30 Day Greek Mythology Challenge

Day 1 - An Olympian - Artemis

The virgin goddess Artemis was the goddess of the hunt, wild animals, childbirth and virginity. The twin sister of the light and sun god Apollo, Artemis’ symbols include the moon. Other symbols include hunting dogs and deer. Her weapon of choice was the bow. She was strongly associated with the female lifecycle and when a woman was graced with a quick death she was said to have been shot by Artemis.

At three years old Artemis asked her father Zeus to grant her six wishes. To be a virgin forever, to have many names, to be the light bringer, to have a bow and arrows and a knee length tunic so that she could hunt, to have 60 nine year old nymphs as her choir and 20 nymphs as her handmaidens. In contrast to her sister Athena she did not wish to be patron of any city, but rather to rule the mountains and help women in the pains of childbirth.

30 day Greek Mythology Challenge

1. Olympian(s)
2. Titan(s)
3. Trojan War Character
4. Myth Involving The Underworld
5. Monster Slaying Myth
6. Abduction Myth
7. Pair of Lovers
8. Demigod
9. Zodiac or Constellation Myth
10. Creation Myth
11. Tragic Heroine Myth
12. Mortal or Semi-Divine Heroine
13. Subject of a Greek Play
14. Female antagonist in a myth
15. Favorite Female Deity
16. Creative Conception By Zeus
17. Lesser Known Myth Or Character
18. Favorite Greek Heroine
19. Myth About Revenge
20. Two Myths With A Similar Theme
21. Mythical Creature
22. Myth Involving Transformation
23. Mythic Location or Real Location Featured In A Myth
24. Myth Involving Murder
25. Parent(s) And Child(ren)
26. Siblings
27. Myth Involving Jealousy
28. One of the Lost Epics
29. Something Involving The Iliad
30. Something Involving The Odyssey

(Based on the world of mythology challenge)



Anybody else feel kind of bad when people get described this way?

"Escape?  Take my advice and wipe it from your mind,

good as your message is—you’re in my hands now.”

-Diomedes, Lines 516-17, Book 10, The Iliad

Let me just say that Diomedes continues to be a badass, and that Dolon continues to be the saddest character.

I also have to say, that for a book that was supposed to be about Diomedes and Odysseus being spies and infiltrating the enemy camp, this was a lot shorter, and a lot less graphic of a book than it should have been.  Yes, I understand that the book was just a small spy mission, but damn it, I expected more from a chapter that was purely about Diomedes and Odysseus on their own little outing.  In an epic full of books which drag on and on and on and on and on… I was shocked with how quickly the guys captured a spy, killed him, and then went on the kill twelve other men, capture their horses, and make it back to the Argive camp.  But, oh well.  

I suppose if I had to, I could make the argument that the length of this book really just speaks to the efficiency with which these two fine gentlemen can get such a mission done.  But.  You know, I don’t really want to, because what in the world in the point of that?

You know there is actually a theory that Book 10 of the Iliad was added later. One of the reasons scholars think that is probably because of the difference in pacing like you just mentioned. But I don’t know if I buy it because the pacing in the Odyssey fluctuates a lot.

I actually hate that theory because Book 10 is my favorite book in the Iliad.

I’m a huge Diomedes fan, and any Odysseus/Diomedes action is awesome in my opinion.

Diomedes is pretty much officially my favorite, and I don’t know if I was expecting more from that book or if I just wanted more, either way, I felt a little gypped.  However, I still enjoyed the crap out of every moment I was given.

As for the theory, it was my impression that there were a lot of segments that were added in later as the epic was told over several generations and grew with each telling.  Given the brevity of the book, it would not surprise me if they one day discovered that it was in fact a later addition, as what happens in that book seems to have no real impact on the books that come after.  They find a little bit of information and kill a few people, but so far as I recall, none of it seems to matter.  I will say, and this is just a feeling I have, that this book has a very different feel from the rest of the epic.