@LeeSensei: Hey I'm game to keep going, like I said I am enjoying this.
2. True, except that there was nothing to suggest that Apollo was going to get manhandled. He has some pretty impressive feats of his own. Like I said he was pretty much considered perfect.
3. True there is nothing to suggest they weren't comparible, particularly the gigante that he kills since they share the same parentage and are given the same description. And yes Athena did slam Ares in the back of the head with a rock, but right before that she was struck by Ares' spear. The only thing that saved her was that she was wearing the Aegis. The rest is pure conjecture on my part but I always considered the fact that it said that Athena threw a rock at the back of Ares's head insinuated that she retreated and Ares moved on, at which point she turned and threw the rock. Again thats not expressly stated but that's what the description seemed to imply to me.
4. Anteus and Geryon were definately legitimate challenges, Antaeus especially being the son of Poseidon and Gaia and therefore being a full god as well as a giant, but Geryon is often called the mightiest of mortal men. It was Gaia who gave Antaeus his strength so once Hercules manages to lift him Antaeus lost his powers. Still this one is unique in the fact that Hercules always had to close in melee with him and fight. I've never seen a variance to this story. Geryon however was a little bit different considering no one could ever agree on what he looked like. I also find it funny that Geryon, a decendant of Medusa, is killed by Hercules, a decendant of Perseus. His myth varies. Most stories make passing reference it but th Romans loved this story since it brough Hercules to their side of the world so they expanded on it. Most stories however state that while Hercules killed his dog with his club, Geryon he took by stealth and killed with an arrow. Coincidently, this is where a lot of stories also speak of the pillars of Hercules, again stating that they were two stone pillars erected by Hercules to mark the farthest point of his travels.
5. You could throw Zeus in there as well, who lifted the whole of Mount Etna and hurled it at Typhon. Ares too, lifts a mountain in the story where he is preventing anyone from harboring Leto, Apollo and Artimis's mother. During this same story, him crashing his spear into his shield is enough to make the earth shake gtom Trace all the way to the Peleponesius. Geryon is usually considered to live on an Island though he is also called the king of Hisperia, usually considered another name for Spain so either works.
6. True, but again Menelaus is mortal and he was able to engage a sea god as well.
7. If Thor needed power amplifiers to lift Mjolnir how does the weapon get stolen all the time but the girdle is never mentioned? For that matter how did the dwarves get it to Asgard in the first place? Meginjord appears scarcly in in the actual myths. The reason why its well known to people who study these things is that is included in the Prose Edda which is pretty much the most popular book on Norse mythology out there. Even then it only appears in two stories. The thing with the Prose Edda is that it is a collection of different versions of the same stories. In the first part of it, the author actually links the Norse gods to Greek Mythology, saying for instance that Tror (Thor) is actually the grandson of king Priam. Odin is then described as a decendant of him. It then goes on to recount the tales as most people know them today. Another interestin sidenote, however, while "Thor" -sometimes- requires the belt, no mention of Thunor, Donar or any of Thor's other germanic incarnations seems to have this belt. Its why Marvel is not wrong in not including the belt prominately in their version of Thor.
8. Plato mentions the pillars of hercules, not which version or how they were constructed. I have told you three acounts of what the term meant and how they were made. There are multiple others, even one that states that they were actually three of them and all the columns of a single temple. That passage does not validate either of us, merely confirms that in the time of Plato, they were still called that.
I'm cool with continuing. No one is complaining afterall lol