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Apollo’s Powers Were Sick, Yo

Apollo’s Powers Were Sick, Yo

I’m back with another installment of my lesser known domains series. You can read previous articles about Athena, Dionysus, Posiedon, and Hades in the archives. Today I’m going to tell you all about Apollo. Apollo is best known for two things– being the god of music and being the god of the sun. Apollo had a few other domains, and one of them might surprise you; it seems contradictory to the other.

Poseidon Was The Original Pony Boy

Poseidon Was The Original Pony Boy

You’ve heard all about Athena’s ferocious side, why Dionysus is the god of Theater, and how Hades came to be the one rolling in gold. Today we’re going to talk about Poseidon. When Hades, Zeus, and Poseidon (the three sons of Kronos) sat down to split dominions, Zeus got the sky and Hades got the underworld. We all know Poseidon, famous for his trident, became the god of the sea. Some of you may even know that he reigns over earthquakes (because tsunamis are earthquakes under water?)  Now we’ll all learn about how Poseidon came to hold dominion over horses. Hint: he invented them.

Poseidon_adventure_postnoon_newsInvented horses? Clearly I must be mad because people don’t “invent” animals; we breed them. You’re right. He didn’t invent them so much as father them. Depending on which myth you look at, Poseidon either spilled his “seed” on a rock to create the first horse or mated with some strange creature to produce them. Either way, Poseidon’s genetic material was involved, which was why worshipers in ancient cults sacrificed horses to Poseidon by drowning them in the sea.

Poseidon was famous for turning into a horse when it suited him. In one myth, Poseidon pursued Demeter with lecherous intent. To flee him, Demeter changed herself into a horse. That didn’t stop Poseidon, (we all blame Hades for being rapey, but his brothers were even worse) who turned himself into a horse and overtook Demeter. From that union came a very special, immortal horse named Aerion, who was owned by a bunch of heroes, but most famously by Herakles.

In Olympia Heights: The Weight of the World, Nick uses his affinity with this lesser-known domain to his advantage. It’s an ideal talent for a play-boy. After all, Poseidon was the original Pony Boy.

Hades is Gettin’ Paper

Hades is Gettin’ Paper

I’m back with another little-known-domains post. Previously I told you all about how Dionysus came to be the God of theater and how Athena is not just a brainiac, but a warrior. Today’s post is about Hades, Lord of the Dead, and how he’s not just the god of the underworld.

20110828153832!HadesHades, Lord of the Dead, is the god of the underworld. He rules over Hades, a place literally deep under ground where there are rivers and fields and souls go when they die. Hades, the name of the realm as well as the god, is deep under the earth. Do you know what else is? Gold. Gems. Silver.  Any precious metal or stone you can name comes from deep under the ground, which is exactly why Hades is a high baller. That’s right, he’s rolling in riches. For those of you into etymology, there’s a connection between wealth and the Roman name “Pluto.”

Hades has a lot of things going against him: all his close friends are dead, he doesn’t have a seat on Olympus, his wife is literally his prisoner, and his dog drools three times as much. At least with all of those problems, he still has a plethora of riches. Hades is gettin’ paper.

Athena Will Cut You

Athena Will Cut You

Last week I wrote a post explaining how Dionysus, god of wine, came to be the god of theater and springtime. Today, I bring an article about my favorite Olympian, Athena. We all know her as the goddess of wisdom, but how many of you can list her lesser domains?

athenaThe first thing to note is that Athena was born armed, armored, and screaming. She was born in an act of violence. Athena’s mother was Metis, but Zeus ate her to circumvent a prophecy (the same prophecy that caused Kronos to eat Zeus and family). Metis (Titan of deep thought and cunning) was pregnant, and so by eating her instead of her child, Zeus stopped history from repeating itself.

Zeus had a pounding headache, and in the time before Aleve, the next logical step was to ask Hephaestus to cut his head open with an axe. Athena burst out, armed with a spear and holding an aegis, and thus she became Zeus’ favorite child.

Athena got the domain of wisdom from her mother, but she was also a warrior goddess. The Greeks didn’t like Ares as much as the Romans liked Mars, and in Greek myth, Ares was a god of passionate violence. Athena was the goddess of strategy (think wisdom in war) and also the defender of the city. She was a goddess of civilization, holding domain over handicrafts (like weaving) and agriculture.

So when you think about Athena, don’t pigeon-hole her as a nerd. There’s a reason I made Minnie Rutherford in Olympia Heights a derby girl. She is more than just brains. She’s fierce. Athena will cut you. She’ll probably do it with a spear.

Dionysus Ain’t Just the God of Gettin’ Krunk

Dionysus Ain’t Just the God of Gettin’ Krunk

 The Greek Gods all have one domain that they are known for more than others. This is the first in a series of short posts about the lesser-known domains of the Gods. Hopefully these will be interesting to my readers who want to understand more about my characters.

dionysus4Teddy Wexler is Dionysus in Olympia Heights. His backstory, first designed in 2007, is one of the closest parallels to the myth that exists in my series. He was the first character I came up with (even before Zach. Dionysus was a son of Zeus, but his mother was murdered by Hera out of jealousy. Thus, Teddy is the son of a wealthy senator (he had to be royalty) and his mother was the housekeeper. Teddy’s adoptive mother murdered the housekeeper by pushing her down the stairs when she was pregnant.

Teddy is a big party animal and drinker (as would be expected from the God of wine.) He is also a drama club member; it’s a lesser-known fact that Dionysus was God of theater.

Theater? Yes, theater. You see, most of the original Greek plays were written to be performed at the festival for Dionysus in the spring, as Dionysus was a symbol of rebirth after death. Dionysus brought his mother back from The Underworld to Olympus. This myth was perhaps inspired by the growth of dormant grape vines in the spring. These perennial plants seemed to die and then sprout to life anew. These early plays were written to honor Dionysus, and as the festivals grew and the plays became more popular, Dionysus naturally adopted theater as his domain.

Dionysus: God of wine, fertility, rebirth, and theater.

Dionysus ain’t just the God of getting’ Krunk.