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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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bellechevalier Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
I love Hestia's look of mildly scornful amusement. Your Hermes is starting to charm me a bit, too.
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Thank you! I think Hestia totally owns this page.

Hehe, good. Hermes is supposed to be much like a charming little brat.
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Sliven Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Hahaha, methinks I should talk more seldom, if it can lead to such neat results... *snigger*
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Hehe, yes. If you don't talk much, people will listen once you do it.
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Injin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like she should get along pretty well with Hades. :D
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
Yes, probably. She's much worse than him, though. Her interest in sexual or social interactions are, like, zero. Hades has at least a small interest in those things. :D
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work, very well written. :)
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Thank you very much!
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JoJo-Seames Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Professional Artist
Oh, Greek mythology. You're totally confusing. :XD:
I assumed that Dionysos was the last of the great Olympians. Because Hermes named himself as the twelfth, but Dio was supposed to have been younger than him...Uhhhh...*head explodes*

Anyway! I like your interpretation of Hestia.
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Amen to that, sister!

Thank you! I'm quite pleased with her. :)
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Ciara12 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
I love the look on Hestia's face when she goes ';pfff!'. At least she was smiling when she did it, so that means she likes Hermes...right? And Athena's famous grey eyes are so pretty!

I always thought that Athena was born around the time of the Titanomachia, since one of the legends about how she got her full name says that she slew the Titan Pallas and flayed his skin to stretch over her shield, and placed his name before her own so that all would fear her - which I assume means that this was during the time when there was war between the older and younger gods.
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Everybody likes Hermes! Though he has the ability to drive you nuts the one moment, he is so sweet and charming the other that you forgive him everything. :D

The tricky thing here is that sometimes the myths 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). Pallas was one of the gigantes. And even the younger gods, such as Hermes and Dionysos, seem to have taken part in that war.

Neither Homer nor Hesiod mentiones anything about the Gigantomachia, though. And later authers sometimes sees the gigantes as identical with the titans. Greek mythology is indeed characterized by diversity...
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Ciara12 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
I remember reading about the second war, although I didn't know it was called that; the book of myths I had played along the theme of Heracles having been born in order to help the Olympians defeat the giants. Prometheus had very obligingly told Zeus about this eventuality - right before he was taken off to be chained to that rock. :(
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Ah, yes. Heracles. I've never liked him.

Oh, Prometheus... Poor Prometheus... He will probably be mentioned in this comic later on.
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Ciara12 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Heracles isn't exactly my favourite hero either...all those children, and only ONE daughter in the whole lot? And giving away a woman who was supposed to marry him to someone else, just after he'd helped to totally wreck her city and kill all but one of her brothers...because of some horses her dad wouldn't hand over. Nice. I DON'T think.

I like Prometheus, though. I always see him and Athena as platonic best friends forever. :)
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Jestrabesa Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Hey, I read the description now, I did read a story and there did Prometheus whas the one who told Zeus what to do when Athena did get born! Problem over now?? :lmao: XD
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Yeah, I think I've read that too somewhere. It's a much less known version, it seems, but suddenly things make much more sense. :)
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Jestrabesa Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Yeah, I like the version that Hephaestus did helped more =P
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Asarea Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
*ROFL* I LOVE the last panel ... the explanation why Hestia was left alone is too good!
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Hehe, thanks! I tried to make Hestia into a little more interesting character than she was in the myths.
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Asarea Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
A good thing ^^ it gives her much more depth. ;)
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Jestrabesa Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Haha awesome!! :D Hestia is really cool =3
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Thanks! Yeah, she is indeed. :D
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Jestrabesa Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
You're welcome!! :hug:
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