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Nicole Armas
Nicole Armas2 years ago
No doubt the tales concerning the ancient Greeks are the most well known of all myths. Do you have a favourite tale from the Greeks? What do you think of the nature of their deities in comparison to other deities from around the world? Why do you think people still have such a fascination with the ancient Greeks and their stories after all of these years? Tell us below!
Sarah Louise
Sarah Louise2 years ago
My favourite has to be the myth of Pandora or the myth of the Trojan war! But I think people are so fascinated by Greek mythology because of how different it is to any religion still around today - the very idea of 12 gods must be the height of heresy to a strict follower of a monotheistic religion! Also the fact that there's a god for literally e v e r y t h i n g contributes to the appeal, as well as the fact that none of the Greek gods are very 'holy' in the sense that they do not act as we would expect, for example, the Christian or Muslim god to act - e.g: Zeus eating his own children; Aphrodite and her many affairs and Dionysus and his love of a good old party!
Stefani Michelle
Stefani Michelle2 years ago
That is one of my favorite aspects of Greek mythology, that the gods are flawed in their own little ways! :)
Nicole Armas
Nicole Armas2 years ago
The flaws are definitely a part of the appeal. (Not to nitpick or anything but I think it was actually Kronos who ate his children, who were Zeus' siblings).
Sarah Louise
Sarah Louise2 years ago
@Nicole Armas, I thought the both of them ate their babies out of fear of being overthrown but maybe I'm wrong!
Nicole Armas
Nicole Armas2 years ago
@SarahBaggins, XD Zeus was too busy having children with multiple women
mandideman
mandideman2 years ago
@SarahBaggins, it was Cronus. Reia had to supposedly let it happen because of some prophecy; which came true because she gave Cronus a rock instead if Zeuz. The son rose up to defeat the Titans from guidance from Gaea. After Cronus's Zeus's siblings were ummm vomited out pretty much as adults.
MarsianWarrior
MarsianWarrior2 years ago
@mandideman, Zeus ate his wife. (Not children) But then in the brain Athena was born and Hephaestus knocked Zeus's head open. Maybe my favorite Greek myth! :)
MarsianWarrior
MarsianWarrior2 years ago
@Sarah Louise, Nah, It's the wife thing
Nicole Armas
Nicole Armas2 years ago
A personal favourite of mine would have to be the myth about Athene and the weaving contest between the goddess and a girl named Arachne. The myth explains why spiders make such beautiful webs which I thought was an interesting idea.
Stefani Michelle
Stefani Michelle2 years ago
I hated spiders and reading this myth growing up creeped me out more. lol I think my mom told me once I tried convincing my little sister that all spiders were women at one time.
Nicole Armas
Nicole Armas2 years ago
@Stefani Michelle, Eugh who really likes spiders though? Nice move! Did your sister buy it?
Stefani Michelle
Stefani Michelle2 years ago
@Nicole Armas, haha yeah for a while she did. My poor sister lol
Nicole Armas
Nicole Armas2 years ago
@Stefani Michelle,  XD
Stefani Michelle
Stefani Michelle2 years ago
It's not really a tale, but I have always loved Ares because he was a coward. When I read the Iliad I couldn't help but feel for him when Athena would always better him, despite him being the God of War. I don't think Zeus liked his son very much because he would always lose to Athena.
Nicole Armas
Nicole Armas2 years ago
Yeah, he's a bit of an underdog that way. It doesn't help that he was caught with Aphrodite even though she was married to Hephaestos. Hephaestos certainly made a fool of Ares.
MousyCh
MousyCh2 years ago
I've always been interested in Hades and Adonis. The story behind these two it's so intriguing. I always find myself looking out for more information about them. Maybe it's my attraction to the Underworld, but I find Hades as a very peculiar character and I'd do my graduation paper about him. And Adonis, I think I learned about this myth too much in Romanian literature.

I've also been very interested in Hera and Faun, lately. I just think they resemble people from this time so much. Under different shells but their traits are everywhere! the jealousy Hera felt for Zeus' lovers and offspring and the heights she would go to destroy them.
Sarah Louise
Sarah Louise2 years ago
I think Hades is fascinating too, but I hate how he gets such a bad rep these days purely because other religions have superimposed their ideologies onto the myths. It seems that  they equate the Underworld with Hell and therefore Hades with the devil/Lucifer. Except from kidnapping Persephone, I thought he was a pretty good guy!
MousyCh
MousyCh2 years ago
@SarahBaggins,  I know right?! I think there are other gods that deserved the bad guy image! Even Zeus! He wasn't this amazing, sincere god that people see him as these days.
Nicole Armas
Nicole Armas2 years ago
That always bothered me too. Hades really wasn't as bad as people see him now
roseofnoonvale
roseofnoonvale2 years ago
Pandora, Hades, Attend, Zeus, so many interesting stories
Nicole Armas
Nicole Armas2 years ago
They certainly do
DarkenStripe
DarkenStripe2 years ago
My favorite tale would probably have to be the Hyacinth one. I suppose I just found WAY too much entertainment in imagining Apollo and Zephyrus fighting over poor Hyacinth. Especially since it's not a female they're fighting over, it's a dude. They're all dudes! xD Maybe it's just me, but I found it hilarious.
  I absolutely believe that people find such interest in Greek mythology is merely because of the teenage series that are booming all over the market. Authors are making Greek Mythology quite popular. However, I have never very much read any of these books, I discovered mythology when I was a child, since my parents were very traditional and such, they taught me Celtic mythology.
  I think they're interesting because of the fact that all of them are different, and have brilliant personalities that stick to peoples hearts. :3
Nicole Armas
Nicole Armas2 years ago
That would be pretty hilarious! Also a lot of films and television series take place in Ancient Greece nowadays.
DarkenStripe
DarkenStripe2 years ago
@Nicole Armas, It really was. xD That's really true, too.
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