Study Guide

The Lost Hero Allusions

By Rick Riordan

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

Note that Riordan provides a list of gods with brief descriptions at the end of the book.

  • Aeneas (first reference 8.123)
  • Aeolus (first reference 14.61)
  • Aphrodite (first reference 4.178)
  • Apollo (first reference 4.98)
  • Ares (first reference 10.6)
  • Argo (first reference 18.97)
  • Argus (first reference 8.43)
  • Artemis (first reference 4.161)
  • Athena (first reference 2.11)
  • Atlas (first reference 8.34)
  • Boreas (first reference 14.161)
  • Calais (first reference 18.27)
  • The Call of the Wild (47.8)
  • Chiron (first reference 3.78)
  • Colchis (first reference 26.116)
  • Daedalus (53.20)
  • Demeter (first reference 4.183)
  • Dionysius (first reference 4.231)
  • Enceladus (first reference 9.62)
  • Frankenstein (29.15)
  • Gaea (39.68)
  • Gegenees (42.32)
  • Golden Fleece (first reference 4.58)
  • Hades (first reference 4.184)
  • Hecate (first reference 4.183)
  • Helen of Troy (first reference 4.122)
  • Helios (28.136)
  • Hephaestus (first reference 3.64)
  • Hera (first reference 4.186)
  • Heracles (first reference 7.48)
  • Hermes (first references 4.43)
  • Hypnos (first reference 8.55)
  • Iris (first reference 2.11)
  • Janus (first reference 18.111)
  • Jason (first reference 18.91)
  • Juno (first reference 8.28)
  • Jupiter (first reference 10.77)
  • Khione (first reference 19.29)
  • King Midas (first reference 32.21)
  • Krios (first reference 43.13)
  • Kronos (first reference 5.46)
  • Lityerses (first reference 32.43)
  • Jack London (first reference 46.57)
  • Medea (first reference 28.74)
  • Menelaus (first reference 4.125)
  • Mercury (first reference 24.52)
  • Notus (20.101)
  • Orpheus (9.24)
  • Pan (32.74)
  • Pompona (8.111)
  • Porphyrion (first reference 22.29)
  • Poseidon (first reference 4.190)
  • Ouranos (29.100)
  • Paris (39.75)
  • River Lethe (first reference 8.90)
  • Remus (51.52)
  • Romulus (51.52)
  • Sagittarius (21.24)
  • Somnus (8.123)
  • Tartarus (first reference 4.23)
  • Tsul'kälú (45.19)—A giant in Cherokee mythology.
  • Venus (first reference 24.35)
  • Vulcan (first reference 3.59)
  • White Fang (47.8)
  • Zethes (first reference 18.30)
  • Zeus (first reference 4.186)

Historical References

Pop Culture References

  • Dallas Cowboys (first reference 1.55)
  • Barbie (15.6)
  • James Bond (21.29)
  • Bugs Bunny (32.72)
  • Darth Vader (1.27)
  • "Flame on" (26.100)—The phrase the Human Torch of the superhero group the Fantastic Four shouts when he turns his flame powers on.
  • Garfield (9.7)
  • "The Girl Is Mine" (8.117)—A song sung by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.
  • Gone With the Wind (38.72)
  • Hall & Oates (18.19)
  • Into the Air (38.72)
  • Michael Jackson (8.117)
  • Journey (18.19)—An eighties rock band.
  • Ken doll (38.18)
  • The Lone Ranger (21.29)
  • Macy's (first reference 26.123)
  • Nebraska Cornhuskers (first reference 32.3)
  • Pac-Man (7.64)
  • Pillsbury Doughboy (5.20)
  • Dean Martin (52.36)
  • Mr. Spock (3.69)
  • Rambo (22.35)
  • Frank Sinatra (52.36)
  • Sith Lord (1.64)
  • Snow White (first reference 40.49)
  • Star Trek (3.63)
  • Superman (1.55, 38.11)
  • Tonto (21.29)
  • The Twilight Zone (12.2)
  • Up in the Air (38.72)
  • Vulcan (from Star Trek) (3.68)
  • Wheel of Fortune (29.106)

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