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Stories of the Past 2 by A-gnosis Stories of the Past 2 by A-gnosis
The second page. A lot of talking and very few backgrounds. Easy to draw, but maybe not so fun to look at.

Hestia was the goddess of the family hearth (and thus also of cooking) and the sacrificial flame. The myths hardly say anything about her, except that both Apollon and Poseidon wanted to marry her, but she refused and swore to remain a virgin forever. Zeus honoured her decision and gave her a "place in the midst of the house". Thus she was honoured in every Greek home and in all the temples of the gods.

The Titanomachia was a war that Zeus and his siblings fought against their father and the titans. According to Hesiod, it lasted for ten years and no victory was in sight for either side, until Zeus had freed the Hekatonkheires (three hundred-armed giants) from Tartaros and won them as his allies. There was an epic poem about the Titanomachia, but it has been lost, and only fragments of the story remain. I can not tell you how frustrating this is. When exactly did the war take place? How many of Zeus' children (if any) were born then?

I've taken the liberty to include Athena among the gods who fought in the Titanomachia. Her mother, Metis, is said to have been Zeus' first lover, so logically she would be Zeus' oldest child (Greek mythology is not known to be logical, though. And since Athena wasn't exactly born the usual way, it's difficult to say exactly when it happened. Hephaistos is often said to have been the one who made her birth possible and he was the last of the twelve great gods to arrive at Olympus. I'm gonna stop now before I go crazy). :o
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SatoriPangea Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Of Hestia I don't know much. Only what the Romans had with her priestesses, the whole deal, and I never really understood why to bother that much. Then again, I don't know if the Greek also made it so complicated xD
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
I don't think there was any Greek equivalent to the Vestal virgins in Rome. Vesta was a much more important goddess to the Romans than Hestia ever was to the Greeks.
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SatoriPangea Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Thank you! The problem with me is that one of my mythology books somehow mixes up Roman with Greek stuff, and it doesn't say which is which.
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Dragongirl124680 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
I can agree with you on the fact that it doesn't state when the war started or how many of the actual olympians were born around then.
I do agree on the fact that it'd just be logic that Athena would be there. Although I've heard rumors that Hermes was there too, maybe there was more than one war...?
It drives me nuts out of the fact that there's always missing pieces to the myths. Whether it's just how the Olympians defeated Typhon (or that Zues did it alone) to who was there then, even.
I just love Greek mythology! I've been reading since childhood! AND HERMES iS MY FAV!
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Yes, the myths sometimes talk about two wars, the Titanomachia and the Gigantomachia. According to one version, Gaia gave birth to the gigantes as a revenge for what the olympians did to the titans (her children). And even the younger gods, such as Hermes and Dionysos, seem to have fought in the Gigantomachia. The oldest surviving texts just mention the Titanomachia, though. And later authors sometimes see the Titans and the Gigantes as identical, making it just one big war. Ah, it is indeed confusing! How I wish that the epic poem about the Titanomachia had survived...

Nevertheless, Greek mythology rocks! And Hermes is definitely one of my favourites too. :D
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Dragongirl124680 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
I wish, cause i'd be ecstatic!
no, I meant more than two, cause then it'd make more sense to me!!!
Who's your top fave?
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
I think Hades is my number one. He didn't do as much crazy shit as most of the other gods and I like that he can be interpreted as quite asocial. ^^
But Hermes and Athena come very close next to him.
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Dragongirl124680 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
nice.
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sxyfaerieofthenight Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
i disagree. Hermes on the second to last panel is definitely something to look at...
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
Hehe, thank you. Yeah, he is kinda cute...
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