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(Music: Peter Gundry - As Shadows Fall)

Melinoe is Greek goddess of ghosts,bringer of nightmares and madness. ghost emoticon 
She was the daughter of Persephone and Hades (Or Zeus in another version, disguised as her husband Hades... And, to all other things, Zeus becomes angry upon learning of the pregnancy and rends her flesh, trying to kill the child. Zeus, you're a piece of shit, you know?) 


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:iconcthonic-princess:
Melinoe's parentage is really interesting. It's important to note that the Orphics believed that Zeus and Hades/Plouton were the same god.

This is because Zeus was portrayed as having an incarnation in the underworld identifying him as being Hades and leading to Zeus and Hades essentially being two representations and different facets of the same god and extended divine power.

The Orphic Hymn to Melinoe also references this by mentioning that Persephone was impregnated upon the bed of Zeus Kronion in the Underworld by the River Cocytus.

The idea of defining Zeus as Hades has been present in Ancient Greek literature from Homer to Nonnos.

Hence the Orphics stating Zeus Kronion impregnating Persephone in the guise of Plouton, was just a reference to Hades having a role that links him to being both Zeus and Plouton in the Orphic Mysteries.

The different cultures of the Hellenes had different traditions that were then looped in under the worship of the Theoi. Some stories were later changed for continuity and many different things were said about many different characters. In Hesiod’s Theogony, for example, there are two different parents for the Muses– in the same poem no less!

Aside from the Orphics, it is believed that Melinoe being called the daughter of Zeus is due to her being syncretised. You can read more about it here: therkalexander.com/post/715041…

Growing up, my Hellenic grandmother told me that Makaria, Melinoe, and Zagreus were Hades and Persephone's children; despite the fact that ancient sources claimed otherwise. Though there are ancient sources confirming that Hades and Persephone had children without naming them.
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protophanes Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Professional General Artist
Heart 
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pablobi001 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018
Makes me think of The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer, where Zeus finally gets what he deserves. 
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AienmasArt Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love your art
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Extremol Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
The woman on the bottom is doing the Naruto run :P
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:iconhaelkes:
Haelkes Featured By Owner May 4, 2018
This is so beautiful.
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clovercarmen5 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2018  Student Digital Artist
does zeus ever have a moment where he is not  total douchbag? 
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blanchybaby Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. Very haunting (no pun intended) 😁
How do you pronounce melinoe?
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underworld-elegance Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
This might be my favorite
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Ice-Star-Pony Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Zeus really is a massive piece of shit, and one that really gets around, too. Any guy sitting in the good ol' 'Mythological rapists' category on Wikipedia isn't exactly going to be a bag of sunshine.
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MiniMandy3221 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018
But wait...isn't Zeus also her dad? So he possibly disguises himself as his brother to rape his daughter and she has his grandchild?..... Sounds like something Zeus would do
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:iconcthonic-princess:
It's important to note that the Orphics believed that Zeus and Hades/Plouton were essentially the same god.

The Orphic Hymn to Melinoe also references this by mentioning that Persephone was impregnated upon the bed of Zeus Kronion in the Underworld by the River Cocytus.

Hence the Orphics stating Zeus Kronion impregnating Persephone in the guise of Plouton, was just a reference to Hades having a role that links him to being both Zeus and Plouton in the Orphic Mysteries.

The different cultures of the Hellenes had different traditions that were then looped in under the worship of the Theoi. Some stories were later changed for continuity and many different things were said about many different characters. In Hesiod’s Theogony, for example, there are two different parents for the Muses– in the same poem no less!

Aside from the Orphics, it is believed that Melinoe being called the daughter of Zeus is due to her being syncretised. You can read more about it here: therkalexander.com/post/715041…

Growing up, my Hellenic grandmother told me that Makaria, Melinoe, and Zagreus were Hades and Persephone's children; despite the fact that ancient sources claimed otherwise. Though there are ancient sources confirming that Hades and Persephone had children without naming them.
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shebyperez1995 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018  Student Writer
I certainly hope that it wasn't Zeus that begot this child! Persephone is his daughter, but then this is the Olympians, incest means nothing to them and this is Zeus who has seduced his sisters, raped his mother, and a number of mortals and nymphs. You, know, for a god afraid of his son killing him and taking over in his place, you'd think he'd keep it in hid pants.. er.. toga.
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:iconcthonic-princess:
It's important to note that the Orphics believed that Zeus and Hades/Plouton were essentially the same god.

The Orphic Hymn to Melinoe also references this by mentioning that Persephone was impregnated upon the bed of Zeus Kronion in the Underworld by the River Cocytus.

Hence the Orphics stating Zeus Kronion impregnating Persephone in the guise of Plouton, was just a reference to Hades having a role that links him to being both Zeus and Plouton in the Orphic Mysteries.

The different cultures of the Hellenes had different traditions that were then looped in under the worship of the Theoi. Some stories were later changed for continuity and many different things were said about many different characters. In Hesiod’s Theogony, for example, there are two different parents for the Muses– in the same poem no less!

Aside from the Orphics, it is believed that Melinoe being called the daughter of Zeus is due to her being syncretised. You can read more about it here: therkalexander.com/post/715041…

Growing up, my Hellenic grandmother told me that Makaria, Melinoe, and Zagreus were Hades and Persephone's children; despite the fact that ancient sources claimed otherwise. Though there are ancient sources confirming that Hades and Persephone had children without naming them.
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RoxanneMilson Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Your style is so gorgeous, in love :heart:
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:iconbenflex:
BenFlex Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work. Few colors and efficient.
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HorRaw-X Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so cool *_*
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AntigoneBlack Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018
Mythology is depressing; did no-one notice that all the gods were a**holes? Why are you worshiping a**holes?! Oh, right, 'cause they'll murder you if you don't. Or turn you into a spider...
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Hardwing Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018
Slightly haunting!
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theeyeofterror Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018
Fitting image for that song, and I like the ghost at the bottom being slightly transparent.
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
nice work
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:iconurzapw2000:
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
wow i never heard of her!
awesome picture and backstory!
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
What about her sisters (or half-sisters), Macaria ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaria#… ) & Mesperyian?  

Three daughters of Hades and Persephone Updated by PoisonDLucy13
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CuteKitty264 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018
Mesperyian isn't actually a real Greek god though? She was made up by some random person online for a short story. I don't mean to be rude or anything, I just feel like I should mention it.
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bhut Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
One of my favourite minor characters in the Greek mythologies.
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:iconhand-sam-art:
Hand-Sam-Art Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought of Hecate from "Class of the Titans" when I read this description, maybe it's just how they look.
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:iconquartzidot:
Quartzidot Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
People often get them mixed up because they sound familiar. Most notably witchcraft and necromancy.
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
Ominous and very cool!
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:iconlugia20711:
Lugia20711 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
She really looks like she is the daughter of life and death.
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:iconflossapientiae:
FlosSapientiae Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It seems she and hecate would cooperate :)
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
loving it,hades x Persephone are my all time favorite couple..up you'rs zeus.
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shatata Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg your works inspire me so much. You are amazingg!
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:icontheadventurousnerd:
TheAdventurousNerd Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, look at me, I’m Zeus the YOUNGEST of the three but noOOO let me just become king of the gods and tell my older brothers what to do. Wait, why did Hades get such a nice wife? ONLY I CAN HAVE ALL THE NICE WIVES.
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OneAboveHell Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic drawing, love your horror style
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grassa48 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
We are talking about Zeus, King of the Gods, here. He is THE piece of shit.
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Intermittere Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
Spooky. Awesome work!
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful!!

and yeah, Zeus was a true a***ole, sometimes :D
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EmilyZapallo Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
awesome -w- small heart - black 
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MaximKluzko Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Оу, вы тоже слушаете Peter Grundy? 
Очень красивая картина!
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Arklilia Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Student General Artist
Beautiful ! :dummy:
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JusticeForgotten Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW you did a wonderful job friend! And using greek mythology as insperation is outstanding! I never even knew this goddess till you drew this beautiful picture.
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Nosferatirium Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
Hades why does your brother try to copulate with other people's wives instead of his own????
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:iconcthonic-princess:
Melinoe's parentage is really interesting. It's important to note that the Orphics believed that Zeus and Hades/Plouton were the same god.

This is because Zeus was portrayed as having an incarnation in the underworld identifying him as being Hades and leading to Zeus and Hades essentially being two representations and different facets of the same god and extended divine power.

The Orphic Hymn to Melinoe also references this by mentioning that Persephone was impregnated upon the bed of Zeus Kronion in the Underworld by the River Cocytus.

The idea of defining Zeus as Hades has been present in Ancient Greek literature from Homer to Nonnos.

Hence the Orphics stating Zeus Kronion impregnating Persephone in the guise of Plouton, was just a reference to Hades having a role that links him to being both Zeus and Plouton in the Orphic Mysteries.

The different cultures of the Hellenes had different traditions that were then looped in under the worship of the Theoi. Some stories were later changed for continuity and many different things were said about many different characters. In Hesiod’s Theogony, for example, there are two different parents for the Muses– in the same poem no less!

Aside from the Orphics, it is believed that Melinoe being called the daughter of Zeus is due to her being syncretised. You can read more about it here: therkalexander.com/post/715041…

Growing up, my Hellenic grandmother told me that Makaria, Melinoe, and Zagreus were Hades and Persephone's children; despite the fact that ancient sources claimed otherwise. Though there are ancient sources confirming that Hades and Persephone had children without naming them.
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bhudicae Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
well, she was his sister, so there's that, lol
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:iconnosferatirium:
Nosferatirium Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
True but they're all related :(
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:iconbhudicae:
bhudicae Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
yep, those ancient Greeks were freaks, lol
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:iconnosferatirium:
Nosferatirium Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018
Big time~
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satyrbones Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome to greek mythology
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:iconnosferatirium:
Nosferatirium Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
I know a lot about Greek mythology, I just can't understand what the hell is mentally wrong with Zues. He's like one of those Instagram models that are always being busted for something stupid~
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