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Ecstasy

a trance like state

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Eleusinian Mysteries

the annual rites performed by the ancient Greeks at the village of Eleusis near Athens in honor of Demeter and Persephone.

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Elysian Fields

resting place in the underworld for the souls of heroes

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enthousiasmos

to be inspired or possessed by a diving being

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Epic

a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation.

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epithet

a descriptive word that accompanies a recurring word; swift-footed Achiles

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eponym

a name shared between a person and a place

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Eros

the greek god of sexual attraction (roman counterpart is cupid); said to be the son of aphrodite

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eschatology

the part of theology concerned with death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind.

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etiological

Etiology is the study of causation, or origination. The word is derived from the Greek αἰτιολογία, aitiología, "giving a reason for

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Estruscans

the ancient civilization that inhabited italy prior to the greeks/romans

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Euhemerism

the approach of studying mythological ideas presuming they are based of real historical events

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Eumenides

the third part of The Oresteia; contains the murder and avenging of Agamemnon by Clymtaemestra

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Euripedes

was a tragedian of classical Athens. Along with Aeschylus and Sophocles, he is one of the three ancient Greek tragedians for whom a significant number of plays have survived

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Europa

daughter either of Phoenix or of Agenor, king of Phoenicia. The beauty of Europa inspired the love of Zeus, who approached her in the form of a white bull and carried her away from Phoenicia to Crete. There she bore Zeus three sons: Minos, ruler of Crete; Rhadamanthys, ruler of the Cyclades Islands; and, according to some legends, Sarpedon, ruler of Lycia

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Goerges Dumezil

a French comparative philologist best known for his analysis of sovereignty and power in Proto-Indo-European religion and society. He is considered one of the major contributors to mythography, in particular for his formulation of the trifunctional hypothesis of social class in ancient societies.

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Heinrich Schliemann

a german man who discovered the site of Troy

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Hellas

What current day greek use to be called by the ancient greeks; they called themselves Hellans

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herm

a sacred stone object associated with Hermes; usually a tiny sculpture

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heroon

a shrine dedicated to a hero that was used to commemorate them

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Homeric Hymns

The Homeric Hymns are a collection of thirty-three anonymous ancient Greek hymns celebrating individual gods. The hymns are "Homeric" in the sense that they employ the same epic meter—dactylic hexameter—as the Iliad and Odyssey

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ithyphallic

statues of a diety or other carved figure that posses an erect penis