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TALOS A bronze giant which guarded the island of Crete, pelting passing ships with stones. He was slain by the Argonauts and the magic of the witch Medea.

TANAGRA A Naiad nymph daughter of the river Asopus. The gods Ares and Hermes competed a boxing match to win her love.

TARAXIPPOI Horse frightening ghosts or spirits which haunted the race courses of Olympia, Nemea and the Isthmos.

TARTARUS (Tartaros) The Protogenos (primeval god) of the storm-wracked pit of Tartarus, which lay beneath the flat earth. His realm was the prison of the Titan gods. Tartarus fathered the monstrous storm-daemon Typhoeus.

TAYGETE The starry Pleiad nymph of Mount Taygetus who was loved by Zeus. She was the ancestress of the kings of Sparta.

TELCHINES (Telkhines) Evil magic-working daemons of the island of Rhodes. They were foster parents of the sea-god Poseidon, which were later destroyed by Zeus for their use of destructive magics.


TELEDICE (Teledike) The Nymph wife of the first human king Phoroneus.

TELESPHORUS (Telesphoros) The god of convalescence. He was the son of the medicine-god Asclepius.

TELETE The female personification of the Dionysian mystery rites, and initiation into the orgiastic cult.

TELPHUSA (Telphousa) The Naiad nymph of the Boeotian spring Telphusia. Apollo buried her waters beneath rocks when she tried to deceive him.

TELPHUSIA (Telphousia) A Boeotian Erinys. She was the mother of the Theban dragon by Ares.

TEREINE A Thracian Naiad nymph loved by the god Ares.

TERPSICHORE (Terpsikhore) The Muse of choral dance and song.

TETHYS The Titan goddess of the subterranean sources of fresh-water and the nursing of the young. She was the wife of the Titan Oceanus and bore him three-thousand fresh-water Nymphs and innnumerable Rivers.

TEUMESSIAN FOX (Alopex Teumessios) A gigantic fox which ravaged the countryside of Thebes and was destined to remain uncatcheable. The hero Cephalus set the hunting dog Laelaps on its spoor, a beast destined to always catch its mark. Zeus perplexed by the contradicting fates turned the pair to stone.

THALASSA The Protogenos (primeval goddess) of the sea.

THALIA (1) (Thaleia) A Sicilian nymph who was impregnated by the god Zeus. Fearing the wrath of Hera she prayed to the god to be swallowed up by the earth. Her sons, the Palici gods, were born as geysers erupting from the ground.


THALIA (2) The goddess of festive good-cheer. She was one of the three Charites.

THALIA (3) (Thaleia) The Muse of comedy.

THALLO The spring-time goddess Hora of green shoots.

THANATUS (Thanatos) The personification of (non-violent) death.

THAUMAS The god of the wonders of the sea. He was the father of Iris (the Rainbow) and whirlwind Harpies.

THEA (Theia) The Titan goddess of sight and clear blue skies. She was the mother of the Sun, Moon and Dawn.

THEAI The ancient greek word for goddesses.

THEBE A Naiad nymph daughter of the river Asopus abducted to the town of Thebes by Zeus..

THEISOA One of the Arcadian nymph nurses of the god Zeus.

THELPUSA (Thelpousa) A Naiad nymph daughter of the Arcadian river Ladon.

THEMIS (1) The Titan goddess of divine law, natural order and the oracles of the earth. She was the mother of the goddess Fates and Seasons by Zeus.

THEMIS (2) A Naiad nymph daughter of the Arcadian river Ladon loved by the god Hermes.

THEOI The ancient greek word for "gods".

THEOI GEORGICI (Theoi Georgikoi) The gods of agriculture and farming. Most of these were attendants of Demeter, the Queen of the fertile earth.

THEOI CHTHONIAN (Theoi Khthonioi) The gods of the underworld. They belonged to the court of King Haides.

THEOI HALIAN (Theoi Halioi) The gods of the sea. They were ruled by the Sea-King Poseidon.

THEOI NOMIAN (Theoi Nomioi) The gods of the countryside - pastureland and the wilds. Most of these fell within the domains of Dionysos Lord of wild vegetation, Artemis Queen of beasts, and Hermes god of the herds.

THEOI OLYMPIAN (Theoi Olympioi) The twelve great Olympian Gods (and their offspring) who presided over the various facets of Greek civilisation, society and culture.

THEOI URANIAN (Theoi Ouranioi) The gods of the sky. They were in the service of Zeus and Hera, King and Queen of the heavens.

THEOI TITANES The first generation of gods. They were largely superseded by the younger Olympians. The Titanes were primarily associated with time and prophecy.

THERES The ancient greek word for "monsters" and "beasts".

THERES, ETHIOPIAN (Theres Aithiopikoi) Many fabulous beasts were believed to inhabit the distant land of Ethiopia (Sub-Saharan Africa), including Dragons, Pegasi and Sphinxes, to the Catoblepas, Yale, Leucrocota, and Amphisbaena.

THERES, INDIAN (Theres Indikoi) Many fabulous beasts were thought to inhabit the distant land of India.

THERO The nymph nurse of the god Ares.

THESEUS The great Athenian hero who slew the Minotaur of Crete.

THESIS The Protogenos (primeval goddess) of creation and genesis.

THESPIA A Naiad nymph daughter of the river Asopus. She was carried off to Boeotia by the god Apollo.


THETIS The leader of the fifty Nereid goddesses of the sea. She was wrestled by the hero Peleus and held her firm despite her shape-shifting until she agreed to become his wife. Their son was the hero Achilles.

THISBE The eponymous nymph of the Boeotian town of Thebes.

THOON A Gigante clubbed to death by the Moerae (Fates) with clubs of bronze in the war of the giants.

THOOSA A sea nymph loved by the god Poseidon. She was the mother of the Cyclops Polyphemus.

THRACE (Thrake) A goddess-witch of Thrace. She had sons by Cronus, Zeus and the giant Briareus.

THRASSA A Thracian nymph daughter of the god Ares.

THRASUS (Thrasos) The spirit of overly bold or rash action and insolence.

THRIAE (Thriai) Prophetic nymphs of Mount Parnassus. They presided over the rustic art of divination by pebbles, and were goddesses of all birds of omen. These virgin nymphs may have had the bodies of bees.

THRONIA A Thracian Naiad nymph loved by the god Poseidon.

THYIA A Naiad nymph of Mount Parnassus loved by the god Apollo. She was the first to celebrate the orgies of Dionysus at Delphi.

THYMBRIS A prophetic Arcadian nymph. She was the mother of the mantic Pan by Zeus.

THYONE The mother of the god Dionysus who was destroyed by the lighnings of Zeus. Her son Dionysus later fetched her up from Hades to join the company of the gods on Olympus.

THYSA The goddess nymph of the frenzied state achieved by celebrants of the Dionysian orgy. She was a daughter of the god.

TIASA The Naiad nymph of a Spartan stream.

TISIPHONE One of the three Erinyes, goddesses of vengeance.

TITANIDES The female Titans. The eldest of these were the daughters of Uranus named Rhea, Themis, Thea, Mnemosyne, Tethys, Phoebe and Dione. They remained neutral in the Titan-War and retained their role of minor earth-goddesses into the reign of Zeus. Many of the daughters of the Titans were also called Titanides, such as Dione, Leto, Eos, Selene, and Hecate.

TITANS (Titanes) The six sons of Uranus (Oceanus, Coeus, Crius, Iapetus, Hyperion and Cronus) who overthrew their father Uranus. They were in turn overthrown by Zeus at the end of a ten year war and cast into Tartarus (except for Oceanus who remained neutral in the conflict). It appears that they were later released by Zeus and settled in Elysium. Some of their sons and grandsons were also called Titans.

TITHONUS (Tithonos) A handsome shepherd boy carried away by the dawn-goddess Eos as her consort. She obtained the gift of immortality for him but forget to ask for eternal youth. In time he shrivelled with age and the goddess transformed him into a cicada.

TITHOREA The eponymous Dryad nymph of the Phocian town of Tithorea.

TITYRI (Tityroi) A tribe of flute-playing rustic daemones, related to the Satyrs. They were companions of the god Dionysus.

TITYUS (Tityos) A giant who attempted to rape the goddess Leto. He was slain by Apollon and sentenced to eternal torture in Hades.

TRACHIUS (Trakhios) One of the one-eyed, metal-working giants known as Cyclopes.

TRIPTOLEMUS (Triptolemos) The agricultural-god of the sowing and threshing of grain. He was a hero of the goddess Demeter who gave him a golden winged chariot drawn by dragons to spread knowldedge of agriculture throughout the world.

TRITEIA The war-like sea nymph of the Achaian town of Triteia. She was the consort of the god Ares.


TRITON The sea-god herald of the god Poseidon who calmed the seas with a blow of his conch shell. He was a merman with one or two fish-tails in place of legs.

TRITONIDES Sea nymphs, daughters of the Tritons.

TRITONIS The goddess of Lake Tritonis in Libya. She was the mother by a sea-god of the Libyan goddess Athena.

TRITONS (Tritones) The fish-tailed daemones of the sea. They were named after the like-formed god Triton. Some of the Tritones were monstrous in appearance.

TRITOPATORES The "three fathers", ancient wind-gods of the generation of life.

TROCHILUS (Trokhilos) The demi-god of the mill will, used for grinding grain into flour. He was one of the Eleusinian attendants of the goddess Demeter.

TROGLODYTES A tribe of underground-dwelling men.

TROPHONIUS (Trophonios) A man swallowed up by the earth and transformed into an oracular Daemon.

TYCHE (Tykhe) The goddess of the good fortune and luck.

TYCHON (Tykhon) A phallic fertility daemon.


TYPHON (Typhoeus) A monstrous storm-daemon with a hundred beastly heads, serpent legs and giant wings. He attempted to dethrone Zeus, and wrestled the god of his lightning bolts, tore out his sinews and locked him in a cave. The god was restored by his sons, and struck Typhone with his thunderbolts, imprisoning him in Tartarus or beneath the volcano Etna.

UPIS (Oupis) A Hyperborean nymph in the retinue of the goddes Artemis.

URANIA (Ourania) The Muse of astronomy.

URANUS (Ouranos) The Protogenos (primeval god) of the sky - a solid bronze dome which enclosed the flat earth. Uranus was the first ruler of the universe who was castrated and deposed by his son the Titan Cronus.

XANTHUS (Xanthos) One of two immortal horses owned first by the hero Peleus and then by his son Achilles.

ZAGREUS (Zagreos) The first-born son of Zeus who the god seated on the throne of heaven armed with thunderbolts when he was but a babe. The Titan gods stole into Olympus, distracted the child, and dismembered him with their bloody knives. Athena recovered his heart, and the god was reborn through Semele as Dionysus.


ZELUS (Zelos) The personification of rivalry. He and his three siblings were daemon attendants of the god Zeus.

ZEPHYRUS (Zephyros) The god of the gentle West-Wind and the season of spring.

ZEUS The King of the Gods, greatest of the twelve Olympians. He was the god of the heavens, weather, fate, and kings. His weapon was the fiery thunderbolt.

ZEUXIPPE An Athenian Naiad nymph, she was the mother of the Argonaut Butes.

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