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Greek Mythology


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Title: Greek Mythology

Greek Mythology
  • An Introduction

What are the purposes of a Myth?
  • Explain natural phenomena
  • Teach people morals
  • Explain the world
  • Explain a historical event
  • Explain a religious practice
  • Reveal the common hopes and fears of mankind

What are the characteristics of a myth?
  • Mans early desire to explain the universe
  • A metamorphosis might occur
  • Focus on the adventures of a god, goddess, or
  • Super human in nature (Atlas)
  • Sometimes appear in disguised forms (Zeus)
  • Gods and goddesses experience human emotion
  • Magic (Athena)

What is Greek Mythology?
  • People of ancient Greece shared stories called
  • Each myth was about gods, goddesses, and heroes
    in which they believed
  • Each god or goddess was worshiped as a deity and
    ruled over a specific aspect of the Greeks lives
  • The myths were exciting and action packed. They
    explained the natural phenomena that the Greeks
    could not explain.

What is Greek Mythology? Cont.
  • Many of the myths focused on the happenings of
    the Earth and the sky.
  • Also used to guide peoples behaviors

How did Greek Mythology Come to be?
  • As people from different villages met they
    combined their knowledge and rituals into one
    belief system.
  • Those who lived in ancient Greece and the
    surrounding areas believed that the Olympians
    ruled the universe.
  • The Greek gods were the children of the Titans
    who early societies believed created the Earth.

Mythology in Daily Life
  • The Greeks built extravagant temples to honor the
    gods and named cities after them (Athens)
  • Myths explained how mortals could interact with
    the gods and explained what would happen if they
    displeased the gods
  • Believed that being in the gods favor provided
    them with good health, harvest, and weather

Just Myths
  • Eventually, as people learned more about the
    world around them, they realized the myths were
    not real.
  • Remained popular because of well-written tales
  • Tales about the heroism of the virtuous
  • Tales about the bad luck that followed the

Why do we Study Greek Mythology?
  • Offer us a glimpse into day to day life of the
    ancient Greeks
  • Some are based on events in history (Trojan War)
  • Influenced western society in art, literature,
    and even the naming of the stars
  • The myths are entertaining

Where do we see Greek Mythology in present day?
  • Nike (the goddess of victory)
  • Ajax cleaner (Greek hero)
  • The Olympics (Mt. Olympus)
  • Midas (the Midas touch)
  • Medical field symbol (Hermes)
  • Achilles tendon
  • Siren (sirens)
  • The Apollo Theater
  • The Apollo Shuttle
  • The Titanic (titans)

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