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Greek myth about an athlete who kills another man with a discus

I think that you are probably thinking of the legend of Perseus. After rescuing the princess Andromeda, he accompanied his mother Danaƫ back to Argos, and took part in some funeral games that were ...
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What does Athena mean by "suave, seductive words" in the Odyssey?

Earlier in book 1 it was explained that Odysseus wanted to return home to his wife Penelope and his kingdom of Ithaca, but Calypso kept him imprisoned because she wanted to marry him: But one man ...
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What does Athena mean by 'slaughtering his droves of sheep and cattle'?

You are of course correct that the sheep and cattle foreshadow the eventual fate of the Achaeans themselves. But in the first instance, they are literally meant. In Odysseus's absence, over a hundred ...
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What does Athena mean in this passage of book 3 of the Odyssey?

This is as straightforward as it comes. Telemachus is disheartened and fears his father may not return. Mentor/Athena chastises him on giving up. The two components are: The gods can do anything (so ...
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May we find the digital text renderings of the Herculaneum scrolls?

There will always be a lag between what's online and new discoveries, but there are several places you access the papyri. You can see the pictures of the papyri on Chartes, but the website is all in ...
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Greek myth about an athlete who kills another man with a discus

In addition to Clara Diaz Sanchez' answer, I'd like to reveal some of the complexity of the Greek Myths around this subject, where there are many variations and overlaps between different mythological ...
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What is the "black sphinx" in Greek magical papyrus IV?

Classics is such a deep field, but it rewards persistence. When I read Lycophron's Alexandra, I encountered that enigmatic term "Black Sphinx" and I remembered I had this question about it. ...
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