gracedpalmer: Tyr, not Thor, is the Norse god of warriors. He is notable for his bravery and willingness to protect warriors. He has a curious relationship with Loki’s wolf-son, Fenrir. Tyr was the only one willing to feed the ferocious wolf as it was growing up. When the gods decided that Fenrir was too dangerous…

Ceres. Greek postage stamp, circa 1970. Farming methods have changed, but the Goddess still blesses the cultivated fields.

gracedpalmer: Enki is a Sumerian creator god, also known as Ea by the Babylonians and Akkadians. He was considered the god of magic, wisdom and underground water. Enki’s symbols include river reeds and fish, goats, and trees. Ancient depictions often include the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and his sacrifices often included carp and other fish. 

Scene from The Ecclesiazusae By Aristophanes. Photograph by Franca Centaro, 2013.  Today is the Skira, an agricultural festival honoring Athena, Poseidon, Demeter and Kore (Persephone). It was one of the few days when the women of ancient Athens would gather in public to sacrifice together, shunning the company of their husbands.  The Skira is the setting for…


Featured Image: Athena by gracedpalmer: Athena is pretty well-known as the guardian of Athens and goddess of wisdom, but her association with snakes is sometimes forgotten. In early representations, she is often shown with a shield or cloak fringed with serpents, called the Aegis. Her Roman counterpart is Minerva, who shares many of her myths.

Vulcan by alexa-asta, 2011.

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statuemania: First Secret Confided to Venus by François Jouffroy, 1839. Musée du Louvre, Paris. (Photo by Loreleianne)

monsieurlabette: Robert C. Rore (Germany)  Bacchus 4  Aquarell, 30x30cm  2012

Anniversary of the Death of the Emperor Julian

The End of the Emperor Julian by Tancredi Scarpelli, 1929. “He divided his life into care for the state and devotion to the altars, associating with the gods in countless initiations, mourning for our desecrated temples, when mourning was all that he could do, but then, when the opportunity came, taking up arms for them….

Neptune, known as Poseidon to the Greeks, stands in a replica of Rome’s Trevi Fountain at outside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.  (via Neptune)