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mythology

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adonis
god of beauty and desire
aegis
the shield or breastplate of Zeus
amazon
tall, warlike race of women
ambrosial
taste worthy of the gods, said to bestow immortality
atlas
a titan punished to hold the world/heavans/sky on his shoulders as a punishment for rebelling against Zeus
auroral
the goddess of dawn
bacchanalian
wild festivals of Dionysis, god of wine
cassandra
a prophet cursed by Apollo so that her prophecies, though true, were fated never to be believed.
fauna
roman goddess of animals
flora
roman goddess of plants
tantalize
to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches, with the fruit always eluding his grasp, and the water always receding before he could take a drink
forum
the main area for discussion in ancient rome
herculean
hero know for strength and courage
iridescent
iris = goddess, rainbow, acted as messenger for gods
jovial
pertaining to the god Jove, or Jupiter who fostered good humour
laconic
named after laconica, a city of ancient greece
martial
it comes from Mars who was the God of war in the antic rome.
mercurial
animated; lively; sprightly; quick-witted.
pertaining to the god mercury
narcassistic
arcissus was celebrated by the Greeks as a young man who caught his own reflection in a pool and fell in love with himself.
nectar
the life-giving drink of the gods.
nemesis
he goddess of divine retribution
olympian
pertaining to Mount Olympus or dwelling thereon, as the gods of classical Greece.
procrustean
Procrustes, mythical robber of Attica who seized travelers, tied them to his bed, and either stretched their limbs or lopped of their legs to make them fit it
saturnine
sluggish in temperament; gloomy
stygian
of or pertaining to the river Styx or to Hades.
protean
Proteus, sea god who could change his form
terpsichorean
Terpsichore the muse of dancing and dramatic chorus
thespian
Father of Greek Tragedy" was thought to have been the first actor to a written play
pertaining to the characteristics of the titans
pertaining to the characteristics of the titans