A Few Greek Gods Essay

1760 words - 7 pages


The Ancient

Greeks believed in a series of myths which explained nature, set up a moral

code for the people, and were just folk lore of the people. In this paper,

the beginnings of myths, the Greek gods themselves, and several myths concerning

morals, nature, and old lore of the Ancients will be discussed. Because the

myths and details about the gods were passed along by word of mouth, some myths

or gods might be interchanged or different.

The Greek myths started

as folk lore until it began to explain nature and storytellers integrated a

moral code into the myths. Many myths started out as fairy tales. As new

and more efficient farming methods became available to the Greek people they

were faced with more time in which to do other things. A people who have waste

develop a culture all their own. Because Greece was divided into different

city- states, many of the myths are different. The culture of storytelling

began to involve explanations of nature such as the creation of the horse,

spider, and such changes as winter and fire along with the creation of man

himself. Slowly, as with any longstanding government, the morals and laws

of society leaked into Greek myths in the form of, "The slain shall be avenged

by Nemesis (a force which causes people to get revenge)," or just, "Kindness

and humbleness are rewarded by the gods." Some myths were even created to

support other myths. The myths started with storytelling and developed into

a

complex system of morals and explanations.

The Greek myths were almost

fruitless without the intervention of the gods. The gods controlled nature

and fought their own battles on the earth, which sometimes caused problems.

The first god was the most powerful one until he had children. The first

god is called Oranos or in some myths Uranus. He was the first ruler among

the gods. Uranus was the heavens and Gaea was the earth and thus they were

married. The couple gave birth to many different and odd children but Uranus

was cruel to them. Then, Chronos was born as the youngest titan. Chronos

dethroned his father and soon after married his sister, Rhea. He didn't want

his children to dethrone him so he ate them. However, Zeus overthrew Chronos

and established the first real empire of the gods. Zeus settled disputes between

the other gods and made sure the humans weren't treated in the wrong way.

Zeus and Hera gave birth to Ares and Hermes along with other minor gods. Hera

was a cruel type person in most myths and in one she led a rebellio

n against

Zeus and almost defeated him when he was rescued. Her favorite sign is the

peacock feather and that is her unique sign. Zeus and Hera were the first

lasting god couple.

Zeus had two brothers, Poseidon and Hades. After

Chronos had been defeated, the three brothers threw dice for who would rule

in which realm. Poseidon chose the sea because there was the source of the

most adventure. Zeus chose the sky where he...

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