Panacea: The Goddess of Healing
Name meaning: cure all or panacea
Roman name: Panacea
Parents: Asklepios and Epione
Panacea, the minor Greek goddess of healing, was worshipped as the goddess who cured illness and injury. She attended her father, Asklepios (Aesculapius), the god of medicine, in healing sick and injured patients and is known for her use of medicines, salves, potions, elixirs and mystical cures.
Mentioned in: The Hippicratic Oath by Hippocrates (Greek physician 5 B.C. to 4 B.C.), The Comedy of Aristophanes “Plutus”
**Your creepy bit of history: Panacea’s father, Aesculapius, is often depicted among serpents, more notably, holding a staff with a serpent wrapping itself around it. This is most likely due to the tale of the medicine god and the serpents in the house of Glaucus where a serpent brought him an herb to heal the dying man.
Also: In ancient times, the knowledge of medicine was thought of as a sacred secret. Priests (practitioners) of these sacred secrets were made to take an oath in regards to these medical secrets. It is said to have survived to this day in the form of the Hippocratic Oath
Sources: (For more info on the Greek goddess of healing, try some of my favorite sites) theoi.com, godchecker.com, greekmythology.com / Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biology and Mythology
Role in the Tides of Atlantis world:
Panacea is one of the minor Olympian goddesses found in the Tides of Atlantis books and is seen as a wary ally of the sea god, Poseidon, in the fight against the insurrection of demons from the Underworld. She is first introduced in the book Moontide, Tides of Atlantis book 1 and is aided by her loyal companion, the sea demon Krav, who works as a sort of double agent for both the goddess and Poseidon.
Panacea makes her home in the hidden Aster realm in the Tides world where she tries to maintain a secret existence due to the fact that she is hunted by many in the spirit world for her healing abilities.
Words from the goddess, Panacea (quote):
“Don’t scoff at the power of true love,” Panacea admonished, “we need more of these unions in the universe and the gods are all too immune to making any on their own. The humans may be our only hope to fight the darkness that threatens all. What with the majority of the higher gods in self-induced comas or just not giving a damn, we need all the help we can get. The sea god’s realm is our last real stronghold and Poseidon knows it.” ~Panacea, Moontide
Welcome to this new segment I'm adding to blog! I wanted to share a little bit of background about some of the mythical characters and legends that inspire my writing. I've done quite a lot of research over the years for both the Tides of Atlantis series as well as the Enchanted Lands romances and thought it would be fun to catalogue some of it here. I promise to not get too long winded and boring about all of this history stuff (you do not want to get stuck in conversation with me at a cocktail party - nerd alert! Lol), but I think readers will find it interesting to learn a little bit about the origins of some of the characters, places and legends that pop up in my books, especially since, in the Tides books, a whole slew of them are found running around in the modern era a lot of the time.
Seeing as how the Tides of Atlantis series revolves around Poseidon, I'll start with him.
Poseidon, God of the Sea
Poseidon: God of the Sea
Name meaning: The God of the Sea’s name is so old that its true translation is lost to us. It has been said to mean “husband to the earth” or “lord of the waters,” but nowadays he’s known primarily as the god of the sea.
Roman name: Neptune
Poseidon is also considered the god of earthquakes (talk about a god with a temper!), floods, drought, horses and was even thought to be responsible for epileptic seizures.
Parents: Chronos and Rhea (grandson of Ouranos)
Emblems and articles: Trident, sometimes a boulder with various creatures of the sea encrusted on it, a cloak or himation, wreath of celery leaves.
Animals associated with the god: horses, the Cretan Bull (sire of the Minotaur) and dolphins, also the mythical creature the Hippocamp which is half horse, half fish
Consorts: Amphitrite, Kleto of Atlantis and a whole bunch of nymphs (like a lot of them *eye roll*)
Mentioned in: The Odyssey, The Homeric Hymns and lots of other classical writings
Children: Triton by Amphtrite, the giants Antaios, the Cyclops Polyphemos, Theseus and Bellerphontos, not to mention ten sons, five sets of twins by Kleto of Atlantis.
*Your creepy bit of history – At the time of his birth, Poseidon was swallowed by his father, Cronus, along with his brother Hades (aaand the father of the year award goes to… not that guy! Geez!) and was later rescued by his other brother, Zeus.
Sources: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, theoi.com, greekmthology.com
His role in the Tides of Atlantis book series:
He is one of only a few of the greater gods out of all the pantheons that remains active and has not entered a state of stasis in the Tides series. Poseidon’s goal in the series is to find all ten of the lost kings of Atlantis that were cursed by the gods at the fall of Atlantis eleven thousand years ago and dispersed throughout the realms. He needs to reunite them with their individual pieces of the Fire Stone Crystal to reform the stone and seal off the sea realm’s Tides portals between the Underworld and the Earth realm before all of Hell’s demons are released into the world of humans.
For more fun with myths and legends, check out some of my favorite sites: www.theoi.com, www.mythsbaby.com
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