Zeus’s MDT – Day 7: Names & Epithets

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Today I will discuss the etymology of Zeus’s name, as well as discuss his epithets. Now, Zeus is a God with perhaps the greatest number of epithets, and while I usually strive for being as exhaustive as I can (unless it concerns geographic epithets, where I focus on those I know), I will not do so here. There’s just too many. I’ll try to highlight each of Zeus’s aspects by offering the most well-known epithets in its regard, but I can not be as exhaustive as I would like to be.

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Hera’s MDT – Day 7: Names & Epithets

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Today’s topic will be the names and epithets of Hera. First of all, I want to note that her name has a variant spelling and pronunciation in the Ionic and Homeric/Epic dialects of ancient Hellenic. This alternate form is Here (Ἥρη). Also important, her name is already attested in Linear B tablets from the Bronze Age. Linear B is a syllabic script not very well suited to Hellenic, but the Mycenaean Hellenes used it anyway. In this script, her name is written as “e-ra”.

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