Mythical fire-breathing winged dragons are fictional and have never existed. As fiction, stories about dragons have been told since 4000 B.C.E.Continue Reading
Dragon myths exist in a number of different countries and cultures throughout history. Dragons are often guardians of treasure and must be slain by a hero.
Although dragons are fictional, Smithsonian Magazine has suggested that the discovery of dinosaur fossils may have led to the creation of dragon myths. Additionally, the Nile crocodile, Goanna lizards of Australia or whales may have served as inspiration for the dragon myths.
A lizard known as the Komodo dragon lives in Indonesia, but this reptile has little in common with the dragon myth.Learn more about Mythology
The difference between angels and archangels is that archangels have vastly more power than angels. Karen Noe writes in a Beliefnet article titled "Guardian Angels and Archangels - Differences and Similarities" that archangels can be in more than one place at a time, while angels can only be in one place.Full Answer >
The Greek goddess Hera lives on Mount Olympus. She is queen of the gods and is a member of the 12 most powerful gods in the pantheon. As the goddess of marriage and childbirth, she is the patroness of married women and goddesses.Full Answer >
The Greek goddess Athena's personality is often portrayed as intelligent, watchful, reasoned and unemotional. She is the patron goddess of Athens, which was named for her. Athena's counterpart in Roman mythology is Minerva.Full Answer >
Hestia was the mild mannered protector of hearth and home. She also presided over the baking of bread, and she was the goddess of the sacrificial flame.Full Answer >