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Greek Gods and Goddesses
Transcript of Greek Gods and Goddesses
Presented By: Jenna Sagan
What is Greek Mythology?
The people of ancient Greece
shared stories called myths
about the gods, goddesses,
and heroes in which they
Why Should We Study
Who Were the Gods and
Welcome to the top of Mount Olympus!
The main Greek Gods all lived here, atop the mythical Mount Olympus. From their viewpoint above the Greeks, they saw the comings and goings of every non-God below them.
Using your chromebook or ipad, answer your internet scavenger hunt activities!
The Three Brothers
So...How do these Gods, Goddesses, and Myths relate to Greek Civilization??
Like most ancient cultures, the Greeks were polytheistic, but many of their gods looked and acted like human beings. The ancient Greeks believed their gods had unlimited powers, but Greek gods married, had children, played tricks and fought great battles with one another. The ancient Greeks attributed natural disasters to conflicts among their gods.
Each god or goddess was
worshipped as a deity and
ruled over certain areas of
the Greeks’ lives.
These exciting stories
explained natural phenomena
that could not be explained
by science in the ancient
Modern plays, novels, television programs, movies and even advertisements refer to Greek gods, goddesses, heroes, demigods, and villains in their stories!
Adventurous and exciting stories!
Super Secret Simple Summary:
1. Myths about Greek Gods helped explain the many natural occurrences in Greece!
2. Gods and Goddesses were revered and respected, and the ancient Greeks worshiped and prayed to them.
3. There are 14 key Greek Gods in the Pantheon. Some of the main Gods and Goddesses included: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Hades Artemis and Apollo.
Now that you're at the top of Mt. Olympus, it's time to show off what you've learned! Let's get a little more in depth into the Olympian Gods...
Leader of the Olympians
the god of the sky, lightning and thunder
carried a thunderbolt as his symbol.
Lightning was a symbol of his presence and/or anger
• The jealous brother to Zeus and Poseidon.
• Made Persephone his wife after stealing her from her mother, Demeter, who was his sister.
• Because he was a violent god, who was also very possessive of every new soul, he rarely left his underworld domain.
• Built an underwater
palace with a great pearl and coral throne.
• He was a difficult god, changeful and quarrelsome, but created many curious forms for his sea creatures.
*His difficult moods were reflected in bad seas and stormy weather
the protector of marriage and the home
associated with the peacock, because of her great beauty.
She and Zeus were always quarreling.
frequently outwitted her
She was the goddess of growing things.
• She was the mother of Persephone, whose father was Zeus.
• Her daughter was kidnapped by Hades and taken to the Underworld for six months of the year causing the change of seasons..
Goddess of Wisdom,
Justice, War, Civilization and Peace
• She was born full grown out of the head of Zeus.
• She taught man to use tools and taught his wife to spin and weave.
• She was the best-loved
goddess on Olympus.
• The Greek city of Athens is named after her.
Angry Sibling Fighting!
Percy Jackson meets Medusa
Today we will...
1. Explain the significance of Greek mythology to the everyday life of people in the region
2. Explain how Greek literature continues to permeate our literature and language today
History/Social Studies Standard:
HSS 6.4.4 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Ancient Greece.
*Myths reflect what was important and relevant in Greek's lives
*What does Percy use to update the myth for the modern day?