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Why Should We Study Greek Mythology?

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Nicole Nolasco

on 19 August 2016

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Transcript of Why Should We Study Greek Mythology?

Why Should We Study Greek Mythology?
Allusions
-Mythological
allusions
abound in poetry, literature, film, history, and popular culture
Language and Vocabulary
-Many commonly used words are Greek words or were derived from Greek words
For example: Atlas, mnemonic, plutocracy, zephyr, psychology, fortune...
Basics
-Mythology shows us the way the human race thought & felt 2500 years ago
-Unlike the Egyptian gods and goddesses, the Greek gods and goddesses were created in human's own image
-gods and goddesses were humanlike and knowable, as a result
-Myths are not just about religion, but are early science and some are pure entertainment
The Cyclops, Redon, 1914
The Birth of Venus, Botticelli, 1485
FTD uses the image of Hermes
Midas alludes to King Midas
School of Athens, Raphael, 1509
-Democracy was created by the Ancient Greeks
-Art of war developed in Ancient Greece
-Storytelling and theater flourished

Foundation of Western Culture
Gods & Goddesses
-The Universe created the gods
-Heaven and Earth were the first parents
-The Titans (Elder Gods) were their children
-Gods were their grandchildren
Titans:
-Cronus: Ruled over the Titans
-Ocean: River that encircled the Earth
-Hyperion: Father of the sun, the moon, & the dawn
-Prometheus: Savior of mankind (brought fire)
Olympians
-Home on Mount Olympus
-Mysterious region
-Not heaven
-Entrance is a great gate of clouds kept by the Seasons
-A perfect place to live

The Odyssey
-Epic poem attributed to a blind poet named Homer
-
Epic
: A long narrative poem about the deeds of gods and heroes
- The Odyssey was originally passed down orally throughout Ancient Greece. In each telling, the story was slightly different
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Epic Hero:
The Epic's central character. A larger-than-life figure who demonstrates heroic traits (cunning, loyalty, courage, etc.).

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