Monday, December 16, 2013

Ancient Greek Symbols

I understand this blog post has been delayed for a while now. With my on the job training it kind of hindered my blog posts a tad bit. I wanted to start up this Ancient Greek blog post after I accidentally posted previously with it being unfinished. Well tonight I am starting it since quite a few have been needing to see this. Haha Anyway let us get started on these Ancient Greek symbols.

The Minotaur symbol is one many people should already be familiar with. Considering it tells the story of Daedalus and Icarus. A father and his son that try to escape the island of Crete in which the temple of the Labyrinth was ordered to be built by King Minos. The Labyrinth was to be built for the Minotaur to reside within it's walls. The Minotaur later on is told of in the tale of Theseus having to kill the Minotaur. Theseus had to travel into the Labyrinth in order to complete his task.

The Gorgon symbol is yet another symbol many more than likely know about. A Gorgon was known as a terrible creature or loud sounding. She was a large vicious female type monster with large fangs. This Gorgon was known as a protective deity. Although she became too powerful and those that gazed into her eyes were turned to complete stone. One of these well known Gorgon's was called the Medusa. She was not the only Gorgon known in Greece. Two other Gorgons included Stheno and Euryale. The difference between the three is that Medusa was never immortal, but Stheno and Euryale were immortal.

Zeus is the Greek Father of gods and men. He ruled the people of Mount Olympus. Much like Thor the Norse of God thunder. Zeus is also known as the Greek God of the sky and thunder. Jupiter is the Roman counterpart of Zeus, and his Etruscan counterpart is Tinia. Zeus is the child of Cronus and Rhea. It explains from most traditions he was married to Hera. Those familiar with the Iliad, he is the father of Aphrodite the goddess of Love by Dione. There are a few tales here and there which will tell something a tad bit different.

Apollo is considered one of the most important gods of Greek and Roman mythology. Apollo is known as the god of the sun and light, truth and prophecy, medicine, healing, and plague etc. Among other many interesting things as well. Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto. His twin sister is the chaste huntress Artemis. Apollo reminds me of the name Apollyon in the Book of Revelations. Not sure if both represent the same god, or it represents to completely different gods.

The Mano Fico symbol also called the figa is an ancient Italian talisman of ancient origin. This symbol has been found during the Roman era, and it was also used by the Etruscans. The symbol worn as an amulet or use as an apotropaic gesture. Mano Fico was used as a magical property to protect those from the Evil Eye.  Mano Fico is probably still used as a symbol, but it probably isn't used as much as it was during the Roman or Etruscan eras.

There are many more symbols used from Greece. Others are from Rome as well and most of them interlock in one way or another. I am sure you enjoyed this blog post. I understand it is short and not much information was found on the site I looked over. I will share the link and you can do further research into these symbols. The Hebrew symbols blog post I am sure will be much better. See you in the next blog post. :)

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