17 Facts About Greek mythology


Major branch of classical mythology, Greek mythology is the body of myths originally told by the ancient Greeks, and a genre of Ancient Greek folklore.

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Greek mythology has had an extensive influence on the culture, arts, and literature of Western civilization and remains part of Western heritage and language.

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Poets and artists from ancient times to the present have derived inspiration from Greek mythology and have discovered contemporary significance and relevance in the themes.

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Greek mythology is known today primarily from Greek literature and representations on visual media dating from the Geometric period from c to onward.

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Finally, several Byzantine Greek mythology writers provide important details of myth, much derived from earlier now lost Greek mythology works.

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Greek mythology has changed over time to accommodate the evolution of their culture, of which mythology, both overtly and in its unspoken assumptions, is an index of the changes.

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In Greek mythology's surviving literary forms, as found mostly at the end of the progressive changes, it is inherently political, as Gilbert Cuthbertson has argued.

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Greek mythology did this and became the ruler of the Titans with his sister-wife, Rhea, as his consort, and the other Titans became his court.

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Greek mythology's was already pregnant with Athena, however, and she burst forth from his head—fully-grown and dressed for war.

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Gods of Greek mythology are described as having essentially corporeal but ideal bodies.

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Some scholars believe that behind Heracles' complicated Greek mythology there was probably a real man, perhaps a chieftain-vassal of the kingdom of Argos.

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The traditional literary Greek mythology was increasingly dissociated from actual religious practice.

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Genesis of modern understanding of Greek mythology is regarded by some scholars as a double reaction at the end of the eighteenth century against "the traditional attitude of Christian animosity", in which the Christian reinterpretation of myth as a "lie" or fable had been retained.

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However, Greek mythology is generally seen as having heavy influence of Pre-Greek and Near Eastern cultures, and as such contains few important elements for the reconstruction of the Proto-Indo-European religion.

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Consequently, Greek mythology received minimal scholarly attention in the context of Indo-European comparative mythology until the mid 2000s.

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In Northern Europe, Greek mythology never took the same hold of the visual arts, but its effect was very obvious on literature.

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The English imagination was fired by Greek mythology starting with Chaucer and John Milton and continuing through Shakespeare to Robert Bridges in the 20th century.

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