History YMMV / ClassicalMythology

6th May '17 8:24:54 AM akanesarumara
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** Following in Tantalus' terrible example is Lycaon, a brutal tyrant who served human flesh to Jupiter as a means of proving that he was not really a god. Unlike Tantalus, who was motivated by egoism, Lycaon did this in order to destroy the hopes of his oppressed people, who hoped Jupiter was coming to save them from their ruler. He also, depending on the version of the myth, was himself a cannibal. In punishment, Jupiter made him the first werewolf, noting as he did so, that it was only Lycaon's form that had changed; his savage nature remained exactly the same.

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** Following in Tantalus' terrible example is Lycaon, a brutal tyrant who served human flesh to Jupiter as a means of proving that he was not really a god. Unlike Tantalus, who was motivated by egoism, Lycaon did this in order to destroy the hopes of his oppressed people, who hoped Jupiter was coming to save them from their ruler. He also, depending on the version of the myth, was himself a cannibal. In punishment, Jupiter made him the first werewolf, noting as he did so, that it was only Lycaon's form that had changed; his savage nature remained exactly the same. And this is not counting the versions that specify that the flesh served up belonged to ''Lycaon's own grandson and Zeus/Jupiter's son'' (as in those version one of the more famous ladies the king of the gods had his way with, Callisto/Kallisto was Lycaon's daughter.)
19th Apr '17 5:02:43 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** Hera in general. She's usually seen as an unbelievably cruel and vengeful goddess, and her role as the protector of women, marriage, and families is almost always forgotten. However, according to a Watsonian perspective, all of the tales of mythology are supposedly inspired by the Muses, who are illegitimate daughters of Zeus -- ''of course'' they're going to paint Hera in a negative light. And as the story of Jason and the Argonauts can attest, when Hera picks a mortal champion to favor, she helps them loyally and with all the power at her disposal (as long as they honor her back, of course. When Jason ''didn't'', she was really fucking angry AND the other Gods backed ''her'' up).
** The story of Arachne has multiple endings, each of which paints Athena in a different light. In some Arachne lost and committed suicide, causing Athena to make her a spider in respect (making Athena look gentle and loving), or Athena turned her into a spider just for losing (making her look proud and unforgiving). Or in some versions ''Athena'' was the one who lost the contest and killed Arache in a rage over it, making her a spider afterward as a way of apologizing (which makes Athena look spiteful and petty).

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** Hera in general. She's usually seen as an unbelievably cruel and vengeful goddess, and her role as the protector of women, marriage, and families is almost always forgotten. However, according to a Watsonian perspective, all of the tales of mythology are supposedly inspired by the Muses, who are illegitimate daughters of Zeus -- ''of course'' they're going to paint Hera in a negative light. And as the story of Jason and the Argonauts can attest, when Hera picks a mortal champion to favor, she helps them loyally and with all the power at her disposal (as ''as long as they honor her back, of course. back''. When Jason ''didn't'', she ''didn't'' and abandoned Medea (who had sacrificed everything for him already), Hera was really fucking angry AND the other Gods backed ''her'' up).up.
** The story of Arachne has multiple endings, each of which paints Athena in a different light. In some Arachne lost and committed suicide, causing Athena to make her a spider in respect (making Athena look gentle and loving), or Athena turned her into a spider just for losing (making her look proud and unforgiving). Or in some versions ''Athena'' was the one who lost the contest and killed Arache in a rage over it, making her a spider afterward as a way of apologizing (which makes Athena look spiteful and petty).petty, prone to throw fits and then regret her reckless actions).
19th Apr '17 5:00:37 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** Athena did not punish Medusa. She turned her to a monster to exact revenge on all men.

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** Athena did not punish Medusa. She turned her to a monster to exact revenge on all men. (Which is egregious since she's a DaddysGirl compared with other daughters of Zeus)
19th Apr '17 4:59:29 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** Either Persephone was tricked into eating pomegranate seeds so that she'd have to split her time, she chose to eat them so she could stay with Hades and just claimed she was tricked in order to get MyBelovedSmother off her back, or she ''never'' claimed to have been tricked and instead refused to eat them until Hades gave her the power she needed/wanted in their marriage. Some versions of the story indicate that Persephone was equally attracted to Hades [[PowerIsSexy for his power]] and knew what she was doing when she plucked the flower that brought on her abduction. Others state that the "abduction" was just the final part of a BatmanGambit from ''both'' Hades and Persephone so they would be able to get married without interference (since Zeus had meddled in their previous meetings).

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** Either Persephone was tricked into eating pomegranate seeds so that she'd have to split her time, she chose to eat them so she could stay with Hades and just claimed she was tricked in order to get MyBelovedSmother off her back, or she ''never'' claimed to have been tricked and instead refused to eat them until Hades gave her the power she needed/wanted in their marriage. Some versions of the story indicate that Persephone was equally attracted to Hades [[PowerIsSexy for his power]] and knew what she was doing when she plucked the flower that brought on her abduction.abduction and ''specially'' when she ate the seeds (because she perfectly knew what eating them meant, and wanted to split her time to get benefits from both sides). Others state that the "abduction" was just the final part of a BatmanGambit from ''both'' Hades and Persephone so they would be able to get married without interference (since Zeus had meddled in their previous meetings).
6th Mar '17 8:10:26 PM Kuruni
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* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Ancient Romans Love Mars]]: Ares doesn't get much respect for his savage nature. As Mars, the Romans thought he was hardcore. Though that may be a little bit of CrazyPrepared. A city at war as often as Rome might prefer to have his favor after all. And after all one could argue that [[TheEmpire Mars was grateful]] to Rome.

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* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Ancient Romans Love Mars]]: GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Ares doesn't get much respect for his savage nature. As Mars, the Romans thought he was hardcore. Though that may be a little bit of CrazyPrepared. A city at war as often as Rome might prefer to have his favor after all. And after all one could argue that [[TheEmpire Mars was grateful]] to Rome.
6th Mar '17 4:19:15 PM TristanJeremiah
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* [[Ancient Romans Love Mars GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff]]: Ares doesn't get much respect for his savage nature. As Mars, the Romans thought he was hardcore. Though that may be a little bit of CrazyPrepared. A city at war as often as Rome might prefer to have his favor after all. And after all one could argue that [[TheEmpire Mars was grateful]] to Rome.

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* [[Ancient [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Ancient Romans Love Mars GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff]]: Mars]]: Ares doesn't get much respect for his savage nature. As Mars, the Romans thought he was hardcore. Though that may be a little bit of CrazyPrepared. A city at war as often as Rome might prefer to have his favor after all. And after all one could argue that [[TheEmpire Mars was grateful]] to Rome.
6th Mar '17 4:17:19 PM TristanJeremiah
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** One of [[WarGod Ares]]' [[http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/Ares.html#Hymns Hymns]] described him as kind of a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Guy]] while the other described him as more of the [[BloodKnight Blood Knight]] that people are more familiar with.

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** One of [[WarGod Ares]]' [[http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/Ares.html#Hymns Hymns]] described him as kind of a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Guy]] while the other described him as more of the [[BloodKnight Blood Knight]] BloodKnight that people are more familiar with.



* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Ares doesn't get much respect for his savage nature. As Mars, the Romans thought he was hardcore. Though that may be a little bit of CrazyPrepared. A city at war as often as Rome might prefer to have his favor after all. And after all one could argue that [[TheEmpire Mars was grateful]] to Rome.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: [[Ancient Romans Love Mars GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff]]: Ares doesn't get much respect for his savage nature. As Mars, the Romans thought he was hardcore. Though that may be a little bit of CrazyPrepared. A city at war as often as Rome might prefer to have his favor after all. And after all one could argue that [[TheEmpire Mars was grateful]] to Rome.
6th Mar '17 2:30:37 PM SonofAkatosh
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* {{Misblamed}}: Some stories depict that Aphrodite took her wrath to anyone who was claimed to be [[TheWorfEffect more beautiful than her]], and even said that she was the one who turned Medusa into a Gorgon because she's more beautiful than Aphrodite, or she was the one Cassiopeia boasted Andromeda on in terms of beauty, causing her to request Poseidon to demand Andromeda's sacrifice. The more believed versions was that Aphrodite has no business within these territories, she only did those jealousy things on Psyche; Medusa either became a gorgon because Poseidon raped her in Athena's temple which incited Athena's wrath or was a monster from the very, whereas Cassiopeia boasted that Andromeda was more beautiful than ''the Nereids'', beautiful creatures of the sea, which was taken as an insult by ''Poseidon''. There were also several women considered most beautiful/on equal/better than Aphrodite, and she didn't go on a jealous rage: Helen of Troy (in which she even approves and uses to persuade Paris in Trojan War) and Heracles' mother Alcmene.

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* {{Misblamed}}: Some stories depict that Aphrodite took her wrath to anyone who was claimed to be [[TheWorfEffect more beautiful than her]], and even said that she was the one who turned Medusa into a Gorgon because she's more beautiful than Aphrodite, or she was the one Cassiopeia boasted Andromeda on in terms of beauty, causing her to request Poseidon to demand Andromeda's sacrifice. The more believed versions was that Aphrodite has no business within these territories, she only did those jealousy things on Psyche; Medusa either became a gorgon because Poseidon raped her in Athena's temple which incited Athena's wrath or was a monster from the very, very beginning, whereas Cassiopeia boasted that Andromeda was more beautiful than ''the Nereids'', beautiful creatures of the sea, which was taken as an insult by ''Poseidon''. There were also several women considered most beautiful/on equal/better than Aphrodite, and she didn't go on a jealous rage: Helen of Troy (in which she even approves and uses to persuade Paris in Trojan War) and Heracles' mother Alcmene.
25th Feb '17 7:19:30 AM Anddrix
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* HellIsThatNoise: Pan loved to scare the shit out of lonely travelers by hiding nearby and letting out a bloodcurdling scream. Ever wonder where we get the word "panic?" Now you know. This, combined with his [[GagPenis enormous penis]] and [[MemeticMolester insatiable sex drive]], makes Pan a god you ''never'' want to mess with.
13th Feb '17 10:34:23 AM akanesarumara
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** Dionysus' early story reads like a TraumaCongaLine. His mother was burnt to death while still pregnant with him because his mother was tricked by Hera to ask Zeus to show himself in his true godly form, so Zeus had to sew fetus Dionysus into his thigh. After the baby was ready to be born, Zeus gave him to Hermes to take to the relatives of the dead mother, who dressed him up as a girl to hide his presence from Hera. They succeeded... for three years. Then Hera drove them insane, made them kill their own children and themselves, and the only reason why Dionysus survived was because Zeus turned him into a goat. The toddler gets shipped off to Mount Nysa, where he is raised by satyrs and nymphs and lives the good life, having friends, till one of them dies trying to get him a new strange plant, which Dionysus makes bear fruit in penance, creating the first grapes and then wine. He starts to get a following and then the first time he and his entourage offer the king of a city their help, said king kills several of the satyrs, Dionysus' SECOND stepmom, and almost Dionysus himself too, but he gets away into the sea where he stays with Thetys for a while to regroup.
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