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Is there any surviving manuscript older than the 1st century CE that mentions the story of Danae being impregnated by Zeus's golden shower?

The myth of Danae and the shower of gold appears on several vases dating back to the 5th century BC. See for example this krater: and this calyx: To dispel any doubt regarding which myth is ...
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Does the cap of Hades keep one's accessories hidden?

In Homer's Illiad, in the conflict between Athena and Ares, Athena puts on the cap and becomes completely invisible to Ares. Then Pallas Athene grasped the lash and the reins, and against Ares first ...
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Are Greek Myths and Heroes Rooted in actual History and People?

The Wikipedia article for Theseus ends its introduction with this: As the subject of myth, the existence of Theseus as a real person has not been proven, but scholars believe that he may have ...
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Did Hera know that Perseus was Zeus's son?

Yes, she did know. Perseus Targeted There is no ancient source (that I know of) in which Hera seeks to harass Perseus or his mother Danae. There is, however, a mediaeval Latin text called the First ...
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The Atlas Continuity Issue

These are two different, conflicting and thus contradictory versions based on variant traditions. The older tradition is the one in which Heracles actually interacts with the Titan Atlas, who helps ...
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How did Perseus die?

Hyginus' Fabulae Theoi.com has two Pages on Perseus. On the second Page, the last chapter (which is followed by some appendices) is entitled "The Death of Perseus". It is very brief, listing the only ...
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Does the cap of Hades keep one's accessories hidden?

One can perhaps approach it from a perspective of the history of science and think about how the people at the time would have understood the physics of seeing and light. You ask the very good ...
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How did Perseus die?

The Classic Review, volume 60, issue 2 mentions three different opinions on how his life ends. Megapenthes kills him, He accidentally kills himself with Medusa’s head, or He is taken up directly ...
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Why does Perseus carry a sickle instead of a sword?

I believe that it was to show how like Cronus, Perseus, was killing a monster for power. In Cronus's case he became king of the Titans and in Perseus's case he eventually became king of his true ...
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