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Crossword puzzles require solvers to have a good grasp of general knowledge, but sometimes that know-how just isn't in our personal wheelhouses.

That's fine. We're here to help you solve the problem... and help you expand those wheelhouses.

Even if you've never read a Greek myth in your life, use this list of mythological characters that are common in crosswords to print and save to take your puzzles to the next level. This is not an exhaustive list, but the names included here come up often enough that it will definitely be helpful to know them.

We'll also show you different ways these terms can be identified so you can recognize them the next time you see them. Hints with word games aimed at tricking youboldto identify them more easily and teach you to think like puzzle creators.

  1. 1.AJAX

    Ajax, son of Telamon, is portrayed in Homer's "Iliad" as a powerful Greek soldier in the Trojan War. He faced Hector, the strongest fighter in Troy, and later saved Achilles.

    When Odysseus claimed the armor of Achilles, Ajax fell on his sword out of jealousy. Sophocles' Ajax describes this series of tragic events in detail.

    Note: Ajax is also a popular household cleaning brand and can be identified as such.

    possible clues: "Hero of the Trojan War", "Tragedy of Sophocles", "Character from the 'Iliad'", "Role in 'Troy'", "Son of Telamon", "War hero who killed himself with the sword of an ancient rival" , "comet competitor", "stronger than dirt" slogan, "purifier whose name comes from Greek myth"

    Sources: Britannica.com, XWordInfo.com

  2. 2.ARES


    Ares, the Greek god of war, is one of the 12 Olympian deities and the son of Zeus and Hera. He had several children with Aphrodite: Phobos and Deimos, who fought alongside him in battle, as well as Harmonia and, by some accounts, Eros.

    In Greek sculpture, pottery, or other artwork, Ares is usually depicted in battle attire, particularly a helmet. It is said that Ares wore golden armor and rode in a chariot drawn by four fire-breathing immortal horses.

    Unlike Mars, the Roman equivalent, Ares was not well liked by the gods around him and was consequently less revered by the Greeks.

    possible clues: "Greek God of War", "God of War", "Lover of Aphrodite", "Mate of Mars", "Son of Zeus", "Deity of Battle", "Father of Harmony", "Vultures were sacred to him", "Trojan ally , in the 'Iliad'", "God whose name is a homophone of a zodiac sign"

    Sources: Britannica.com, XWordInfo.com

  3. 3.EOS

    Eos, the Greek goddess of dawn, is the daughter of the titans Hyperion and Theia and sister to the sun and moon deities Helios and Selene. In Homer's "Iliad", Eos is said to have "pink fingers" which produce the vision of dawn.

    Her lovers included Orion, Cephalus, and the mortal Tithonus, for whom Eos notably begged Zeus for immortality but inadvertently omitted eternal youth. So while Tithonus could live forever, he nonetheless aged with time.

    Note: EOS is also a line of Canon cameras and can also be referred to as such in the New York Times crossword.

    possible clues: "Goddess of Dawn", "Daughter of Hyperion", "The Greek counterpart of Aurora", "Sister of Selene", "Sister of Helios", "Greek goddess of 'pink fingers'", "Lover of Tithonus, in myth ', 'Canon Camera', 'Camera Named After a Goddess'

    Sources: Britannica.com, XWordInfo.com

  4. 4.Erato

    Erato is one of the Nine Muses, a group of sisters who serve as tutelary goddesses of the liberal arts. Erato in particular is the muse of love poetry and carries a lyre in artistic depictions.

    His father is Zeus and his mother is Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory. Her other sisters are: Calliope (muse of epic poetry, by many accounts), Clio (history), Euterpe (music), Melpomene (tragedy), Polymnia (sacred poetry), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), and Urania ( Astronomy).

    possible clues: "Muse of Poetry", "Sister of Clio", "Poetic Muse", "Sister of Thalia", "Muse of Love Poetry", "Muse of Sappho", "One of the Nine Sisters", "Poetry of Mythology", " Inspiration from Odist", "Muse, whose name means "beloved""

    Sources: Britannica.com, XWordInfo.com

  5. 5.EROS

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    Eros is the god of love, ruling both passion and fertility. Although widely believed to be the son of Aphrodite and Zeus, Ares or Hermes, Eros is said to have been created out of chaos in Hesiodic accounts.

    In art, Eros is usually depicted as a young boy wielding a bow and arrow, much like his Roman counterpart Cupid. In psychological contexts, "Eros" is used to represent one's instinct for life, or more specifically, sexual desire.

    Possible clues: "Son of Aphrodite", "God of Love", "Greek Winged God", "Statue of Piccadilly Circus","Beloved child?""The Greek equivalent of Cupid","Is anyone bowing?""Lovers of the Psyche", "Symbol of Love", "Libido", "Libido in Psychiatry"

    Sources: Britannica.com, XWordInfo.com

  6. 6.HERA

    the daughter of the titans,Herawas the wife of Zeus - just like his sister - and thus made her Queen of Olympus. like a goddessHerarepresented the protection of women and marriage. She was also the tutelary deity of the Greek cities of Argos and Samos, where her honor was celebrated.

    Once in a while,Herawould be described as hateful and hostile because of her envy of Zeus' other lovers. But along with her resentment came respect for her as a strong and majestic leader of the gods in times of war and peace.

    Possible hints:"Wife of Zeus", "Daughter of Kronos", "Queen of Heaven", "Mother of Ares", "Queen of Olympus", "Jealous Woman in Greek Myth", "Juno, for the Greeks", "Brawling in a 'Iliad'", "Goddess in a chariot drawn by peacocks"

    Sources: Britannica.com, XWordInfo.com

  7. 7.LEDA

    Leda was a Spartan queen best known as the mother of Helena and Clytemnestra of Troy, and the twins of Gemini, Castor and Pollux.

    Legend has it that Leda was once addressed by Zeus in the form of a swan; Pollux, the original divine twin, and Helena, princess of Troy, were born from eggs. This has inspired many artistic and literary interpretations over the years, most notably W.B. "Leda and the Swan" by Yeats.

    possible clues: "Mother of Castor and Pollux", "Mother of Helen of Troy", "Mother of Helena", "Mother of twins, in myth", "Mother of Clytemnestra", "'___ and the swan of Yeats", "Zeus visited her like a swan", "Queen of Sparta"

    Sources: Britannica.com, XWordInfo.com

  8. 8.MEDEA

    Medea was a sorceress who helped Jason and the Argonauts obtain the legendary Golden Fleece. Jason would marry Medea but eventually left her for King Creon's daughter.

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    The ancient tragedian Euripides wrote the play "Medea" to narrate the events surrounding Jason's abandonment of Medea.

    According to Herodotus, the ancient Medes derived their name from Medea when she fled to their eventual settlement.

    possible clues: "Tragedy of Euripides", "Greek sorceress", "Princess who helped Jason", "Magic woman of Jason", "Witch who helped Jason's quest", "Tragic woman in Greek drama", "Wen Jason left", "Jiltee of Myth"

    Sources: Britannica.com, XWordInfo.com

  9. 9.NIOBE

    The legend of Niobe, daughter of Tantalus and wife of King Amphion of Thebes, revolves around the idea that mortals are punished for their arrogance towards the gods.

    When Niobe bragged about her 12 children to a Titan, Leto, Apollo and Artemis killed dozens of them in return. Niobe was then petrified to stone by Zeus and is said to still weep for her descendants in modern-day Turkish Weinstein.

    Curiosity: The chemical element niobium (Nb) was called niobe.

    possible clues: “Mythical Weeping Woman”, “Daughter of Tantalus”, “Legendary Weeping Woman”, “Mythical Queen of Thebes”, “Zeus Turned Her to Stone”, “Tragic Figure of Greek Myth”, “Woman of Amphion”, “Personification of Turkey Weeping Rock", "Mythical Eponym of Element #41"

    Sources: Britannica.com, XWordInfo.com

  10. 10.SATYR

    The satyrs were servants of Dionysus (or Bacchus in Roman legend), half man and half goat.

    Throughout antiquity, the appearance of satyrs changed drastically. They have been described as rather vulgar and sexually aroused humanoids with horse bodies. However, a younger and cleaner look emerged, inspired by the Greek sculptor Praxiteles.

    The carefree nature of the satyrs inspired "satir plays" in which a central tragedy was illuminated by a light-hearted ambient atmosphere.

    possible clues: "Companion of Bacchus", "Companion of Dionysus", "Hunter of the Nymphs", "Luscious Deity of Myth", "Lascive Figure of Greek Myth", "Lascive", "Lascive Art", "Mythical Creature with Horns", "Lustful Goatman", "Debaucher", "Forest Myth Reveler"

    Sources: Britannica.com, XWordInfo.com

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