Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.
I'm a big Peanuts/Charlie Brown fan, so I had to do L for Linus today.
Linus was the Greek God of Music. His father was Apollo, and his mother was one of the muses (although there's a little ambiguity which of the muses is his mom). He is the inventor of rhythm, melody, and the stringed lyre. Linus' brother was Orpheus, the God of Poetry.
Later, Linus became Heracles' music teacher (Heracles was renamed Hercules by the Romans). One day, Heracles was trying to play the lyre, but he messed up. Linus made a comment about the mistake, and Heracles got ticked off. The Greek hero then killed Linus with the lyre.
No big surprise, this Heracles also killed his own children.
Poor Linus. But his death at Heracles' hands is just one version of his death. The other story is that Apollo grew jealous of his son's talents and killed Linus.
I guess filicide is a pretty common theme in mythology from all over the world. Lots of parents killing their own kiddos.