God of the Week: Meilichios

04/11/2011: Meilichios


Meilichios was an early Greek earth god, depicted in the form of a snake. Though the direct records we have depict a variant of Zeus worship (Zeus Meilichios), Jane Ellison Harrison’s study of the Diases festival (recorded in her Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion) lead her to believe that the festival was originally one dedicated to Meilichios, a snake deity, and eventually morphed into one celebrating Zeus at a later date.

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2 Comments on “God of the Week: Meilichios”

  1. Tim Callahan Says:

    I would like to use this image of Zeus Mielichios as a serpent in an e-book I’m readying for publication. What arethe conditions for such usage?

    Tim Callahan

  2. Victor Says:

    Hi Tim,
    The image is in the public domain. It’s from “Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion” by Jane Harrison. Copies of the book can be found over at Archive.org. It’s figure 2. It’s originally a photograph of a stone relief, the texture being the result of a poor scan job. You can just grab the image off the blog.


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