Has Greek Mythology been forgotten?

By: Gracie Flora

Greek Mythology

Greek Mythology are myths, to explain what happens in nature. There are Gods and Goddesses that had the powers of nature. For example, Zeus was God of the sky, and Artemis was Goddess of hunting. They could have more than one power, like Apollo, who was God of the sun, music, and poetry. A poet named Hesiod created Greek Mythology in 700 BC. The all powerful Gaea and Ouranos were mother and father of the Gods and Goddesses. Legend has it that Gaea and Ouranos had a bunch of children, know as the Titans, Cyclops, and the Hundred Handers. One Titan named Cronos and his mother Gaea plotted revenge on Ouranos, so they killed him and chopped him into pieces. Cronos was then ruler and married his sister, Rhea, and their children were the Gods and Goddesses. But, it was foretold that history would repeat itself. So Cronos ate all five of his children. But Rhea was pregnant with her sixth child, so she had him in a cave, and gave Cronos a stone to eat instead. He fell for it, and so Zeus, (the sixth child) plotted revenge on his father. And one day, he put in some poison designed to give him a terrible stomach ache, in Cronos's cup. Cronos vomited up Zeus siblings, and they went to war. After a long time, Zeus and his siblings finally won, casting their enemies into the underworld. Zeus married a woman named Metis, who could tell prophecies. History was doomed to repeat itself. But, instead of Zeus eating his child, he ate his wife! But, it is said that her goodness went to him, but he still had a bad streak. So then he married his sister, Hera. And the rest of the Gods and Goddesses were born.

The Buildings

There are many questions about Greek Mythology. The ones here are mainly on the buildings based on the Greek styles. Those questions are:

How many famous Greek buildings are there?

A lot. 21 Greek Temples in Europe.

Do we still have some buildings?

Yes. There are houses that are Greek, and famous buildings such as the White House, and the Parthenon are some examples. There are many more!

What materials were used?

Wood, unbaked bricks (clay), limestone, marble, terracotta, and metals.

Are some buildings famous?

Yes, like the temples for instance are famous. But the number one is the Parthenon in Acropolis.

Are there temples?

There are. They served as homes to the god/goddesses that protected and sustained the community. Sometimes the gods and/or goddesses would turn against the community, so they had the finest things, and a staff of servants.

Are the Greek Mythology buildings located in a certain area in the USA?

No, they are all scattered, like there are some in Maryland, Tennessee, Washington, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, Arkansas, Alabama, Minnesota, Iowa, New Jersey, Florida, etc. They all have at least one building that has some sort of Greek architecture on it.

Are buildings inspired by Greek Mythology?

Yes, and many other things to. Stuff like, the Olympics, and buildings. Many books and movies are Greek, too.

Do we still use the styles of the Greek?

Yes. Many houses have the Greek Columns, and even the White House is Greek!

What's the oldest Greek building?

The temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae is the oldest.

Building Styles

Buildings are inspired by Greek Mythology. They are one of the oldest building styles that we still use today. There are 3 types, Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.

Doric- Most famous Greek style. One of the oldest kinds that still exists today. Has vertical columns and plain roofs.

Ionic- More delicate, intricate, and elegant than Doric style. Become dominate during the Hellenistic period.

Corinthian- Altered version of Ionic. Much detail. Not much commonly found in Greece.

Buildings Inspired:

  • Acropolis in Athens- Doric
  • White House in Washington DC- Doric and Ionic
  • Temple of Zeus in Athens, Greece- Doric and Ionic
  • Temple of Apollo in Bassae- Doric
  • Oslo Trading Building in Norway- Doric and Ionic
  • House style cottage somewhere in the USA- Doric
  • Coliseum in Rome- Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian
  • Corinthian architecture at the Fontana di Trevi in Rome- Doric and Corinthian
  • Balconies using Doric columns- Doric
  • Corinthian column in Zeus Temple- Corinthian

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This is a survey that helped me see what to put in this S'more!