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Tuesday Trivia: More Mythology. Because It’s Cool.

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.

 

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11 replies on “Tuesday Trivia: More Mythology. Because It’s Cool.”

Ooh I missed last weeks but LOOK OUT GREEK MYTHOLOGY NERD.

1. Perseus, with his kicky sandals and shield.
2. There are many versions (as with all Greek myths). My kid-friendly one said it was because she claimed to be prettier than Athena and the goddess was less than pleased. Ovid, in his definitely-not-for-kids one, said she was a priestess of Athena, was raped by Poseidon in the temple, and Athena punished her because victim-blaming apparently happened even in ancient Greece. Alternatively, she was born a monster.
3. Narcissus.
4. Orpheus (heartbreaking in Greek myths, heartbreaking in Gaiman’s Sandman.)
5. Jason.
6. Io, but really, didn’t they all get screwed over one way or another? Zeus was not a great long-time lover.
7. Getting the apples of Hesperides. And um, I know Hercules is the more common name but that’s the Roman one. Greek one’s Heracles (sorry sorry I know I hate myself too.)
8. Theseus (even as a kid I hated him. Asshole. NO I JUST SAVED YOUR LIFE YOU’RE TOTALLY WELCOME.)
9. Arachne.
10. Calliope, Clio… I used to know more. Darn.
11. It’s something with a C. I keep wanting to say Circe but I know that’s not right. It’ll come to me.

1. Jason
2. Um… because she did something bad to someone and got cursed?
3. Narcissus
4. Orpheus (that story wrecks me)
5. Was it Odysseus?
6. Hercules’ mother?
7. Something to do with the Amazonian queen
8. Theseus
9. Arachne (I only know that so readily because they use it in that new Spiderman musical)
10. Thalia was my favorite (comedy). Mel-something was the tragedy muse.
11. Is that Cassandra?

1. Perseus
2. The simple answer is the snakes for hair….
3. Narcissus.
4. Orpheus (and Orpheus in the Underworld is the musical that gave us the can-can!)
5. Jason
6. Io
7. Slaying the Nemean lions
8. Theseus
9. Arachne
10. oh feck…. not in Greek any more!
11. Cassandra

When I was little, I LOVED Greek mythology. I’m not sure why but I thought Roman mythology was stupid and refused to call the gods by their Roman names. So, we’ll see how I make due here.

1. I know it was a young dude – but they all were young weren’t they? So, I’m going with Hercules.

2. She and her sisters (bonus points!), who lived in the sea, considered themselves the most beautiful women ever and were pretty horrid and bitchy because of it. They pissed someone off (forget who) and they turned them into the most hideous creatures with their beautiful hair turned to snakes. No one could ever look at them again unless they be turned to stone. (always be nice to strangers, kids)

3. Narcissic. I hate this flower because it’s attached to him and his story. Sorry, flower. But Echo was a nice, sweet thing.

4. I can’t remember his name but I remember it having similar lines relating to Job and his wife turning into a pillar of salt.

5. Who captained the Argo?

6. Aw jeez, who didn’t get seduced by Zeus?

7. Skinned a seriously bad lion. Dammit, I used to know more of them, I remember reading about all of them. I think there was one with a tree and poison fruit? Some poor dude had to have his liver eaten out every day by a wretched crow. Oh, that might be something else…

8. Gah. I don’t know but what a jerk face. I remember the images, never the names…

9. Arachnia or something like that. Basically, arachnid is based on her name. Or vise versa as one would suspect…

10. Super Massive Black Hole (okay, kidding, Sophia Coppola. No, wait, that’s Marc Jacob’s muse…)

11. Woah, that’s some curse. Was her name Rumor? :)

And going back to read what others wrote, damn I’m off. But, I could probably draw most of the scenes.

And Sisyphus laughed…
Oh well.

1. Perseus

2. Wasn’t it because she had sex/was raped (depends on the story) in the temple of Athena (a virgin goddess) and was cursed? Or am I wrong about that?

3. Narcissus

4. Orpheus? I’m not actually sure I’ve ever heard this whole story, but I feel confident that he was the one who went to bring his wife (Eurydice) back from the underworld but then made the mistake of turning around.

5. Jason. He was a JERK. I mean, a lot of Greek heroes were, but Jason is one of the worst. Him and Theseus. Man I hate Theseus.

6. Io

7. Hah, I didn’t think the Augean Stables were so well-known. Slaying the Hydra was the first one that jumped to mind. Also slaying that big-ass lion whose hide he wore. Wasn’t there one more slaying one too?

8. Theseus (I answered about Jason before I even read this.) And the Maenads bit isn’t in every legend. In lots of legends, he’s just a flat-out jerk and abandons her even without the whole “bits of dead guy” on her bit. I said he was a jerk.

9. Arachne.

10. Terpsichore (dance.) Also Calliope (poetry) and Urania (science…astronomy specifically, I think.) Those are the only three I can think of offhand.

11. Cassandra. Poor Cassandra.

1. Who slew the Gorgon Medusa? Perseus

2. Why was Medusa so ugly? No idea

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. Narcissus

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. Orpheus

5. Who captained the Argo? Jason

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? Io

7. Can you name one of Hercules’ trials, other than cleaning out the Augean Stables? Killing the Nemean Lion

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? Theseus

9. Who was the talented young weaver that was turned into a spider by Athena after a weaving contest?Arachne

10. Can you name a Muse? Terpsichore

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. Cassandra

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