Friday, November 26, 2010
Like the tale of Tantalus from a couple of weeks ago, this is also a tale of a King who also was invited to a party in Olympus and did something so stupid and boorish that he was condemned to Tartarus for eternal damnation. First, we must look at our titular character and see what he did before he would go to that faithful party and met with his destiny of never ending torment and punishment.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
You know last time we were talking about Glaucus and Diomedes, I realized that I have not told the famous tale of Bellerophon slaying the Chimera, so here it is.
The best pic of Bellerophon that Google could give me
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Today I look at this story that occurred in most famous war of them, the Trojan War. Ah yes the Trojan War, a war caused by the lust of Paris, prince of Troy and total loser. We all the know the story with the apple and the judgement of Paris and blah blah etc etc (even though none of this is shown in the Iliad) But here is a little tale that was written down in the translations of Homer's words, a story of two men: One Achaean (Greek) and the other an ally of Troy, who met, almost fought, but realized something intertwining both their families.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Aw yes cannibalism, it is in many of the tales of the Ancient Greeks, from Cronus to giant Laestrygonians, the Greeks liked to talk about cannibalism and human sacrifice. However, it was not because they condoned it, far from it they saw these acts as the most gruesome and barbaric that a mortal could do; so they made up these stories that showed what terrible things would happen to a person if he committed these acts. Thus we get to today's tale, the story of a jackass king who thought he could trick the gods with a special meal, only to be punished for his deeds. This my friends is the tale of Tantalus.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Yes I am finally done with Heracles and his twelve tasks, but there still many stories that have yet to be told in my trademarked sense of humor. (If any of you even dare write rival mythology blogs, I will sue your ass!) One of these stories was the tale of the Great Calydonian Boar Hunt, which had an ensemble of heroes that would rival the Argonauts and the Expendables. Now I'll be using the Ovid retelling since that one is the easiest to write about.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Well we did it, we have finally reached the end of our journey, this is it, the twelfth and final task that Heracles would have to face if he would ever want to be forgiven for the murder of his family. Let's go over the last eleven tasks.
Friday, November 12, 2010
We are near the home stretch as we come across the second to last task that Heracles would have to face to gain penance for the murder of his family. This, along with the next task, would be among the hardest challenges that he would have to overcome. Eurystheus requested to Heracles to give him the golden apples of Hesperides, the immaculate garden where Atlas burdened the heavens on his shoulders.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
*Before I begin I have a very long and probably meaningless introduction
After 29 blogs of me poking fun and informing the uncountable number of guys and gals reading (I mean that literally since there is no more hit detector here anymore T-T) I have been depressed by the lack of feedback by you faithful readers. I know some of you might want me a video series, but we know how that all went.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
In this blog of MIGM, I continue to recall the 12 "Impossible acts" committed by the favorite bastard son of Zeus. After capturing the Cretan Bull, Heracles was given his next task by Eurystheus, to steal the 4 mares of Diomedes. This was not; however, the Diomedes of Iliad fame, but the giant bloodthirsty king of Thrace, a primitive and barbaric region north of Macedon. And true to their cruel master's nature, his horses: Podagros (the fast) Lampon (the shinning) Xanthos (the blond) and Deinos (the terrible) were not your average horses, for they were carnivorous and particularly loved the flesh of humans. (Though they were not the weirdest of horses in mythology that would be Sleipnir)
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Now that Heracles had slain the swarms of Stymphalian Birds, Eurystheus sent Heracles on his next task, capture the Cretan Bull. Now if you know anything about the Cretan Bull, it was the same bull that King Minos' wife Pasiphae sired and the father of the abomination that was the Minotaur. Now it was running amok across the plains of Crete. Heracles began thus began his journey south to the island of Zeus.
Now we have reached the half way mark between Heracles' now 12 Labors. Now Eurystheus sent Heracles to Arcadia to kill an infestion of birds, only these birds were giant, bronze beaked, metallic feathered, man eating birds that had toxic dung! They resided in Lake Stymphalia and thus were dubbed the Stymphalian Birds. So Heracles strung his bow and began his journey to the once fertile lake.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
So let us recap the past four tasks that Heracles had to complete up to this point.
1. Slay the Nemean Lion
2. Slay the Lernaean Hydra
3. Capture the Golden Hind of Artemis
4. Capture the Erymanthian Boar