*About the Author*

This site was born out of my personal interest in Greek myths - particularly the lesser discussed myths about women - when I was 13 years old (back in 1996) and wasn't really meant to be a definitive source for anybody. My particular interest, the reason I thought it was worth having a separate site, was that, at the time, there was virtually nothing with pictures alongside the stories. Personally, I think the pictures add a lot; they both aid in visualizing and realizing the stories and people and tell us a good deal about what aspects of the stories are important to people today. That said, I am always interested in hearing what you like and would like to see more of.

It feels a little weird to be writing about myself here ... but I suppose since the site has become something that other people are citing, I ought to locate myself. I am a recent graduate with a major in Ancient Greek Language and Literature, a feminist (in the 3rd wave sense), and the rest I'll keep to myself. I don't know how relevant this explanation is to the readership, but those are a couple of big points of my identity. In addition to being an ancient Greek major as an undergrad, I am particularly interested in culture studies, gender studies, and tend to believe that everything comes down to issues of identity. That's why I'm currently in grad school to get my PhD in anthropology. That said, I love the myths not so much for what they can tell us about the world in any objective sense, but because I think they themselves are awesome.

My real name, that is, the one I use in my "real life" (heh) is not Ailia Athena. I've been considering posting it here, but the name is the only connection this site has to its beginnings, so I will probably leave it be. If you are citing me, Ailia Athena is my nomme de plume (like Mark Twain instead of Samuel Langhorn Clemmens) and thus all you need to know. However, if you promise NOT to use it in your citations of this site, I will tell you what my name is. Go on. Highlight the next little bit: Samantha Lois Grace. Yep. That's me. :)

One question that has come up from time to time is whether you should trust what you read on this site. The answer is an unashamed no. Although I try really hard to verify my sources and correct things that I wrote long ago (as I mentioned, this site has been in the making since I was 13 and before I knew anything about anything I had a whole lot of misinformation) the only sources you should really "believe" are the original sources (the Homeric Hymns, Hesiod, Ovid, Apollodorous, etc.). If you are doing real research, you should check out those original sources or email me for my sources on whomever you're interested, or go to a site that gives you direct citations (like theoi.com).

One last thing about me: my favorite myths, goddesses, and women tend to change with my mood, but generally, I like the ones who challenge and/or typical constructions of gender (check out Agdistis and Iphis for starters).

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Last Updated May 7, 2008

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