These days, fire is a part of everyday life. It gives us heat, helps us cook food, and even provides us with some enjoyment. The Ancient Greeks marveled at fire and wondered how it came to be. They looked at it as a gift, and they looked at the Titan Prometheus as the reason why this gift existed for mankind. Here’s the story of how Prometheus gave man the gift of fire:
Most of us have heard the story of Pandora’s Box in one form or another. The main takeaway is that in Greek Mythology, Pandora opened a forbidden box and thus gave the world various hardships. Prior to the box’s opening, the world was said to be a much happier place.
As is the case with many of the stories in Greek Mythology, the story of Pandora’s Box is something that attempts to explain why something came to be. Here’s more information about this story:
There were several generations of gods and goddesses in Greek Mythology. The Titans were second in line and the offspring of Uranus and Gaia, the first King and Queen of the gods and goddesses. They gave birth to the titans, who then gave birth to the Olympian gods and goddesses.
Cronus was the King of the Titans and the father of many of the Olympians, including Zeus, His actions caused there to be a massive war, which then led to the Titans being dethroned. This is when the Olympians took over. Here’s more information about him:
In Ancient Greece, the mythological stories and the characters that were a pivotal part of their religion. The Nine Muses were a part of this belief system. Physically appearing as young women, the Muses were the emissaries of Zeus himself and provided inspiration to people who were interested in everything from history to literature to science. Here’s more information about who the muses were and the role they played in the stories and in Ancient Greek society:
The tales of Greek mythology are memorable and they have endured the centuries. Most of us know about the gods and goddesses in the stories, but there were a handful of other figures that have also made a lasting impression. One of these characters is the Oracle of Delphi, also known as the Pythia.
The Oracle was said to have lived at the ancient site that is located at Delphi, which at the time was called “Omphalos” by the Ancient Greeks. This term denotes the center of the world. The ancients believed this global focal point was located here at a remote region in upper central Greece on a plateau along the slopes of Mt. Parnassus.
Here’s a look at who the Oracle of Delphi was, and some of the stories associated with her:
In recent years, “Mother Earth” has become a catch-all term to describe the planet as a whole. However, did you know that this concept can be traced to Ancient Greece? In the days of the ancient Greeks, Mother Earth—or Gaia—was a specific goddess who served as the personification of the Earth and the mother of all life on the planet.
Hades was known to the ancient Greeks as the God of the Underworld. He was considered a god of Olympus, but was rarely ever there. The other gods held dominion over everything above ground like love, war, water, and the sky. The dominion of Hades was a world all its own with its own set of rules. Here’s more information about him:
In the past, the Greeks believed that the gods were in charge of many aspects of their lives. These gods and goddesses were given superhuman abilities and were also blessed with immortality. There were many gods and goddesses, and each represented something the Greeks felt was important.
Aphrodite was one of these goddesses and she was largely known as being the goddess of love. She represented all things dealing with love, romance, and passion. Here is more information about her:
Athens, the capital of Greece, is widely-known to have been named after Athena, the goddess of wisdom. Archaeologists have found that people have lived in the area for over 7,000 years. However, not much is known about how Athens got its name in the first place.
The closest we can get to answers is by examining a myth that seeks to explain how the city was named. In this tale, the gods and goddesses participated in a competition where they bestowed gifts upon the inhabitants of the city we now know as Athens. The god or goddess with the best gift would win. Here’s more information about this story:
Poseidon is the Greek god of the sea, known to be as turbulent and impulsive as the waters themselves. He is commonly portrayed in art with his three-pronged trident. One moment he can be kind; the next, he can be angry and vengeful.
He plays a large part in ancient mythology and, according to ancient Greeks, also played a part in how the world came to exist the way it does today. The Roman equivalent of Poseidon is “Neptune”. Here is some more information about the god.