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Achelois was one of the many deities identified with the moon and its monthly cycle.
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Key Facts & Information
- Achelois has been translated to English as “she who washes away pain.”
- Achelois was one of the minor Greek goddesses who were closely identified with the moon.
- Achelois was associated with Dodona, an oracle. Dodona is located in the Epirus region of the northwestern part of Greece.
- Oracles are known to be intermediaries between people and gods, and they were commonly viewed as the way for gods to speak directly to humans.
- The Dodonian Oracle is widely known to be one of the oldest Hellenic oracles.
- Homer, who was well-known for writing Iliad and Odyssey, was also known to have chronicled the Dodonian Oracle.
ACHELOIS, AN ORACLE
- Achelois was greatly associated with the oracle at Dodona.
- The Dodonian Oracle was known for its relation and association with major Greek deities, including the king of the gods, Zeus.
- The Dodonian Oracle was said to have frequently directed that sacrifices must be made to Achelois, and these sacrifices were meant to be understood as requests for Achelois’ assistance in curing illnesses.
- Some myths have said that in order for the gods to receive requests, a priest or priestess should be able to listen to the rustling sounds of oak leaves or the chiming sounds of bronze pieces hung from branches of a tree.
ACHELOIS, A MUSE
- According to some, including a Greek poet named Tzetzes, Achelois was one of the Muses.
- The Muses was a group of goddesses dedicated to inspiring literature, science, and the arts.
- The Muses were considered as the source of knowledge embodied in poetry, lyric songs, and myths.
- The earliest records of the Nine Muses came from Boeotia, the homeland of Hesiod.
- According to Hesiod’s account, the Nine Muses pertained to the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, and they personified knowledge, poetry, literature, dance, music, and other forms of art.
- However, during the Hellenistic times, a systematic set of functions became associated with the Nine Muses.
- These associations were as follows:
- Calliope – epic poetry
- Clio – history
- Euterpe – flutes and lyric poetry
- Thalia – comedy and pastoral poetry
- Melpomene – tragedy works
- Terpsichore – dance
- Erato – love poetry
- Polyhymnia – sacred poetry
- Urania – astronomy
- Another name that was usually associated with the Muses was Pierus.
- Pierus was often recognized as the father of some of the Muses, including Neilo, Tritone, Asopo, Heptapora, Achelois, Tipoplo, and Rhodia.
- Other than being the name of a Greek goddess, Achelois was also often associated with the surname or family name of the Sirens.
- Sirens were known to be the daughters of Achelous, the god associated with the Achelous River, the largest river in Greece.
- The Sirens were known to lure sailors toward the rocky coastline and cause shipwrecks.
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Achelois Facts
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