minor goddesses 1/12 ▻ hecate is the greek goddess of sorcery, often referred to as the “queen of ghosts”; she is variously associated with the moon, magic, witchcraft, crossroads, entrance-ways, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, ghosts and necromancy.
Ares was the Olympian god of war, battlelust and courage, son of Zeus and Hera. He is the personification of bold force and strength, and not so much the god of war as of its tumult, confusion, and horrors
and while his sister Eris calls forth war, Ares loves war for its own sake, and delights in the din and roar of battles and in the slaughter of men.
Eris was the goddess or personified spirit of strife, discord, contention and rivalry. She was often portrayed haunting the battlefield and delighting in human bloodshed, and even after all the other gods have withdrawn from the battle, she would remain rejoicing over the havoc that has been made.
“Antinoös, I cannot thrust the mother who bore me, who raised me, out of the house against her will. My father, alive or dead, is elsewhere in the world. It will be hard to pay back Ikarios, if willingly I dismiss my mother. I will suffer some evil from her father, and the spirit will give me more yet, for my mother will call down her furies upon me as she goes out of the house, and I shall have the people’s resentment.” - Telemachus (Requested by @telemakheia)
Athena was the Olympian goddess of wisdom and good counsel, war, the defence of towns, heroic endeavour, weaving, pottery and various other crafts. She was the daughter of Zeus and Metis, thus we have at once the clue to the character which she bears in the religion of Greece; for, as her father was the most powerful and her mother the wisest among the gods, so Athena was a combination of the two, that is, a goddess in whom power and wisdom were harmoniously blended.
was the winged goddess of victory – both in war and in peaceful competition. She is often seen represented in ancient works of art, especially together with other divinities, such as Zeus and Athena, and with conquering heroes whose horses she guides.
Lampades originate from Greek mythology and are nymphs of the vast, dark underworld. They are faithful to the goddess of witchcraft, Hecate, and carry her torches, keeping her company on her night-time travels and hauntings. The bright, unrelenting light from the nymphs’ torches was said to drive mortal men to the brink of madness.
KALLIOPE (Calliope), the eldest of the Mousai, was also the goddess of eloquence, who bestowed her gift on kings and princes. In the Classical era, when the Muses were assigned specific artistic spheres, Kalliope was named ‘Muse of epic poetry’. In this guise she was portrayed holding a tablet and stylus or a scroll. In older art she holds a lyre. Her name means “beautiful-voiced” from the Greek words kallos and ops.
Hera was the Olympian queen of the gods and heavens, and the goddess of marriage and women. As the wife and sister to Zeus, she was treated by the gods with the same reverence as her husband. Her character is not of a very amiable kind, and its main features are obstinacy and a quarrelling disposition, which sometimes makes her own husband tremble.
Hebe was one of the offsprings between the marriage of Zeus and Hera and is described as the goddess of youth and the minister of the gods, who fills their cups with ambrosia at the heavenly feast. Before her marriage to Heracles in what would be his apotheosis, she is often depicted alongside her mother, the queen of the gods.
The Hyades are from Greek mythology and were the nymphs of the five stars of the constellation Hyades. They were daughters of Atlas, who bore the starry dome of heaven upon his shoulders. After their brother Hyas was killed, the crying sisters were placed among the stars as the constellation Hyades. The heliacal setting of their constellation in November marked the start of the rainy season in Greece, hence the star nymphs were known as The Rainy Ones.
Dionysus (Διόνυσος), → Dionysus is known as Bacchus by the Romans, was the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness and ecstasyin Greek mythology. His central cult imagery shows his triumphant, disorderly arrival or return. His procession (thiasus) is made up of wild female followers (maenads) and bearded satyrs, and the god himself is drawn in a chariot, usually by exotic beasts such as lions or tigers.
“As it is, the Greek story has it that no sooner was Dionysus born than Zeus sewed him up in his thigh and carried him away to Nysa in Ethiopia beyond Egypt”.
“Narcissus was a youth of the town of Thespiai in Boiotia. He was celebrated for his beauty and attracted many admirers but, in his arrogance, spurned them all. The suffering of two of these, however, would bring down a curse upon him.
The nymph Echo - a girl cursed by Hera to repeat only the last words of what was said before - was rejected by the boy and fading away in despair left behind nothing but an echoing voice.”