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Title: Greek mythology

Greek mythology
  • by tristan fackler

The gods
  • Zeus overthew his Father Cronus. He then drew
    lots with his brothers Poseidon and Hades. Zeus
    won the draw and became the supreme ruler of the
    gods. He is lord of the sky, the rain god. His
    weapon is a thunderbolt which he hurls at those
    who displease him. He is married to Hera but, is
    famous for his many affairs. He is also known to
    punish those that lie or break oaths.

  • Poseidon is the brother of Zeus. After the
    overthow of their Father Cronus he drew lots with
    Zeus and Hades, another brother, for shares of
    the world. His prize was to become lord of the
    sea. He was widely worshiped by seamen. He
    married Amphitrite, a granddaughter of the Titan

  • Hades is the brother of Zeus. After the overthow
    of their Father Cronus he drew lots with Zeus and
    Poseidon, another brother, for shares of the
    world. He had the worst draw and was made lord of
    the underworld, ruling over the dead. He is a
    greedy god who is greatly concerned with
    increasing his subjects. Those whose calling
    increase the number of dead are seen favorably.
    The Erinnyes are welcomed guests. He is
    exceedingly disinclined to allow any of his
    subjects leave

  • Cronus was the ruling Titan who came to power by
    castrating his Father Uranus. His wife was Rhea.
    There offspring were the first of the Olympians.
    To insure his safety Cronus ate each of the
    children as they were born. This worked until
    Rhea, unhappy at the loss of her children,
    tricked Cronus into swallowing a rock, instead of
    Zeus. When he grew up Zeus would revolt against
    Cronus and the other Titans, defeat them, and
    banish them to Tartarus in the underworld.

  • Gaea is the Earth goddess. She mated with her son
    Uranus to produce the remaining Titans. Gaea
    seems to have started as a neolithic earth-mother
    worshipped before the Indo-European invasion that
    eventually lead to the Hellenistic civilization.

  • Atlas was the son of Iapetus. Unlike his brothers
    Prometheus and Epimetheus, Atlas fought with the
    other Titans supporting Cronus against Zeus. Due
    to Cronus's advance age Atlas lead the Titan's in
    battle. As a result he was singled out by Zeus
    for a special punishment and made to hold up the
    world on his back.

Greek myths
the gift of fire
  • In Greek mythology, Prometheus was the creator of
    mankind. The goddess Athena taught him
    architecture, astronomy, mathematics, navigation,
    medicine, and metallurgy, and he in turn taught
    them to humans. Zeus, the chief of the Greek
    gods, became angry at Prometheus for making
    people powerful by teaching them all these useful
  • When the gods chose Prometheus as arbiter in a
    dispute, he fooled the gullible Zeus into picking
    the worst parts of the sacrificial bull by hiding
    them under a rich layer of fat. To punish
    Prometheus, Zeus withheld fire from men. "Let
    them eat their flesh raw," he declared. In
    response, Prometheus, snuck up to Mount Olympus,
    lit a torch from the sun, and hid a burning piece
    of charcoal in a hollow stalk. He slipped away
    with it and thus delivered fire to mankind.

The two princes
  • there were two princes, who were twins, called
    Acrisius and Proetus. They lived in the pretty
    valley of Argos, far away in Greece, surrounded
    by meadows and vineyards, animals, and everything
    they needed to live well and be happy.
  • Despite this, they were miserable, because they
    were jealous of each other. From the moment they
    were born, they had quarrelled and fought, and it
    didnt get any better when they grew up to be
    men. In fact, it got worse! They didnt want to
    share the kingdom between them, and they fought
    each other, so that they could have it all to
  • First, Acrisius drove his brother Proetus out of
    the kingdom. Proteus fled across the sea, married
    a foreign princess and found some foreign
    soldiers, the Cyclopes, to help him. Then, he
    came back with his soldiers and drove Acrisius
    out of the kingdom! They fought on and on, up and
    down the kingdom, until eventually they reached
    an agreement. Acrisius took Argos and one half of
    the kingdom, and Proetus took the other half.

Greek heros
  • Heracles, son of Zeus, and the mortal Alcmena.
    Early greek sources suggest that the imported
    Greek hero supplanted a mythic Italic shepherd
    called "Recaranus" or "Garanus", famous for his
    strength, who dedicated the Ara

  • In Greek mythology, Achilles was a Greek hero of
    the Trojan War, the central character and the
    greatest warrior of Homer's Iliad.
  • Achilles also has the attributes of being the
    most brave of the heroes assembled against Troy.

  • Odysseus was King of Ithaca, husband of Penelope,
    father of Telemachus, and son of Laërtes and
    Anticlea, Odysseus is renowned for his guile and
    resourcefulness, and is hence known by the
    epithet Odysseus the Cunning.

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