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Olympians

 

in ancient Greek mythology, the gods who inhabited Olympus. According to the myths, the children of the god Cronus were led by Zeus in a rebellion against their father and other gods of the older generation—the Titans. They defeated the Titans after a hard struggle and became established on Olympus, dividing power over the world among themselves. Zeus became the supreme ruler. His own children, for example, Athena, Aphrodite, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Iris, and Hebe, numbered among the Olympians.

The Olympians were viewed by the Greeks as being different from mere mortals owing to their detachment from people’s suffering and anxieties. From this belief derives the allegorical meaning of the word “Olympian,” that is, a person who stays calm in the face of earthly passions and anxieties.

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If the Olympian Thunderer wants to hurl us all from our seats, he can do so, for he is far the strongest, so give him fair words, and he will then soon be in a good humour with us.
So Jove, the Olympian Lord of Thunder, hied him to the bed in which he always slept; and when he had got on to it he went to sleep, with Juno of the golden throne by his side.
It was not usual, in New York society, for a lady to address her parlour-maid as "my dear one," and send her out on an errand wrapped in her own opera-cloak; and Archer, through all his deeper feelings, tasted the pleasurable excitement of being in a world where action followed on emotion with such Olympian speed.
But one mark of a writer's greatness is that different minds can find in him different inspirations; and Professor Erlin, who hated the Prussians, gave his enthusiastic admiration to Goethe because his works, Olympian and sedate, offered the only refuge for a sane mind against the onslaughts of the present generation.
He was one of those Olympian administrators who know everything except Russia, pronounce a word of extraordinary wisdom, admired by all, about once in five years, and, after being an eternity in the service, generally die full of honour and riches, though they have never done anything great, and have even been hostile to all greatness.
After this he formally bids farewell to the cosmic and Olympian deities and enumerates the sons born of goddess to mortals.
She was familiar and olympian, fenced in by the tea-table, that excellent symbol of domestic life in its lighter hour and its perfect security.
Twice in succession, then, has the just man overthrown the unjust in this conflict; and now comes the third trial, which is dedicated to Olympian Zeus the saviour: a sage whispers in my ear that no pleasure except that of the wise is quite true and pure-- all others are a shadow only; and surely this will prove the greatest and most decisive of falls?
He who offers himself a candidate for that covenant comes up, like an Olympian, to the great games where the first-born of the world are the competitors.
The simplicity of her apparel, the opulence of her form, her imposing stature, and the extraordinary sense of vigorous life that seemed to emanate from her like a perfume exhaled by a flower, made her beautiful with a beauty of a rustic and olympian order.
His jovial purple cheeks bristled with white hairs; and like Virgil's Silenus, who, his face smeared with the juice of berries, discoursed of Olympian Gods to the innocent shepherds of Sicily, he talked to Stevie of domestic matters and the affairs of men whose sufferings are great and immortality by no means assured.
Soccer National team star and Hall of Famer Cobi Jones, Olympian and President of Southern California Olympians & Paralympians Tamara Christopherson, LA84 President and International Olympic Committee Member Anita DeFrantz, and dozens of youth soccer players from the LA area.