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The Influence of Mythology
Transcript of The Influence of Mythology
Homer, The Iliad
Homer, The Odyssey
There are also influences of Mythology in the Bible.
When Cronus was king of the gods, he was told that he would one day have a son that would overthrow him, so to ensure that this would not happen, he would eat his sons when they were born.
This mirrors the story of King Herald, who had all of the boys in Bethlehem killed so that they would not succeed him.
Just as Cronus' wife, Rhea, hid Zeus, Joseph hid Jesus.
Coincidence? Nope. Origins of Names Many names of things used in the modern day have been named after things in mythology. Morphine.
The drug but puts you in a dream-like state is named after Morpheus, the god of dreams. Hounds of Hell (Used in referring to being pursued by evil and seen on Supernatural)
This is in referral to Cerebus, the three headed dog guarding the entrance to Hades. Nemesis.
Another name for enemy, named after the goddess Nemesis who was sent to cause irritation and justification to those who deserved it. Leave no stone unturned.
Eurystheus, the King in charge of Heracles' labours, went after his sons after Heracles died. He wanted "no stone left unturned' in the task of finding the sons and killing them. (Euripides, The Bacchae) Fury.
Intense, uncontrollable anger.The Furies would pursue anyone with bloodstained hands; they are particularly cruel to Orestes after the murder of Clytemnestra, his mother. Some scholars believe the Furies represent one's own tormented conscious.