Tyche was a Greco-Roman goddess of good fortune. She appeared as a nereid in the in the Hymn to Demeter (Homer). According to Hesiod’s Theogony she is the daughter of Okeanos, but elsewhere she is said to be the daughter of Zeus and Hera. She is depicted as carrying a rudder or, alternatively, cornucopia. She was also known as Agathe Tyche, the consort […]
Greco Roman Mythology
In this section are descriptions of Greco-Roman Mythologies and mythological beings described in the encyclopedia. Most of the deities were honored by both Greeks and Romans.
Palaemon, Greco-Roman, was a minor sea god, originally Melikertes, son of Ino (Leukothea). He was deified by the gods when his mother, cradling her son in her arms, threw herself from a cliff into the sea. The reason being, according to legends, she became insane or was escaping the wrath of Athanas, King of […]
Okeanides were sea deities, Greco-Roman. These minor goddesses were assigned the guardianship of the oceans by the great gods and invoked by seafarers. In an alternative tradition, they are river gods, sons of Okeanos. A.G.H. Source: Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 192
Nike was the goddess of victory, Greco-Roman. She was depicted as a winged messenger bringing the laurel wreath to the victor of battle. This deity was of Greek origin, appearing in Hesiod’s Theogony, later adopted by the Romans and worshipped extensively throughout Asia Minor, including Sardis. In other descriptions of this deity, Athena carries Nike as a […]
Nereides, Greco-Roman, were animistic spirits of the sea, considered feminine personalities of whom Amphitrite was the best known. They were assigned the guardianship of the oceans by the great gods and invoked by seafarers. Also, they were attendants to Poseidon. A.G.H. Source: Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 181
Napaeae were feminine animalistic spirits of the valleys, in Greco-Roman period, personalized and assigned the guardianship of fertile green valleys by the great gods. Usually they were invoked locally at small shrines. A.G.H. Source: Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 177