The Greek Mythology
Greek history has intrigued the minds of many historians and avid readers over the years. All those stories of gods, heroes, villains, ancient Greek customs. Other than the enthralling religious evolution of the Greeks, they have also given us amazing content to base our fiction novels and movies. Those stories are considered an important part of literature as well, the way they teach so many important life lessons to people and impart pearls of wisdom.
Furthermore, various art enthusiasts have even dedicated their art to the Greeks, making sculptures, paintings, and sketches solely inspired by Greek mythology. So basically, Greek history and their unique myths at some point may have caught the attention of everyone particularly the field of art has used the subject of Greek in various times and places to thrive in their domain. We all at some point yearned to learn more and more about their inspiring and exceptionally captivating tales.
Although whenever we dive into the history of religious evolution every ancient era or old civilization has various tales and myths associated with their history. Before the advent of Science or proper religions, when the human’s curious nature intrigued him to look for answers behind all the phenomena of the earth, be it the natural catastrophes or the logic behind sunrise and sunset, most of them created God-like figures of their own in their minds. That’s how they justified any event that occurred on the Earth. Every human history at some point is related to worshipping idols, animals, or any other inanimate objects. However, it’s only the Greek’s whose stories and myths managed have continued to fascinate people in this way, that even in the modern current times anyone would love to read and learn more about their Gods. The Greek culture and its contemporary significance yet in today’s world are exemplary and astonishing.
The Greek history of religious evolution till this age is acknowledged the same way as the immediately prior events of the current age because its religious Gods and the narration of their admiring rituals and customs have so many valuable lessons to teach us. Reading them is not just learning about their past beliefs but they also help us grow, be more mature and sensible in life, be more sensitive, and emphatic to the plight of others. They also teach us how to be better humans for our selves and the sake of humanity. At times the tales of their Gods have also faced misery and misfortune which teach us never to lose heart, while at times they also teach us justice, self-respect, and self-evaluation. The stories also comprise of villains whose defeat and sometimes win teach us a lot too. Greek literature has not only inspired and influenced many young writers, poets, and literature enthusiasts but also managed to sweep its magic across the entire west including the people of Italy, Albania, Bulgaria, etc. in particular. Greek writers and poets gave a new face to the writing genres such as tragedy, love, vengeance, comedy, romance. Their zealous writings created a series of contemporary mythological themes for the readers across the globe. From war and peace to unsung heroes of the war, tales of loves and disputes to tales of vengeance and forgiveness, from tales that give you life to the tales of utmost despair, Greek literature is so full of diversity and heterogeneity that it leaves the readers dumbfounded at times.
The entire literary history, the mesmerizing stories of the Greek gods, and all the lessons that we learned from them can not even be summarized in one article, However, to build your interest and keep you informed in case you have missed out on these amazing tales, we can share some of the prodigious and monumental anecdotes some of the most acclaimed Gods from their literature.
Some of the famous Greek gods
Designation: god of the sky
Distinguishing Features: Always neatly dressed up in pristine white robes, big eyes emitting bolts of lightning, carrying a huge lightning bolt around as a weapon.
Significance in history: Now, whenever the sound of the thunder occurring around lightning makes the hair on the back of our neck stand up, we know that it is because the electrons in the lower end of the ground are being pulled by the attractive force of the ground and also the rapid expansion of air around that lightening, but for the Greek Gods a lightning bolt used to be the sound of God’s wrath and anger for the earth beings. The louder the thunder means the angrier Zeus was. As per the myth, Zeus was a beautiful and majestic God who ruled over the Olympians. Extremely short-tempered, was the playboy among the Gods (jeez yes! lol) as attracted to all the beautiful goddesses insight, appreciated beauty as no other God did.
Designation: Goddess Motherhood and matrimony
Distinguishing Features: An elderly goddess who’s beauty did not fade away with age. Has the ability to turn into a bird and fly around the sky and lands.
Symbol: cow, peacock
Significance in history
A concerned and angry Goddess always trying to fix the matrimonial problems and unfaithful cheating scandals of the Gods in her family. She hated demi-Gods and was a stern enemy of the Heracles.
Designation: God of the Sea
Distinguishing Features: flip flops (yes they were in with the Gods back then!) A robe, three-pointed trident
Significance in history: A stubborn yet creative God who controlled the affairs of the sea such as taking care of the inhabitants of the sea, creating interesting and purposeful creatures such as sea horses, causing sea storms (yeah that was a full-time job too you know) Causing tsunamis and sinking sailors during bad moods. Yup! being a God was not easy for them at all!
Designation: Goddess of Agriculture
Distinguishing Features: Gardening dresses and floral robes
Symbol: Corn plant
Significance in history: Responsible for ensuring the proper and timely growth of crops, making sure everyone had food. Also, snatched away food and the ability to harvest from people who made her angry by making the making around them suffer. Just and fair goddess who liked to see everyone having equal food on their plate so she worked hard to ensure ample cultivation. Sometimes would go to the underworld to visit her daughter Persephone. Hated her son in law Hades who kidnapped her daughter to marry her, even though Persephone became happy and content with her husband later. Duhmeeter always thought that any other God would have made a better suitor for her beloved daughter than Hades, especially the God of healing.