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Trivia / Classical Mythology

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  • Name's the Same: Tons of examples with minor characters. Kind of enforced by folk etymology example would be Chronos (personification/titan of time) and Kronos (titan and father of Zeus). They are factually unrelated, but since their names are nearly identical, they became conflated quick. (It helped that Kronos was a fertility god - think "Time the reaper".)
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    • Naturally, God of War has the protagonist, who is named after the God of Force,note  who was an agent of Zeus that got sent to order the punishment of Prometheus.
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    • The planet Nepenthe in Star Trek: Picard is named after the drug of forgetfulness.
    • Words of Science and the History Behind Them cites Greek and Roman mythology several times:
      • The entry for "Insect" explains that the pupa stage of development is also called a nymph, a creature from Classical Mythology.
      • The entry for "Mammal" explains that the spiny anteater is also called the echidna, after the Greek monster.
      • The entry for "Nicotine" explains that the word morphine comes from the Roman god of sleep, Morpheus.
      • The entry for "Phobos" explains that the moons of Mars comes from Greek Mythology; Ares had two sons, named Phobos and Deimos.
      • The entry for "Phospherous" explains that the Greeks figured out that the "morning star" and "evening star" were actually the same planet, so they named it Aphrodite from Greek Myth. The Roman name for the same goddess is Venus.
      • The entry for "Psychology" begins by describing the relationship between Psyche and Eros, characters from Classical Mythology.
      • The entry for "Tantalum" explains that the atomic element 73 is named after King Tantalus of Lydia, from Classical Mythology.
      • The entry for "Uranium" explains how the planet Uranus got its name from the god Ouranos, and how the element Uranium derives its name from that of the planet. Zeus/Jupiter, Cronos/Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto are also mentioned and elements are named after those planets as well.
      • The entries for "Volcano" and "Vulcanize" both mention the god Vulcan, and the former also mentions Hephaestus and The Iliad because Hephaestus is assumed to use Mt Etna as a forge.
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    • X-Men: Apocalypse, during the Opening Monologue, says "Give someone wings, and they may fly too close to the sun", a quote that refers to the Greek myth of Icarus and Daedalus.
  • Running the Asylum: 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, the Athenians loved Theseus, everyone else saw him as a huge dick, etc.).
  • Science Marches On: Zeus was described as giving birth to Athena "by himself" because many Greeks believed that women didn't contribute to child development beyond holding the man's seed. Thus Metis proved Zeus's body was just as good after he ate her, passing on the whole embryo development process to him and using the time to forge Athena's armor, her pounding causing headaches that eventually led to his head being split open. To a modern audience, though, nothing is really proved because we know sperm needs to meet an egg. This is also the logic that leads to him taking Dionysus into his hip, further "proving" the father of the gods can do everything the mother can. Let's also take into account we are discussing a man who throws lightning and a couple who can both shapeshift.


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