The History Of Greek Mythology

explanatory Essay
1173 words
1173 words

Philip Matyszak describes a myth as “the ancient’s view of the world (Wasson, 2014).” There are many different perspectives people see of the earth and there are many stories to be told. Many of them started out hundreds of years ago and are still being told today. Every story always has many versions to be told and we have all heard most of them. In these stories there are heroes, maidens in distress, different types of creatures we don’t normally hear about, and the gods or goddesses. In these tales the gods give off human emotions such as hate, love, and jealousy. The people of Rome and Greece were able to connect to them and see themselves in these mythological stories.
Mythology has been around for centuries and some stories come around …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Describes a myth as "the ancient's view of the world" by philip matyszak.
  • Explains that greek mythology is based on ancient oral tradition, such as iliad and odyssey, and hesiod's theogony. zeus was the ruler of the sky and the olympian gods thought of him as the father.
  • Explains that hermes led souls to the river styx in the underworld, where charon ferried them to hades where kerberos stood guard to keep them in.
  • Explains that the roman version of zeus is identical to the greek version. jupiter was in charge of the laws and social order and was the god of storms.
  • Explains that the greeks worshipped in sanctuaries, a well-defined sacred space set apart by an enclosure wall. the central ritual act in ancient greece was animal sacrifice, especially of oxen, goats, and sheep.
  • Opines that most of us have heard the tales of zeus and hades, or have learned of them in school, and have found them different than what we normally read.

To the Romans, Jupiter was in charge of the laws and social order and was known as the god of the storms. Some of the things we know today, such as the English adjective "jovial," which also takes its root from Jupiter 's alternative moniker, are still used today to describe people who are jolly, optimistic, and buoyant in temperament. As well, the name of the god was adopted as the name of the planet Jupiter, fifth planet from the sun and fittingly the largest celestial body in our solar system. Jupiter was the original namesake of the weekday that would come to be known in English as Thursday (Encyclopedia Contributors New World, 2008).We have incorporated more of the Roman mythology of Jupiter into real life than Zeus mythology. Pluto was the Roman name for Hades and to the Romans he was the god of the underworld and judge of the dead. Pluto was originally not the god of the underworld. Pluto is cognate with the Greek word "Ploutos" (wealth, cf. plutocracy), and, under the original name Plutus, was considered by the Romans as the giver of gold, silver, and other subterranean substances. Because these "gifts" were mined, Pluto became recognized as the god of the physical underworld, which in turn helped him become recognized as the god of the spiritual underworld and thus death (Crystal). This is very different than the Greek version and Jupiter, but they both had planets named after …show more content…

The Greeks worshipped in sanctuaries, a sanctuary was a well-defined sacred space set apart usually by an enclosure wall. This sacred precinct, also known as a temenos, contained the temple with a monumental cult image of the deity, an outdoor altar, statues and votive offerings to the gods, and often features of landscape such as sacred trees or springs. The central ritual act in ancient Greece was animal sacrifice, especially of oxen, goats, and sheep. Sacrifices took place within the sanctuary, usually at an altar in front of the temple, with the assembled participants consuming the entrails and meat of the victim. Liquid offerings, or libations were also commonly made (Hemingway, 2003). To encourage Zeus to get bring rain to end the droughts they would, pour wine near his shrine and hope he would send rain. The people would also try to build his temples on high mountaintops so they could feel closer to him. With Hades the people would bang their hands on the ground just to be sure that he would get their prayer. Hades would only accept sacrifices from animals that had a black color and than the blood from that sacrifice would seep down into a pit and reach

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