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Where is Arcadia?
In Greece. Arcadia is a historical land situated in the middle part of the Peloponnese in Greece. It's mountainous, covered in forest and hardscrabble, from ancient times it was poor and sparsely populated. In art it became a symbol of happiness, simple life and escape from civilization's concerns.
Which god were the ancient Olympic games devoted to?
Zeus. Olimpia was a famous center of Zeus worship. This place was famous for the huge statue of Zeus (by Phidias), made of gold and ivory, considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Which king had donkeys' ears?
Midas, according to a Greek myth, was once one of the judges in a musical contest between Apollo and Pan (in another version: Marsyas). The victory was awarded to Apollo, and all but one agreed with the judgment. Midas questioned the justice of the award, so Apollo caused his ears to become the ears of a donkey.
How long did the journey of Odysseus last?
10 years. The Odyssey begins 10 years after the end of the Trojan War. Odysseus still does not come home from the war. His son Telemach is 10 years old and shares his home with his mother Penelope and 108 young people whose goal is to marry Penelope.
Who was the god/goddess of hunting in Greek mythology?
Artemis was one of the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities. Her Roman equivalent is Diana. Artemis was often described as the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity and protector of young girls; she often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows.
Which Greek hero killed Chimera?
Bellerophon was "the greatest hero and slayer of monsters, alongside Cadmus and Perseus, before the days of Heracles". His greatest feat was killing the Chimera, a monster that Homer depicted with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail: "her breath came out in terrible blasts of burning flame".
What is the name of the Muse of comedy?
Thalia was the Muse who presided over comedy and idyllic poetry. She was portrayed as a young woman with a joyous air, crowned with ivy, wearing boots and holding a comic mask in her hand. Many of her statues also hold a bugle and a trumpet (both used to support the actors' voices in ancient comedy), or occasionally a shepherd’s staff or a wreath of ivy.
Who killed Python in Greek mythology?
Apollo. Python was the serpent, sometimes represented as a dragon, that presided at the Delphic oracle. Greeks considered the site to be the centre of the earth, represented by a stone, the omphalos or navel, which Python guarded. It became the chthonic enemy of Apollo, who slew it and took over Python's former home and oracle.
Who was the muse of lyric poetry in Greek mythology?
Euterpe was one of the Muses, the daughters of Mnemosyne, fathered by Zeus. When poets assigned roles to each of the Muses, she was the muse of music. In late Classical times she was named muse of lyric poetry and depicted holding a flute. A few say she invented the aulos or double-flute, though most mythographers credit Marsyas with its invention.