It’s Tuesday fun time! For tonight’s foray into Greek mythology, we are stepping it up a little. I went easy on you last week, so tonight will be a little tougher with questions about the heroes and victims of the gods’ attention. When it comes to the hero myths, sometimes the Greek version is better remembered and other times it’s the Roman that makes a better story, so I’ll be using both for these questions.
As always, since it’s the end of the day, you may also feel free to use this as your daily open thread and comment however you see fit.
1. Who slew the Gorgon Medusa?
2. Why was Medusa so ugly?
3. This guy was possibly the first recorded D-bag. He spurned the mountain-nymph Echo, and instead got so wrapped up in looking at his own reflection that he wasted away and turned into a flower.
4. This guy sailed on the Argo, traveled to the Underworld to bring his wife back to life and then lost her at the last second when he turned to look, was torn apart be Maenads, and had his head thrown into the river Hebrus. The head eventually landed in Lesbos, where it doled out prophesies until Apollo got pissed and made him stop.
5. Who captained the Argo?
6. Which poor lady got “seduced” by Zeus, who then rewarded her by turning her into a beautiful white cow to hide her from Hera?
7. Can you name one of Hercules’ trials, other than cleaning out the Augean Stables?
8. Who was it who defeated the Minotaur with the help of Ariadne, who he then abandoned on the Isle of Naxos after she agreed to join the Maenads on a festival night and came home all covered with bits of torn up guy?
9. Who was the talented young weaver that was turned into a spider by Athena after a weaving contest?
10. Can you name a Muse?
11. In one of the weirder stories I have read, this woman spent the night in Apollo’s temple, where snakes licked her ears clean so she could hear the whispers of the future. When she refused to become Apollo’s flavor of the week, he cursed her so that she would always prophesy truly, but never be believed.