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Nicolas Brunet -- Greek mythology

Lustspiel is an enormous fan of Nicolas Brunet...and if you have trouble coming to grips with Greek mythology, here's the answer in 30 drawings:



Nicolas Brunet recently released a series of illustrations inspired by the legends and stories of Greek Mythology. These illustrations were the beginnings of a book that Brunet was collaborating on, but the project ended without publication, so Brunet is now releasing the images to the world.
Gareth Johnson caught up with Brunet to talk about the homo-eroticism of Greek Mythology.

Q: What research did you do in order to identify which scenes to draw for this series?
A: It was a collaboration with a friend – we both came up with some ideas, playing with mythology and trying to play with some gay stuff. It was supposed to be a bit like a joke and for fun.
Q: Who are some of your favourite characters from the tales of Ancient Greece and the classical era?
A: I love the story of Perseus, Medusa and Andromeda. I find it very epic. I also like the story of Odysseus. There are so many – I can’t name them all.
Q: What is it about the characters and stories from this era that enables us to project our homoerotic fantasies?
A: I think the gods don’t really care about their sexuality. Zeus and Ganymede, or Poseidon and Pelops. Lots of the stories and myths are about love affairs, and many characters are described as gorgeous. Plus, the clothes help to add some sexiness – they’re all almost naked.
Q: What’s the creative process you’ve followed to bring these scenes to life?
A: It was a very intense creative process. My friend and I had many ideas – too many ideas. We started with some basic fun stuff, like – What if Theseus fucks the Minotaur? Along the way, more ideas came as we were reading our mythology books.
Q:What do you hope that people feel when looking at your illustrations of these myths and legends?
A: I hope they find it funny and cool. There’s nothing serious in it. If they can appreciate the ink drawings, it’s a bonus to me. I did it with passion, as I’ve always loved Greek mythology. It wasn’t easy, but it was very cool to draw these scenes.

Achilles and Chiron


Chiron was a centaur – known for being particularly wise and learned of nature. He taught many young men as his students, but his most famous student was Achilles.

Ulysses and the Cyclops


Ulysses is a legendary Greek king of Ithaca and the hero of Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. He is most famous for his eventful ten-year journey home after the decade-long Trojan War.
One of the adventures during this journey home was an encounter with the cyclops Polyphemus. Ulysses defeats Polyphemus by blinding him with a wooden stake.

Pygmalion


Pygmalion was a sculptor who fell in love with a statue he had carved.

Perseus and Phineas


Andromeda was betrothed to Phineas, until Perseus rescued her from a sea monster and it was agreed she would marry him instead. At the wedding celebrations, Phineas and his followers burst in to attack Perseus, who unveiled the severed head of the gorgon, Medusa, and turned them to stone.

Ixion and Hermes


Ixion was king of the Lapiths, the most ancient tribe of Thessaly.
Ixion lusted after Hera, the wife of Zeus. Zeus ordered Heremes to bind Ixion to a fiery wheel that sent him spinning across the sky for eternity.

Heracles and Geryon


Geryon was a fearsome giant who dwelt on the island Erytheia in the far west of the Mediterranean. Geryon was often described as a monster with human faces.
To accomplish his tenth labour, Hercules was ordered to deliver the cattle of Geryon to Eurystheus.

Glaucus and Polyidus


Polyidus was a famous seer from Corinth. Glaucus was the son of King Minos of Crete. King Minos refused to let Polyidus leave Crete until he had taught Glaucus the art of divination. Polyidus did so, but then, at the last second before leaving, he asked Glaucus to spit in his mouth. Glaucus did so and forgot everything he had been taught.

Apollo and the Python


Python was the serpent who lived at the centre of the Earth. Apollo slew Python.

Theseus and the Minotaur


King Minos of Crete had defeated King Aegeus of Athens in battle. As tribute, Minos demanded that, at nine-year intervals, seven Athenian boys and seven Athenian girls were to be sent to Crete to be devoured by the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull monster that lived in the Labyrinth created by Daedalus.
Theseus, the son of Aegeus, volunteered to try and end the tribute. Using a ball of thread, Theseus navigated the Labyrinth and defeated the Minotaur.

Priapus and Pollux


Priapus is a lusty god of fertility. Pollux is a son of Zeus.

Orpheus


Orpheus is a legendary musician with an ability to charm all living things with his music.

Icarus and Helios


Helios is the personification of the sun. Icarus is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus, the creator of the Labyrinth. Icarus and his father attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. Icarus ignored his father’s instructions not to fly too close to the sun – the wax in his wings melts and he falls into the sea where he drowns.

Heracles and Antaeus


Antaeus was the son of Poseidon and Gaia.
Antaeus would challenge all passers-by to wrestling matches. He remained invincible as long as he remained in contact with his mother, the earth. Heracles encountered Antaeus on his way to the Garden of Hesperides – his 11th Labour.
Heracles realised that he could not beat Antaeus by throwing or pinning him. Instead, he held him aloft and then crushed him to death in a bear hug.

Dionysus


Dionysus is the god of the grape-harvest, wine-making and wine, and fertility. Worship of Dionysus played a key role in male sexuality, particularly in the transition of boys to men.

Apollo and Marsyas


Marsyas was a satyr who challenged Apollo to a contest of music. The terms of the contest stated that the winner could treat the defeated party any way he wanted.

Zeus and Ganymede


Ganymede was described as the most beautiful of mortals. Zeus fell in love with his beauty and took the form of an eagle so he could abduct him, taking Ganymede to Olympus where he served Zeus as cup-bearer or wine-pourer.
The story of Zeus and Ganymede was the model for the Greek social custom of paiderastía – the romantic relationship between an adult male and an adolescent male.

Tantalus


Tantalus was made to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches, with the fruit ever eluding his grasp, and the water always receding before he could take a drink.
The punishment was for having killed his son as a sacrifice to the Gods, and having him cooked and served as a meal.

Poseidon and Pelops


The son of Tantalus, Pelops was the King of Pisa. Pelops was sacrificed by his father, but brought back to life by the Gods. After Pelops’ resurrection, Poseidon took him to Olympus, and made the youth his apprentice, teaching him also to drive the divine chariot.

Oedipus and Laius


Laius was an interesting character. He’s accused of abducting and raping Chrysippus – the son of Pelops, King of Pisa.
Laius and Chrysippus returned to Thebes, where Laius became King. Laius subsequently married Jocasta and they had a son, Oedipus.
Aware of a prophecy that he would be killed by his son, Laius abandoned Oedipus and the boy grew up unaware of his true parentage. Unaware of his relationship to them, Oedipus subsequently murdered Laius and married Jocasta, his mother.

Hypnos and Endymion


Endymion was a handsome Aeolian shepherd. Hypnos – the personification of sleep – was so in awe of his beauty that he caused Endymion to sleep with his eyes open, so he can fully admire his face.

Hector and Patroclus


Hector, a prince of the Trojans, killed Patroclus during the Battle of Troy. Patroclus was the lover of Achilles.

Dionysus and Zeus


One of the myths of the birth of Dionysus is that he was born from the thigh of Zeus.

Adonis and Ares


Adonis was an extraordinary handsome mortal, and a lover of Aphrodite. Ares, the God of War, was also a lover of Aphrodite and took the form of a wild boar to kill Adonis.

Ulysses and Telemachus


Ulysses and his son Telemachus kill the suitors that pursued Penelope while Ulysses had been absent at the Trojan War.

Sisyphus and Thanatos


King Sisyphus of Corinth was one of the few mortals to outwit Thanatos – the personification of death. When it came time for Sisyphus to die, Zeus ordered Thanatos to chain Sisyphus up in Tartarus. Sisyphus cheated death by tricking Thanatos into his own shackles, thereby prohibiting the demise of any mortal while Thanatos was so enchained.

Poseidon and Caeneus


Caenis was a woman who was abducted and raped by the god Poseidon, After raping Caenis, Poseidon promised to grant Caenis a wish. Caenis was so distraught that she demanded to be changed into a man, so that she might never be wronged again. Poseidon granted this wish, and also gave Caenis impenetrable skin. Thereafter, the spelling of Caenis was changed to Caeneus to mark his transformation.

Narcissus
 

Narcissus was a hunter from Thespiae in Boeotia who was known for his beauty. Narcissus is the origin of the term narcissism, a fixation with oneself and one’s physical appearance.

Hyacinthe, Thamyris and Zephyrus


Hyacinth was a very beautiful Spartan prince and lover of the god Apollo. Hyacinth was also admired by the West wind Zephyrus, and by a mortal man named Thamyris.

Harmodios and Aristogiton versus Hipparchus


Harmodius and Aristogeiton were lovers from ancient Athens. They became known as the Tyrannicides, the preeminent symbol of democracy to ancient Athenians, after they committed an act of political assassination at the 514 BC Panathenaic Festival. They assassinated Hipparchus, thought to be the last Peisistratid tyrant.

Cadmus and the giants


Cadmus was the founder and first king of Thebes. Cadmus was the first Greek hero and, alongside Perseus and Bellerophon, the greatest hero and slayer of monsters before the days of Heracles.
The Ismenian dragon was a giant serpent which guarded the sacred spring of Ares near Thebes. When Cadmus arrived, seeking to found the city, he slew the monster with a heavy stone. The goddess Athena then instructed him to sow the dragon’s teeth, producing a crop of fully-grown, armed warriors called Sparti, five of which became the ancestral lords of Thebes.



This article---written by Gareth Johnson---appeared first on the pages of MeansHappy on Dec 21, 2019.


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  1. Really awesome collection of erotic illustrations. Hot perspective of history....

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