Archive for Greek mythology


Posted in Mythology with tags , , , on March 28, 2014 by alvinavalon

Sappho by GleyreSappho was one of the greatest poets of the ancient world. She was born on the Greek island of Lesbos in the 7th century BC. A native of Lesbos is known as a Lesbian, and in English this word has come to mean a homosexual female due to the homoerotic nature of some of Sappho’s poems. The word “Sapphic” is sometimes used as a synonym of Lesbian.

The picture above is adapted from the painting “Sappho’s bedtime” by Charles Gleyre (1806 – 1874). The one below is from Édouard-Henri Avril (1849 –1928). Both scenes include a lyre, which was a harp-like musical instrument used to accompany poetry in ancient times.

Sappho by Avril

The Amazon

Posted in Mythology with tags , , , on February 2, 2014 by alvinavalon

Amazon sex positionIn the Missionary Position of sexual intercourse, the woman lies passively on her back with her legs apart, and the man thrusts his penis in and out of her vagina. The Amazon Position, illustrated here, is the exact opposite of this. It is named after the ruthless female warriors of ancient Greek mythology, the Amazons, who required complete control over their submissive male partners. To this end, the man lies passively on his back with his legs apart, while the woman grips his penis with her powerful vaginal muscles and thrusts energetically back and forth,  mimicking the traditional “fucking” action of the male.

Phallic Symbolism

Posted in Mythology with tags , , , , on December 31, 2013 by alvinavalon

Large penis after Aubrey BeardsleyThe erect penis is a powerful symbol in art, mythology and religion, and its size is often exaggerated for greater effect. However, if it is exaggerated too much the effect becomes comic, as in this image based on a book illustration by Aubrey Beardsley. The original drawing, dating from 1896, depicts a scene from a classic Greek drama called Lysistrata. It reflects the ancient Greek theatrical tradition whereby the actors in comedies wore enormous stage-prop phalluses.


Posted in Mythology with tags , , , , , on February 16, 2013 by alvinavalon

Hermaphroditus statue from Roman timesA number of ancient deities combine male and female characteristics. Perhaps the most archetypal is Hermaphroditus, from whose name we get the word hermaphrodite. In Greek mythology, Hermaphroditus was the offspring of the Goddess Aphrodite and the God Hermes. Originally a boy, he was transformed into a male-female hybrid through union with a water nymph. The cult of Hermaphroditus was popular in ancient Rome, where he was worshipped as the deity of bisexuality and effeminacy. The statue shown here is from Monte Porzio in Italy, and dates from the 2nd century AD. It is now in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Bacchanal: a frenzied sex ritual

Posted in Pagan and occult with tags , , , , , on February 2, 2013 by alvinavalon

Bacchanal by Auguste LevequeThe Bacchanal was a religious rite associated with worship of the Roman God Bacchus, also known by the Greek name of Dionysus. Bacchus is often euphemistically referred to as the “God of Wine”, which makes him sound genteel and sophisticated, but in fact he was the God of drunkenness, self-indulgence and decadent sexuality. Accordingly, the Bacchanal took the form of an uninhibited, drunken orgy. The Roman historian Livy wrote that “More uncleanness was committed by men with men than with women. To regard nothing as impious or criminal was the sum total of their religion.”

Over the years, many artists have chosen to depict Bacchanalian revels in their paintings. The one shown here is the work of the Belgian painter Auguste Levêque.

The Loves of Zeus: Callisto

Posted in Mythology with tags , , , on December 15, 2012 by alvinavalon

The Loves of Zeus: CallistoIn Greek mythology, the God Zeus (a.k.a. Jupiter in Roman mythology) had a huge number of lovers, including Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, who gave their names to the four largest moons of the planet Jupiter. As mentioned in a previous post, Ganymede was the only male among them. But surprisingly there was another same-sex relationship as well. Callisto was a female follower of the Goddess Diana (also known as Artemis). In order to seduce her, Zeus shape-shifted into female form, posing as Diana herself in order to copulate with Callisto.


Posted in Mythology with tags , , , , on October 2, 2012 by alvinavalon

Andromache - sex position with woman on topIn Greek mythology, Andromache was the wife of the Trojan hero Hector. According to some versions of the legend, Andromache was an Amazon – a powerful female warrior – and her name (which is pronounced “Andromaki”) literally means “she fights like a man”.

Because of her powerful, dominant nature, Andromache has given her name to a position for sexual intercourse in which the women straddles the male partner and rides on top of him. This position is also popular in Tantra, which has its roots in the female-dominant, Goddess-worshipping tradition of ancient India. The Sanskrit word for this sexual position, as used in the Kama Sutra, is Purushayita, meaning “virile behaviour”.