Ancient Greece Symbols

In Greece, there were various Ancient Greek Symbols that had various symbolic meanings attached to them. Some of them are listed below-

Ancient Greek Symbols

The Minotaur:

“Minotaur” is Greek for “Bull of Minos.” The bull was known in Crete as Asterion, a name shared with Minos’s foster father. He was a creature that was part man and part bull. The historical site of Knossos is usually identified as the site of the labyrinth. The Minotaur was eventually killed by Theseus.

Ancient Greece Symbols Of Strength Emblems

Sun of Vergina:

In every form, the Sun of Vergina symbolized Virginity: Goddess Athena was a Virgin, so this Sun was associated with her. Although it is a Panhellenic Symbol, it became famous due to the Macedonians who were using it as Symbol of the Argead Dynasty. In the typical 16-pointed Sun, the 4 rays represent the 4 elements: Earth-Ocean-Fire-Air.

The other 12 rays represent the 12 Gods of Olympus.

Ancient Greece Symbols

Arrow:

in ancient Greece, the arrow symbolized war, power, swiftness, the rays of the sun, knowledge as well as deities such as the Greek god Apollo and goddess Artemis (both hunters), the Hindu weather god, Rudra; and various gods of sexual attraction: Eros (Greek), Cupid (Roman), Kama (Hindu).Labrys is the term for a double-headed Axe, known to the Classical Greeks as piles or safaris, and to the Romans as a bipennis.

Ancient Greece Symbols

The labrys symbolism is found in Minoan, Thracian, Greek, and Byzantine religion, mythology, and art, dating from the Middle Bronze Age onwards. The labrys also appears in African religious symbolism and mythology (see Shango).

The Asclepius wand or Asclepius rod is an Ancient Greek Symbols associated with astrology and with healing the sick through Greek Medicine. The rod of Asclepius symbolizes the healing arts by combining the serpent, which is shedding its skin is a symbol of rebirth and fertility, with the staff, a symbol of authority befitting the god of Medicine.

Spider:

Linked to treachery and death in many cultures, it was seen as a “spinner of fate” in ancient Greek myths – the goddess Arachne turned into a spider by her jealous rival Athena.

Ancient Greece Symbols

The Gorgon In Greek mythology was a vicious female monster with sharp fangs who was a protective deity from early religious concepts. Her power was so strong that anyone attempting to look upon her would be turned to stone; therefore, such images were put upon items from temples to wine kraters for protection. There were three of them: Medusa, Stheno, and Euryale. Only Medusa was mortal, the other two are immortal.

Sphinx:

The Greek sphinx would devour travelers who failed to answer her riddle. The masonic sphinx “is the guardian of the Mysteries and is the Mysteries summarized in a symbol. Their secret is the answer to her question. The initiate must know it or lose the life of the Mysteries. If he can and does answer, the Sphinx dies for him, because in this respect the Mysteries have given up their meaning.