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    Is there two alcaeus's? please help.

    In Greek mythology there were at least 6 Alkaioi [Alcaei, "Alcaeus~es"], the best-known one being the one you're asking about: Amphitryon's dad. (The Athenian poet you've mentioned is one of several famous historical ["real-life"] figures bearing the same name.) The mythical king Alkaios...
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    Impossible questions database

    All true, but there is an interesting confidence with which he (or whoever actually gave us these lists of characters) delivers this information mixed in with the much more familiar characters whose [hi]stories are supplemented by others sources. (His stuff reads as though he had an expectation...
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    Impossible questions database

    As usual, no offense is taken, and it was merely a clarification [question] regarding the time-gap between Clement's lifetime and the advent of Islam. Incidentally I quite like the idea - if in fact Clement means to equate Sarakon with Sarakenos - that there's such a double meaning he's applying...
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    Oh, well, right you are! The Latin writer Hyginus does in fact name Kassiopeia as the wife of Epaphos, although Hyginus is sometimes a confused source himself. But again, you make a good point about Perseus' father-in-law Kepheus was also his own great-great-great-great:eek: !-uncle, while...
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    The titanomachy: titan army?

    I've always taken the "secret place" which Hesiod mentions to be a euphemism for Gaia's reproductive organs. But Apollodoros' Bibliotheka seems to allow for your elaboration/interpretation of events, where he has Hesiod's birth order reversed and the character motivations somewhat different. In...
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    Impossible questions database

    Also I forgot to include Question 42 for your consideration. You got anything on that one?
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    Hmm... Never heard that story about Amphitryon never sleeping with Alkmene after Herakles' birth. It sounds kinda... melodramatic, and it also couldn't make sense if Herakles and Iphikles had a younger sister, unless Herakles, Iphikles and Laonome were triplets, which would be a most unusual and...
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    The titanomachy: titan army?

    None taken :cool: Hmmm, interesting... I'd never thought to connect the Telkhines' destruction to any major conflict between the Olympians and the Titans/Gigantes. And incidentally while I was writing up that last post, I was thinking the Telkhines' description does indeed match that of seals...
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    Odin and frigg

    Yep, that's the one Hey, it looks like someone finally did>> http://www.theoi.com/Text/TzetzesChiliades1.html
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    Impossible questions database

    So thanks a lot for that input :) Also - mostly due to the efforts of another forum member, Caburus, who's helped out with this post quite a bit - of the 43 Questions I've posed so far, I have only 11 with which I'm still not quite satisfied (or currently might not have been answered at all)...
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    Very, very interesting thoughts, Misa! I think I'd come across this Klymene [Clymene] before (most likely from the same source, i.e. the Greek Mythology Link) but never paid her much attention, so I simply forgot about the character. I looked up the sources cited by Carlos Parada (the Link's...
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    The titanomachy: titan army?

    So> much shorter version of the above response: Apart from a small number of Titans (fewer than those on Zeus’ side), Kronos had several (or maybe a whole lot of) monstrous Gigantes in his army, almost none of whose names we can be sure about, and some of whom may not have been completely loyal...
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    The titanomachy: titan army?

    Having given this some more thought, however, I realise that my list is actually missing characters from what I think is an often misunderstood component of the war, namely the Gigantes [Giants]. Many mythologists are puzzled by what they often interpret to be a confusion of the two greatest...
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    The titanomachy: titan army?

    Writers like Herodotos, and Greek myths in general, seem convinced that Athena was originally a Libyan, Egyptian and Phoenician divinity, Herodotos mentioning the connection you've cited between between her and Neith while Pausanias reports that when Kadmos brought an ancient Canaanite image of...
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    Odin and frigg

    John Potter, who was Archbishop of Canterbury in the 1700s, wrote a commentary on Lykophronos' poem which is entitled either Alexandra or Kassandra while a more ancient bishop, from Thessalonike, namely Eustathios, in the 1100s wrote commentaries on Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. According to...
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