The Pythia (Greek: Πυθία, Pūthia) was the priestess presiding over the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. The Pythia was widely credited with giving prophecies inspired by Apollo, giving her a prominence unusual for a woman in male-dominated ancient Greece. The Delphic oracle was established in the 8th century BC. Its last recorded response was given in 393 AD, when the emperor Theodosius I ordered pagan temples to cease operation. During this period the Delphic Oracle was the most prestigious and authoritative oracle in the Greek world.
The oracle is one of the best-documented religious institutions of the classical Greek world. Writers who mention the oracle include Herodotus, Thucydides, Euripides, Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, Pindar, Aeschylus, Xenophon, Diodorus, Strabo, Pausanias, Plutarch, Livy, Justin, Ovid, Lucan and Julian.
The name Pythia derived from Pytho, which in myth was the original name of Delphi. The Greeks derived this place-name from the verb pythein (πύθειν, "to rot"), used of the decomposition of the body of the monstrous serpent Python after she was slain by Apollo.
It is often said that the Pythia delivered oracles in a frenzied state induced by vapors rising from a chasm in the rock, and that she spoke gibberish which priests reshaped into the enigmatic prophecies preserved in Greek literature
a draw of arround june or so. Again (LOL) another draw for myths & Legends TCG. download for a big version
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Eris (Greek Ἔρις, "Strife") is the Greek goddess of strife, her name being translated into Latin as Discordia. Her Greek opposite is Harmonia, whose Latin counterpart is Concordia.
The most famous tale of Eris recounts her initiating the Trojan War. The goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite had been invited along with the rest of Olympus to the forced wedding of Peleus and Thetis, who would become the parents of Achilles, but Eris had been snubbed because of her troublemaking inclinations, tossed into the party the Apple of Discord, a golden apple inscribed Kallisti – "For the most beautiful one", or "To the Fairest One" – provoking the goddesses to begin quarreling about the appropriate recipient.
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well, Eris was always one of my favorite characthers, i like a lot how the guys of dramwork designed her in the simbad movie, but i wanted to do a more younger/spoiled/tsundere, dunno why somekind of human midna, lol.... i do this pic in the beggining of june... my wacom was on the "doctor" the last week no new stuff... Also, did you know Eris is the largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System and the ninth largest body known to orbit the Sun directly. It is approximately 2,500 kilometres in diameter and 27% more massive than Pluto
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Wikipedia Attack!! Medea (Greek: Μήδεια, Mēdeia) is a woman in Greek mythology who was the daughter of King Aeëtes of Colchis, niece of Circe, granddaughter of the sun Helios, and later wife to the hero Jason. In Euripides' play Medea, Jason leaves Medea when Creon, king of Corinth, offers him his daughter, Creusa or Glauce.
Medea figures in the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, a myth known best from a late literary version worked up by Apollonius of Rhodes in the 3rd century B.C. and called the Argonautica. But for all its self-consciousness and researched archaic vocabulary, the late epic was based on very old, scattered materials.
Medea is known in most stories as an enchantress and is often depicted as being a priestess of the goddess Hecate or a witch. The myth of Jason and Medea is very old, originally written around the time Hesiod wrote the Theogony. It was discussed briefly in the work Little Illiad from the 6th century B.C.
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In Greek mythology, Themis (meaning "law of nature" rather than human ordinance, literally "that which is put in place", from the verb τίθημι, [5títhēmi, to put), she "of good counsel" was the embodiment of divine order, law and custom. When Themis is disregarded, Nemesis brings just and wrathful retribution, thus Themis shared the Nemesion temple at Rhamnous.
Themis is not wrathful: she, "of the lovely cheeks", was the first to offer Hera a cup when she returned to Olympus distraught over threats from Zeus. Themis presided over the proper relation between man and woman, the basis of the rightly ordered family (the family was seen as the pillar of the deme), and judges were often referred to as "themistopóloi" (the servants of Themis). Such was the basis for order upon Olympus too. Even Hera addressed her as "Lady Themis." The name of Themis might be substituted for Adrasteia in telling of the birth of Zeus on Crete. She built the Oracle at Delphi and was herself oracular. According to another legend, Themis received the Oracle at Delphi from Gaia and later gave it to Phoebe.
With Zeus she more certainly bore the Horae, those embodiments of the right moment — the rightness of Order unfolding in Time — and Astraea. Themis was there at Delos to witness the birth of Apollo. According to Ovid, it was Themis rather than Zeus who told Deucalion to throw the bones of his Mother over his shoulder to create a new race of mankind after the Deluge.
To these ancient Greeks she was originally the organizer of the "communal affairs of humans, particularly assemblies." Her ability to foresee the future enabled her to become one of the Oracles of Delphi, which in turn led to her establishment as the goddess of divine justice. Some classical representations of Themis (illustration, right) did not show her blindfolded (because of her talent for prophecy, she had no need to be blinded) nor was she holding a sword (because she represented common consent, not coercion).
The first recorded appearance of Justice as a divine personage (Themis) occurred in Hesiod's Theogony where, drawing not only on the socio-religious consciousness of his time but also on many of the earlier cult-religions, he described the forces of the universe as cosmic divinities. For Hesiod, Justice is at the center of religious and moral life, who independently of Zeus, is the embodiment of divine will. It is important to note that in Hesiod, Moira, Themis and Dike are the divine descendants of the Great Mother-Goddess. This personification of Dike will stand in contrast to justice viewed as custom or law, and as retribution or sentence.
A illustration for Myths & Legends CCG done arround june of this year. PSCS/Bamboo/4-5 hours/Music: Metallica - ...And Justice For All (LOL, i cant think in another thing when I was drawing and painting this.) [link]
EDIT: fixed version on feet and sword , also y add the regular work on all... thanks for your coments and help.
In Greek mythology, Nike (Greek: Νίκη , pronounced [níːkɛː], meaning Victory), was a goddess who personified triumph throughout the ages of the ancient Greek culture. She is known as the Winged Goddess of Victory. The Roman equivalent was Victoria. Depending upon the time of various myths, she was described as the daughter of Pallas (Titan) and Styx (Water), and the sister of Cratos (Strength), Bia (Force), and of Zelus (Rivalry). Nike and her siblings all became described as attendants of Zeus when his cult gained the position of the dominant deity of the Greek pantheon and the roles of older deities were changed in new myths. According to classical (later) myth, Styx brought them to Zeus when the god was assembling allies for the Titan War against the older deities. Nike assumed the role of the divine charioteer, a role in which she often is portrayed in Classical Greek art. Nike is seen with wings in most statues and paintings. Most other winged deities in the Greek pantheon had shed their wings by Classical times. Nike is the Goddess of strength, speed, and victory. Nike was a very close acquaintance of Athena, Goddess of wisdom.
A old pic, arround june of 2008 or so. PSCS/Bamboo/6 hours/music: Eye of shiva by therion
Brigit, the Irish/Celtic goddess of the perpetual, sacred flames. (thanks saint Wikipedia, lol) old work, around September of 2007... i remember drawing her over a plane, when i came back from Mexico, i had a old lady sitting beside me and a woman with her 8 years old son at the other side, and due the nudity of the character they gave me a strange look
a draw for myths & legends TCG
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In Irish mythology, Dana is also know as Danu (Old Irish), is most commonly known as the Mother of the Celtic Gods, In Celtic Mythology, the Goddess Dana was the mother Goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann (The Tribes of Danu) however her presence is also felt in Hindu mythology. She is the Goddess of rivers and goddess of primordial waters, giving her name to dozens of rivers such as the Danube and the Don. Even a mountain on the face of Venus has been named after this great Goddess.
Dana’s children, upon arrive in Ireland have to struggle against their enemies, the evil Fomorians, whose own “Mother Goddess” is Domnu. Significantly, Domnu not only means “the world” but “the depths” of the earth.
Irish epics contain many episodes of the struggle between the Children of Domnu, representing darkness and chaos, and the Children of Danu, representing light and order Moreover, the Children of Domnu are never completely overcome or eradicated from the world. Symbolically they are the world. The conflict is between the waters of heaven and the base reality of world.
I like a lot celtic myths, lol, I love U2, sometimes I think I must born in Ireland PSCS/Grapphire3/6 hours/Music: My Mind's Eye-SIRENIA [link]
Drug Zarich is one of the female members of the devilish Daevas and Drugs. She is very rude. She is the personification of aging. Her eternal opponent is Ameretat, one of the amesha spentas, the guardians of light.
i hear a story about how she drain youth to the people, cause of that she looks young and that
a draw i have done at the beggining of the year for myths & Legends TCG for their new edition "Duna"
photoshop CS/intuos tablet/ 5 hours/ music: Wish I had an angel (By nightwish)
Aphrodite was born of the sea foam near Paphos, Cyprus after Cronus cut off Ouranos' genitals and threw them behind him into the sea, while the Erinyes emerged from the drops of blood. Hesiod's Theogony described that the genitals "were carried over the sea a long time, and white foam arose from the immortal flesh; with it a girl grew" to become Aphrodite. When she arose, she was haled as "Cyprian," and is referred to as such often, especially in the poetic works of Sappho. This fully grown up myth of Venus (the Roman name for Aphrodite), Venus Anadyomene ("Venus Rising From the Sea") was one of the iconic representations of Aphrodite, made famous in a much-admired painting by Apelles, now lost, but described in Pliny the Elder Natural History.
Thus Aphrodite is of an older generation than Zeus. Iliad (Book V) expresses another version of her origin, by which she was considered a daughter of Dione, who was the original oracular goddess ("Dione" being simply "the goddess, the feminine form of Δíος, "Dios", the genitive of Zeus) at Dodona. Aphrodite herself was sometimes referred to as "Dione". Once the worship of Zeus had usurped the oak-grove oracle at Dodona, some poets made him out to be the father of Aphrodite.
Aphrodite's chief center of worship remained at Paphos, on the south-western coast of Cyprus, where the goddess of desire had long been worshipped as Ishtar and Ashtaroth. It is said that she first tentatively came ashore at Cytherea, a stopping place for trade and culture between Crete and the Peloponesus. Thus perhaps we have hints of the track of Aphrodite's original cult from the Levant to mainland Greece.
Alternatively, Aphrodite was a daughter of Thalassa (for she was born of the Sea) and Zeus.
In this pic, Aprodite is followed for diferent myths, like the Cyclop , the Minotaur, Pegasus, Griffon and the phoenix over her shoulder.
I done this pic months ago or so, for Rage Hockey. I have a great time doing this pic, was rly fun and also i draw some myths I never done before. thanks to Asad for the vision on this pic.
PsCS/Intuos/12 hours/Music: The wisdom and the cage-Therion listen the song! is awesome and inspired me a lot for this pic