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Familiar Stories From Greek Mythology
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“I feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders.” Was a titan (giant)—Nissan makes a truck called the Titan. Tennessee Titans football team. Atlas Van Lines. When Zeus was fighting to overthrow his father Cronus Atlas sided on Cronus’ side. Once Zeus was in charge he punished Atlas by making him hold the pillars that separate the Earth from the heavens. Atlas guarded a tree with golden leaves and fruit which was guarded by a dragon with many heads. Heracles, a mortal, in his quest to gain immortality, was sent to fetch the golden apples. He told Atlas that he would hold the pillars while he got the apples. Atlas, happy to be free of hisburden, got the apples returned to Heracles to let him know he would betaking the apples to where they belonged. Heracles asked Atlas to hold thepillars for just a minute while he readjusted his shoulder pad. Atlas, not thebrightest star in the sky, did so. Heracles immediately ran off with his treasure, leaving Atlas with the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Goddess of victory. Symbolizes victory in war and athletics. Best friend of Athena. Often handed out wreaths to winners of competitions. Had wings and could fly and run at great speeds.
“I have the golden touch!” “Everything she touches turns to gold!” When King Midas was granted one wish, his greed got him into trouble—he wished that everything he touched would turn to gold. This was all good and well until he tried to eat—starvation became inevitable. The “wish” was eventually reversed. The second story of Midas—Apollo, the great god of music and poetry, challenged a lesser god, Pan, who played the pipes, to a music competition and chose Midas to decide the winner. Unfortunately for Midas, he picked Pan as the winner—Apollo was very angry and turned Midas’ ears into the ears of an ass! Not so good to have the Midas touch!!!
EROS A.K.A CUPID (ROMAN NAME):
Son of Aphrodite. Shoots his bows into the hearts of humans and gods to make them fall in love.
ECHO AND NARCISSUS
Echo: A nymph. Zeus wanted to have an affair with one of the nymphs. Heemployed Echo to talk nonstop to his wife, Hera, so that she wouldn’t realizewhat was going on. Once Hera figured it out she punished Echo she made itso that she could only repeat the ends of phrases she heard. Another storysays that she feel in love with Narcissus, who didn’t love her back. She wasso grief stricken that she faded away, leaving only her voice.
Narcissus: “Stop looking at yourself! You’re so narcissistic!” Very beautiful man, looks compared to Apollo and Adonis. Saw his image in a pool of water and fell in love with himself—not being able to find consolation he died of sorrow next to the pool. When the nymphs went to bury him they couldn’t find his body, so instead they buried a flower, which bears his name still today.
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Basic overview of the most popular Gods and Goddesses of Greek Mythology