Ancient Art

10 Things That Could Happen To You Only If You Were A Greek God/Goddess

Magda Michalska 5 July 2016 min Read

If you ever feel down and think that your life is just a series of misfortunes, have a look on this list. It's not all roses to be a Greek god...

1. Prometheus

Frans Snyders and Peter Paul Rubens, Prometheus Bound, 1618 You would be punished for your disobedience to have your liver ripped out by an eagle repeatedly every day.

2. Atlas

[caption id="attachment_510" align="aligncenter" width="610"]Farnese Atlas, Naples Farnese Atlas, Naples[/caption] You could be sentenced to carrying the world on your shoulders like Atlas.

3. Zeus

[caption id="attachment_511" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Jean Dominique Ingres, Zeus and Tetis, 1811 Jean Dominique Ingres, Zeus and Tetis, 1811[/caption] You would rule over the skies, other gods and the people like the most powerful god Zeus/Jupiter.

4. Daphne

[caption id="attachment_512" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Daphne and Apollo. 1625 Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Daphne and Apollo. 1625[/caption] Would turn you into a laurel tree if he didn’t like your prospective boyfriend.

5. Medusa

[caption id="attachment_517" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Caravaggio, Medusa, 1597, Galleria Uffizi, Florence Caravaggio, Medusa, 1597, Galleria Uffizi, Florence[/caption] You could turn other people into stones like Medusa.

6. Saturn's children

[caption id="attachment_161" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Saturn Devouring One Of His Sons, 1821-1823[/caption] You could be eaten by your own father. Or could eat your own children- depends who you are in the hierarchy.

7. Leda

[caption id="attachment_516" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Leonardo da Vinci, Leda and the Swan, 1510 Leonardo da Vinci, Leda and the Swan, 1510[/caption] You could befriend a swan like Leda (but the swan would turn out to be Jupiter in disguise).

8. Mars+Venus vs Vulcan

Joachim Anthonisz Wtewael, Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan, 1604 - 1608 You would be able to pin down your cheating wife with an iron net as Vulcan did to Venus.

8. Venus

[caption id="attachment_164" align="aligncenter" width="474"] venus. W. A. Bouguereau, The Birth of Venus, 1879[/caption] You’d be born out of sea foam like Venus.

9. Danae

[caption id="attachment_165" align="aligncenter" width="602"]Danae Gustav Klimt, Danae, 1907, Vienna[/caption] You could become impregnated by a rain of gold and give birth to Jupiter’s son.

10. Narcissus

[caption id="attachment_513" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Caravaggio, Narcissus, 1596 Caravaggio, Narcissus, 1596[/caption] You could fall in love with your own reflection like Narcissus and be turned into a flower.

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