Reflection Of Greek Mythology

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When I was around the age of 12, I found a book containing a collection of Greek myths. I still remember reading through that book and being fascinated by the stories. The main appeal, besides the entertainment, was that they immersed me in another culture. I may not have got to travel to another country, but I got to learn about a culture I knew little about. If someone had to take away one thing, from greek mythology or any other story, is the understanding of a culture that is not your own. Mythology teaches us what they value, how they view the natural world, and a large amount of mythos gives us lessons that transcend cultures. The first, and arguably the most important, lesson is not always apparent the first time through. The Poets that create and tell these myths, usually share the same culture…show more content…
Whether it be something as little as flowers or something as important as the four seasons, Greco-Roman mythology usually has an answer. The myth of Narcissus is about a man who was so in love with his own image he gave up his will to live and became the flower that is his namesake. The Greeks explained the four seasons as Demeter mourning her child, who was taken by Hades. The explanation for the different climate zones is due to Helios son, Phaethon, driving his father 's chariot and doing a tragic job of it. Whether it be a man obsessed with his own image, a mother mourning her daughter, or a son who overestimates himself. The etiology of nature is ripe with incredibly human mistakes and actions. Narcissus is not just a lesson on the etiology of a flower, but of the human flaw of being narcissistic. Demeter and Persephone is not just about the four seasons, but of how deeply a mother loves her children. Phaethon’s death is more than just climate zones, but of a recurring theme of humans thinking they have the ability to be like the
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