Greek Mythology

By: Samantha Phillips

Why is Greek Mythology Important?

Greek Mythology is important to world history. Greek Mythology should be studies in school because it gives a better understanding of Greek culture, learning about different things is interesting and because it teaches about ancient times and how it has effected the modern world.

Greek Culture

Greek Mythology was used as a means to explain the environment in which humankind lived, the natural phenomena they witnessed and the passing of time through the days, months, and seasons. Myths were also intricately connected to religion in the Greek world and explained the origin and lives of the gods, It was also said that Greek Mythology gave advice on the best way to lead a happy life.

Greek Mythology Is Cool

Greek Mythology involves the Greek Gods. Zeus, Hades, Hera, Poseidon, Ares, Hermes, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Athena, Apollo, and Artemis are the main Gods or Goddesses you will hear about. Zeus, Poseidon and Hades are the three main Gods. Zeus is known as the “Father of Gods and Men.” He is the God of the sky, lightning, thunder, law, order and justice. Poseidon is know as "Earth-Shaker" due to his role in causing earthquakes. He is the God of the sea, earthquakes, storms, and horses. Hades is the next God. the term "Hades" ("grave, dirt-pit") and refers to the abode of the dead. Hades the God of the underworld or God of the dead and riches.

Effect on the Modern World

Some Greek Gods, the names, show up in the modern world today. The drug morphine takes its name from the Greek God of Sleep, Morpheus. "Venereal disease" is a rather unflattering reference to Venus. A "Herculean task," for example, is one that requires great effort. This phrase comes from a myth about the Twelve Labors of Hercules. . We call computer viruses "Trojans," a rather unfair comparison with the Trojans, as we're actually referring to the Greek-built Trojan horse, used by the Greeks to infiltrate Troy and end the Trojan War.