A mythological creature which has the upper body of a man attached to a horse's body.
A giant race of creatures who resemble men but only have one eye in the middle of their foreheads.
The leader of a country, similar to a King but generally a military as well as governmental leader.
A long poem which tells focuses on the achievements and deeds of a hero.
The idea that everything that happens is predetermined and inevitable.
Three monsters, possibly sisters, who have snakes for hair and can turn people into stone by looking at them. Medusa is a Gorgon, but unlike the other two, she is mortal and can be killed.
Excessive pride to the point that a mortal challenges the superiority of the gods; Hubris is a fatal flaw which is inevitably punished.
Spirits of nature, often associated with particular plants (such as a tree) or bodies of water.
A relationship in which a wealthy patron supports an artist or other creator and receives part of the honor of the achievement. Patronage played an important role in the artistic achievement of the Augustan Age.
A figure of speech in which human characteristics are attributed to something non-human or even inanimate.
An important role in the government of Ancient Greece, Praetors were elected officials who were primarily responsible for the administration of justice.
A prediction about a future event.
Someone with the power of prophecy.
Ancient Greek's and Romans believed that after death people went to an underground realm ruled by Pluto, where they either continued a relatively peaceful existence or were punished horribly for eternity for their behavior on earth.
Twelve powerful gods and goddesses that preceded Jove and others as the rulers of the Universe.
A ruler who does not have the support of the people and who governs through might and fear.
Metamorphoses Questions and Answers
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