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Parent-Child Relationships in Greek Mythology
Transcript of Parent-Child Relationships in Greek Mythology
By: Sydney Lilja
The stories of Greek mythology embody some
of the strongest examples of the unique and
powerful relationship that exists between a
parent and child.
Demeter & Persephone
Demeter and Zeus birthed Persephone
Persephone was kidnapped by Hades
Demeter's 9 day and 9 night journey
Helios offers his help
Demeter refuses to use her gifts
Zeus makes a deal with Hades
Odysseus & Telemachus
Odysseus--missing for 10 years
His son, Telemachus sets out to find him
Penelope has unwanted suitors
Telemachus encounters his father in disguise
They return home and Odysseus reveals himself
Rid of the horde
Gaia and Her Children
Gaia had over 15 children with Uranus
Included, were monsters--cyclopes, giants, hecatonchires
Uranus was enraged; Gaia was forced to protect her children
Kronos helped Gaia kill Uranus
Strong love and close bond
Demeter risked her life
Gave back to the earth
Powerful and unconditional love
Loyalty and love for his parents
Risks his own life
Unconditional love for her children
Protected her children
Risked her own life
Killed her lover
All 3 Greek myths cited clearly demonstrate the intense bond that exists between a parent and child. Furthermore, they exemplify the unique and powerful love, devotion and loyalty that can only be felt by a mother or father for his or her own child.
Demeter was one of the 12 Olympian gods who resided on Mount Olympus
Persephone's character is included in the book and movie "Percy Jackson and the Olympians - The Lightening Thief"
Odysseus was the main hero of the Trojan War
Gaia was the mother of the first cyclopes and titans
Uranus is the god of the sky
Values children and supports parents
Services and resources--prenatal classes, Gymboree, family activities
Media and television--Raising Hope, Modern Family
1. How long was Demeter's journey to find her daughter?
9 days and 9 nights
2. What fruit did Persephone consume in the Underworld?
3. What war did Odysseus fight in?
The Trojan War
5. Who helped Gaia kill Uranus?
Her youngest son, Kronos
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4. How many children did Gaia have?