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In ancient Greece, Crete and all the country’s states are under attack by the aggressive King Minos. However, the people have hope: a child, Hermes, was born with the blessings of the heavens and is destined to bring peace to the land. At the command of Ophealis, God of Creation, Hermes will set forth to restore harmony to Greece and become its king. Yet even after this task, Hermes and his lover Aphrodite will have many other adventures including having a child, discovering the world of the gods, and even going to Hell itself.
In the ancient time of the gods, a son of the titans was born: Arion, borne of Demeter and Poseidon, the lord of the sea. After being kidnapped to the realm of the Underworld by Hades, Arion is sent on a mission to destroy Zeus, the lord of the heavens, in retribution for causing his mother's blindness. In his quest, he will gain new friends and face the powers of the gods themselves as he struggles to strike down Zeus and save the one he loves from the evil Apollo.
Greek mythology is sparse at best in anime, and like Hermes, Arion is filled with it. However, unlike Hermes, Arion is actually GOOD. No cheesy songs, no horrible animation, and a much more interesting story about the gods.
Arslan is the prince of the Palse kingdom, a beautiful country which is located amidst the sand dunes. Peace in the land of Palse is soon disrupted when the Lusitanian army attacks, led by a man known as Silvermask who claims to be the true heir to the throne. After fleeing his home under siege with his only remaining general Daryoon, the young prince travels from kingdom to kingdom, gathering the support and loyalty of new friends, including Gieve the minstrel, Pharangese the warrior priestess, and Narsus the master strategist to help him reclaim his beloved Palse.
For a much, much better look at ancient times in Greece/Rome, please check out Arslan. It doesn't have any of the horrible singing or bad animation of Hermes, though it also doesn't have anything mythical (in case that's one element you need in a recommendation). Still, it's better in every way, with political intrigue to boot.