The images you'll see as you scroll down to the current text are all part of the story telling in my novel, Realms of Gold:Ritual to Romance.

Bianca Caldwell, pen name, Bianca Fiore, is a writer for an art magazine. In each of her monthly stories she describes an object used in ancient ritual.

The Mixoparthenos

The mixoparthenos is a mythical creature whose image, to this day, is seen in the coastal areas around the Greek colonies of the Black Sea, where wheat has been a major crop since ancient times.  

Herodotus writes that the horses of Heracles was stolen by the mixoparthenos, who promised to return them if he mated with her.  How could Hercules resist!  From their union came three sons, the youngest, Scythes, the only son who could bend the bow of Hercules.  He became king of the people who would be called Scythian. There were many Scythian wheat growers around the Black Sea. 

Limestone sculpture, 1st-2nc. AD, from the Black Sea.”
From the land of the wheat growing Scythians along the Black Sea, Olbia.