Greek Mythology Essays

Hippolytus_ Greek Tragedy Study

The Greek tragedy of Hippolytus, by Euripides, focuses on the title character’s story, as well as many others around him. The story takes place in the Greek coastal town of Troezen. Hippolytus is the bastard son of Theseus, the king of Athens. At the beginning of the play, Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, explains that Hippolytus has sworn chastity and refuses to revere her. Instead, he chooses to honor Artemis, the Goddess of the hunt. Artemis is also a Goddess…

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Achilles Biography

The hero of Greek mythology I would like to address is Heracles the Lionheart, as he is referred to in The Homeric Hymns. I want to demonstrate how Heracles is loved and hated for his god-like strength and how his aggressiveness and rashness get him and others into bad situations. Heracles is the son of Zeus and the mortal woman Alcmene. As stated in Homeric Hymn 15, “Alkmene bore, having joined with Kronos’ black-clouded son” (Homeric Hymn 15. 8). Heracles…

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Greek Mythology_ the Story of My Father and His Son

My father was not a very good man. He was an alcoholic, womanizer and physically abusive to his wives (he was married twice) and his children. He had a genius mind, with a simpleton’s attention span. If he were to be given an evaluation today, he may be on the autistic spectrum, maybe leaning toward Asperger’s. He would sit on his throne and eschew orders like he was ready at any moment to wield the lightning bolt and kill us…

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The Elements and Functions of Goddesses

From as far as we can remember there have been myths about Gods and Goddesses that have been passed from generation to generation. These myths were derived within several different cultures and places yet many are very similar. Although there are some similarities in these myths there are also differences as well. Therefore a thorough discussion of both the similarities and differences of Gods and Goddesses myths will allow you to identify with the history surrounding them. Also knowing the…

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Medea Greek Mythology

When Medea decides to take matters in to her own hands, about punishing the people who have done wrong to her, she is accused of wanting not justice—vengeance. Because I am not a native of neither Corinth nor Colchis, I have my own view about her motives. However, I would agree with the Corinthian Women, Medea is seeking vengeance; not justice. Some people might argue that Medea is seeking justice. When in actuality, Medea wants vengeance. The opposition would say…

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Greek Mythology and Cerberus

In Greek myth Cerberus was a horrific dog who stood watch at the gates of Hades, the world of the dead. He would let souls in but would not allow them to leave Hades. Cerberus had three heads (some accounts gave him many more) and was so vicious that he was feared even by the gods. Cerberus is most famous for his role as one of the 12 labors of Hercules, the strong man who ventured to Hades and wrestled…

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What Is a Hero_

To most people, a hero is a strong, brave person with an amazing costume. Heroes usually have super powers and are constantly saving people. But it takes many more traits than this to be classified as a hero. Some characteristics of a hero are super natural help, leaving on a journey in which the hero proves himself, a fatal flaw, and they are sometimes honored after death. In The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus shows many traits of a hero. Odysseus…

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Ancient Greeks_ the Achaeans and the Trojans

Since the years of the ancient Greeks such as the Achaeans and the Trojans, there have been many changes, developments, and inventions. It is clear that we as a nation have transformed into a more modern world through our rapidly progressing technology, but have we really changed through our behaviors? The ancient Greeks were big on two things: power, and respect. I believe the Greeks set an example for today’s world, and that we as a country use the same…

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Greek Mythology

Do you know any historical background on the word giant? Greek and Roman mythology is present all around us. Many new and interesting words were created from the Greeks. There are many types of myths that we hear about including; gods, goddesses, mythical heroes, other heroes, monsters, and villains. When looking up these myths, research will show that many of the words we say today come from these gods and goddesses. An example of this is the words gigantic and…

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A Position Paper on Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex

THE KING WEARS A SHADES AS THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT WHICH MAKES HIS DAYS DARKER AND DARKER EVERY SINGLE DAY (with some relations to the Philippine Government and setting as a whole) A POSITION PAPER ON SOPHOCLES’ OEDIPUS REX REGULANO, Jean Paula Bermudez 2011-05787 HUM 1 X Oedipus Rex’ knowledge, which served as his gut against the others to be the King of Thebes, is only limited to the information on his people and his environment, excluding the information about…

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Baucis and Philemon

In the Greek myth Baucis and Philemon the main characters are a poor old couple, Baucis and Philemon. Baucis and Philemon lived in a little cottage where they grew their own fruit and vegetables. This elderly couple invites two strangers in and feed them a superb meal. Baucis and Philemon offered to kill their only goose for their guests, but their guests said to let it be. Throughout the story they realize their guests are the Greek gods, Zeus and…

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The Greeks and Gods

The Greeks looked at their gods with attributes they only wished they could attain. They developed stories of extraordinary people that were the offspring of immortals such as Nymphs or gods like Hermes or Zeus. Most of these stories consisted of labors, quests, or bloody wars, where the heroes were at the epicenter of the tale. What made these heroes so great was not just the fact they had godly attributes or completed monumental tasks, but endured more tragedy or…

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Did the Ancient Greek Gods Exist

The Ancient Greeks regarded their religion and mythology with much respect and loyalty. Although the Ancient Greek Gods are now seen as an explanation created by man, for natural forces and the world around us, there has been much evidence both for and against the debate that these Gods were real. The Greeks believed that the Earth was created with the birth of Gaia, or Mother Earth, from the dark void known as Chaos. It was believed that Gods were…

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Achilles

Achilles possesses superhuman strength and has a close relationship with the gods; he has all the marks of a great warrior, and indeed is proved to be the mightiest man in the Achaean army. At the beginning his mind is calm and collected, he stands up justly for the men around him and shows understanding when confronting Agamemnon, however his deep-seated character flaws constantly hinder his ability to act with nobility and integrity constantly. He cannot control his arrogance or…

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Judgment of Paris

The evil goddess of Discord, Eris, was naturally not popular in Olympus, and when the gods gave a banquet they were apt to leave her out. Resenting this deeply, she determined to make trouble — and she succeeded very well indeed. At an important marriage, that of King Peleus and the sea nymph Thetis, to which she alone of all the divinities was not invited, she threw into the banqueting hall a golden apple marked For the Fairest. Of course…

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