Thursday, June 24, 2010

Styx

 Styx was a Naiad, a type of Nymph that presides over fountains, wells, springs, and brooks; Her name means hateful.  Naiads were supposed to know the future and to foretell humans their destiny. Styx was the name of the Goddess who represented the river, Styx, a crossroads between the land of the living and the land of the dead; in fact, She was the only female river. Her river was the most holy and sacred, and by its name, even the Gods took their most solemn oaths.   This was where the mortal met the world of the immortal. 

Styx was the oldest daughter of Oceanus and Tethys; She was the wife of Pallas. Their children were Zelus, Nike, Cratos, and Bia...and She was dark, dangerous, and powerful.  She was an ally of Zeus in the Titan wars and because of this, was honored greatly by the Olympians. It is said that the Goddess held special powers and could bestow the gift of immortality. It is also said that She had the power to make someone invulnerable, and some believe that the great Achilles was dipped into the river by his mother.  She held him by his heel, the only part of his body not submerged.  His exposed heel from then onward became known as Achille's Heel, a metaphor for a weak spot.

7 comments:

  1. I knew the Achille's heel was named after the god, but didn't know why - very interesting!

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  2. I only recently learned that "the river Styx" was a Goddess. Thanks for more fascinating info on Her!

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  3. Hello Mary: perhaps you would not think that I am sneaking around? I was thinking a lot about you in the past hot and very humid days! I certainly got my airconditionel and it is nice and cool for my "vacation" It is wonderful to rest, reading many blogs. Your is very good. Love: julia/bb :)

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  4. Your blog is very ,interesting and I like it. Their so many lessons that,I have to study and remembered well keep up the good job.
    I really like to visit in your blog,even how many times! And I don,t know why?

    P.S.The images that you are posting are really nice!

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  5. Does anyone know what the name of the flowers are that were supposed to grow in the River Styx? Have done some searching with no luck yet.

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  6. ASPHODEL
    the mythological flower that grows along the banks of the River Styx in Hades

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