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Mt. Olympus: the new and ancient

Mt. Olympus was the mystical home of the Greek gods.

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while will know about my passion and continued studies into ancient history. None the least ancient Greece and her mythologies. I’ve come across an article on Mt. Olympus, a favourite tourist destination due it being the home of the ancient Greek gods. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to see the legendary mountain, and hope to in my next visit to Greece, whenever that will be. Time will tell, I guess with the double Ps—the pandemic and Putin—doing their bit to cause chaos and havoc across the world.

Today, the mountain brings hiking enthusiasts and adventurers, but long before the adventurers eyeballed the illustrious peak, it was the centre of the ancient Greek world and mythology. It was a mysterious location holding many secrets that the people of the time tried to explain. Home to Zeus and the Olympian Gods, the mountain was shrouded in mystical fascination, the ‘mortals’ avoiding to ascend the home of the gods in the fear of offending them and incurring their wrath. And if someone did venture into the home of the gods they never returned. They most likely died from either falling to their death or freezing on the slopes, their limbs numbed and incapable of walking.

The Olympian gods. Depicted clockwise from top center are: Zeus, Hephaestus, Athena, Apollo, Hermes, Artemis, Poseidon, Eros, Aphrodite, Ares, Dionysus, Hades, Hestia, Demeter, Hera. By Nicolas-André Monsiau (1754-1837) – Wikimedia
The Olympian gods. Depicted clockwise from top center are: Zeus, Hephaestus, Athena, Apollo, Hermes, Artemis, Poseidon, Eros, Aphrodite, Ares, Dionysus, Hades, Hestia, Demeter, Hera. By Nicolas-André Monsiau (1754-1837) – Wikimedia

I mention home of the gods in my trilogy Servant of the Gods (Click on the covers to read more), the palatial realm in which Zeus and Hera rule the world, often fighting with each other and their siblings and children. The Greek gods’ behaviour was no different from humans, a way for the ancient people to connect with the gods and try to make sense of the way humans act towards each other. (It appears after hundreds of thousands of years, we’re still yet to learn and evolve.)

I’m off to Greece for my next destination, where is yours? Here’s the article: The Hidden Treasures of Olympus, the Mountain of the Greek Gods

It’s a quick and easy read. Enjoy! Απολαύστε (apoláfste)

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, burnt out but not done… yet.

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  1. I’ve never seen in, in person or a picture. It is stunning. I can see why it was mythical 2000+ years ago. It would be fun to visit.

    1. Luciana says:

      It would be amazing to see. It’s on my bucket list 🙂

      1. I’m waiting until I can fly without a mask. That would be a long flight with my face covered, brething my own exhales!

  2. G. J. Jolly says:

    For some unknown reason, I thought Mt. Olympus was higher. Perhaps it’s because I grew up seeing the Rocky Mountains in the west.

    1. Luciana says:

      Hard to compare to the Rocky Mountains!!

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