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12 olympians : terracotta fabric by sef on Spoonflower - custom fabric

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There are 12 gods and goddesses traditionally regarded as the olympians - for their alleged habit of hanging around Mount Olympus.

There are 12 Greek gods and goddesses traditionally regarded as the olympians - for their alleged habit of hanging around Mount Olympus. These gods were not actually invited to take part at the ancient olympics themselves; and would undoubtedly have cheated outrageously if they had turned up. However, some of them have aspects which do fit well with various olympic sports that have existed over the centuries.

• Aphrodite (Venus) may be best known for her role in romantic entanglements. But, having been ocean-born like a pearl from a sea-shell, she's also supposed to be the protector of sailors. So I'd expect her to excel at sailing - by charming the winds and waves and creatures of the deep, if nothing else. She might also be rather good at gymnastic posing.

• Apollo (same Roman name) drove the sun chariot across the sky. Modern horse and carriage races are a little different but, since in other cultures the sun is associated more directly with horses, I'd expect him to excel in all (land and sky based) equestrian events.

• Ares (Mars) was the god of war and gives his (Roman) name to martial arts. Consequently, he really ought to be the best at all unarmed combat.

• Artemis (Diana) was regarded as a huntress because of the bow-like shape of the crescent moon. Her specialist sport is likely to be archery.

• Athena (Minerva) was the goddess of wisdom, crafts and intelligent fighting. In updated terms, she'd probably have the role of Q to James Bond. Fencing seems the closest relevant sport for her; but if rocketry ever got included ...

• Demeter (Ceres) was the goddess of agriculture and harvest - hence cereal crops. I see her as a champion at cycling the seasons.

• Dionysus (Pan) was a serious party animal. He has to be in charge of all the victory celebrations and drinking libations from trophy cups.

• Hephaestus (Vulcan) was the blacksmith of the gods and really ought to be adept at throwing the hammer (despite the modern "hammer" no longer looking like a hammer). He'd probably be good at putting the shot too.

• Hera (Juno) was the imperious goddess of marriage who didn't generally take things lying down. She is typically portrayed with an impressive diadem and I don't see why she shouldn't also be partial to chucking that at people to end the discus-sion.

• Hermes (Mercury), the speedy messenger of the gods, would be a shoesandal-in to win every single running race.

• Poseidon (Neptune) was the sea-god and would have to be the best at swimming and diving events.

• Zeus (Jupiter) would have to be presiding as master of ceremonies and chief judge. However, given that he had a tendency to fling around lightning bolts, the obvious sport for him to win would be javelin.
See also:
• the underlying mosaic pattern in dark and pale variants
co-ordinating mosaic stripe
blue version
grey version
colour-coordinating designs
more mythology
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Disclaimer: due to extreme shortage of time, this design does include a standard purchased font instead of an entirely new creation of my own.

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sef says: They always were jumping on someone else's bandwagon. So it's extra cheeky of them then to try to claim ownership.

Posted over 5 years ago.


victorialasher says: Brilliant description, great choices for the events to associate with each true Olympian. It sort of a kick in the shins to the folks who think they can trademark/copyright everything even remotely connected to the Olympics. I like your coordinates also.

Posted over 5 years ago.


sef says: Thanks. At the moment it's set up to work best as a square cushion - although one could easily fit a panel onto a chair seat/back or have repeated panels on curtains. It's a bit late to outfit anyone's room for watching sports this year though.

Posted over 5 years ago.


su_g says: FUN! Loved your description and reasoning of which sport/s each of the Olympians should excel at, especially Hera (to end the discus-ion) and the colour graduated Greek key mades a nice and highly relevant background.

Posted over 5 years ago.


sef says: Is that a problem? Because that's the short version! ;-)

Posted over 5 years ago.


khowardquilts says: You must have the longest story to go with your design!

Posted over 5 years ago.


sef says: Yes, most of Dionysus' favourite pastimes were going to be against the rules. ;-)

Posted over 5 years ago.


robyriker says: Very nice! I like how you've found the appropriate sport for each of the gods (especially Dionysus)!

Posted over 5 years ago.


sef says: Looking through the auto-added-tag afterwards, I see that several other people have gone ultra retro too. Though they don't seem to have had the same godly ambitiousness. ;-)

Posted over 5 years ago.


fireflower says: Well, I'd say this puts paid to the discussions of rights of possession of certain words which shall not pass my lips. I love this! The classic Greek Key mosaic background (in "Ancient Greek pottery" colors yet!) is an inspired reminder of some of the shoulders we all stand on. Another "stand out" design, Sef!

Posted over 5 years ago.


sef says: That's kind of the point of gods. ;-)

Posted over 5 years ago.


evenspor says: Awesome.

Posted over 5 years ago.