Greek Mythology

By: Ariana Rico

Overview

Greek mythology is a story written by people in Greece about how they predicted or wanted life to be like long ago. The first story having to do with Greek mythology was written around 700 BC. People that made these amazing stories believed in them also, and put their faith into it. It was important because Greek mythology was in their religion. In most of the stories the creators tried to explain the wonders in life, or explain how something came to be.“... Greek mythology gave meaning to the world people saw around them." When people started to create gods and goddesses it didn't get popular until a time called the Bronze Age.

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Zeus is a well known and good example of an Olympian, a God or goddess who lived upon Mount Olympus. When people began creating these epic stories they thought of the gods as extremely powerful humans, so they created Titans, a cooler name for a giant. Throughout the Bronze Age people created more and more Greek gods. Since there were so many random gods and goddesses, people would create gods out of other people's gods and their own.

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Connection to Present Day

The bible is similar to Greek mythology to me. In both of these gods are mentioned, but unlike the Greek mythology stories the bible has only one God. Greek stories also mention goddesses. The bible does not have any goddesses, but it does have Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. They both have a main God, but for the bible it is Jesus and for Greek mythology it is Zeus. Although there are many differences, I found the bible was a good match for this subject.

Impact

Greek mythology changed the way people thought about life and their beliefs. Western culture was influenced by greek mythology than anything else. The stories of greek mythology have continued throught time changing through each generations. These creative tales try to make us believe in the unbelievable. Sometimes they succeed and pull us onto their side. The story of Echo made us think that echos came from a nymph that got cursed and could only repeat what others say.

Five Fun Facts

  • Zeus and Hera hated their son, Ares. Their hate began because he represented the badness of war.
  • Aphrodite decided that during the Trojan War she wanted to fight on behalf of France.
  • Roman mythology is basically a copy of Greek mythology by using the same gods but changing some names.
  • Aphrodite tried to get Zeus to fall in love with a mortal, Europa, by using her son, Cupid.
  • It is said that the Titans ruled the Earth before the greek gods.

Event

The Iliad, written by Homer, was the spark of a great fire. The Iliad was written to describe the Trojan War and show the different gods and their personalities. When the Iliad was written, a huge boom in the number of greek mythology occured. Some examples of what they wrote are myths, epics, legends, etc. Homers book also included new creatures called Sirens, mermaids who distracted sailors with their beautiful voices leading them to their death.

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