Myths on plates

by Mikkal Noptek December. 13, 2011 7770 views

Novembre 01, 2011

The mythographers tell that Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce or ravish her, the two being near-equivalent in Greek myth. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed in with her father's herds. While Europa and her female attendants were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back, to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete. Zeus gave her a necklace made by Hephaestus and three additional gifts: Talos, Laelaps and a javelin that never missed. Zeus later re-created the shape of the white bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation Taurus.

The central story of Deianira, however, concerns the Tunic of Nessus. A wild centaur named Nessus attempted to kidnap Deianira as he was ferrying her across the river Euenos, but she was rescued by Heracles, who shot the centaur with a poisoned arrow. As he lay dying, Nessus tricked Deianira, telling her that a mixture of olive oil with the semen that he had dropped on the ground and his heart's blood would ensure that Heracles would never again be unfaithful.
Deianira believed his words and kept a little of the potion by her. Heracles fathered illegitimate children all across Greece and then fell in love with Iole (also called Omphal). When Deianira thus feared that her husband would leave her forever, she smeared some of the blood on Heracles' famous lionskin shirt. Heracles' servant, Lichas, brought him the shirt and he put it on. The centaur's toxic blood burned Heracles terribly, and eventually, he threw himself into a funeral pyre. In despair, Deianira committed suicide by hanging herself or with a sword.

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Breizh 9 years, 5 months ago

Tout est "riche" ... l'histoire , la précision de la décoration des assiettes , les dorures ... les photos aussi sont riches de talent .

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Olga Helys 9 years, 5 months ago

So beautiful artworks
Great colors, details

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Nodzu 9 years, 5 months ago


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Amiyamaiti 9 years, 5 months ago


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Davorka ČEoviä‡ 9 years, 5 months ago

Wonderful art post !! Love all of this !!!Beautifully presented!!!

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Josy 9 years, 5 months ago

Splendides assiettes ! Où avez vues ces petites merveilles peintes des mythes célèbres ?

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Mallusatish Reddy 9 years, 5 months ago

Amazing shots,Great art work~!~

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Eric J H Joyce 9 years, 5 months ago

Great post.

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Finbarr 9 years, 5 months ago

Wonderful art post !!

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Eija 9 years, 5 months ago

So colorful, beautiful, cool works of art !!!

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