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Transcript of Greek Mythology
What is Greek Mythology?
Why Were Myths Told?
Explain Why Or
How Things Happened
Explain Natural Phenomenon
Teach a Lesson
The word "myth" comes from the original Greek word "mythos" which means "story."
Greek myths are simply fictional stories created thousands of years ago by the ancient Greek people.
All Greek myths have a purpose or bigger meaning than just the words. They were told for a reason.
1. Explain natural phenomenon.
2. Explain why or how things happened.
3. Teach a lesson.
A natural phenomenon is something that happens on its own in nature.
In ancient Greece, over 2,500 years ago, people didn't know how to explain things in the world.
The ancient Greeks created myths to explain the mysteries of the world around them. It helped them make sense of what was happening.
People in ancient Greece had a lot of questions about the world around them. They made up myths to provide answers to some of these questions.
The tricky thing about the word myth is that we use it today with an added meaning.
Sometimes people use the word myth to mean that something is make-believe or not real. This is because the events or things that happen in a myth did not really happen.
Teach a Lesson
Greek myths were also told to teach a lesson.
The lessons were meant to teach mortals, regular people who could die, how to act.
They taught people what happened to those who disobeyed or insulted the gods.
Why do people
still read myths?
People still read myths because they are good. Think about it, we are still talking about them thousands of years later! How many books written today do you think will still be talked about thousand of years from now?
Did you know?
The ancient Greeks believed they shared the world with gods and goddesses, heroes and monsters.
Myths tell stories about the relationships between humans, gods, goddesses, heroes, and monsters.
Myths do not bother to introduce the gods and goddesses who are their main characters.
Do you like stories about heroes and battles? How about stories with scary monsters? Or do you like romantic stories, or sad stories, or stories with magic? If you answered yes to any of these, then you’re going to like Greek mythology!
Some questions answered by Greek myths:
How was the universe created?
Why does the sun rise and set?
What happens when we die?
Why are there four seasons?
Why are there huge waves in the ocean?
How were myths told in
Telling myths was an oral tradition.
Bards traveled around Greece telling myths.
Although they each told the same myths, each bard put his own spin on the stories.
Each time a myth was told it changed a little bit.
There is no one correct version of any myth.
Telling myths in ancient Greece would be like playing the telephone game.
How did man receive fire?
Why are there venomous snakes?