Facts & Figures: Enchanted Objects

Facts and Figures

Objects Owners Description
Sickle of Adamante Gaea, Cronus, Zeus, Hermes, Perseus Gaea gave the sickle to her son, the Titan Cronus, so that he could severed the genitals of his father Uranus. Zeus would later used the sickle to fight the monster Typhon. Hermes had used the sickle against Argus Panoptes. The last known use of the sickle was when Perseus borrowed it from Hermes, to sever the Gorgon Medusa’s head.
Thunderbolt Zeus The thunderbolt was the weapon the Cyclops made for Zeus, in the war against the Titans.
Trident Poseidon Poseidon was the only person known to wield the trident, which was made by the Cyclops, in the war against the Titans.
Helm of Darkness Hades, Perseus The “Helm of Darkness” or “Cap of Darkness” belonged to Hades, the god of the Underworld. It was made by the Cyclops during the war against the Titans. Perseus borrow the Helm during his quest against the Gorgon Medusa.
Aegis Zeus, Athena The aegis was sometimes seen as shield belonging to Zeus, and most of the time, it was seen as tasselled breastplate worn by Athena. Athena had made the aegis from the hide of the giant Pallas, whom she killed in the war against the Giants. In the Iliad, Apollo had one time borrowed and used the aegis to rout the Greek army.
Silver Bow Apollo and Artemis There are two silver bows, one belonging to Apollo and the other to his twin sister, Artemis.
Caduceus Apollo, Hermes A shepherd staff that first belonging to Apollo, but the god of light gave the Caduceus to Hermes in exchange for the lyre. Two snakes entwined the staff. The Caduceus became also the herald staff and the staff that guide the shades to the Underworld.
Petasus Hermes Winged cap of Hermes.
Talaria Hermes, Perseus Winged sandals of Hermes. Perseus also borrowed a pair of sandals from some nymphs.
Head of Medusa Perseus, Athena The hero Perseus had severed the head of the Gorgon Medusa. Perseus had used the head to turn various enemies into stone, including the wicked king of Seriphus, Polydectes. Perseus gave the head to the goddess Athena at the end of his quest. Athena inserted the head in her aegis.
Lock of Medusa Perseus, Heracles, Sterope The hair or lock of the Gorgon Medusa was probably kept by Perseus. Heracles would later inherit the lock, and he would later give this to Sterope, the daughter of King Cepheus of Tegea. The hair would rout any enemy army from the city of Tegea, during the absence of Cepheus.
Ancile Mars The shield of Mars.
Thyrus Dionysus Club or staff used by Dionysus and his follower. Dionysus managed to kill Eurytus with the thyrus, during the war against the Giants.
Cloak of Heracles Heracles Heracles had killed the Nemean Lion in his first labour. The lion hide was invulnerable to weapon of metal, wood and stone.
Bow of Heracles Heracles, Philoctetes Heracles used this famous bow throughout his life. His arrows was smeared with the deadly venom of the monster Hydra. At his death, the bow was given to Philoctetes. It was discovered that Troy could not fall unless the bow was brought to the war. Philoctetes used the bow to slay Paris, the son of King Priam.
Bow of Eurytus Eurytus, Iphitus, Odysseus The bow had originally belonged to Eurytus was the Archer-King who had taught Heracles how to use the bow. Iphitus, Eurytus’s son, would later pass the bow to the hero, Odysseus, who would later use this bow to kill Penelope’s suitors.
Sword of Peleus Peleus, Achilles? The magic sword that belonged to Peleus. I am uncertain who had given this sword to Peleus, but he had the sword when he visit Acastus in Iolcus and when he met the Centaur Cheiron. This event was set before his marriage to the Neried Thetis, but after the Quest of the Golden Fleece.
Armour of Peleus Peleus, Achilles, Patroclus, Hector Armour, helm and shield that Peleus received from his wedding gift in his marriage to the Nereid Thetis. These armour were made by the god Hephaestus. Peleus gave this to his son, Achilles, when the young hero fought in the Trojan War. Patroclus borrow the armour from Achilles, but he was killed by Hector. Hector worn this armour until Achilles killed him in single combat.
Armour of Achilles Achilles, Odysseus, Neoptolemus Hephaestus fashioned a new set of armour for Achilles. A long description of the shield device can be found in Book 18 of the Iliad. After Achilles’ death, Ajax committed suicide after losing the armour to Odysseus in the funeral games. Odysseus, however, gave the armour to Neoptolemus, Achilles’ son.
Spear of Achilles Achilles The spear of Achilles made from the ash tree at Mount Pelion. The spear was given to Achilles, either by his father, Peleus, or by his tutor, the Centaur Cheiron. Achilles killed Hector with this spear.
Sword of Hector Hector, Ajax The sword belonging to Hector, but he gave it to Telamonian Ajax, when they fought to a draw in a single combat. Ajax would later used this sword to commit suicide.
Cornucopia Zeus, Achelous, Heracles Sometimes known as the “Horn of Plenty”. The cornucopia contained endless amount of food, such as fruit and nuts.
Kibisis Perseus Magic bag or wallet that Perseus had borrow from the nymphs, during his quest to kill the Gorgon Medusa.
Cestus Aphrodite The magic girdle of Aphrodite that had the power of love inspiration.
Necklace of Harmonia Harmonia, Polyneices, Eriphyle The necklace was made by Hephaestus as a wedding gift to Harmonia, the wife of Cadmus. Harmonia was the Ares and Aphrodite. It was passed down to several generations in the House of Thebes. Polyneices, the exiled prince of Thebes, used the necklace to bribe Eriphyle, the sister of King Adrastus of Argos, so that her husband Amphiarus, the Argive seer, had to take part in the war known as the Seven Against Thebes.
Girdle of Hippolyta Hippolyte, Admeta. The belt of Amazon queen, Hippolyte. It was also known as the belt of Ares, zoster, and it was probably more of heavy warrior’s belt than a girdle. The belt symbolised her power as leader of the Amazon tribes. Admeta, daughter of Eurystheus, wanted this belt, so the Mycenaean king sent Heracles to fetch the belt for his daughter (9th labour). In most version, Heracles killed the queen and took the belt from her. But in one version, Heracles captured Melanippe, and ransomed the Amazon commander for the belt.
Palladium Athena, Electra, Ilus, Priam, Aeneas Wooden statue of Athena or her childhood companion Pallas. Electra, the daughter of Atlas, clung to the statue in the hope it would prevent Zeus from raping her. Zeus threw the Palladium out of Olympus. The statue was found in the tent of Ilus, the founder of the city of Ilium or Troy. The Palladium was said to protect Troy from invaders, however Heracles and Telamon had captured the city in Lacemedon’s reign.

It protected Troy, during the great Trojan War, until in the final stage of the war, Odysseus and Diomedes stole the Palladium from the temple of Athena, at the advice of the captured Trojan seer, Helenus, the son of Priam and Hecuba. However, according to Vergil, the Palladium that the Greeks had stolen was a fake. Aeneas the only surviving leader of the war, took the Palladium with him when he settled in Italy. The Palladium was said to have been in the temple of Vesta in Rome.


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