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Greek Mythology

Greek Mythology

Greek Mythology

Ancient Greek myths and legends have been told through the written word on the pages of great books, poems, plays and film scripts, the imagery on pottery, artists’ canvasses and sculptures and even through spoken word throughout history. The tales that have captivated many a mind have served as great moral triumphs and lessons and have highlighted the many pitfalls, imperfections and crucial mistakes of the infamous gods, goddesses and heroes of whom they are based upon. The Book of Greek Mythology will explore the origins of mythology in Ancient Greece and how the belief systems in Greece shaped their society into one of the greatest empires in history.

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United Kingdom
Sprog:
English
Udgiver:
Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome to greek mythology

Ancient Greek myths and legends have been told through the written word on the pages of great books, poems, plays and film scripts, the imagery on pottery, artists’ canvasses and sculptures and even through spoken word throughout history. The tales that have captivated many a mind have served as great moral triumphs and lessons and have highlighted the many pitfalls, imperfections and crucial mistakes of the infamous gods, goddesses and heroes of whom they are based upon. The Book of Greek Mythology will explore the origins of mythology in Ancient Greece and how the belief systems in Greece shaped their society into one of the greatest empires in history. It will also look at the influence and impact of the great legends on both the Ancient Greek people and the…

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ancient greece

An unremarkable land of mountains, rugged countryside, idyllic islands and clear blue seas, Ancient Greece would go on to have a huge impact on the world as we know it today. For this small nation would give rise to the principles of democracy, concepts of philosophy, key advances in art and architecture, vital scientific and mathematical discoveries, the birth of the Olympic Games and so much more – many of which still remain relevant to this day. It was also home to some of history’s greatest minds and most fearsome warriors, not to mention a pantheon of gods and a catalogue of myths and legends like no other. Over 2,000 years later this small ancient land and its remarkable history continue to fascinate, intrigue and inspire us. “An unremarkable land that…

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the beginnings of ancient greece

Ancient Greece, with its myriad of different cultures and peoples, has long been seen as the cradle of Western civilisation. Having reached the heights of almost all aspects of human learning, Greece was at the heart of the ancient world, and formed the basis for much of Western society’s science, politics, philosophy and drama, as well as the Olympic Games, the Latin alphabet and historiography. When exploring Ancient Greece, it is worth noting that the Ancient Greeks, as well as modern-day Greeks, do not refer to their country as such, rather calling it Hellas. The name comes from the mythical progenitor of the Greek race, a man named Hellen. It is not known when Hellen is supposed to have been born, or even if he existed, and he shouldn’t be confused…

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trojan war myth

A war fought between the Achaeans and the Trojans, the Trojan War is one of the most influential and well-known pieces of Greek mythology that exists. Featured in many works of literature, most famously in Homer’s The Iliad, a tale of war, love and betrayal. The Ancient Greeks believed the war had historical merit, but understood that Homer’s account was filled with exaggeration and myth to improve the story. Modern historians and archaeologists have tried to find links in sources of other cultures, like the Egyptians or Hittites, and the consensus seems to be that the conflict took place, but the details – like the cause and outcome – are unfortunately lost to time. The city of Troy was founded on the western tip of Anatolia in the 19th century, and while…

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the greek cityscape

While all Greek city-states were unique, common urban architecture would help bind them together. The cityscape of a Greek city would have been fairly similar throughout the country. In the centre of the town on a raised mound would stand the acropolis, or citadel. The most famous of these is located in Athens, where the Parthenon is, but they can also be found in cities like Corinth and Argos. Religious temples would dominate their skyline where pleas to the gods would be made; usually with sacrifices to ensure those pleas were heard. At the foot of the acropolis would be the agora, the beating heart of the city. The political buildings would be found here, and so would serve as a meeting place for the city’s great and good. As the…

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everyday life in ancient greece

History often concentrates on the feats of great men, and that of Ancient Greece is no different. Generations of historians have written countless books about Alexander the Great, Homer and Socrates. But what about the average Greek who lived and died in the city-states without ever leading an army, penning an epic poem or founding a new philosophy? What did they do, where did they live, and what were they taught during this time? Fragmentary documents, records and archaeological evidence are providing the answers. The musings of philosophers often shed light on everyday activities, while epic poems describe the lives of the characters they feature. Archaeologists have unearthed the foundations of houses and analysed them to work out what happened inside. The objects they have found also provide clues: decorated vases…