Today is Walpurgis Night. Bonfires called called “Hexenfeuer” or “Maifeuer” will burn. There will be dancing and singing at the stroke of midnight to bring in the May. Advertisements

Flora Fountain by James Forsyth, 1864. Martyr’s Square, Mumbai, India. Portland stone. Flora was one of only fifteen Roman deities to have a state-supported high priest. The Sabine kings established her worship in Rome, and a temple was built to honor her around 237 BCE. Floralia festivities were accompanied by the release of wild hares and…

artmastered: Sir Edward John Poynter, 1881, Helen

ofgodsandemons: I always follow up honorthegods name with “Honor the Carnia” and I can’t fucking help it.  I solemnly swear that no posts in this blog have been – or ever will be – produced via consultation with a leprous pervert waving patchouli under the nose of an underaged oracle.

Flora by Sir Edward Burne Jones and William Morris, circa 1885.  The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England.  The quotation by William Morris reads: I am the handmaid of the earth, I broider fair her glorious gown, And deck her on her days of mirth With many a garland of renown. And while Earth’s little ones…

Mars Bronze, with gold and silver eyes. 2nd century CE. Zeugma Mosaic Museum, Gaziantep, Anatolia. Height: 1.45-meter/4.75 feet In 1995, a team of French archaeologists was given six weeks to excavate at the site of the Roman city of Zeugma. Situated on the shore of the Euphrates River, the site was going to be flooded at completion of the Birecek…

Diana and Actaeon by Paul Manship,  1925. Bronze with gilding. This grouping is just under life-size: Diana  is 62 3/16 x 42 ¾ x inches (157.9 x 108.5 cm) and Actaeon is 48 x 52 inches (121.9 x 132.1 cm). Actaeon was a Theban hero renowned for his hunting prowess. There are several versions of his legend – some say…

Minerva of Peace by Elihu Vedder, 1897.  Mosaic. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. The goddess has set aside her shield and helmet, but she remains vigilant with her spear still ready in her hand. A statue of Nike holds a palm branch, symbol of peace, and a laurel wreath, symbol of victory. The scroll lists…

Hades by Hellstern Please express your appreciation to Hellstern by clicking above and leaving a comment at the page for this work of art.

The Brothers by  Mariló Delgado Zeus, Poseidon and Hades during the Titanomachy. Prints available here.

Phidias Showing the Frieze of the Parthenon to his Friends by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1868. Birmingham Museums And Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK Dimensions: 43.50 in/110.49 cm wide x 28.35 in/72 cm high The Parthenon North frieze slab XLVII can be seen on the left. The West frieze Slabs I and up can just be glimpsed on the right….

 Sigurd and Brunhild by Harry George Theaker, 1920 The forest ways led him on and up a mountain-side. He came to a mountain-summit at last: Hindfell, where the trees fell away, leaving a place open to the sky and the winds On Hindfell was the House of Flame. Sigurd saw the walls black, and high, and…