a shady plane-tree. First from a silver oil-flask soft oil drawing we will let it drip beneath the shady plane-tree. Letters will be ...
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What is the meaning of Sage in respect of eastern folklore?

The term sage usually seems to be a translation of the character: 聖 (simplified: 圣, Pinyin: shèng) Or a combination of it with other characters. Sun Wukong's title in Journey to the West, for ...
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Have Humans ever gone to war against Gods or Entities before?

There are plenty of stories out there of Greek gods being fought and defeated! In Greek mythology, gods were often fought by both other gods and mortals. The mortal Arachne soundly defeated Athena ...
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Gods from different cultures accepted in the same universe?

If I have understood your question correctly, you wish to know of examples of cultures that accepted the existence of gods other than their own? Before the advent of Christianity, and even for a good ...
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Why did the ancients believe things that were demonstrably false

The scientific method is only a few centuries old at most. Before that, you need to remember that most people were illiterate, and universities or indiviual researchers were driven (or at least ...
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When a person brings much good to people, but they reject it?

The story of Jesus Christ. Came to save the world, but the same people killed him
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Any person/myth Moses Might Have Been Based On?

The Mosaic myth is composed out of a multitude of older stories: the story of the infant Moses's salvation from the Nile is based on an earlier legend of king Sargon of Akkad the story of the parting ...
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Do any ancient sources describe Set as a mortal? And could Set be Sekhen?

Seth and Sekhen/Ka are completely unrelated names & meanings. Below are the names of Ka (left) and his queen Ha (right): There are also inscriptions presenting an upright serekh with an upside-...
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How did Christianity come to equate the place of punishment and the place of demons?

If anything early Christianity was well influenced by ancient Jewish culture of the day, including both Jewish laws, traditions, scriptures and mythology. For the most part both the New and Old ...
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Do leprechauns derive their power from gold?

When you say 4 elements I assume you mean the Aristotelian elements: earth, water, fire and air. Aristotle also posited a fifth element: aether. from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_element#...
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What is the mythological status of the 'goethia' demons?

Try "Goetia" instead of "Goethia". Roughly, it means the art of summoning angels, whether fallen or still elevated (though more commonly the former). The Ars Goetia is the first section of The Lesser ...
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Are there any studies of the historic phenomenon of the chief god of a pantheon being replaced by the storm god?

The religious phenomenon has, in my opinion, this structure: This structure is not necessarily true for every religious phenomena, here i try to draw a common line that can be followed A goddess, ...
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The unreadable book: Voynich manuscript?

All "mythical origins and legends surrounding " the VMs that I know of have the same degree of plausibility, that is, absolute zero. All of them are of modern make. I believe the first recorded ...
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Was Eannatum, the real historical figure that was characterised as Adam, in the Garden of Eden narrative?

If there is a connection, and I cannot stress this if enough, all it would indicate is that yet another biblical myth is based on older stories. It certainly doesn't in any way "prove" that ...
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