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As with most of the Greek myths, the overriding moral is not to defy the gods. The gods are presented not as moral exemplars but as capricious and amoral tyrants, shamelessly using mortals to get...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2018, 6:57 am (UTC)

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A hook refers to an interesting or surprising element in the introduction meant to grab the reader's attention. The hook is one part of the introduction and usually leads into the thesis statement....

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The story of Prometheus's theft of fire is one of the most famous myths of the Ancient Greeks. Prometheus was one of the Titans of Greek mythology, said to have previously sided with the gods in...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2021, 6:52 pm (UTC)

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Oedipus had four children with his wife, Jocasta—who was also, of course, his mother. Oedipus had no idea that the woman he married had also given birth to him so many years before. Oedipus's...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2018, 12:09 am (UTC)

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According to myths and legends, Theseus lived in the Late Bronze Age, about a generation (20–30 years) before the start of the Trojan War, which according to myth occurred at some time in the...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2020, 3:14 pm (UTC)

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Florists' Transworld Delivery (FTD) was founded in 1910 under the name Florists' Telegraph Delivery. It took advantage of what was then the radical new technology of the telegraph, which enabled...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2017, 10:54 am (UTC)

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Uranus, Cronus (also spelled Cronos or Kronos), and Zeus represent three generations of Greek gods. They are mentioned in many different literary and mythological works, but the most detailed...

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The Greek goddess Athena was also called “Pallas Athena.”.\ She adopted the second name in honor of her friend, Pallas, whom she regretted killing in a heated argument. Athena (or “Minerva” to the...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2018, 1:58 pm (UTC)

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Zeus is the Greek sky god, ruler of Olympus, and supreme arbiter among the gods, so he is most certainly immortal, and there are definitely stories that demonstrate this quality. To begin with, you...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2019, 7:30 am (UTC)

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It is anachronistic and often counterproductive to view Greek mythology through the modern lens of moral allegory. While such stories did exist in the ancient world, like Aesop's Fables which are...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2021, 8:27 am (UTC)

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The Theban Saga is a collection of sagas, or legends, that focuses on important events in mythology around the founding of Thebes, a major city in Boeotia which is a region in mainland Greece. It...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2018, 8:16 am (UTC)

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Prometheus and Epimetheus are titans and brothers, but that's pretty much where the similarities end. Whereas Prometheus is highly intelligent, cunning, brave, and resourceful, Epimetheus is...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2020, 11:07 am (UTC)

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In Greek mythology, the Titan Prometheus was tasked by the gods with providing mankind with the comforts that were needed to thrive. Prometheus recognized that humans were suffering naked and...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016, 3:21 pm (UTC)

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This is a real interesting idea. I think that Hercules' labors could have modern application. Obviously, physical strength would have to be a part of this. Building off of the idea of bringing...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2011, 9:07 am (UTC)

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Several Greek myths have community as a central value. Ancient Greek societies valued loyalty, hospitality, and family, all of which contribute to a strong community. Whether approaching battle,...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2019, 9:52 am (UTC)

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Phaethon was the son of Helios and Klymeme. In Greek mythology, he begged his father to allow him to drive the chariot of the sun. At first Helios said "no," because Phaethon was too young and...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2015, 1:00 am (UTC)

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Zeus's main argument is that giving fire to humans, as Prometheus has done, is the wrong thing to do, as it will make humans stronger, and that's the last thing that the almighty king of the gods...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2021, 1:58 pm (UTC)

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The Trojan Saga refers to the events that led to the Trojan War, the events which occurred during the war, and the aftermath of the conflict. The Trojan War was a conflict between the Achaeans...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2018, 4:41 pm (UTC)

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Cronus and his siblings had been imprisoned in the Earth by their father, Uranus. Uranus had feared that his son Cronus, in particular, would usurp his throne, and in a theme often seen in Greek...

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Demeter, the goddess of harvest and fertility, has always been very protective of her daughter Persephone, whom she had by Zeus, the father of the gods. Many suitors have come knocking at...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2020, 11:10 am (UTC)

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Hades and Elysium are both realms of the afterlife. Hades as a realm takes after the god Hades. Hades, the brother of Hera, Demeter, Hestia, Poseidon and Zeus, was the eldest son of Cronus, the...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2018, 4:36 pm (UTC)

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Because you don't mention which specific text you are reading to learn the myth of Persephone and Demeter I am not sure what specific imagery that author is using to tell the story. That said, the...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2011, 4:06 am (UTC)

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For the most part, modern society preaches a respect for the environment. While it might not be followed to the greatest of extent, individuals are taught to display respect for the ecology....

Latest answer posted February 15, 2014, 9:19 pm (UTC)

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Theseus is an important, legendary figure in Athenian history. He was revered as the Athenian king who unified Attica under Athenian hegemony. Numerous stories about Theseus slaying monsters on the...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2012, 9:05 pm (UTC)

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Polyphemus and Orion according to Greek Mythology were sons of the Greek Lord Poseidon. Polyphemus was one of three Cyclops, who were one-eyed giants. He was the progeny of Poseidon and a nymph...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2010, 5:22 pm (UTC)

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I think that there are many different conceptions of women offered in the Greek myths. This is similar to how there are many different conceptions of men offered in the narrative of Greek...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2011, 9:49 pm (UTC)

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Hephaestus (Vulcan in the Roman form) was the Greek god of blacksmithing, craftsmanship and metallurgy. Thus, his domain was fire, smithing, and forge. According to the prevailing Greek myth as...

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The Titan Prometheus committed what the gods regarded as a very serious crime. Feeling sorry for man’s weak and servile state, he broke into the workshop of Hephaestus and Athena on Mount Olympus...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2020, 6:23 am (UTC)

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The claim that Greek gods are anthropomorphic means that they appear to have human form. The term "anthropomorphic" actually derives from two Greek words, "anthropos", meaning "human", and...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2012, 9:12 am (UTC)

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The Greek myths reflect the patriarchal norms of Greek society, in which men are in charge and women are sex objects at their disposal. As scholar Jane Harrison noted, a pantheon of powerful female...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2022, 6:14 pm (UTC)

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One common theme between the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter and that of Theseus and the Minotaur is the sacrifices that people or gods make for love and for causes greater than their personal...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2022, 6:41 am (UTC)

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The key creation myth in Greek mythology can be found in Hesiod's Theogony. It depicts a succession of power struggles between various divine forces as the universe gradually moves away from the...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2020, 9:28 pm (UTC)

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Ovid relates the tragic story of Echo and Narcissus in his Metamorphoses. Echo is a beautiful nymph used by Zeus to distract his wife, Hera, with her chatter when Zeus goes off to pursue other...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2020, 1:59 pm (UTC)

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Trees have placed a central role in most mythological and theological lore because they symbolize life, nature, and the mystery of time. Trees branch out, they their lifespan is interminable, and...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2011, 3:34 am (UTC)

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What you should remember is that Roman culture and religion did evolve separately from that of the Greeks and involved different assumptions and religious practices. Thus, you should keep in mind...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2021, 3:29 am (UTC)

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The Greek gods and goddess were like humans in almost every way. Indeed, there are far more similarities than differences. The gods are immortal and have magical, though limited, powers. They live...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2019, 3:24 am (UTC)

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In terms of "relationship," I would look at this more as to how they got along rather than how they were "related." There seems to be no connection in terms of Zeus being Prometheus' father, etc....

Latest answer posted January 21, 2012, 10:18 am (UTC)

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In Book XII of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, the hero, Odysseus, gets some advice from an immortal nymph named Circe about how to survive the rest of his journey home. She tells him that he and...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2019, 8:56 pm (UTC)

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Without knowing in exactly which direction the essay is going to go, I can't dial in a perfectly tailored hook for the essay. However, I can help get you started by briefly discussing four...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2017, 5:29 pm (UTC)

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When we study the Greek creation myths, we notice that there is plenty of sex and violence, and this likely reflects the experiences of the human beings that developed those myths. Let's look at...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2022, 3:02 pm (UTC)

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Daedalus is the mythological figure who created two pairs of gigantic wings in which he and his son, Icarus, could use to fly. Before doing so, Daedalus warned Icarus to fly neither too high nor...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2011, 12:09 am (UTC)

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In both myths about Apollo and Daphne and Apollo and his lyre, Apollo deals with gods taking the form of a child. In Apollo and Daphne, the god deals with Eros (Cupid), a god depicted as a...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2015, 9:46 am (UTC)

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Greek mythology is packed full of motifs, themes, values, and messages. We'll explore a few of these to get you started on this assignment. You might look closely at the theme and value of heroism....

Latest answer posted February 1, 2022, 6:19 pm (UTC)

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At 16, Theseus lifted the rock under which his father Aegus had placed the the sword and sandals that would identify Theseus as his son, and travelled to Athens to reclaim his birthright.On the way...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2011, 8:16 am (UTC)

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The Greek heroes all conform to a fairly narrow archetype which we find in Homer. They are categorized to such an extent that we can rank the heroes of the Iliad and, to a lesser extent, the...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019, 6:39 am (UTC)

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According to Greek mythology, Acrisius was the son of Abas, king of Argos. Acrisius had a twin brother named Proteus that he exiled so he could seize the inheritance and take over the kingdom....

Latest answer posted July 5, 2019, 4:27 pm (UTC)

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In the Indian epic, the Ramayana, we find a scene that reminds me of Homer's Odyssey. In the Ramayana, the person who marries Sita must be able to pick up Shiva's bow and string it. Rama does so...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2012, 12:56 pm (UTC)

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Allusions abound in modern literature! Knowing what a pomegranate has to do with springtime might serve you in understanding a lot of poetry. Knowing that Cupid isn't just a cute creature of love...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2011, 9:12 pm (UTC)

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This is a great question. There is no one reason for mythologies. So, let me name a few of them. First, there is something in humans that need to explain the world around them. In light of this...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2012, 7:16 am (UTC)

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There is perhaps no better source to consult on matters of ancient Greek history and mythology than the historian Robert Graves, so it is to him that we turn for an answer to the question of who or...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2015, 3:46 pm (UTC)

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