History YMMV / ClassicalMythology

24th Oct '15 6:38:15 AM Morgenthaler
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Misuse. It's Genre Savvy, not just "savvy".
* 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 [[GenreSavvy have his favor]] after all. And after all one could argue that [[TheEmpire Mars was grateful]] to Rome.
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* 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 [[GenreSavvy have his favor]] favor after all. And after all one could argue that [[TheEmpire Mars was grateful]] to Rome.
15th Sep '15 3:30:07 PM AdamC
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* 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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* ** 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).
15th Sep '15 3:29:42 PM AdamC
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* 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).
8th Sep '15 6:01:05 PM RainFairy
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** Either Persephone was tricked into eating pomegranate seeds so that she'd have to split her time, or 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. Some versions of the story even indicate that Persephone was equally attracted to Hades ([[PowerIsSexy mostly because of his power]]) and knew what she was doing when she plucked the flower that brought on her abduction
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** Either Persephone was tricked into eating pomegranate seeds so that she'd have to split her time, or 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. Some versions of the story even indicate that Persephone was equally attracted to Hades ([[PowerIsSexy mostly because of [[PowerIsSexy for his power]]) power]] and knew what she was doing when she plucked the flower that brought on her abductionabduction. And 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.

** Tantalus, who, in order to prove that the gods were not infallible, served them his son, Pelops as the main course at dinner, expecting them to eat it. Instead he proved that even [[JerkassGods Olympian gods]] [[EveryoneHasStandards have standards]]. It was this myth that established cannibalism, infanticide, and violating ''xenia'' (the Greek code of hospitality) as major taboos in Greek society, and Tantalus is consistently portrayed as one of the, if not ''the'', most reprehensible character in the mythos.
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** Tantalus, who, in order to prove that the gods were not infallible, served them his son, Pelops as the main course at dinner, expecting them to eat it. Instead he proved that even [[JerkassGods Olympian gods]] [[EveryoneHasStandards have standards]]. It was this myth that established cannibalism, infanticide, and violating ''xenia'' (the Greek code of hospitality) SacredHospitality) as major taboos in Greek society, and Tantalus is consistently portrayed as one of the, if not ''the'', most reprehensible character in the mythos.

* {{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 became a gorgon because Poseidon raped her in Athena's temple, which incited Athena's wrath, 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, temple which incited Athena's wrath, 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.''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.

** Hades' kidnapping of Persephone, as mentioned earlier, [[http://lillian-raven.tumblr.com/post/52137657436/hungrylikethewolfie-cure-krismoth was considered a Greek wedding.]] By today's standards, it would be kidnapping, but an appropriate modern interpretation of the events would be Hades and Persephone falling in love, reaching and agreement and then eloping behind Demeter's back to dodge a ParentalMarriageVeto, and not to mention they're [[HappilyMarried most stable couple in the Pantheon]]. And that's not even getting into whether you prefer Persephone as the sweet little innocent who gets kidnapped and perpetually victimised, or the [[{{MyBelovedSmother}} smothered]] teen who intentionally seduced Hades to get free from her, [[TakeAThirdOption (Or maybe both)]].
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** Hades' kidnapping of Persephone, as mentioned earlier, [[http://lillian-raven.[[http://herskyofdiamonds.tumblr.com/post/52137657436/hungrylikethewolfie-cure-krismoth com/post/77535721358/lillian-raven-hungrylikethewolfie was considered a Greek wedding.]] By today's standards, it would be kidnapping, but an appropriate modern interpretation of the events would be Hades and Persephone falling in love, reaching and an agreement and then eloping behind Demeter's back to dodge a ParentalMarriageVeto, and not to mention they're [[HappilyMarried most stable couple in the Pantheon]]. And that's not even getting into whether you prefer Persephone as the sweet little innocent who gets kidnapped and perpetually victimised, or the [[{{MyBelovedSmother}} smothered]] teen who intentionally seduced Hades to get free from her, [[TakeAThirdOption (Or maybe both)]].
20th Aug '15 11:06:04 AM Rjinswand
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* MemeticMolester[=/=]MemeticSexGod: ''Zeus''. There's a reason he's the page image for DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal. Notably, though, most depictions of him leave out such things as Ganymede...even if [[VideoGame/GodOfWar those works]] which depict him without his bisexuality will [[DoubleStandard happily show]] [[GirlOnGirlIsHot female-on-female action.]]
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* MemeticMolester[=/=]MemeticSexGod: MemeticMolester: ''Zeus''. There's a reason he's the page image for DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal. Notably, though, most depictions of him leave out such things as Ganymede...even if [[VideoGame/GodOfWar those works]] which depict him without his bisexuality will [[DoubleStandard happily show]] [[GirlOnGirlIsHot female-on-female action.]]]] ** May have something to do with Ganymede being underage.
9th Aug '15 2:19:28 PM vifetoile
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** Hera is almost always seen as the enemy of Heracles. However, there were other interpretations in which they have more of a positive relationship with each other. (After all, Hera ''was'' the patron deity of where Heracles lived)
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** Hera is almost always seen as the enemy of Heracles. However, there were other interpretations in which they have more of a positive relationship with each other. (After all, Hera ''was'' the patron deity of where Heracles lived)lived. His name means "Hera's glory," and it's usually read as a pathetic attempt on Zeus' part to appease Hera, but maybe in another version, there's a different reason.) ** 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.

** Cassandra. There's literally nothing that ever seems to go right for this girl, making her perhaps one of the biggest woobies in Classical Mythology on a whole. First, either [[JerkassGods Apollo tries to rape her]], she commits the "sin" of blowing his affections off, ''or'' she leaves her work as one of the priestesses of his temple in Troy without counting on how [[BerserkButton that would piss the Hell outta him]]. Then, he curses her so that none of her visions of the future are ever believed. Then the Trojan War happens and her brother dies. Then she [[SanitySlippage starts to lose it]]. Then she tries to hide in Athena's temple only to be kidnapped and [[RapeAsDrama violently raped]] by Ajax the Lesser. Then, she ends up as King Agamemnon's concubine. And finally, Agamemnon's cheating wife Clytemnestra ''kills'' her. '' And if the ''Agamemnon'' play is to be believed, she ''clearly'' knew shit was about to go down [[DespairEventHorizon but was resigned already to her and Agamemnon's bloody fate]], not attempting to run away even when the local elders expressed some sympathy for her.
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** Cassandra. There's literally nothing that ever seems to go right for this girl, making her perhaps one of the biggest woobies in Classical Mythology on a whole. First, either [[JerkassGods Apollo tries to rape her]], she commits the "sin" of blowing his affections off, ''or'' she leaves her work as one of the priestesses of his temple in Troy without counting on how [[BerserkButton that would piss the Hell outta him]]. Then, he curses her so that none of her visions of the future are ever believed. Then the Trojan War happens and her brother dies. Then she [[SanitySlippage starts to lose it]]. Then she tries to hide in Athena's temple only to be kidnapped and [[RapeAsDrama violently raped]] by Ajax the Lesser.Lesser, while her entire family is either killed or enslaved. Then, she ends up as King Agamemnon's concubine. And finally, Agamemnon's cheating wife Clytemnestra ''kills'' her. '' And if the ''Agamemnon'' play is to be believed, she ''clearly'' knew shit was about to go down [[DespairEventHorizon but was resigned already to her and Agamemnon's bloody fate]], not attempting to run away even when the local elders expressed some sympathy for her.
19th Mar '15 6:07:23 PM Grub
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*** However, this may simply be reference to the dance of Persephone from a Roman version of her story, mentioning how she danced from god-to-god during her flower picking activities. Indeed, the Rape of Persephone is the only clear reference to a friendship between the three goddesses, in an older time where they may have been more childlike. The complete quote is as follows. --->''"Proserpine [Persephone] in spring-time led the dance over Hymettusí flowery ridges or beneath the cliffs of Sicily, on this side stepping close by Pallas [Athene], on that side hand in hand with her beloved Diana [Artemis], taller than they and surpassing her fellows, ere, she grew pale at the sight of Avernus [Haides] and all her beauty fled.''
21st Feb '15 9:21:12 AM TheWizardAbs
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** A case could be made for Actaeon too: he accidentally sees Artemis bathing and gets [[BalefulPolymorph turned into a stag]] only to be [[CruelAndUnusualDeath torn apart by his own hounds.]] And, in Ovid's Metamorphoses at least, it's implied that's what she wanted to happen (" They say Diana the Quiver-bearerís anger was not appeased, until his life had ended in innumerable wounds.") [[DisproportionateRetribution All because he accidentally walked in on her bathing.]]
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** A case could be made for Actaeon too: he accidentally sees Artemis bathing and gets [[BalefulPolymorph turned into a stag]] only to be [[CruelAndUnusualDeath torn apart by his own hounds.]] And, in Ovid's Metamorphoses at least, it's implied that's ''that's what she wanted to happen happen'' (" They say Diana the Quiver-bearerís anger was not appeased, until his life had ended in innumerable wounds.") [[DisproportionateRetribution All because he accidentally walked in on her bathing.]]
21st Feb '15 9:20:09 AM TheWizardAbs
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**A case could be made for Actaeon too: he accidentally sees Artemis bathing and gets [[BalefulPolymorph turned into a stag]] only to be [[CruelAndUnusualDeath torn apart by his own hounds.]] And, in Ovid's Metamorphoses at least, it's implied that's what she wanted to happen (" They say Diana the Quiver-bearerís anger was not appeased, until his life had ended in innumerable wounds.") [[DisproportionateRetribution All because he accidentally walked in on her bathing.]]
17th Feb '15 2:43:29 AM DeadlyAssassin
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* RunningTheAsylum: There was no single specific canon in Greek times or even Roman, and though every poet claimed the Muses for inspiration, they nonetheless didn't always listen to each other's continuity, and each city had its own preferred traditions (the Athenians bashed on Ares, the Spartans and Romans loved him).
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