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First, let's establish that at least some male characters do have nipples in The Original Series : Given what we see above, it's certainly not a general policy on TOS to have no nipples. With that out of the way, we can focus on the appearance of the Greek god Apollo. Here he is in a larger, better screen capture: There are nipples here; they are ...


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Interesting - I wasn't aware of that poem. I don't know, however, that the theme song has any inspiration in ancient myth or poetry. I'd always taken it as having a double reference/meaning. The first is a reference to the fact that humanity had destroyed "Earth that was" and their only way to escape was to the sky/space. The second inspiration is that ...


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There are very few examples, one of which is Aeneas: a Trojan hero, the son of the prince Anchises and the goddess Aphrodite. The Wikipedia article on demigods gives a good cultural explanation as to why there were not many: The fact that male deities of Greek myth had far more notable children with mortals than the female goddesses can be ...


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I'm reasonably sure this is actually one of the Norse Eddas, the source tales that deal with Thor, the God of Thunder and his antics. Thor's Journey to the Land of the Giants features all of the aspects you're talking about as well as the twist ending. I have deluded thee with vain shows; first in the forest, where I met you, and where you were unable ...


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This story is told in one of the books that The Song of Achilles is based upon, Homer's Odyssey. Note that Odysseus is referred to as 'Ulysses' in this version. Then the old woman took the cauldron in which she was going to wash his feet, and poured plenty of cold water into it, adding hot till the bath was warm enough. Ulysses sat by the fire, but ...


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The original representation of Titans was from Greek myth. The Titans were effectively the first gods - the twelve children of Gaia and Uranus, the representations of the earth and the sky respectively. They ruled in a mythic prehistoric age until being overthrown by Zeus, a son of two of the Titans (Cronus and Rhea). They were generally portrayed in ...


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Wayward Sons: Legends. I enjoyed reading that webcomic -- all of it that was online at the time -- several years ago. I just now checked, and confirmed that it's still on hiatus. Its most recent page (if you follow the link) says it will be returning "Late in 2015." Obviously, that hasn't happened. The basic premise is just as you recall. The good guys (...


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It boils down to poetic license (why don't they adhere to Grecian battle tactics and ancient Greek architecture?), but I am not sure I agree with your analysis. The way it looks, at least to me, is that the difference between the two sides is that the gods seem to be better warriors. In comparing them, I am reminded of Bruce Lee vs. your ordinary warrior (I ...


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Demi-gods and heros were often "city gods" -- the rulers of a given city-state would claim descent from the gods by way of a specific hero. Heroes born to Olympian mothers would be raised in Olympus, and not available to rule Greek city-states. Only mortal mothers are useful to establishing the "divine right of kings."


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This sounds like Laptop of the Gods by Peter Chippindale, published in 1998. One other plot detail that I remember: The protagonist Cupid/Eros accidentally alters history and creates Bill Gates while illegally accessing Mercury/Hermes' account on the mainframe of the gods.


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I think it's an exaggeration. Heracles killed Cycnus and Diomedes, and maybe Hippolyta, depending on your sources. And Ares fathered something like 50 children, so that's not even very many of them.


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The story of Icarus is a myth, and myths are more than just supernatural stories that explain phenomena in the world. They characteristically comment on universals, or archetypes, and the Icarus myth uses narrative (poetic narrative, yes, but still a story, or narrative) to discuss the concepts of boundaries and limitations. In this story, we see both the ...


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Well, if you consider Chaos as God, then Chaos. Otherwise, all together Gaia, Eros, Erebus and Nyx: In Greek mythology, Chaos (Greek: Χάος), according to Hesiod, Chaos ("Chasm") was the first thing to exist: "at first Chaos came to be" (or was) "but next" (possibly out of Chaos) came Gaia, Tartarus, and Eros (elsewhere the son of Aphrodite). ...


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Could this be Narcissus? Whilst he was not exactly a suicide or ritual sacrifice, he did fall in love with his own reflection in a pool, and drowned in an effort to get to it. The mutual suicide may be a reference to Echo


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Mal is from Shadow, which was destroyed by Alliance forces. Apparently this invoved a very thorough "scorched earth" programme, which literally burned the entire planet turning it into a "black rock" like the one Miranda was said to be.


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You asked: "Did the composer or someone else ever talk about the song"? Joss Whedon is the composer, and he discusses his inspiration for the song as part of the director's commentary on the series DVD, possibly on the first episode. As I remember he mentions being inspired by the American Civil War.


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Take my love, take my land Take me where I cannot stand I don't care, I'm still free You can't take the sky from me Take me out to the black Tell them I ain't comin' back Burn the land and boil the sea You can't take the sky from me There's no place I can be Since I found Serenity But you can't take the sky from me... Those are the lyrics, and I would say ...


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In Greek mythology, Titans were not supposed to be beasts. They were just like the Olympian gods but they came before and actually gave birth to the Olympian gods. None of the movies or shows that you mentioned are accurate because they were all shown as some sort of scary monsters. Not all of the Titans were actually evil. The Greek god Zeus dethroned his ...


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This is addressed in the back-story provided in the opening voiceover. In Immortals, the 'Titans' aren't the progenitors of the Gods, they're simply another faction of immortal beings who originally dwelled in the 'Heavens' alongside each other. These two sets of immortal beings fell out (for reasons not given, but clearly fashion-related), and a vast war ...


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Tolkien was explicitly attempting to replicate the basic mythical mode of the Norse Sagas. Several of them have parallels in structure. LOTR as an allegory for World War I or II is often academically explored. The professor himself flatly denied any allegory, but there is a strong resonance that is best described as an "unintended allegory" - that is, the ...


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A (very) early episode of RadioLab explores some of the similarities between Wagner and Tolkien. It's a good listen. The episode talks about the connection to Norse mythology and the fact that Tolkien borrowed the Ring motif that Wagner added. There's not much to it past the first few minutes (other than an awesome discussion with Howard Shore about the ...


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If you have not read percy jackson and the greek gods and the greek gods, in which it is mentioned that dionyus was a half blood but due to his creation of wine he got many followers who worshipped him like god because of which he turned into a real god (in greek mythology more worshippers the gods get the stronger they become). Also in the same book ...


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Agamemnon was the name Andrew Skourus took when he and the other titans decided to take over and enslave the known galaxy. All of the titans picked names from ancient mythology as their new identities. He was not the Agamemnon from Greek Mythology. He took on this title thousands of years after the time period of ancient Greece, as at the point him and the ...


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Googling the terms of your question brought me to this site, which speaks of rivers which require sacrifice at regular intervals, thought by some to be remnants of old Celtic rituals. The article I linked to argues that it is more likely that it is just a common way to bring meaning to deaths happening in the rivers at fairly regular intervals, and not ...


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Some of your provided information is reminiscent of American Gods (2001) by Neil Gaiman: Titans clash, but with more fuss than fury in this fantasy demi-epic from the author of Neverwhere. The intriguing premise of Gaiman's tale is that the gods of European yore, who came to North America with their immigrant believers, are squaring off for a rumble with ...


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