so for some reason hershey’s thinks that golden apples would be great to sell as valentine’s candy
so i got one and wrote this on top:
and left it on a table in the studio
less than five minutes later people were fighting about it
my plan has thus far been a success
I love you
you do realize this is how the trojan war started right
this is definitely how the college au of the iliad starts
so i just imagined roman mythology like a bunch of deviantart Original characters:
Rome: And here’s my OC, Mars.
Greece: …Isn’t that Ares?
Rome: No he’s completely original, see, his name is Mars.
Greece: You just mirrored Ares, changed the hair colour an-
Rome: MARS IS MY ORIGINAL CHARACTER DO NOT STEAL
before u say i am stoling this mythos let me explain u a thing
Sailor Pluto: Why Garnet?
Ever wondered what the word Garnet has to do with anything and always crops up with Pluto?
This is probably a sneaky bit of punnery on Naoko Takeuchi’s part.
The Japanese word for “Garnet" is 石榴石 (Zakuroishi) “Zakuro” meaning “pomegranate" and "ishi" meaning "stone”.
Pomegranates are associated with Hades (Pluto) and the Underworld through the story of Persephone. Persephone was abducted by Hades, when Persephone’s Mother Demeter found out she became depressed, the Gods demanded Persephone be released and Hades agreed, before she returned, he gave Persephone some pomegranate seeds which she ate, binding her to the Underworld forever, and she would have to stay there for a third of the year.
So basically the word “Garnet” is associated with Pluto’s never-ending mission as Soldier of Time-Space and the Underworld.
I love how much research Naoko put into everything. As someone who’s an amateur scholar of Greek/Roman mythology, it’s very clear to me that Naoko did a lot of research on Classical Mythology (even the more obscure myths) and did her best to weave the story around it; she also did a great job of including Eastern mythology, too.
why do greek gods have to fuck up so much shit god damn just stay on your mountain and eat your fucking ambrosia and leave people alone
and stop having sex with things you are not supposed to have sex with
we’re all looking at you here zeus
Too bad Zeus didn’t think to invent condoms. Shoulda asked the Trojans.
i’m dying this couldn’t be more accurate.
I’m just posting kaannna's brilliant headcanon so the world can see it! Seriously, I love this.
I made each Princess her own unique name so I decided to to the same for their (theoretical) mothers! We see Princess Serenity’s mother (also named Serenity) so I’ve always liked to imagine the other planets each have their own Queen, it’s just that the Moon Queen rules over them all. I also like to imagine that these Queens used to be the first Serenity’s guardians at one point, just like the Inners watch over Princess Serenity. :P
Unlike with the Princesses, I decided to give each Queen a mythological name.
Queen Athena, Ruler of Mercury
Athena isn’t related to Mercury/Hermes, but Sailor Mercury is the Solider of Intelligence and Wisdom and I imagine the inhabitants of Mercury place a high value on both of these. So their Queen is named after the Goddess of Wisdom.
Queen Anat, Ruler of Mars
Anat is an important Semitic war goddess. I have a feeling that all of the Martian queens are named after war deities.
Queen Hippolyta, Ruler of Jupiter
Hippolyta was the Queen of the mythological all-female warrior race, the Amazons. The Amazons were widely known for both their strength and their femininity, just like Makoto. I assume her mother is likely the same (and maybe this is even a trait for all Jovians) so I gave her the name of the Amazon Queen.
Queen Aphrodite, Ruler of Venus
Self-explanatory, Aphrodite is the Greek Equivalent of Venus. Not terribly creative but it suits her well! :P
Queen Proserpina, Ruler of Pluto
Proserpina is the Latin equivalent of Persephone, Queen of the Underworld. Pretty self-explanatory.
Queen Theia, Ruler of Uranus
Theia was a Titaness, goddess of sight and the shining light of the clear blue sky.
Queen Amphitrite, Ruler of Neptune
Amphitrite was the wife of Poseidon (Neptune) in myth and an important sea goddess.
Queen Morana, Ruler of Saturn
Morana is a Slavic goddess associated with seasonal agrarian rites based on the idea of death and rebirth of the nature. She is associated with death and winter and often described as the goddess of death. All of this ties in heavily with Sailor Saturn and her role.
In ancient Greek mythology, Chaos was the abyss, the confusing nothingness that was the only thing in the universe before the gods and Titans emerged from it. This Chaos was neither good nor evil, rather it was just the ultimate expression of nothingness and the antithesis of Cosmos. Cosmos was used to refer to order, hierarchy, and symmetry; the antithesis of Chaos.
In the final chapter of Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon, we are introduced to two new characters; Chaos, the embodiment and cause of all of the suffering, disorder, and despair throughout the galaxy, and Sailor Cosmos, the future Sailor Moon who spends her life fighting against it.
In Greek/Roman myth:
Venus was a Roman goddess principally associated with love, beauty and fertility, who played a key role in many Roman religious festivals and myths. Venus is the equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. she was born when Saturn cut off Uranus’ genitals and threw them into the sea, and from the sea foam arose Venus. Myrtles, doves, sparrows, horses, and swans are sacred to her. (Taken from Wikipedia)
She was perhaps the most beautiful goddess of all and was desired by all. She was married to Vulcan (Hephaestus), but carried out countless affairs, most notably with Mars (Ares), the passionate god of war. Although she was very beautiful and sought to help many with their love lives, Venus was also very petty and jealous goddess who refused to let any other woman be as beautiful as her.
In Sailor Moon:
Sailor Venus, aka Minako Aino, was the fifth and final addition to the Inner Sailor Team, although she was actually the very first to awaken. Sailor Venus uses light and energy based powers, many of which connected to love. Minako awakened a full year before Usagi and fought crime under the codename, Sailor V and even starred in her own series before Sailor Moon. Her parter is the cat Artemis. Even though Minako is fun-loving, hyper and a bit scatter-brained, she never fails to lead the other senshi in a crisis.
*whistles* In my opinion, out of all the mythological references for the Senshi, Minako takes the cake. Here are just a few examples of references found in the series, most of which from Codename: Sailor V:
This is just the references I could find on short notice! Codename: Sailor V seems to actually imply that she is the incarnation, or avatar, of Venus herself. Minako often refers to herself as the “goddess of love”, but this may very well be just a saying or catchphrase she has developed, not actually naming herself Venus.
Venus was incredibly beautiful and was stated to have long blond hair. Minako is also very beautiful and is blond. Venus had a myriad of affairs and love interests, and Minako has had countless crushes, probably as a reference to this myth. Venus had a long-lasting affair with a youth named Adonis. In Codename: Sailor V, a youth named Adonis was in love with Sailor Venus. Venus was the goddess of love and beauty, and one of Sailor Venus’s titles is “Soldier of Love and Beauty.” Also, Sailor Venus’s final and most powerful attack “Venus Love and Beauty Shock” is a reference to this. Another thing I picked up that might be mythology related is the fact that Minako and Rei are best friends in the manga; perhaps this is in reference to the love between Venus and Mars.
That’s because the Norse gods were all about honor and valor. The Greek gods were just like “FUCK EVERYTHING.”
Zeus would not. Stop. Fucking mortal women. And all sorts of terrible things happened because of it. XD
And one dude.
It was more than ONE dude. Come on.
I’m surprised he never tried to fuck a tree.
That image omfg fukgj,vyfkguil
In Greek/Roman Myth:
Mars was the Roman god of war and also an agricultural guardian, a combination characteristic of early Rome. He was second in importance only to Jupiter, and he was the most prominent of the military gods worshipped by the Roman legions.
Under the influence of Greek culture, Mars was identified with the Greek god Ares, whose myths were reinterpreted in Roman literature and art under the name of Mars. But the character and dignity of Mars differed in fundamental ways from that of his Greek counterpart, who is often treated with contempt and revulsion in Greek literature. Mars was a part of the Archaic Triad along with Jupiter and Quirinus, the latter of whom as a guardian of the Roman people had no Greek equivalent.
Although Ares was viewed primarily as a destructive and destabilizing force, Mars represented military power as a way to secure peace, and was a father (pater) of the Roman people. In the mythic genealogy and founding myths of Rome, Mars was the father of Romulus and Remus with Rhea Silvia. His love affair with Venus symbolically reconciled the two different traditions of Rome’s founding; Venus was the divine mother of the hero Aeneas, celebrated as the Trojan refugee who “founded” Rome several generations before Romulus laid out the city walls. Mars also is deeply connected with passion. (Taken from Wikipedia.)
In Sailor Moon:
Sailor Mars, aka Rei Hino, was the third addition to the Sailor Team. Her powers are creating and manipulating fire and heat. She also a miko (priestess) and displays very acute psychic powers even when untransformed. Rei is very passionate and outspoken, and is fearless when facing enemies.
There are a few obvious similarities that can be drawn from Mars and Sailor Mars. Mars is the god of war, and one of Sailor Mars’s titles is “Soldier of War”, referencing this. Also, just as Mars was portrayed as a very passionate god, Sailor Mars shows passion in everything that she does and is even referred to as the “Soldier of Passion.” In addition, perhaps Rei and Minako’s very close friendship is a reference to the affair between Mars and Venus.
I want to do some doodles of Greek Mythology with Sailor Moon characters since the entire thing turns into a lesbian orgy in ten seconds flat, but my art wan’t working. But then you get gems like Venus being born from the sea after Uranus’ testicle was tossed into it.
Next couple of planets we name better be called after either Protogenoi or second and third gen olympians.
Mythology is the best.
In Greek/Roman Mythology:
In ancient Roman religion and myth, Jupiter or Jove was the king of the gods, and the god of sky and thunder. He is the equivalent of Zeus in the Greek pantheon. His symbols are the thunderbolt, eagle, bull, and oak. (Taken from Wikipedia)
He was the brother of Vesta (Hestia), Ceres (Demeter), Juno (Hera), Pluto (Hades), and Neptune (Poseidon), and the son of Saturn (Cronus) and Ops (Rhea). Saturn had swallowed all of his children, save for Jupiter whom Ops had hid, in fear that they might one day overthrow his position as king. Jupiter grew up, rescued his siblings, overthrew the Titans, and became king of the gods with Juno as his queen. He sired many illegitimate children, much to the dismay of Juno.
In Sailor Moon:
Sailor Jupiter, aka Makoto Kino (Mako-chan to her friends), was the fourth addition to the Sailor Team. Her powers are nature-based, and she is able to manipulate lightning and use some plant-based powers. She is the “muscle” of the group and by far the most physically strong. Mako is simultaneously the most masculine and the most feminine of the group. She is tall, strong, and can beat almost anybody up, but is also an excellent cook and likes “girly” things.
The similarities between the two are very obvious here! Almost all of Sailor Jupiter’s powers are taken from the myths about Jupiter being the god of lightning. Also, Sailor Jupiter’s final attack, “Jupiter Oak Evolution”, is a reference to one of Jupiter’s symbols, the Oak. Perhaps, much like Jupiter was a father to many daughters and sons, Makoto acts as the mother figure of the inner senshi and is very protective of her friends. Jupiter was known for his countless affairs with beautiful women, and, in the anime particularly, Mako has many crushes.