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Fields of Asphodel (ASS-fuh-del). Dwelling place of most of the shades in Hades according to Homer, the bard who sang of the age of heroes. Asphodel was an ugly weed with a pretty name, a grey and ghostly plant suited to an Underworld inhabited by bloodless wraiths.
fire. Combustible process with uses both sacred and practical in Greek myth and history. The Titan Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to mortals. The Titan carried it away from Mount Olympus in a fennel stalk – a method of transporting fire that was used down into historical times. In daily life, it was common practice to keep a flame burning – or an ember glowing – at all times. In some ceremonies, a sacred flame was carried from altar to altar by relays of torches.
Furies. Female spirits who tormented evil-doers, particularly those who had committed some crime against a family member. When Theseus and Peirithous tried to abduct Persephone from the Underworld, her husband Hades tricked them into sitting on a bench to which they became permanently attached. Then he unleashed the Furies on them.
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Fields of Asphodel (ASS-fuh-del). Dwelling place of most of the shades in Hades according to Homer, the bard who sang of the age of heroes. Asphodel was an ugly weed with a pretty name, a grey and ghostly plant suited to an Underworld inhabited by bloodless wraiths.
fire. Combustible process with uses both sacred and practical in Greek myth and history. The Titan Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to mortals. The Titan carried it away from Mount Olympus in a fennel stalk – a method of transporting fire that was used down into historical times. In daily life, it was common practice to keep a flame burning – or an ember glowing – at all times. In some ceremonies, a sacred flame was carried from altar to altar by relays of torches.
Furies. Female spirits who tormented evil-doers, particularly those who had committed some crime against a family member. When Theseus and Peirithous tried to abduct Persephone from the Underworld, her husband Hades tricked them into sitting on a bench to which they became permanently attached. Then he unleashed the Furies on them.
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