Classical Mythology

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Friday September 7, 2007 Iconography of a god or goddess is a set of regular attributes and can be used to identify them. -- Ex. Bow of Apollo, typical dress of a god, the sacred plant or bird associated with a god. Characteristics: -- Zeus- sky god, bringer of justice, thunderbolt. He is often shown as a regal member and is often shown in the nude. -- Poseidon- shown in chariot by sea creature with wife Amphitrite. He is known to be angry and violent (ex. Earthquakes). -- Hera- queen of the gods, sister of Zeus. Is a matronly figure, the Earth mother and a jealous wife who would punish Zeus’ lovers. -- Athena- Associated with war, skill and arts and crafts. -- Ares- Associated with war but was a butcher (unlike Athena). Believed that war a necessary evil. * Zeus told him “You are the most hateful of the gods to me”. -- Apollo and Artemis- were twin brother and sister. Apollo was god of the sun, music and associated with healing. -- Artemis- was a virgin goddess, the goddess of the hunt and associated with chastity.
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