Hippolyta murdered for her girdle, Penthesilea killed by Achilles at Troy, Hippolyta abandoned by Theseus for Phaedra, and Thalestris impregnated by Alexander the Great.
The Grim Reaper, complete with scythe, first appeared in the Middle Ages and became popular in the 19th century. It’s one of the few phrases drawn from visual art.
How we got from one of the most senior gods, and a winged young man, to a chubby infant armed with a bow and arrow, let alone an unknown former saint.
From Aesculapius to Zeus, key features of each of the major male deities in classical myths, and links to individual articles here.
Romulus as founder of Rome, including the Rape of the Sabine Women and paintings by Rubens, Poussin, Ingres, David and others.
Was a primordial deity, attendant at Aphrodite’s birth, or her son by Ares/Mars? When did he get his bow and arrows? Answered in fine paintings.
Father Time, a grey-haired old man with a beard, wearing ultramarine blue, and holding a scythe and hourglass.
Romulus and Remus were abandoned as babies, when the intent had been to kill them. And paintings by Hogarth, and the daughter of a successful foundling.
Alexander presses on into India, but stops short of crossing the River Ganges into South-East Asia. Fine paintings by Le Brun, Gustave Moreau, Valenciennes, and others.
Biography to the death of Darius the King of Persia, with superb paintings by Degas, Elisabetta Sirani, Altdorfer, Jan Brueghel the Elder, and more.