mythological items in modern life?

im doing a project with roman/greek mythology and what effect they have on us now. i need refenrces to items to gods .please help or link of website may be nice

example. for nike check or (smosh i know this is misspelled)

is a reference to the god hermes because he had wings on his shoes

hope that helps u answer better(it the only one i know0

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Well, the list is huge, actually. Disney's Hercules. Comic book superhero Thor. How long can answers be? Here goes. Mythology in Companies: There are hundreds of companies that take their name, logo or theme from ancient mythology. Here are some examples.

    Aegis - Zeus and Athena's protective shield; modern group of insurance companies (The Aegis Group).

    Ajax - Greek warrior in the Trojan War, who "cleaned up" in battle; popular household cleanser.

    Amazon - Race of warrior women; amazon.com - huge on-line bookstore.

    Apollo - God of music; Apollo Theater is a famous music hall in New York city.

    Ares - Greek god of war; popular car model.

    Argus - Giant watchman with a hundred eyes; Argus Security is a modern security company, specializing in commercial business protection.

    Atlas - Was doomed to support the heavens on his shoulders; a modern moving company (Atlas Van Lines); also, Atlas Travel is a popular name for travel agencies all over the globe.

    Aurora - Roman name for Eos, goddess of the Dawn; luxury car model.

    Charon - Boatman who ferries the souls of the dead to the Underworld; www.charon.com, a company "offering solutions for a connected world."

    Delphi - Sanctuary to Apollo and home to his famous Oracles; Delphi Forums (www.delphi.com) is an on-line meeting place to promote discussions and to find answers. Delphi is also the name of an international Automotive Group.

    Hercules - Roman name for Heracles, the greatest Greek hero; the company called Hercules - http://www.hercules.com - makes a top-selling video graphics card (their slogan is Legendary Strength, Quality and Performance);

    there is also the Hercules transport plane, used by the United States Air Force to carry large volumes of war material and food;

    Hercules Incorporated - http://www.herc.com - is a maker of chemicals and allied products.

    Hermes - Olympian Herald and Messenger god; popular brand of soap. Also, the FTD flower delivery company incorporates Hermes and his winged heels in their logo.

    Hyperion - Titan whose name means "he who goes before the sun"; a company (www.hyperion.com) that specializes in "business analysis software." Also the name of a book publishing company.

    Hydra - Sea serpent with nine heads, killed by Hercules; It's the chosen name (www.hydra.com) of the Internet Chess Club.

    Juno - Roman name for Hera, wife of Zeus; Juno is a popular web-hosting company (www.juno.com), specializing in free web pages and custom e-mail.

    Mars - Roman name for Ares, god of War; name of popular candy bar.

    Medusa - Terrible monster whose glance would petrify you, killed by the hero Perseus; Medusa Cement Company sells cement products worldwide.

    Mercury - Roman name for Hermes, the Messenger god; name of car model produced by the Ford Motor Company; also, an entertainment records label, Mercury Records.

    Midas - King with the golden touch, who transformed all he touched to gold; a famous muffler and brake chain of service stations.

    Minerva - Roman name for Athena, who gifted the olive tree to humans; Minerva Oil Company is an international exporter of fine food products.

    Nike - Winged goddess of Victory, who can run and fly at great speeds; a famous company that sells...well...if you haven't heard of the company Nike, welcome to our planet...:)

    Odyssey - The 10-year sea voyage endured by the Trojan War hero, Odysseus, as he sought to return home to Ithica; Odyssey Travel is a well-known travel agency; Odyssey Cruise Lines is a cruise company; Odyssey Records is a record company; there's even an Odyssey Golf Club company...you get the drift, Odyssey is a very popular modern mythological rip-off...

    Olympus - Home of the Olympian gods; name of popular camera and photographic technology company. Also, Olympic Airlines is another variation of the name. (Note: Thanasi's Olympus Greek Restaurant is owned by the Myth Man...)

    Orion - A giant hunter slain by Artemis in Greek mythology; a motion picture production company, Orion Pictures.

    Pandora - The first woman in Greek mythology, whose name means "all-gifted"; Pandora's Gift Boutique sells quality gift merchandise.

    Parthenon - The temple of Athena, built on the Acropolis of Athens; perhaps the most-used name for any Greek restaurant in any city of the world! It's ridiculous...I bet there's a Parthenon Restaurant in your town! :)

    Pegasus - Winged horse that was born from Medusa's head when she was killed; Pegasus Expedite Company is a national delivery/courier service; Pegasus Satellite Systems is a provider of satellite entertainment services. The winged horse motif is used by dozens of companies. Check out my Pegasus Homework Help page for more on that.

    Phoenix - A mythical and one-of-a-kind bird that burns on a funeral pyre after a life of hundreds of years, only to be re-born from the ashes; also the name of a national photographic technology company.

    Poseidon - God of the Sea and brother of Zeus; Poseidon T

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  • 1 decade ago

    Actually if you go directly to the www.nikebiz.com, there is no reference to the "swoosh" being influenced by the god hermes or his winged shoes. Nike is the Greek goddess of victory.

    While finding instances of the use of mythological names and Hellenistic concepts in the modern world may be interesting, I think there is much more to explore in this topic. The Olympics, Western philosophy, and the fine arts are examples that come to mind.

    I would go to the library and research these topics, and cite the books from which you find supporting material. Unless you're accessing .edu, .gov, or online journals, I wouldn't ever cite the internet for academic papers.

    I hope this helps, and good luck.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Things that are referring to the gods? Then pretty anything in our solar system really, almost every celestial body in our solar system is named for ancient Roman or Greek gods.

    The Caduceus on an ambulance is a reference to Hermes, the messenger god.

    That's all I can think of for now

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  • 1 decade ago

    both of those im in collage for plus there are my fave. a lot of stories have been told from both. greek: hermes was the god of trade and luck. also he was the messenger god due the wings on his shoes.

    Aphrodite: was the goddess of love' beauty and eternal youth. fyi hermes was her son.

    Hephaestus:was the god of metallurgy and the smith of the olympian gods. his mother hera threw him from mount olympus to the depths of the sea, causing a deformation to his leg.

    Roman: Ceres:goddess of agriculture, grain, crops, initiation, civilization, lawgiver and the love a mother bears for her child.

    Mars:god of war, spring, growth in nature, agriculture, terror, anger, revenge, courage and fertility.

    i hope that this info helps you out :)

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  • 1 decade ago

    Many moons in our solar system have Greco-Roman names (Titan, Io, Callisto, etc.).

    Then there were the Titan rockets that launched Gemini spacecraft in the 1960s. And don't forget the Apollo spacecraft.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Well the god Nike ( IE winged victory) was the inspiration for the name of the company and you could say the god Athena had an effect on current day feminism based on the fact that she was an intelligent and independent woman in early history.

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  • 1 decade ago

    well the god of lightning was thor and we took his name and used it for the root of the day thursday.... also for more examples check out this website http://thanasis.com/modern/

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