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artemis & apollo

Artemis and Apollo were the twins of Zeus and Leto. Since their father was already married to Hera, their mother was relentlessly pursued by her, and could not rest long enough to give birth. Eventually, Leto found refuge on the floating isle of Delos and gave birth to Artemis, who then assisted with the birth of her twin brother Apollo.

Artemis became the virgin goddess of wilderness and hunting, but also the patroness of childbirth and the protector of young girls; Apollo became the god of oracles and prophecy, music, poetry, archery, and disease, but also the protector of young boys. Together, the twins were also harbingers of illness and sudden death. 

gods for the modern age: persephone

wear flowers in your hair and silks on your body. do not let yourself wither. do not let yourself break. tattoo what was done to you onto your skin and turn it into a weapon. rise from the ashes year after year, trailing glory in your train and wearing riches in your crown. you were good, you stayed hidden, but you were tricked and dragged down into the shadows anyway—so by god, make those shadows your own.

—  Unknown
GREEK MYTHOLOGY: Αναγκη // Protogenoi of Necessity

Ananke was the goddess/personification of destiny, necessity, compulsion, and fate. She marks the beginning of the cosmos, along with Chronos.  She emerged self-formed at the very beginning of time–an incorporeal, serpentine being whose outstretched arms encompassed the breadth of the universe. 

She was seen as the most powerful dictator of all fate and circumstance which meant that mortals, as well as the Gods, respected her and paid homage. Considered as the mother of the Fates according to one version, she is the only one to have control over their decisions. 

The Greek primordial deities, or the Protogenoi, were the first beings that came into existence. They helped form the very fabric of the universe and are immortal. These gods and goddesses preceded all the Titans and the Olympians.

greek mythology meme: [3/7] gods

↳ athena

Although her mother’s identity is a subject of great debate, most agree that Athena was born in full battle-gear from Zeus’s head, and gave a mighty war-cry. Her eyes were said to be terrifyingly bright and either grey or blue, and she carried the head of a gorgon on her shield to intimidate and scare her enemies. In any case, Athena was the virgin goddess of wisdom and crafts, but at the same time a goddess of war and heroics.

I’ll tell you a secret, something they don’t teach you in your temple. The gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now, and we will never be here again.
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Achilles

Orestes - Prince of the Cursed House of Atreus

Orestes was the son of the Trojan War hero, King Agamemnon. When Agamemnon sailed for Troy, he sacrificed his oldest daughter for favorable winds. At the time Orestes was a newborn baby. When Agamemnon returned 10 years later, he was murdered by his wife, Clytemnestra.

As Agamemnon’s son, Orestes is required to avenge his father but since his father’s killer is his own mother Orestes is put in an impossible situation. He kills Clytemnestra and is pursed and tormented by the Furies and driven mad. In some versions of the myth Orestes is eventually acquitted of his torments.

Painting: The Remorse of Orestes (1862) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) 

 

#Medusa the original Gorgon sister. Once she was a looker, a bess thing, but she decided to put a cussing on the Goddess Athena telling her that she (the goddess) was jealous of her beauty. Athena punished her by turning her good hair into snakes and making her so ugly that any man ‘watch dat’ will turn to stone. #greekmyth #Versace Versace Versace Versace

Philoctetes

Piloctetes was a Greek Trojan War hero who carried the bow of Heracles. Before arriving at Troy he received a bite from a poisonous snake on his foot. The festering wound made a horrible stench and the other Greek heroes marooned him on an island.

In the last year of the Trojan War the heroes recognized their error (due to a prophecy that Troy would not fall without the Bow of Heracles) and sent Odysseus and Diomedes to retrieve Philoctetes.