toherrys: Freya My take on the Vanir beauty, Norse goddess Freya. Shieldmaiden and sorceress with her cloak of feathers and legendary necklace, crying tears of amber for her lost husband.
Demeter and Persephone Throwing Seeds Upon the Earth by Theodore Monolides (2002)
‘Demeter rejoiced, for her daughter was by her side.’ Illustration by Walter Crane taken from ‘The Story of Greece’ by Mary Macgregor. Published 1910 by T.C. & E.C. Jack in London
Mosaic, dated 4th century B.C.E., depicting Hermes, Hades and Persephone. Recently uncovered at the Kasta Hill burial mound at Amphipolis, an ancient city about 105 km east of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Dionysus reclines, holding a kantharos (drinking cup). He is accompanied by a female figure, usually identified as his wife Ariadne. A plate with loaves of bread sits before them. Attic black-figure neck-amphora, by an unknown artist after the manner of the Mastos Painter; ca. 520 BCE. Found at Vulci; now in the Staatliche Antikensammlungen,…
“Meditrina – Roman Goddess of Wine” by Emily Balivet Today is the Roman festival of Meditrinalia, a goddess of heath and wine. It also marked the end of wine production for the year. It was the custom to mix old and new wine in a cup, offer part of it as a libation to Meditrina,…
sylphoftime: i think it’s funny how christianity made a big deal about mary being impregnanted by god and everyone was like “oh my god the son of god! we must worship him listen to his great wisdom.” meanwhile, if you said god knocked you up in ancient greece they’d just be like “yeah, me too.”
hadrian6: Ganymede Receives the Cup from Hebe. 1786. engraving after Peter Paul Rubens. Flemish 1577-1640. http://hadrian6.tumblr.com Hebe, Goddess of Youth, was the daughter of Zeus and Hera, and held the position of cupbearer to Zeus until her wedding to Heracles, after his apotheosis. Ganymede was a prince of Troy. Zeus became enamored of the young…
hadrian6: Girls Dancing among Classical Ruins. 1781. Antonio zucchi. Italian 1726-1796. oil/canvas. http://hadrian6.tumblr.com
Pallas Athena by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, 1656. Collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal (X).