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Who is this mystery goddess? The serpent-wielding woman of Crete.

What’s her name and what divine power did she represent? No one knows.  Whoever made her did so in about 1600 BC on Crete, during a time when a people called the Minoans lived there.  They did leave writings, called … Continue reading

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Mirror, mirror: Reflections on Medusa

When Athena looks in the mirror, does she see Medusa? When Perseus cuts off the head of the Gorgon Medusa, he does so with the aid of a mirror shield given to him by Athena, Goddess of Wisdom.  Later, he … Continue reading

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Devouring Wisdom: Why the Sky God ate his first wife

I sometimes think a volume compiling the Greek Myths ought to be labeled Gods Behaving Badly.  No heavenly bad boy exhibits worse behavior than does Zeus, King of the Gods, wielder of lightning bolts, ruler of Olympus. Zeus is father … Continue reading

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