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Welcome to Paradise

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Initially separate from the Underworld, Elysium was reserved for good mortals, heroes, and demigods who had died a hero's death and lived a good life. Chosen by the gods, the souls of mortals and demigods who have been good, righteous, and heroic, would remain after death, to live a blessed and happy eternal death, and indulge whatever employment they had enjoyed in life. It is the ultimate Utopia, where those pure of soul can live in harmony with each other. As with several other religions, it bares common similarities to other ideas of to Christian Heaven.

Trojan War: Fall of Troy

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OK recap:
MVP's death: "Paris's death"
New MVPs: Neoptolemus, son of Achilles, and Helenus

To War:
Still seeking to gain entrance into Troy, Odysseus (inspire by the Goddess Athena) ordered a large wooden horse to be built. The plan was to open Troy's gates, so they could bring the main body of the Greek army into the city. Odysseus was the leader of this company. Its insides were to be hollow so that soldiers could hide within it. Once the statue had been built by the artist Epeius; thirty soldiers and two spies in its mouth, along with Odysseus hid in the Trojan horse's belly. The rest of the Greek fleet sailed away to isle of Tenedos, so as to deceive the Trojans.
A Greek spy, Sinon, was deliberately left behind, who would try to convince the Trojans that the Greeks had sailed home, and that Trojans should bring the horse inside their walls. When the Trojans came to marvel at the huge creation, Sinon pretended to be angry with the Greeks, stating that the…

Trojan War: Beginning of the End

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OK recap: Gods are back: Zeus allow the gods to intervention again. Famous matchup: Achilles vs. Hector MVPs’ death: Hector, Achilles, Ajax, Memnon, and  Penthesileia
To War: The Greeks were dismayed by the deaths of two of their greatest fighters. The city seemed as invulnerable as ever. The Greek seer, named Calchas, told them Troy won't fall until the Greeks do two things: Neoptolemus, son of Achilles, joins the warThe bow and arrows of Heracles must be brought to Troy
Odysseus easily persuaded young Neoptolemus to join the Greeks. Neoptolemus was his father's son and a better warrior.  The bow of Heracles, however, belonged to one of the Greek leaders named Philoctetes, whom the Greeks had abandoned on the island of Lemnos due to the vile odor from snakebite. Philoctetes was bitter of the Greeks deserting him on the uninhabited island, and he refused to join the Greeks, when they arrived. Philoctetes want to kill Odysseus, Agamemnon and Menelaus, because they were responsi…

Trojan War: Achilles vs Hector

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Ok recap:
Suitor’s military alliance: Helen’s “kidnapping” sparked a war with Troy and her allies. Leaders of Greece assemble for the Rescue of Helen and the Destruction of Troy.
Death of Lover: Patroclus, Lover of Achilles, was killed by Hector and unleash the fury of Achilles

To War:

Achilles came to the battlefield, with new armor and shield from his mother, fashioned by the god Hephaestus. Homer gave a long description of the shield's design. Achilles was determined to seek out and kill Hector in single combat.
Zeus decreed that the Olympians were allowed to visit the battlefield, now that he had fulfilled his vow to the goddess Thetis. Another reason that the other gods was allowed to re-enter the battlefield, is to check Achilles from sacking Troy today. Achilles was not allowed to capture Troy; the city would not fall until its appointed time. This seemed to indicate that Achilles could change the course of history if his murderous rage was left unchecked.
Achilles set out…

Trojan War: The War with the East II

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Ok recap: Suitor’s military alliance: Helen’s “kidnapping” sparked a war with Troy and her allies. Leaders of Greece assemble for the Rescue of Helen and the Destruction of Troy. Nine years: Pillaging and raping the cities and nations that support Troy. Drama queen: Achilles refused to fight after an insult to his pride. Divine Intervention: Gods are heavily involved in the war.
To War: The next day, fierce fighting continued. At first, the Greeks were able to drive the Trojans back. Zeus had decided to honor his promise to Thetis. Zeus ordered all of the gods and goddesses not to take part in the war. But the tide turned at mid-morning in favor of the Trojans. Several hours before noon, three Greek leaders were wounded: Agamemnon, Odysseus and Diomedes. With three prominent leaders out of the fighting, the Greeks were driven back to face the Trojans behind the wall. Another Greek leader, named Eurypylus, received a leg wound from the arrow of Paris. Eurypylus returned to the Greek c…

Trojan War: Iliad- Anger of Achilles I

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Ok recap: Judgment of Paris: Paris awarded the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite as the Fairest of All. Paris won Helen and the wrath of two powerful goddesses. Helen: Helen’s background, the suitor’s military alliance deal, her decision to left with Paris. Suitor’s military alliance: Helen’s “kidnapping” sparked a war with Troy and her allies. Leaders of Greece assemble for the Rescue of Helen and the Destruction of Troy. Sacrifice:  Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter to the Goddess Artemis for favored wife. He has an enemy wait for his return from the Trojan Campaign. After nine long years, despite their victories in the surrounding area of Troy, the Greeks never came close to penetrating the colossal walls of Troy, which were built by gods Apollo and Poseidon.

To War:
Achilles called upon his mother Thetis, the sea goddess, for aid. Thetis went to Olympus, asking for a boon from Zeus. Why she can ask Zeus for this boon? She saved Zeus’s ass and throne from the revolt of the gods.  So when…

Trojan War: West vs. East

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Ok recap:
Judgment of Paris: Paris awarded the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite as the Fairest of All. Paris won Helen and the wrath of two powerful goddesses.
Helen: Helen’s background, the suitor’s military alliance deal, her decision to left with Paris.
Suitor’s military alliance: Helen’s “kidnapping” sparked a war with Troy and her allies. Leaders of Greece assemble for the Rescue of Helen and the Destruction of Troy.
Sacrifice:  Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter to the Goddess Artemis for favored wife. He has an enemy wait for his return from the Trojan Campaign.

To War:
The Greek fleet arrived at Troy. Deciding that the best tactic would be to cut off the supply of provisions to the city, the Greeks attacked the surrounding towns. These battles took place over the course of nine years. By destroying the surrounding kingdoms, the Greeks not only gained supplies but also captives. It was only during the war's tenth year that the Greeks attacked Troy directly.
King Priam of Troy pre…

Trojan War: The Preparation II

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Ok recap:
Judgment of Paris: Paris awarded the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite as the Fairest of All. Paris won Helen and the wrath of two powerful goddesses.
Helen: Helen’s background, the suitor’s military alliance deal, her decision to left with Paris.
Suitor’s military alliance: Helen’s “kidnapping” sparked a war with Troy and her allies. Leaders of Greece assemble for the Rescue of Helen and the Destruction of Troy.

To War:
A great army was gathered in Aulis, ready to set sail. Being the most powerful of all kings, Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and brother of Menelaus, took the position of Chief Commander. According to the second book of the Iliad, the whole Greek army consisted of 28 contingents which originated from all over Greece. The total contribution of ships amounted to around 1,200 and the head count of warriors was estimated to reach 130,000.
Unfortunately, unfavorable winds kept the fleet from setting out for Troy. Calchas, the most renowned seer at the time, blamed the ill w…

A Message from the Goddess Hera

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The Goddess Hera told me the benefits of same-sex marriage. Legalizing same-sex marriage can be politically beneficial for lawmakers, considering about. But marriage equality has its economic incentives as well.

Happy Mother's Day: Rhea; Mother Goddess of Greece

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Rhea Great Mother Mother of the Gods Titan Queen of Heavens Titaness of Comfort, Blessing and Ease Titaness of Fertility, Motherhood and Generation

Rhea is the daughter of Uranus (Father Heaven) and Gaia (Mother Earth). Her name means "flow" and "ease" relating to her role of the Great Mother where the flow refers to menstrual blood. It also links her to the tides and the moon. She is the Mother of the First Olympians:  Hestia, Hades, Demeter, Poseidon, Hera and Zeus. This earned her the title as “Mother of the Gods”. She is known to have been worshiped in different variations around the Mediterranean, and was closely associated with the Goddess Cybele (especially the Romans).
 Kronos, Rhea's Titan brother and husband, castrated their father, Ouranos. After this, Kronos re-imprisoned the Hekatonkheires and the Cyclopes, and set the monster Kamp├¬ to guard them. He and Rhea took the throne as King and Queen of the Titans. This time was called the Golden Age.
Rhe…