Mythic Heroes – ‘cluster’ specifications. Miraculous birth, early threats Disinheritance and/or powerful enemy Quest(s) – impossible tasks requiring strength and courage Helpers – often divine Inability to handle women Difficulty controlling passions Egocentricity.
Miraculous birth, early threats
Disinheritance and/or powerful enemy
Quest(s) – impossible tasks requiring strength and courage
Helpers – often divine
Inability to handle women
Difficulty controlling passions
*Story of plague on Aegina and ‘Ant-people’ (Myrmidons)
*Story of Cephalus’ javelin and Laelaps the hunting hound – Cephalus and his wife, Procris
Two children – Helle and Phrixus
stranger with one sandal
and met Juno on the way, losing
After golden fleece.
Zetes & Calais (sons of Boreas, the North Wind)
Voyage of the Argonauts from Iolcus to Colchis and back (the long way around)
(1) yoke the bronze-hooved, fire-breathing bull and (2) plow a field and sow dragon’s teeth
Jason using a charm against the dragon that guarded the fleece. Medea provided a sleeping potion for the dragon.
Theseus lifting rock.
Theseus’ journey from Troezen, where his mother, Aethra, was princess, to Athens to claim his birthright from his father, Aegeus, King of Athens. There were six events on the trip.
Theseus tying Sinis to his own tree
Theseus defeating Sciron by throwing him off a cliff
Theseus and man-eating sow
Theseus wrestling Cercyron
Theseus meets his father, Aegeus, King of Athens
Theseus and Minotaur in the Labyrinth – Theseus and Ariadne in foreground
In war between Crete and Athens, both sought the island of Aegina as an ally.
Cephalus approached by Aurora (goddess of Dawn – Eos to Greeks) who loves him. He refuses to give up his wife, Procris.
Reunion of Cephalus and his wife, Procris, who gives him the divine javelin and special hunting dog, Laelaps, gifts to her from Diana.