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Achilles' heel



handsome young man, Aphrodite loved him


anything pertaining to wind; god who was Keeper of Wind


physically perfect male; god of music and light, known for physical beauty


all-seeing, from Argus, the 100-eyed monster that Hera had guarding Io


goddess of wisdom, the city, and arts, patron goddess of the city of Athens


strong like Atlas, carried the globe (world) on his shoulders


early morning or sunrise; from the Roman personification of Dawn or Eos


n; wild, drunken party or rowdy celebration; from Bacchus, god of wine


adj; pertaining to a wild, drunken party or celebration from god of wine, Bacchus (Roman), Dionysus (Greek)


series of whistles--crcus organ; from the Muse of eloquence or beuatiful voice


a person who continually predicts misfortune but often is not believed; from daughter of Priam cursed by Apollo for not returning his love; he left her with the gift of prophecy but made it so no one would believe her


a monster that had the head, arms, and chest of a man, and the body of a horse


horrible creature of the imagination, an absurd or impossible idea; wild fancy; a monster w a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail, supposed to breathe fire


eager "desire" to possess something, greed or avarice, Roman god of love (Greek=Eros)


of or having to do with sexual assion or love, Eros


(Latin--furere to rage) wild enthusiasm or excitement, rage; fury, "run like fury' any one of the three Furies


a very ugly or terrible person, esp a repulsive woman; Medusa, any one or three sisters have snakes for hair and faces so horrible that anyone who looked them turned to stone


calm, peaceful, tranquil--archaic bird supposed tobreed in a nest on the sea and calm the water, identified with the kingfisher


a predatory person or nagging woman; from harpy, a foul creature that was part woman, part bird


to bully; from Hector, the son of Priam (king of Troy) and the bravest Trojan warrior. Killed Achilles' friend Patroclus

Helen (of Troy)

Hellenistic; of or relating to Greece, or a Specialist of language or culture in Greece; symbol of a beautiful woman; from HElen of Troy, the daughter of Leda and Zeus, the cause of the Trojan War

Leda and Zeus

the cause of the Trojan War


very strong or of extraordinary power, Hera's glory, son of Zeus. Performed 12 labors imposed by Hera


having many centers or branches, hard to bring under control, something bad you cannot eradicate; from Hydra, the 9-headed serpent that was sacred to Hera, Hercules killed him in one of the 12 labors


a play of colors producing rainbow effects; from Iris, Goddess of the rainbow


good humored; from the word Jove, used to express surprise or agreement (Jupiter)


marked by stately beauty; comes fro the word Juno, the wife of Jupiter, Goddess of light, birth, women, and marriage


n; abnormal drowsinessor inertia; from the word Lethe, a river in Hades that caused drinkers to forget their past


suited for war or a warrior; from Mars, the Roman God of War


sorceress or enchantress; from Medea who helped Jason and the Argonauts capture the Golden Fleece; kown for her revenge gainst Jason when he spurned her for the princess of Corinth


a trusted counselor or guide; from Mentor, a friend of Odyssesus' son, who was entrusted w his education


a carrier of tidings, a newsboy, a messenger; messenger of the gods, conductor of souls to the lower world, and god of elouence; fabled inventor, wore winged hat and sandals


a device used to aid memory; the personification of memory, Mnemosyne, who gave birth to the nine Muses, who supposedly gave good memory in story telling


a bitter white crystalline alkaloid used to relieve pain and induce sleep; Morpheus was a god that could easily change form or shape


some creature of inspiration; the daughters of Mnemosyne and Zeus, divine singers that presided over thought in all its forms


being in love with our own self-image; named for Narcissus, a handsome young man who despised love, Echo, a nymph who was in love with him, wasrejected and decreed, "Let he who loves not others, love himself." Hearing this, he fell in love with his image while gazing in a pond, a drowned himself trying to capture it


just punishment, one who inflicts due punishment; goddess who punishes crimel but more often she is the power charged w curbing all excess, such as excessive good fortune or arrogant pride


sea personified; the Roman god associated w Poseidon, god of the water and oceans


mournful woman; from Niobe, whose children were slain by Apollo and Artemis because of her braggingl the gods pitied her and turned her into a rock that was always wet from weeping


a long journey; named for Odysseus, the character in The Odyssey by Homer. Odysseus makes his long journey back from the Trojan War, encountering several obstacles along the way


majestic in manner, superior to mundane affairs, any participant in the ancient or modern Olympic gamesl named after 12 gods that were supposed to reside on Mt. Olympus


a song of joy; a ritual epithet of Apollo the healer. In homeric poems, a independent god of healing named Paean or Paeon, who took care of Hades when the latter was wounded

Pandora's box

Something that opens the door for bad occurrences, opened by someone known for curiosity, named for Pandora who was the first mortal, sent by Zeus, to punish man for Prometheus' theft or fire. For her curiosity in opening the box, Zeus gave her all human ills in the world, leaving only hope at the bottom


Mountain ws sacred to arts and literature; any center of poetic or artistic activity; poetry or poets collectively, a common title for selection of poetryl named after the hero of Mt Parnassus, the son of Poseidon and Nymph. He founded the oracle of Python, which was later occupied by Apollo


poetic inspiration; named after a winged horse which sprang from the blood of Medusa at her deathl a stamp of his hoof caused Hippocrene, the fountain of the Muses, to issue poetic inspiration from Mount Helicon


A symbol of immortality or rebirthl named after the egyptian mythology phoenix, a long bird which lived in the Arabian desert and then consumed itself in fire, rising renewed from the flame to start another long life


a government by the wealthy, named after Pluton, the "Rich Man," a ritual title of Hades. He was originally the god of the fields because the ground was the source of all wealth, ores and jewels


life-bringing, creative, or courageously original; named after a Titan who brought man the use of fire hic he had stolen from heaven for their benefit


taking many forms versatile; named after Proteus, a god of the sea, charged with tending the flocks of the sea creatures belonging to Poseidon. He had the ability to change himself into whatever form he desired, using this power particularly when he wanted to elude those asking him questions


the human soul, self, the mind; named after Psyche, a maiden who, after undergoing many hardships due to Aphrodite's jealousy, reunited with Cupid and was made immortal by Jupiter, she personifies the soul joined to the heart of love


someone (usually a male) who tries to fashion someone into the person he desires from a myth adapted into a play by George Bernard Shaw; a woman-hating sculptor who makes a female figure of ivory who Aphrodite brings to life for him

Pyrrhic victory

a too costly victory; from Pyrrhus, a Greek king who defeated the Romans in 279 BC, but suffered extemely heavy losses in the fight


a period of unrestrained revelry; named after te ancient Roman festival of Saturn, with general feasting in revelry of honor of the winter solstice


sluggish, gloomy, morose, inactive in winter months; named after the god Saturn, often associated w the god of the Underworld


a witch or sorceress, a priestess who made known the oracles of Apollo and s=ppossessed the gift of prophecy


having a loud voice; after Stentor, a character in the Iliad who could shout as loudly as 50 men. He engaged in a shouting match against Hermes and was put to death after losing


dark and gloomy; named after the river Styx, a river in the Underworld, the water is poisonous for human and cattle and said to break iron, metal and pottery, though it is said a horse's hoof is unharmed by it


from King Tantalus, who reigned on Mt. Sipylus and was condemned to reside in a beautiful river w sumptuous fruits just out f reach and the water undrinkable, always tempting him as punishment for excessive pride (he boiled his son and fed the broth to trick the gods)


pertining to dance; for Terpischore, one of the nine muses, sometimes said to be the mother of the sirens and the protector of dance


large, grand, enormous, after Tityus, a giant, the son of Zeus and Elara. His body covers over two acres. Or after the Titans, the offspring of Chronus and Rhea, who went to war against Zeus and the other Olympian gods


orginated from Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, whose forge is said to be under mountains


to treat rubber with sulfur to increase strength and elasticity; from the Roman God of Fore and Metallurgy, Vulcan/Hephaestus


a powerful man; king of the gods, ruler of Mt. Olympus, vengeful hurler of thunderbolts