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Words from Mythology
Mrs. Mcfalls Words Test: 02/12/14
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protection. The piece of defensive armor or protective shield carried by Zeus, the sight of which filled enemies with horror.
something especially delicious. In the IIliad, Zeus sent out his workers every day to bring back this delicious substance
a spider. It comes from the name Arachne, a mortal turned into a spider by Minerva.
a book containing maps of various locations. Atlas was a Titan condemned to holding up the sky
riotously or jovially intoxicated;drunken. Has to do with Bacchus/Dionysus, the god of wine and fertility
a musical instrument with a set of steam pipes played via a keyboard. Calliope was the name of the Muse of Epic poetry,
any grain, such as wheat, oats, barley, etc. Named after Ceres, goddess of farming and agriculture.
highly improbable, fanciful. Chimera, a fire-breathing monster with a lion head, goat body and dragon tail
a list of events in the order they happened. Named for Cronus, father of Jupiter and leader of the titans
any type of natural fabric. Clotho, one of the fates, gave her name to this material
oracular, obscure; ambiguous, The oracle of Apollo in Delphi made pronouncements that would be the right answer regardless of the outcome,
harsh. Draco, an Athenian legislator in the 600s B.C., was noted for the severity of his code laws.
the reflection of a sound wave. Echo, a wood nymph, voice was taken away by Juno, so she was thereafter only capable of repeating after others.
developed to the enjoyment of good food and comfort, Epicurus, the founder of a school of philosophy, believed the supreme goal in life should be pleasure.
plant life. The name of the goddess of spring and flowering plants, esp. wild flowers and plants not raised for food
calm, peaceful, tranquil. This is the Greek word for kingfisher, a bird of classical legend, that the Greeks believed could nest at sea.
being seemingly impossible. Such as the 12 labors Hera had Hercules perform.
made airtight by fusion or swelling. Hermes was the god who conducted souls to the underworld.
good-humored. Jupiter or Jove would be in this mood.
either a maze with many twists and passages or a tortuous procedure. Comes from the name of the maze Daedalus built for King Minos of Crete.
using few words. The disciplined and militaristic Spartans ( of Laconia) were known for having few words.
relating or suggesting war. Relating to Roman God Mar, god of war.
a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
having the qualities of the god Mercury, such as a quick wit, eloquence, and changeability
a building containing objects of scientific , historical, or artistic value. The Muses, nine Greek goddesses, presided over arts and literature. This was the name of their temple
harmonious and rhythmic arrangements. Named after the muses
excessive self-admiration. Narcissus was a man who fell in love with his reflection.
beverage of the gods like ambrosia, finding the foods granted mortals immortality
insurmountable rival. The goddess Nemesis doled out rewards for notable acts but venegenance.
an arduous journey. Homer's hero Odysseus had many turns on his adventure.
one who speaks in public. Derives from oracle, places where the gods and mortals go for help
relating to non-romantic friendships. The Greek philosopher, Plato, believed physical objects are weak representative of their ideal form
government of rich people. Pluto lived in the underworld, surrounded by wealth and riches.
fitting people or ideas into a rigid patter. like Procrustus did when he put his victims in a iron bed and stretched them out
Promethus protected the human race from Zeus and taught them all the arts and skills to make humans unique.
Versatile, Proteus was the son of Neptune and could change appearance at will
the soul or mind. Named for physche the wife of Cupid
a massive snake. Apollo killed a python in a cave near Delphi
having a stiff upper lip.
to tempt. Tantalus offended the gods so that he was condemned to afterlife to an eternity of hunger and thirst
of massive size. like the titans suns of Uranus and Gae
to treat rubber with hot sulfur in order to make more elastic. Vulcan was the god of fire and forged jewelry and weapons for the gods
a gentle breeze
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