In Greek mythology, Ares (Ancient Greek: Ἄρης [árɛːs], Μodern Greek: Άρης [ˈaris]) is the son of Zeus and Hera. Though often referred to as the Olympian god of warfare, he is more accurately the god of bloodlust, or slaughter personified: "Ares is apparently an ancient abstract noun meaning throng of battle, war."
He is also know under this titles:
* Brotoloigos (Βροτολοιγός, ‘Destroyer of men’ ); * Androfontes (Ανδρειφοντης, ‘Killer or men’ ); * Miaiphonos (Μιαιφόνος, ‘Bloodstained’ ); * Teikhesiplętęs (Τειχεσιπλήτης, ‘assailant of walls’ ); * Maleros (Μαλερός, ‘brutal’ ); * Teritas (Θηρίτας, ‘beast" ), by Tero.
He is an important Olympian god in the epic tradition represented by the Iliad. The reading of his character remains ambiguous, in a late 6th-century funerary inscription from Attica: "Stay and mourn at the tomb of dead Kroisos/ Whom raging Ares destroyed one day, fighting in the foremost ranks".
The Romans identified him as Mars, the god of war and agriculture, whom they had inherited from the Etruscans; but, among them, Mars stood in much higher esteem. (See also Athena.)
Among the Hellenes, Ares was always distrusted. Although Ares' half-sister Athena was also considered a war deity, her stance was that of strategic warfare, whereas Ares's tended to be one of unpredictable violence. Athena and Ares were enemies. His birthplace and true home was placed far off, among the barbarous and warlike Thracians, to whom he withdrew after his affair with Aphrodite was revealed.
"Ares" remained an adjective and epithet in Classical times, which could be applied to the war-like aspects of other gods: Zeus Areios, Athena Areia, even Aphrodite.
In Mycenaean times, inscriptions attest to Enyalios, a name that survived into Classical times as an epithet of Ares. Vultures and dogs, both of which prey upon carrion in the battlefield, are sacred to him.
Zeus in Greek mythology is the king of the gods, the ruler of Mount Olympus and the god of the sky and thunder. His symbols are the thunderbolt, eagle, bull, and oak. In addition to his Indo-European inheritance, the classical "cloud-gatherer" also derives certain iconographic traits from the cultures of the ancient Near East, such as the scepter. Zeus is frequently depicted by Greek artists in one of two poses: standing, striding forward, with a thunderbolt leveled in his raised right hand, or seated in majesty.
Zeus was the child of Cronus and Rhea, and the youngest of his siblings. In most traditions he was married to Hera, although, at the oracle of Dodona, his consort was Dione: according to the Iliad, he is the father of Aphrodite by Dione. He is known for his erotic escapades. These resulted in many godly and heroic offspring, including Athena, Apollo and Artemis, Hermes, Persephone (by Demeter), Dionysus, Perseus, Heracles, Helen, Minos, and the Muses (by Mnemosyne); by Hera, he is usually said to have fathered Ares, Hebe and Hephaestus.
His Roman counterpart was Jupiter and his Etruscan counterpart Tinia. In Hindu mythology his counterpart was Indra with ever common weapon as thunderbolt.
A very old work, arround october of 2007 Graphire 3/PSCS/6hours aprox/Music: On the path to fury - Fairyland
A old draw... ok, well not so much, arround a month ago or more. when i was a kid i read the iliad by homer, my favorite scene was the combat btween Achilles Vs Hector, a epic battle with two of the greatest warriors of the history. dont wait! go and read the book, is awesome
the troy movie is ok too, but if you can, go for the book
a draw for myths & legends TCG
Photoshop CS/9 hours or so/intuos/music: W.A: Mozart dies irae (dunno why, but since i was a child i imagine this battle whit this song XD)
Sinbad the Sailor (also spelled Sindbad; Persian: سندپاذ; Arabic السندباد البحري Al-Sindibaad Al-Bahri) is a story-cycle of ancient Middle Eastern origin. Sinbad is a Persian word hinting at an Iranian origin - although the oldest texts of the cycle are in Arabic. Sinbad, the hero of the stories is a sailor from Basrah, living during the Abbasid Caliphate. The stories themselves are based partly on real experiences of sailors around the Indian Ocean, partly on ancient poetry (including Homer's Odyssey and Vishnu Sarma's Panchatantra), and partly upon Indian and Persian collections of mirabilia. They recount the fantastic adventures of Sinbad during his voyages throughout the seas east of Africa and south of Asia. The collection is tale 133 in Volume 6 of Sir Richard Burton's translation of The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights). This remains the classic translation in English (famed as much for Burton's footnotes as for the tales themselves), but modern readers are perhaps more familiar with abridged versions produced for a more juvenile audience. While Burton and other Western translators have grouped the Sinbad stories within the tales of Scheherazade, the Arabian Nights, its origin appears to have been quite independent from that story cycle and modern translations by Arab scholars often do not include the stories of Sinbad or several other of the Arabian Nights that have become familiar to Western audiences.
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Anther characther i always wanted to draw XD myths & legends TCG photoshop CS/Wacom Intuos/7 hours/Music Voyage of Gurdjieff by therion
Ramesses II (known as Ramesses The Great and also known as Ozymandias in the Greek sources ) was the third Egyptian pharaoh of the Nineteenth dynasty. He is often regarded as Egypt's greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh. His successors and later Egyptians called him the "Great Ancestor." Today he is often believed to have been the Pharaoh of the Exodus.
Ramses II was said to have to made the most temples including: The Ramesseum, Karnak, and Abu Simbel. Also his cartouche was engraved so deep into the structures and monuments that no successor could erase it.
He was born around 1303 BC and at age fourteen, Ramesses was appointed Prince Regent by his father Seti I. He is believed to have taken the throne in his early 20s and to have ruled Egypt from 1279 BC to 1213 BC for a total of 66 years and 2 months, according to Manetho. He was once said to have lived to be 99 years old, but it is more likely that he died in his 90th or 91st year. If he became king in 1279 BC as most Egyptologists today believe, he would have assumed the throne on May 31, 1279 BC, based on his known accession date of III Shemu day 27. Ramesses II celebrated an unprecedented 14 sed festivals during his reign—more than any other pharaoh. On his death, he was buried in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
Ramese II is said to have been most likely Moses' nemesis in the book of Exodus. His life, which was over eighty years long ,makes him even more likely to have been the pharaoh in Exodus in the popular knowledge.
Moses returns to Egypt, and God instructs him to appear before the pharaoh and inform him of God's demand that he let God's people go. Moses and his brother Aaron do so, but the pharaoh refuses. God causes a series of plagues to strike Egypt, but the pharaoh does not relent. God instructs Moses to institute the Passover sacrifice among the Hebrews, and kills all the firstborn children and livestock throughout Egypt. The pharaoh then agrees to let the Hebrews go. Moses explains the meaning of the Passover: it is for Israel's salvation from Egypt, so that the Hebrews will not be required to sacrifice their own sons, but to redeem them.
a old draw, for arround june of 2008, for the biblical serie PSCS/6hours/bamboo/music: Take a bow - Muse (damn, I lost their concert the last year when they come to my country, i only wanted to hear this song, sing for absolution, hysteria, and Knights of Cydonia T_T) [link]
Goliath (Hebrew: גָּלְיָת, Standard Golyat Tiberian Golyāṯ ; Arabic: جالوت , Jalut (Muslim term), جليات Julyat (Christian term)), known also as Goliath of Gath (one of five city states of the Philistines), is the Philistine warrior, famous for his battle with the young David, the future king of Israel, described in the Hebrew Bible/Christian Old Testament and, more briefly, in the Quran.
There are significant differences between the earliest manuscripts of the story, dating from the last few centuries before Christ, and those of later centuries, with Goliath's height increasing from an original six and a half feet (200cm) to nine and a half feet (290cm), and David changing from a young man to a boy. The story may have originated in oral traditions about David the name "Goliath" appears to be an authentic 10th century Philistine one but Goliath's famous battle may originally have been with the obscure Elhanan, rather than with the great king of Jewish folklore, and the version preserved in the Book of Samuel shows clear parallels with Greek literature.
Post-Classical Jewish traditions stressed Goliath's status as the representative of paganism, in contrast to David, the champion of the God of Israel; Christian tradition gave him a distinctively Christian twist, seeing in the battle with David the Church's battle with Satan.
PSCS/ 6 hours/ intuos/music: Goliath (Choir) - Immediate Music
Chronos broke free from his prision on the bottom of the abyss. now he is back and holds the power of comprese time and space in his hand. the heroes of all the time joins to defeat him and other "villians" in the world of Myths and Legends, who wins in this battle of immortals? only the time will say it!
A old ilustration I done arround a year ago as promotional pic/poster for Myths & Legends TCG for "immortals" editon. was pretty fun to do, this was a reunion edition (best charcters of cards of old editons with a new design and look) so i used a compo similar to the Super Street fighter II japanese cover for Snes. (OMG i looove that old super famicom package)
photoshop CS/12 hours/graphire 3/music: Path of Arcady -Therion (this song is WIIIIIIIN!!!)
According to Enoch (a book of the Apocrypha), Azazel was one of the Leaders of Grigori (The watchers), a group of fallen angels who married women. This same story (without any mention of Azazel) is told in Genesis 6: 2-4
That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also afterward, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
Enoch portrays Azazel as responsible for teaching people to make weapons and cosmetics, for which he was cast out of heaven. Enoch 8:1-3
"And Azazel taught men to make swords and knives and shields and breastplates; and made known to them the metals [of the earth] and the art of working them; and bracelets and ornaments; and the use of antimony and the beautifying of the eyelids; and all kinds of costly stones and all colouring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray and became corrupt in all their ways
The corruption brought on by Azazel and the Grigori degrades the human race, and the four archangels (Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel) saw much blood being shed upon the earth and all lawlessness being wrought upon the earth The souls of men [made] their suit, saying, "Bring our cause before the Most High, Thou seest what Azazel hath done, who hath taught all unrighteousness on earth and revealed the eternal secrets which were in heaven, which men were striving to learn."
In some parts, Azazel is another name for the devil, in other sources, he is a demon. I take the source of enoch and the grigori story.
Another draw for Myths & Legends TCG., this one is the "second part of another draw i done a time ago [link]
photoshop CS/bamboo/ 7 hours/ music: The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning-smashing pumpinks.
This is a rly old pic, arround a year ago when i was working of the pirates edition of myth & legends TCG... a friend ask me for this one and... here is
Captain Edward Teach, aka blackbeard was a very famous and successful pirate, maybe he is the responsable of almost all the topics related to pirates, somekind of a father of the genere. As a strong man, he was wounded several times in his last fight before to die.
was arround 5 hours/wacom graphire 3/photoshop CS... as ever but i didnt remember to much about it ( a year ago T_T)
In the Book of Enoch he is portrayed as the leader of a band of angels called the grigori that are consumed with lust for mortal women and become Fallen Angels.
"3. And Semjâzâ, who was their leader, said unto them: 'I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin. 4. And they all answered him and said: 'Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.' 5. Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it." - Chapter 6, Verse 3-5."
A full listing of the leaders of the group can be found on the 1 Enoch page. Semjâzâ convinced several other Grigori to join him in fornicating with women. As a result, he and the other sinful Grigori begot giant offspring (in Genesis called Nephilim or 'fallen ones' in Hebrew) that dominated and feasted upon humans during the days of Enoch. The Watchers' other sin was to teach humans various creative arts — especially Azâzęl's, who taught the secrets of war, which brought down the wrath of God.
God commanded the angel Gabriel to cause the Giants to wage Civil War:
"And to Gabriel said the Lord: ' Proceed against the biters and the reprobates, and against the children of fornication: and destroy [the children of fornication and] the children of the Watchers from amongst men [and cause them to go forth]: send them one against the other that they may destroy each other in battle: for length of days shall they not have." - Chapter 10, Verse 9
The judgement of the associates of Shemyazaz is described in Chapter 10 verse 12-14 of the Book of Enoch.
"11. And the Lord said unto Michael: 'Go, bind Semjâzâ and his associates who have united themselves with women so as to have defiled themselves with them in all their uncleanness. 12. And when their sons have slain one another, and they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast for seventy generations in the valleys of the earth, till the day of their judgement and of their consummation, till the judgement that is for ever and ever is consummated. 13. In those days they shall be led off to the abyss of fire: 〈and〉 to the torment and the prison in which they shall be confined for ever. And whosoever shall be condemned and destroyed will from thenceforth be bound together with them to the end of all generations." - Chapter 10, Verses 11-14
After the destruction of the Giants, God caused the Great Flood (Noah's flood) to wipe out the humans who had become corrupted.
photoshop CS/bamboo/ 7 hours/ music: The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning-smashing pumpinks.