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Aegis

A shield carried by Zeus that was forged by Hephaestus' Cyclopes, that had the head of a Gorgon in the center, that could let out terrible screeches when it was in battle.

In other sources, Aegis is described as a cloak or breastplate made from animal skin that acted as extra protection for the gods but still featured the head of the Gorgon.

Both describe the object as the property of Zeus that he lends out to his children when they are in need of its assistance.

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Ambrosia + Nectar

The word ambrosia literally means "immortality", and it is described as the food of the gods that bestows and maintains their immortality, as well as the immortality of anyone who consumes it.

 

In some older instances, Ambrosia & Nectar are used interchangeably to describe the nourishment of the gods. But in Homer's poems, Ambrosia is the food and Nectar is the drink. Although it is typically reserved for the deities, it was offered to Hercules and a couple of other key figures in mythology to grant them immortality.

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Anemone flower

When Adonis was killed by a wild boar sent by Artemis, Aphrodite wept over his corpse. When the tears hit the ground up sprouted a red Rose and Anemone flower.

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Golden Fleece

The fleece belonged to the winged golden ram named Chrysomallos that was used to rescue the two children of Nephele after their stepmother plotted to murder them. The ram flew the children away until the daughter fell off the ram and into the sea. When the son reached land he was taken in by the king and offered the golden fleece of the ram as a gift in return. To honour the ram for the rescue of the children, Zeus turned him into the constellation Ares.

The fleece then became the object that Jason and the Argonauts went searching for on their voyages.

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Ichor

Ichor is the golden fluid that runs through the veins of the gods and immortals in place of blood. It is also found in the single vein that ran from the neck to the ankle of the bronze man Talos, that was the guardian of the island of Crete.

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Necklace of Harmonia

The necklace was made by Hephaestus after he caught his wife Aphrodite having an affair with Ares, the purpose of the necklace was the punish the lineage that was a product of their infidelity. The first was a daughter, Harmonia. When she was engaged to be married to Cadmus of Thebes, Hepheqastus offered the necklace along with a robe as a gift to bless their wedding. The necklace was once described to be made of gold with two serpents as the clasp, and it possessed magical properties that would keep the wearer eternally young and beautiful. But there was a catch, the necklace was also cursed, and from wearing the necklace she and her husband were turned into serpents.

After Harmonia, the necklace was continued to be passed down through the lineage that followed her, all facing similar disasters. Like Harmonia's daughter, who died the same day she started wearing the necklace.

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Pandora's Box

In the myth, Pandora was given the box and was told it contained gifts from the gods, but that she was not to open it. Following that she was taken to the brother of Prometheus and offered to him as his wife. Even though it was against his brother's advice, he took her in because of her beauty. Pandora did her best to curb her desire to open up the gift box, but eventually, it got the better of her. When she opened the lid, all of the suffering and evil escaped and filled up the world. Panicking she slammed the lid back on the box, trapping hope inside.

 

The myth was used to teach people about the weakness in human behaviour and also explain why there was evil in the world.

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Shield of Achilles

After Achille's armour was worn by Patroclus, who was then slain and dragged away by the Trojans, Achilles then decided to return to the battle but had no armour. His mother then asked the god Hephaestus to forge new ones for him. The god agrees and creates a shield that depicted the entire world and life in general.

The Earth, the Sky, the Sun, the Moon, and the star formations, two cities; one in which a wedding took place; another which was besieged by an army, a thrice-ploughed field, a king's field during the harvest season, a vineyard, a herd of cattle, a sheep farm, people dancing, the stream of Oceanus

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Shirt of Nessus

This was a poisoned shirt that was worn by Hercules and was the cause of his death. The shirt's original owner by the Centaur Nessus, who offered to help Hercules and his wife, Deianira cross a river. But after he got Hercules across to the other side of the riverbank, Nessus tried to rape his wife. Hercules then shot an arrow that had been dipped in the blood of the slain Hydra, killing the Centaur.

Before he died, Nessus offered his shirt to Deianeria because it had now been covered in his tainted blood, and told her that it would make her husband forever faithful to her. She believed the dying Centaur and kept the shirt. Later, when Hercules eventually fell in love with Ino, Deianeria got jealous and gave him the shirt. As soon as he put it on, his body started burning, through his pain he threw himself onto a lit pyre and died.

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