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Greek Mythology

Sisyphus

Sisyphus is the founder and king of the city of Epirus (later Corinth). The gods invited him to their feasts, where he listened to gossip, which he repeated among the mortals. When he betrayed a secret of Zeus he was sentenced to death, which he avoided for a long time thanks to the capture of the god of death Tanatos. After the release of this god, the wife of Sisyphus, following his will, buried her husband against the ceremonial. For this reason, Hades agreed to return Sisyphus to the living and see to the burial. Thanks to this he hid many years among the people. Eventually, he was punished for many years of disobedience by an eternal boulder rolling. 1)

The Olympic Games

The Olympic Games were dedicated in honor of Zeus. Olympia was a well-known center of Zeus worship. It was famous for its huge statue of Zeus (by Phidias), made of gold and ivory, considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. 2)

Arcadia

Arcadia is a historical land located in the central part of the Peloponnese Peninsula in Greece. Mountainous, forested, and barren, it has been poor and sparsely populated since ancient times. It has become a symbol in the art of a happy, simple life and escape from the worries of civilization. 3)

Pandora

Pandora was the first woman on Earth, who Zeus sent as punishment to humans for Prometheus stealing fire from Olympus to the gods. She married his brother the titan Epimetheus, and as her dowry, she received a tightly-sealed barrel, which she opened out of curiosity. In it were all the misfortunes that had spread throughout the world. At the bottom of the barrel, however, was hope, but Pandora trapped it as she slammed the lid shut. 4)

Pygmalion

Pygmalion was an avid sculptor, and he created a statue out of ivory of the perfect woman (Galatea) that he fell in love with. The sculpture was made perfectly, and could only be distinguished from the real woman by touch. Pygmalion then prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to bring the statue to life, she did, and during Pygmalion's caresses, Galatea came to life. 5)

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