|8 And Zeus's daughter aAphrodite was the Goddess of bLove,
9 Even if she wasn't born in the normal way,
10 But from a bunch of sea foam.
11 And Zeus's daughter cAthena was the Goddess of Wisdom, even if she wasn't the smartest thing Zeus ever did,
12 Having had her all by himself,
13 dWithout the help of Hera or any other woman,
14 But causing her to leap full grown out of his head,
15 Which is why Hera decided to have Hephaestus,
16 eAnd we've already seen how that turned out.
CHAPTER 111 It may be clear by now that the Greeks believed romance was truly romantic only when it involved some kind of miracle,
2 fLike somebody turning into something else,
3 Such as the way Zeus used to change into a gbull to make himself more attractive to hwomen,
4 Or a ithunderstorm,
5 Or anything but himself,
6 For some reason.
7 And they liked to believe that it worked the other way too,
8 Like the jnymph who turned herself into a quivering aspen because Zeus asked her out on a date,
9 Not to mention kPygmalion,
10 Who fell in love with a lstatue,
11 Which is why it was so great when the statue turned itself into a mwoman,
||12 And made Pygmalion's day,
13 Because all the Greek women he knew had already turned themselves into something else,
14 To get away from Zeus,
15 nWho had a real knack for making a mess of things when it came to romance.
CHAPTER 121 For example, Zeus had a love affair with some other Greek woman,
2 oWith the help of his famous thunderstorm impression,
3 And afterwards, he wanted the pbaby to have eternal life,
4 Which is why he had the baby sneaked into qHera's bedroom to drink milk from her breast,
5 Only Hera woke up and the milk rspilled,
6 All over the heavens,
7 sWhich is how we got the Milky Way,
8 tAnd which may help explain why the universe sometimes seems like some big accident.
9 uOnly the Greeks did not believe that the universe was some big accident,
10 They being able to believe almost anything apparently.
CHAPTER 131 For example, they believed that the earth was flat,
2 And was held up by a vTitan named wAtlas,
3 xWho carried yit on his shoulders.
4 They believed that all the trouble in the world was caused by a woman named zPandora,
5 Who had a box,