Greek god names for cats
By David McCowen
Published: 2011.06.28 11:49 AM
The Ancient Greeks had a great deal of respect for animals. The gods were believed to live in the mountns, the sun in the heavens, the earth in the center of the universe, and human beings at the center of life, within the world. The gods were sd to watch over the lives of mortals by keeping them safe from harm. Animals were viewed as living in a parallel dimension to humans. They were there to help people and be helped by them.
They watched over the world, protected its citizens from harm, helped the living and the dead, and were part of the family of gods, alongside humans.
To be able to communicate with the gods, people took an animal they liked as a messenger. The Greek gods were sd to live in various places, so people would take an animal from those places.
Horses were very popular in ancient Greece. They could be trned to jump into the sea, pull a cart, or ride in chariots, and they could travel very fast. People also loved cats.
Aristophanes (c. 448–c. 386 BC) wrote in Plato’s Symposium that “the whole earth is full of cats, and of them one alone knows how to use the net and to trap them all. This animal should be called the net-cat.”
Pliny the Elder (AD 23 – AD 79) reported that the people of Cyprus gave the name “cat” to their native animal after observing a cat that had jumped onto the back of a cow and been carried around in this manner.
It is possible that the people of Cyprus came across cats from Egypt. Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, and other groups came into contact with each other all the time. Egyptian and Greek hieroglyphs are similar to each other, and both Egypt and Greece were well-known ancient civilizations.
In addition, a number of the Greek gods were associated with animals. Zeus, the ruler of the gods, was the patron of animals, and there are two animals that are his favorites – the dog and the lion. In the past, there have also been depictions of cats as gods. The Greek goddess of the hunt Artemis was associated with a hunting cat.
The Greek word “kattomythia” refers to a cat playing with a mouse, as a feline playing with a ball or another cat.
The goddess Athena, patroness of arts and crafts and patroness of Athens, was sd to have a white cat that looked exactly like her.
In addition, the goddess Artemis was associated with a black cat. In Homer’s Odyssey, the goddess Artemis had an interesting encounter with the goddess Athena. After a storm had carried the Greek fleet onto a foreign shore, and they found themselves in a marsh, the gods came to their d. The goddess Athena threw a spear into the marsh and the goddess Artemis followed with her slingshot. Athena shot at the marsh to destroy it, and the cat Artemis shot at her. Athena had to fight off the attacks of the two cats, but eventually the cat Artemis stopped attacking Athena and started attacking the goddess Aphrodite instead. The goddess Athena managed to win, but the goddess Aphrodite complned to the gods that the cat Artemis had broken the truce that the gods had agreed to.
In another famous encounter between Athena and Artemis, the two goddesses were playing a game of a sort called “xanthippe” with the children of Xanthippus. The game is the same as tag, but the players are required to chase each other around a garden. Athena and Artemis played this game very often.
According to the Greek myth, the goddess Artemis once had a husband named Adrestos, a man who had been bitten on the foot by a dog. The wound became infected, and the only cure was a cat. Artemis brought a cat that looked exactly like her to Adrestos. He put the cat on his foot, and it licked the wound to make it better.
In another encounter with a cat, the Greek goddess Aphrodite fell ill. Artemis brought a sick cat to her mother, the goddess Athena. Athena brought the sick cat to Aphrodite. The goddess Aphrodite, being a goddess, healed the cat, and the cat became better and better each day.
The goddess Artemis also had an important part in the Greek myth about Persephone, queen of the underworld, and the Greek god Zeus.
The gods had gone to war with the Giants, and Zeus wanted to marry the mortal woman Persephone. The goddess Athena had the idea that Zeus could trick the giants by telling them that the gods wanted them to hand over the mortal woman Persephone. She sd that the gods would give them as much gold as they wanted if they handed over the mortal woman Persephone.
Athena made a deal with the giants, and she let them have as much gold as they could carry, but she told them to give her Persephone. The giants handed over the gold, and Persephone was taken away to the underworld. Zeus then took away the gold for himself.
It was Athena who told the gods where to look for Persephone. She sd that the gods should go to a cave, and the cave was where the goddess Artemis was living. Artemis was wting for the gods to ask her to go down to the underworld and bring Persephone back to the surface. Zeus, however, was in a hurry to get Persephone. He asked Artemis to take him to Persephone, and they went to the cave.
Zeus told the goddess Artemis that he wanted to see Persephone. Artemis was reluctant to agree, but she had promised the gods that she would do what they asked.
Zeus asked Artemis to go down to the underworld and bring Persephone to him. Artemis agreed, and she went down to the underworld. She brought back Persephone. Then the gods made Zeus marry the mortal woman, and the goddess Artemis married the god Adrestos.