The Ancient Myths and Legends of Greek Mythology - Auerbach Patrick Greek Mythology is the body of myths and teachings that belong to the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world, and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. Expand text… It was a part of the religion in ancient Greece. The Greeks were polytheistic in their religious beliefs. Polytheistic means they believed in and worshiped many different gods.
Modern scholars refer to and study the myths in an attempt to shed light on the religious and political institutions of Ancient Greece and its civilization, and to gain understanding of the nature of myth-making itself.
In Greek Mythology, the gods often represented different forms of nature. There was no sacred book or code of conduct to live by. The most powerful Greek gods were known as the Olympians. The Olympian gods included: Greek Mythology is explicitly embodied in a large collection of narratives, and implicitly in Greek representational arts, such as vase-paintings and votive gifts. Greek myth attempts to explain the origins of the world, and details the lives and adventures of a wide variety of gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines and mythological creatures.
These accounts initially were disseminated in an oral-poetic tradition; today the Greek myths are known primarily from Greek literature. The oldest known Greek literary sources, Homer's epic poems Iliad and Odyssey, focus on the Trojan War and its aftermath. Scroll to the top of the page and click Add To Cart to read more about this extraordinary chapter of history.
They traveled to new places, creating colonies in strange lands far from their original homes. They were honorable thieves. They used their cunning to explore the frontiers of philosophy and they wrested from the chaos of the surrounding wilderness the building blocks of civilization. The myths of Greek heroes give us a glimpse beyond the edge of history, into the lives of very real people.
How much of their tales are true, we may never know. But this book will present their tales in a new light, hopefully making their experiences a bit more real and perhaps shining a light on what may have really happened behind the distortions of time and generations of misunderstanding.
This book is broken into four parts. The first will explore Greek heroes, what they were like and what they accomplished. The second part of the book will tackle Greek religion—the gods and goddesses which establish the backdrop against which Greek legends were formed.
In the third part of the book, we take a close look at the myths of Greek monsters. And finally, in the fourth part, we explore the possible meaning behind the literal words of Greek mythology. Early in the written history of ancient Greece, we have the great Athenian lawgiver, Solon. He attempted to tame the unruly beast within the heart of each Greek hero. They were selfish, each and every one of them. But they also had a code of honor that helped them rein in their selfishness.
So, we will end the book with Solon, who established laws so unpopular with the wicked that the lawgiver left Athens on an extended vacation so that others would not be able to talk him out of the laws he had handed down. But we will start with the heroes who came before Greek history began. A First Book of Greek Mythology - Josephine Preston Peabody A child's first book of Greek tales containing many of the shorter myths retold with exceptional literary skill. Relates the stories of Prometheus, who brought to earth the bright-eyed fire treasured by the gods; of Orpheus, best of harpers; of the cunning Daedalus; the ambitious Phaethon; Apollo and Diana, and other gods and heroes of the olden time.
Each wants to control Olympus absolutely. Obsessed with destroying Poseidon, Athena summons her crows by day and owls by night to spy on his vast water realm. The long-simmering feud spawns a multitude of monsters, the most terrifying of which is the brass-headed colossus Amycus. This classic work features a sprawling cast of gods and mortals waging battle on land and by sea, from Zeus to the Titan god Prometheus, from Hades, who guards the gates of hell, to Circe, immortal weaver of spells, to the great war chief Ulysses, who sails in search of his long-lost home.
Monsters of Greek Mythology brings to life fearsome creatures like giant, flame-spitting wingless dragons, a spider named Arachne, goats and swordfish endowed with magical properties, and the Cyclopes—one-eyed male and female goliaths even more powerful than the Titans.
To date, it serves to be an inspiration to box office hit movies, literature and much more. The fact that Greek Mythology, with its genesis in antiquity, can continue to fascinate generations of the modern world is remarkable in itself, but so are the many intriguing characters such as Zeus, Apollo, Aphrodite, Artemis, Ares and Athena.
It also includes bonus chapters divulging some enthralling secrets that are less known about the characters of the Greek Mythology. This is a reservoir of the many enchanting chronicles of Greek legends. This eBook delves into the past and emerges with a legion of breath taking accounts of events, gods, heroes, creatures, worlds and much more.
Inside you will learn about As the content is sourced from translations of the Old Norse literature, this will give you an authoritative insight in to the pre-Christian society of Europe. Spanning over large dominions as distant as the Roman Empire and the Greco-Roman realm, Egyptian mythology was a prevailing entity. Goddesses like Isis were worshiped not only by the natives of Egypt but also those of England and Afghanistan. Inside you will learn about… Gods and Goddesses.