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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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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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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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Is it Lucifer or Venus?

The name of the deity represented by the planet in question, strictly speaking, is Lucifer, or Luciferus, that is, as far as Roman mythology is concerned. His Greek equivalent has a few different ...
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Which Greek or Roman deities have dominion over Time?

A pretty thorough list can be found here (relevant sections in the following list are mostly copied from the linked articles): Greek: Aion - associated with time, the orb or circle encompassing the ...
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What is the symbolism behind Psyche's tasks?

The beautiful mind (soul) only finds pleasure (happiness) in unconditional love (heart). The heart (unconditional love) likewise only finds happiness (pleasure) in the soul (beautiful mind). ...
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Is there a Western (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, or Norse) god of the cosmos?

This depends entirely on your stance of if you're asking for a sky god or if you'd prefer only "outer space", so to speak. Given that these are ancient cultures / mythologies we're discussing, it ...
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Is the Cumaean Sybil known by any other name?

There have actually been many names from almost as many sources. In the Aeneid, Virgil described the priestess as "Deiphobe, daughter of Glaucus": ni iam praemissus Achtes Adforet, atque una ...
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What is the relationship between Thor and storms?

The 11th century Christian missionary Adam of Bremen wrote, "Thor, they say, presides over the air, he governs the thunder and lightning. the winds and rains." The Norse believed that ...
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Is there a connection between Acca Larentia and the wolf that suckled Romulus and Remus?

According with Michael Grant & John Hazel (1): [Acca Larentia] Wife of Faustulus, the shepherd who found the abandoned twins Romulus and Remus and brought them up. Since the babies had been ...
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Was divination a job reserved to women?

Certainly not the Romans, in general. For sure, the Roman haruspex and augurs were male. However, it is entirely possible that certain kinds of divination were linked to either sex, so that the kind ...
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Why did Hercules murder his first wife?

Hera struck him with madness, and he killed his wife Megara and children. In some myths, his need to atone for this led to him performing 12 Labours of Hercules. Two plays, by Euripides and Seneca, ...
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Greek or Roman equivalent of Bible

One would have to start with the Iliad and Odyssey by Homer, the Theogony by Hesiod and the Aeneid by Virgil, in addition to the aforementioned Metamorphosis by Ovid.
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Why did the Romans name the planets after their gods?

The Romans were not the first and only to apply this practice. The seven classical planets (visible to the naked eye, 5 of which today are considered actual planets) were named after deities in ...
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Did the Trojans worship the gods by their Greek or Roman names?

The simple fact that in the Aeneid Vergil used Latin names is because the Aeneid was written in Latin. That is all there is to it. It was written much later—700 years later—and thus we cannot expect ...
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Greek or Roman equivalent of Bible

In terms of comprehensiveness, the Bibliotheca of (Pseudo-)Apollodorus (text) is probably the best single work for Greek mythology. Older sources, such as Homer, Hesiod, lyric poets (e.g. Pindar) and ...
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Greek/Roman Mermaids

Virtually all the ichthyanthropomorphic [part fish, part humanoid] characters featured in Greco-Roman mythology are water deities, usually sea-gods. Even Aigipan, the one aegichthyomorphic [part goat, ...
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Is there a Western (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, or Norse) god of the cosmos?

THe closest thing to a god of the cosmos in Norse myth would be Ymir, the first being. The ice of the cold realm of Nifhel and fire from the realm of Muspellheim met in the space between, Ginnungagap, ...
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Where do satyrs and fauns come from?

Satyrs are specific to Greek mythology, Fauns are specifically Roman. Satyrs have goat's horns and horse's tails, and usually human legs, but a permanently erect penis. Fauns are more innocent but ...
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Was Saturn a person or god among the early Romans?

In ancient Rome, there was a divine trio known as the Archaic Triad. The members were Jupiter, Mars,and Quirinus. Saturn is possibly derived from Satre, an Etruscan god mentioned on a bronze tablet ...
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Did Greeks bow to their gods?

Bowing at the knees in Greek is an act called proskynesis. It wasn't mandatory, but it did occur. It was more often associated with the Persians, as they would perform proskynesis to those nobler than ...
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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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What is the connection between Poseidon and horses?

I can't find a classical source for this, but from what I understand it's related to the myth of the founding of Athens and the competition Poseidon had with Athena over who would be the city's patron....
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Was Apollo the sun god in Augustan Rome?

Yes, Phoebus Apollo was the sun god during the time of Augustine at Rome. The worship of Apollo was widespread not only in Greece but also throughout the ancient world. Shrines could be found in ...
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Was Apollo the exact same in Greek and Roman mythology?

Yes Apollo is the same god in both Greek and Roman mythology. From Wikipedia The Roman worship of Apollo was adopted from the Greeks. As a quintessentially Greek god, Apollo had no direct Roman ...
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Is it Lucifer or Venus?

As I recall, Lucifer comes from the Latin lux (light), thus as the "star" that hearkens the sunrise, you get "lucifer", which combines lux and fero (bear or carry). In terms of how and when various ...
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Why was Baal Hammon identified with Cronus/Saturn?

They sacrificed children to both From Greek Religion and Culture, the Bible and the Ancient Near East Kronos' connection to a human sacrifice was not uncommon. It also attested for Crete in the ...
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What are the differences between the Greek Hestia and the Roman Vesta with regards to both mythology and worship?

The Romans worshipped the same goddess, or rather the same ideas embodied in her, under the name of Vesta, which is in reality identical with Hestia; but as the Roman worship of Vesta differed in ...
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Odin's Counterpart

Mercury and Hermes are basically the same. The Roman Mercury is simply the Greek Hermes. Now Toth. Toth is a pure Egyptian God. In 300 BC Egypt was conquered by Alexander the Great and one of his ...
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Is there a Western (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, or Norse) god of the cosmos?

I think the primordial Titan Oceanus qualifies. The ocean might seem like an odd choice for a god of the cosmos, until you consider pre-classic era Greeks believed in a flat earth floating in an ...
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