Greek Mythology overview

Ian Campbell

                                                                       Period 5

What do you think of first when you hear the words Greek Mythology. Most people think of the gods, Zeus the most powerful god is pictured above. There are hundreds of gods but you generally only hear about a handful. In this Tackk I hope to fill you with knowledge of Greek mythology but focusing on a few areas specifically.

Greek Mythology:

Greek mythology is the body of myths and teachings that belong to the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world, and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices

Main Gods

As I said before there are hundreds of gods but the main twelve are as follows;              Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Hades, Hestia, Demeter, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Athena, Aphrodite, Hermes, Hephaestus, Dionysus. Each of the gods have something that is theirs to say.

Zeus has his lightning, Poseidon has the sea and so on. These things come into play though when talking about the different myths that the gods play a part in. The myths tell how powerful each of the gods is we will go over these myths later.

Titans and Giants vs. Gods

Whenever you look at Greek mythology the biggest conflict is with the Titans and Giants. To keep things clear these are 2 different incidents but they are both number 1. We'll start with the titans because they happened first. The Titans were the children of Gaea (The earth) and Uranus (The sky). Cronus was one of the first titans, his mother encouraged him to kill his dad so he did then he took charge of all things. Afraid of what his children might do to him he would swallow them after they were born. He was able to swallow  5 of his 6 children but his wife Rhea took one of the kids Zeus and hid him. When Zeus grew up he released his brothers and sisters, they then waged war on the titans and defeated them.

Then there was the war with the Giants, after the titans were defeated Gaea created another batch of children called as you guessed it the Giants. The war with the titans was nothing compared to the war with the giants, every single one of the giants were breed to take on a specific god. The only way giants were to be defeated was with the help of the demigods. They did that and the giants were defeated.

Heroes stories

Another major part of the Greek mythology was the stories of heroes. Some of the heroes were demigods which means that one parent was a god and the other was human, or they were normal people like me or you. In this section I will show you the most known of the stories.

This is the story of Perseus.

Perseus' mother Danae was locked in a bronze chamber by her father Akrisios, where she was impregnated by Zeus  in the form of a golden shower. Akrisios put both mother and child in a chest and set them adrift in the sea, but they washed safely ashore on the island of Seriphos. Later when Perseus was grown, King Polydektes, command he bring back the head of Medusa. With the help of the gods, Perseus first obtained an invisible helm, magical sword, and winged sandals. He then stole the single eye of the Graiai, three ancient hags, who told him where to find the Gorgons. The hero approached the sleeping Medousa, and beheaded her with eyes turned away, to avoid her petrifying visage. On his way back to Greece, he spied the princess Andromeda chained to the rocks as a sacrifice to a sea monster. Perseus slew the monster, and rescued the girl, bringing her back to Greece as his bride. On Seriphos, he turned King Polydektes to stone, then traveled to his grandfather's kingdom to claim the throne. The old man fled, and was later accidentally killed by Perseus at some Games with an awry discus throw.

I could take a few years telling you all there is to know about Greek mythology but I hope this is enough to get you started.

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