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posted July 30th, 2015, 1:05 pm


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July 30th, 2015, 1:05 pm

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Earth-Shaker is an epithet of Poseidon. I've always found it a bit strange that the god of the sea also was the god of earthquakes. It would have made more sense to me if Hades had that power since he's living inside the earth and actually is some kind of earth god (instead he's terrified at earthquakes. Every time Poseidon or someone else causes a big earthquake, he worries that the roof of the Underworld will come caving in. Yeah, the ancient sources actually say so). But the epithet "Earth-Shaker" is very old and has even been identified on Mycenaean Linear B tablets. It is possible that Poseidon at that time was a different kind of god.

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September 16th, 2015, 10:25 am

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Regarding the Earth-Shaker

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@agnosis: We have to remember,that ancient Greece was lots of tiny islands scattered across the sea. Since they saw the dry land surrounded by the much bigger and often tempestuous ocean,they naturally asumed, that Poseidon caused the earthquakes by violently shaking the islands he and his element so firmly embraced.

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September 16th, 2015, 12:47 pm

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@Mnesilokos:
Oh, yes, off course! That makes sense.

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