Ancient Greek/Greek Mythology style quests

I am looking to fill the empty space of a campaign I'm running with some side quests, both big and small. It's a very open ended campaign, and the players will need lots of time traveling and leveling. What are some basic ideas for quests that I could give them that are based around Greek mythology, at any level? I don't want to copy/paste from the myths, I'm just looking for inspiration for using those monsters and character. Thanks!

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How much can you understand from a text in your ancient language? Meaning Latin (Romanians), Ancient Greek (Greeks) and Old Church Slavonic (South Slavs)?
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[English > Greek] Can someone translate this famous quote from English to Ancient Greek/Greek for me? Would like to get this as a piece of tattoo on myself
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What made Ancient Greeks "Greek"?

This was a conglomeration of various city-states with independent governments, cultures, etc. At times they even fought against each other. So, what exactly, if anything, made them think of themselves as one people. How did they differentiate themselves against contemporary civilisations?

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I'm a low class Ancient Greek adolescent/young adult man. There's this girl of similar class on the other side of the polis/village to me who's just my type, and I'd like to get conjugal with her. What romantic conventions are there that i should be thinking about and planning?

Am I going to ask her to be my gf? Will we go steady? Do I need to marry her first? Is there friends with benefits on the table? Was being girlfriend and boyfriend even a thing?

Alternatively, feel free to answer this if the fancy is also a boy. I'm aware the Greeks did not have a concept of homosexuality, so what concepts regarding courting and premarital romance/sex were there?

Any period of Greek antiquity, but let's say Classical for sake of example.

Many thanks.

Edit: To the people claiming the Greeks had a concept of homosexuality, you understand that is a very radical belief right? And makes me hesitant to value your experience. It should be easy for you to prove simply by indicating an Ancient Greek word meaning homosexuality no?. The fact is, that we know of, there wasn't one, in any dialect. Pederasty, a giver and receiver, yes, but that's not the same designation between hetero, and homosexual that we have today.

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Nietzsche: the pettiness and infighting of the Ancient Greek gods liberated the Ancient Greeks from guilt since bad things happened not because of the fallibility of man (as with Judaeo-Christian doctrine of Original Sin) but because of infighting among the gods youtube.com/watch?v=CChIc…
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Listening to King of Kings II and Dan talking about how much he wishes he could take a hot air balloon over an ancient battle between the Persians and Greeks

I'm smoking a blunt too but wow that would be awesome. Imagine being in a hot air balloon with Dan Carlin as the Persians clash with the Greeks? Or as the Mongols siege Baghdad?

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The Minecraft Bosses are inspired by the ancient Greek mythology

The Ender dragon is inspired be the Phoenix.

A flying fire breathing beast that is reborn out of its ashes. The Phoenix "dies in a show of flames and combustion" and so does the ender dragon. And of its ashes the next generation is born: the dragon egg. The reason why you can only obtain an egg from the first dragon you kill, is that that one was the only natural dragon, the dragons after the first one that can be summoned with four end crystals and are clones, unable to reproduce. There may be an way to hatch the dragon egg and "make" a natural dragon that can give birth to new generations but that technique is unknown to the player.

The wither is inspired by Cerberus

Cerberus is the hound of Hades, the god of the underworld aka the nether. The wither can only be summoned with blocks that only are obtainable in the nether (underworld). The job of the three-headed monstrosity is to prevent the dead from leaving the underworld (not kill them!) and the wither does not attack undead mobs, only when provoked. The wither effect could theoretically be explained with snake poison (descriptions show cerberus wity three heads and many small snake heads on its back) but that might be a stretch.

The elder guardian is inspired by Polyphemus

Polyphemus is usually known for its tale with Odysseus in "the Odyssey". In the story, Odysseus returns from the Trojan war by ship and land on an island full of cyclops and he and his man are captured by polyphemus that eats two of their men every morning. Long story short; Odysseus and the rest of his men escape, stabbing polyphemus' eye. While sailing away Odysseus mocks polyphemus so the cyclops begs his father, poseidon, to revenge him and poseidon curses Odysseus what leads to him suffering multiple shipwrecks and returning home after 10 years. What makes me believe the elder guardian is inspired by polyphemus? The elder guardian has one eye and lives in an ocean monument. Polyphemus is a cyclops and his parents are Poseidon and Thoosa, both gods of the sea. And When a adventurer sails past an elder guardians it gives him the effect mining fatigue, a curse, that holds on for a long time just like the curse Odysseus was given by poseidon

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Is the pea soup frequently mentioned in ancient Greek literature the same thick green soup we eat today? Do we have an ancient recipe?
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And oh boy have I not read this ancient Greek drama.
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due to their dark past with communism, Albania is often overlooked as a place full of ancient Roman (& Greek) history youtube.com/watch?v=P2KG5…
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Why are Ancient Greek books much clearer than the Bible?

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Do any of you adopt any of the cultural values of the ancient Greeks/Romans?

I know modern Hellenism is mostly a religious thing rather than current Hellenic culture in Greece and the Mediterranean parts of Europe. But I was just curious if any of you guys and girls adopted any of the cultural values of the ancient Greeks and Romans as culture and religion were very closely intertwined amongst Greeks and Romans so I assume it could be the same for some of you in here. Do you do this or not?

P.S also if you do have some of there cultural values do you only accept the ones that are moral or make sense to you?

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Free Latin, Ancient Greek, and Ancient Egyptian Tutoring Sessions

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Zen Buddhism and ancient Greek Cynicism do not form an obvious pair. Surprisingly, they both urge a similar path to happiness by teaching how to be present. medium.com/illumination-c…
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Artemis and Poseidon would be the gods of ancient Greek Bass pro shops, you can't change my mind (@spicyfingersart on twitter)
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what vampire creation myths might ancient Greek Kindred believed?

They had probably never heard of the Cain of Genesis. How might Greeks have incorporated a Caine figure into their mythology?

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'The Artemision Bronze', Greek, ca. 460 BC, recovered from the sea off Cape Artemision, where it was discovered in 1928 in an ancient shipwreck. Most scholars believe the work represents Jupiter. National Archaeological Museum, Athens. (661x768)
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HELP: How to adapt the Ancient Greek/Etruscan letter San (πŒ‘) to the Latin alphabet?

The letter San was part of the Etruscan alphabet and represented the β€œsh” sound but was never adopted by Latin.

I want to make a conlang with a Latin alphabet that includes this letter, but I want to modify the appearance of the letter from it so that it doesn’t look like Mm. Any ideas on how to do this? Some ideas include making it look like И by removing the first half of the letter, or changing rearranging the lines of the letter to make it look like 𐌟 or Π–. Or maybe even just reducing the letter to 2 lines: Ι….

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The Antikythera Mechanism, an Ancient Greek mechanical device is 2000 yrs old. It was found on the wreck of a trading ship in the Mediterranean and is considered to be the world’s first computer. It was used to calculate the movements of the Sun, Moon, stars and planets.
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Athena, the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom, crafts, weaving, and strategy in war, always had an owl companion as her symbol. Here's one of the most superb interpretations of her pet in my opinion!
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The Temple of Hephaestus in Athens, Greece is the best preserved ancient Greek temple with its roof still intact
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Fantasy books set in Ancient Greece or about the Greek gods?

I have read Stephan Fry’s Mythos, Heroes and Troy. I’m reading Circe at the moment, then Lore. Are the Percy Jackson books any good? Any recommendations?

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A Tombstone Inscribed in Ancient Greek Is Found in Southern Israel smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
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Ancient Greeks loved asserting their dominance
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Why did the ancient Greeks invent/use letters for the non-affricate consonant clusters [ps] and [ks]?

Why did ancient Greeks determine that those 2 consonant clusters were deserving of their own letters but not any other cluster like [st], [pr], [kl], [pn], etc? The 4 I just mentioned can also occur word-initially just like [ps] and [ks] do. Did ancient Greeks actually believe that those 2 clusters were single sounds?

Strangely enough, they never invented or utilized a letter for the actual affricate [ts], which is present even in modern Greek.

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Bryan Talbot’s Ancient Greek Endless from The Sandman
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[WP] At the Age of Ten, some special individuals, are granted special powers by the Ancient Greek Gods. As the Clock strikes twelve on your Birthday, Heavenly Light strikes you. You have been Chosen. Unfortunately, it's by Aristaois:The God of Beekeeping and Cheese.
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Ancient Greek weapon

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3000 year old ancient Leleges monastery in Torba, Muğla, Turkey (formerly Caria of the Greek empire)
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Antikythera Mechanism, ancient Greek hand-powered orrery (mechanical model of the solar system) from between 205BC and 87BC. It is often described at the first analog computer [4772x2385]
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Historical records of lion in southeastern Europe (orange=sub-fossil remains; yellow=mentions by ancient Greeks; orange=mentions in Greek mythology)
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For centuries, the northern lights have inspired countless myths and legends. While ancient Greeks believed the lights represented the goddess of dawn, ancient residents of France believed that the lights were bad omens that signaled a war or even an upcoming plague.
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Free Latin Tutoring (and Ancient Greek / Ancient Egyptian)

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Hi everyone!

My name is Maxim and I've been a longtime classics student and lover of ancient languages. I've taken eight years of Latin, five years of Ancient Greek (Homeric and Attic), and one year of Ancient Egyptian. I'm also a tutor who enjoys meeting people who are as passionate about the world of the ancients as I am ("thumos", or ΞΈΟ…ΞΌΟŒΟ‚ from Greek, from my username roughly means "spirit" or "breath of life"). I'm looking to give back during the quarantine, and so I would like to offer free tutoring sessions for anyone who would like to learn more about ancient languages, history, philosophy, art, or culture. I'd particularly love to work with beginners, but anyone is welcome, even just to talk!

Feel free to comment or send me a PM if interested. I have recommended textbooks for personal study if interested as well. Also there has so far been enough interest for a study group if anyone would like to be a part of one!

Maxim :)

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Free Ancient Greek, Latin, and Ancient Egyptian Tutoring / Book Readings

Hi everyone!

My name is Maxim and I've been a longtime classics student and lover of ancient languages. I've taken eight years of Latin, five years of Ancient Greek (Homeric and Attic), and one year of Ancient Egyptian. I'm also a tutor who enjoys meeting people who are as passionate about the world of the ancients as I am ("thumos", or ΞΈΟ…ΞΌΟŒΟ‚, from my username roughly means "spirit" or "breath of life"). I'm looking to give back during the quarantine, and so I would like to offer free tutoring and book reading sessions for anyone who would like to learn more about ancient languages, history, philosophy, art, or culture. I'd particularly love to work with beginners, but anyone is welcome, even just to talk!

Feel free to comment or send me a PM if interested. I have recommended textbooks for personal study if interested as well.

Maxim :)

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