The Theomorphy Picture

I wrote this as my final project for Classical Mythology last semester. But mostly, I wrote it because I wanted to write it. The original working title was "Modern Gods." I also considered "Poets' Wretched Lies," a line from The Herakles in which Herakles laments the poets' portrayal of the gods as all-powerful and yet imperfect. Our assignment was to reinterpret a myth. I decided to reinterpret the entire pantheon. And while I was at it, a few of my favourite monsters.

The title is made of the greek words for 'god' and 'change.' It's a bit of a play on the Theogony, which is the epic of the creation of the gods. Other geeky bits which the average reader (or even the average mythology geek) won't know:
Chairete is greek for 'hello'
Regina is latin for 'queen' (okay, you geeks probably knew that one)
Alecto's name means 'unceasing in pursuit'
Tisiphone's name means 'blood avenger'
Megaera's name means 'grudging' or 'jealous'
(Those are relevant to their areas of law)
Some consider Artemis, Persephone, and Hecate to be a maiden/bride/crone trinity goddess (This seems to happen more with their Roman equivalents, but I liked the idea)
The Gorgons' powers only work on males
Glaukopis is an epithet for Athena, it means 'grey-eyed' or 'flashing-eyed' (you geeks might've known that one, too)
Alexikakos is an epithet for Herakles, it means 'protector of man'

The rest should be obvious. Or you can look them up. Or even ask me. There's a few especially obscure literature references in there, so props if you catch those. (Hint: one's in an Aphrodite section.) This was meant to be not just a story but a study guide for myself and a way to show off to my teacher, which is partly why it has so many obscure references. Also, putting them in was just fun. The gods may seem different from how they're commonly portrayed - but as it turns out, a lot of the common portrayal doesn't really reflect what the greeks thought about them. And, of course, my gods aren't exactly the way they are in the original myths.

Why java? Because I have never heard anything good about it, from anyone, ever. I say this because that first section confused my teacher (who is not so much technically savvy), but she ended up loving it.

I discovered halfway through writing this that Artemis was me. This became problematic because of the way that my situation resolved. The original ending I had for her was different, but I like this one better. Dionysus and Demeter also had endings of their own, but I didn't like those much.

Comments, compliments, critiques all encouraged. Though to be honest, I probably won't be working on this any more. There's a few bits I might change, but overall, I'm really happy with it.
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