11. mythological tour of the solar system 8: neptune/poseidon


“The Artemision Bronze, a bronze statue of deity, either Poseidon or Zeus, about to hurl a missing projectile (either a thunderbolt, if Zeus, or a trident if Poseidon). Height: 2.1 m. ca. 460 BC. Found in shipwreck off Cape Artemisium. Athens National Archaeological Museum.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sounion#/media/File:Poseidon.jpg


We travel to that last of the gas giants, Neptune, and learn about Poseidon. This Greek god of the sea, earthquakes, and horses is brother to Zeus (Jupiter) and has a mind of his own when it comes to the Trojan War.



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Source Passages

Homer Iliad 15.38-48, 176-220

Translation Sources

Homer. Iliad. Trans. Stanley Lombardo. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1997.

Selected Sources

NASA. “Neptune.” http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/neptune

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This week’s theme music: “Super Hero” by King Louie’s Missing Monuments from the album “Live at WFMU” (2011). Used under Creative Commons license. Music used under Creative Commons license and available from Free Music Archive.