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Cerberus

Cerberus, the hound of the underworld, stood guard at the gates of Hades and prevented those not per...

Cerberus

Cereal

Ceres (the Roman counterpart of Demeter) was goddess of grain and the fertility of the earth. From h...

Cereal

Chaos or chaotic

Whether Chaos is to be understood as a void or a primordial, formless, undifferentiated, and seethin...

Chaos or chaotic

Chimera or chimerical or chimeric

A wild, hybrid creature, the Chimera had the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a s...

Chimera or chimerical or chimeric

Cornucopia

The Latin cornucopia means "horn of plenty." There are two stories about this horn, which bestows up...

Cornucopia

Cosmos

Cosmos or cosmic or cosmology or cosmetic or cosmetician. Cosmos refers to the universe, and all th...

Cosmos

Cupidity

The Latin word cupidus (desirous or greedy) gave rise to Cupido, Cupid, the Roman equivalent of the ...

Cupidity

Cyclopean

Here were two distinct groups of giants called the Cyclopes, whose name means circle-eyed and indica...

Cyclopean

Cynosure

The constellation Ursa Minor ("little bear") was called Kunosoura ("the dog's tail") by the astronom...

Cynosure

Demon

Demon or demoniac or demonic or demonology. In Greek daimon was a word of rather fluid definition. ...

Demon

Dionysian

The dionysiac or dionysian experience is the antithesis of the apollonian, characterized by moderati...

Dionysian

Echo

There are two major myths which tell how the acoustic phenomenon of the echo arose. According to one...

Echo

Electra complex

Comparable in the development of the female is the electra complex, a psychotic attachment to the fa...

Electra complex

Elysian Fields

Elysian Fields or Elysian or Elysium. In Vergil's conception of the Underworld there is a place in ...

Elysian Fields

Enthusiasm

In cultic ritual, particularly Dionysiac, the initiate was often thought to become possessed by the ...

Enthusiasm

Eristic

Eris was the goddess of "strife" or "discord," responsible for all the dissension arising from the A...

Eristic

Erotic

Erotic or erotica or eratomania. To the Greeks Eros was one of the first generation of divinities b...

Erotic

Europe

Europa was the daughter of Agenor, king of Tyre in Phoenicia. Zeus, disguised as a white bull, entic...

Europe

Faunus

Faunus or faun or fauna or flora. Faunus, whose name means one who shows favor, was a Roman woodlan...

Faunus

Furies

Furies or furious or furioso. The Erinyes (Furies) were avenging spirits. They sprang from the seve...

Furies

Gaia Hypothesis

Gaia (or Ge), sprung from Chaos, is the personification of the earth. Her name has been employed in ...

Gaia Hypothesis

Genius

The Latin word Genius designated the creative power of an individual which was worshipped as a mytho...

Genius

Gorgon

Gorgon or gorgoneion or gorgonian or gorgonize. The Gorgons were three sisters who had snakes for h...

Gorgon

Halcyon

Halcyon or halcyon days. The mythical bird, the halcyon, is identified with the kingfisher. Ceyx an...

Halcyon

Harpy

The Harpies ("snatchers"), daughters of Thaumas and Electra, were originally conceived of as winds, ...

Harpy
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