Friday, March 23, 2012

Greek Deified mortals

Deified mortals
Achilles (Ἀχιλλεύς), hero of the Trojan War
Aiakos (Αἰακός), a king of Aegina, appointed as a Judge of the Dead in the Underworld after his death
Aeolus (Aiolos) (Αἴολος), a king of Thessaly, made the immortal king of the winds by Zeus
Amphiaraus (Ἀμφιάραος), a hero of the war of the Seven Against Thebe who became an oracular spirit of the Underworld after his death
Ariadne (Αριάδνη), a Cretan princess who became the immortal wife of Dionysus
Aristaeus (Ἀρισταῖος), a Thessalian hero, his inventions saw him immortalised as the god of bee-keeping, cheese-making, herding, olive-growing and hunting
Asclepius (Ἀσκληπιός), a Thessalian physician who was struck down by Zeus, to be later recovered by his father Apollo
Attis (Ἄττις), a consort of Cybele, granted immortality as one of her attendants
Bolina (Βολίνα), a mortal woman transformed into an immortal nymph by Apollo
The Dioscuri (Διόσκουροι), divine twins
Castor (Κάστωρ)
Polydeuces (Πολυδεύκης)
Endymion (Ἐνδυμίων), lover of Selene, granted eternal sleep so as never to age or die
Ganymede (Γανυμήδης), a handsome Trojan prince, abducted by Zeus and made cup-bearer of the gods
Glaucus (Γλαῦκος), the fisherman's sea god, made immortal after eating a magical herb
Hemithea (Ἡμιθέα) and Parthenos (Παρθένος), princesses of the Island of Naxos who leapt into the sea to escape their father's wrath; Apollo transformed them into demi-goddesses
Heracles (Ηρακλής), ascended hero
Minos (Μίνως), a king of Crete, appointed as a Judge of the Dead in the Underworld after his death
Ino (Ἰνώ), a Theban princess who became the sea goddess Leucothea
The Leucippides (Λευκιππίδες), wives of the Dioscuri
Phoebe (Φοίβη), wife of Pollux
Hilaeira (Ἱλάειρα), wife of Castor
Orithyia (Ὠρείθυια), an Athenian princess abducted by Boreas and made the goddess of cold, gusty mountain winds
Palaemon (Παλαίμων), a Theban prince, made into a sea god along with his mother, Ino
Phylonoe (Φυλονόη), daughter of Tyndareus and Leda, made immortal by Artemis
Psyche (Ψυχή), goddess of the soul

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