Friday, 18 August 2017

Top Greek Mythology stories

Top Greek Mythology stories

Like Hindu mythology, Greek mythology has vast history with full of drama, romance, greed, adventurous, etc. Greek Myth tells about the origin of the world, lives and adventures of gods, goddesses and mythological creatures.
If you are new to know about Greek Myth, then follow these top tales of Greek mythology. You will get to know about brave and powerful heros, beautiful heroins and dangerous villains of Greek Myth when you read these article.

Prometheus (thief of fire)


Prometheus (thief of fire)


Prometheus is the one who stole the fire from Zeus and gives it to mankind. If he hadn’t stolen the fire, we can’t imagine our life without fire. The story starts with two brothers named Prometheus (means Forethought) and his younger brother Epimetheus (means Afterthought). Prometheus is always thinking about future and making things ready for what might happen tomorrow, or next year or next hundred years time whereas, Epimetheus was always thinking about yesterday or last year or last hundred years ago. Both are Titans
One day Prometheus went out from Olympus, and there he meets people and helps them. He noticed that people are facing a problem because of not having a fire. People are shivering with the cold and dying starving and hunted by cruel beasts because of not having fire. He then asked Zeus to give fire to the mankind, but Zeus doesn’t want to share fire to the people. He rejects his proposal. Prometheus go against Zeus wish and stole fire. He carried the stalk with him from the top of the Mount Olympus and gave it to mankind. Zeus was very angry and ordered to chained the Prometheus to the side of a mountain, where his liver is eaten daily by an eagle. Years later, Hercules slays the eagle and frees the Prometheus.

Pandora’s jar


Pandora’s jar

Pandora, the first mortal woman who was created out of clay by the gods. After Prometheus stole fire from heaven, Zeus wants to take revenge from him by presenting Pandora to Prometheus’s brother Epimetheus. Zeus ordered Hephaestus to create Pandora with beauty and cunning. So he uses water and earth to create her, the gods endowed her with many gifts, Aphrodite gave her beauty, Athena clothed her, Apollo gave her musical ability, and Hermes gave her speech. Zeus gave her to Epimetheus as a bride. On Pandora’s wedding, Zeus presents her a storage jar and said not to open that jar. But curious Pandora opened that jar and released the evil spirits trapped in that jar, only Elpis (Hope) is the only blessing released from Pandora’s Jar. The people had lived in the world without any worried before the jar was opened. The ancient Greek believed that the evil enter into the world through Pandora’s Jar.

Persephone and Hades


Persephone and Hades

This is the interesting myth tale you ever heard; it is a story between Hades( the god of the underworld), the brother of Zeus and Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter( goddess of nature). Hades fell in love with Persephone and wants to marry her. Zeus warned Hades that Demeter would never approve their marriage and never married her off to a sunless world. One day Persephone was picking flowers in the field of Nysa, Hades appeared in front of her and abducted her. Demeter rushed back to the garden and asked all as to the whereabouts of her daughter. Demeter searched for Persephone for full nine days and nights without eating, drinking, bathing and rest. She even threatened to destroy all of the humankind and to make earth barren forever if she did not find her daughter. On the tenth day, the goddess Hecate told Demeter about her daughter. Hades was kind to Persephone but missed her mother and the world above. Hades was the only person who treats her like an adult, and she was started to fall for him. One morning, Persephone went into the underworld’s garden there she took a pomegranate and ate six seeds of it. Hermes, the messenger of Gods, appeared before her and told her that Demeter had caused the earth to freeze and that no crops will grow.

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Persephone returned to her mother and tried to convince her that she is alright and Hades is very kind to her. But Demeter insisted her to return home or else mortals would die out of famine. Suddenly, Hades appeared in front of them and was holding the eaten pomegranate in his hand. Persephone must return with me she has eaten the fruit of the underworld, said Hades cooly. Zeus asked Persephone about how many seeds did she eat. She answered six. Zeus then said, since see ate the six seeds of the pomegranate, so she spends the six months of the each year in the underworld with her husband and six months with her mother.
So, every time she left her mother, Demeter mourned, and all vegetation died and the each time she returns the earth become fertile once again.

Odysseus and the Cyclops


Odysseus and the Cyclops

The tale of Odysseus and Cyclops is one of the well known Greek Mythology. This tale happens when Odysseus and his shipmates return from the Trojan war. The Cyclops Polyphemus was a giant with a single glaring eye in the middle of his forehead. When Odysseus and his shipmates enter the cave, and there they help themselves with the food and drinks and fall asleep, after the time the Cyclops returned to the cave and found Odysseus man in the cave. The Cyclops became enraged and took two men from the crowd and smashed their head against the rock and ate them.
Odysseus is not dared to do anything against Cyclops. The next morning the Cyclops grabbed the two men and ate them as breakfast. He then rolled the stone away and leaves his herd of sheep out and rolled the stone back to close the cave. When Cyclops returned in the evening, he opens the stone and led the sheep in and then rolled the stone to close the cave. Odysseus made a plan to free his men from Cyclops. Odysseus offers Cyclops some strong wine which he had brought with him. Polyphemus was never drunk before, drank his full and asks Odysseus his name, and then Odysseus says his name is “No Man.” Odysseus with all his strength pushed the red hot point into the eye of Polyphemus. Cyclops was now blind and shouting. The other Cyclops came running and asked him who does this to him; he replies no man and other Cyclops returned their home.
Next morning, Odysseus tied their men to the belly of each of giant sheep. When Polyphemus led the sheep out of the cave, the Odysseus and his men who tied to sheep belly were out from the cave. Odysseus and his man ran back to their ship and pushed out to sea. Odysseus called out to Polyphemus and telling him that he is not "No man" he is Odysseus.

Apollo and Daphne


Apollo and Daphne

Apollo is one of the most powerful and handsome gods of Greek mythology. The story started when Apollo mocked the god of love, Eros (Cupid). Apollo had just won Python that was living in the area of Delphi, he got so arrogant with his victory and teased Eros who was using bows to struck people into love. The insulted Eros wants to take revenge from Apollo; he then prepared two arrows, one is of gold, and another is of lead. Gold arrow makes people fall in love whereas lead does the opposite.
Eros (Cupid) shoot the golden arrow of love on Apollo and lead arrow on Daphne. Apollo fall in love with beautiful Daphne but unfortunately she didn’t feel the same as Apollo.
Daphne always wants to be a virgin, and the thought of loving someone is totally gross to her. She requested her father, Peneus ( a river god), that she wants to stay as virgin like goddess Artemis (Apollo’s twin sister). Her father tells her that she owes him grandchildren, but because of her begging, he agrees to his daughter request. Apollo is head over heels in love with Daphne and chases her all around the woods and trying to convince her of how awesome he is, but Daphne was keep on running. When Apollo catches up with the Daphne, she called out for her father to help her. Peneus then turn his daughter into a tree. Apollo’s Lovelady becomes a laurel tree. Apollo declares that he will never forget Daphne and make laurel his sacred tree. It is said that Daphne was the first love of Apollo.

Pygmalion and Galatea


Pygmalion and Galatea

Pygmalion and Galatea is one of the famous and well known Greek Mythology. Pygmalion is a talented Greek sculptor. He lost all his interest in women because of some local prostitutes, and he decided to work on creating a beautiful statue of women Galatea out of ivory. The masterpiece of his life was this statue of women, who is more beautiful than any women. After he had finished the statue, he fell deeply in love with that statue. He brings gifts to that statue, fine clothing and put rings on her fingers, necklaces and even earrings. This passionate love is noticed by the goddess of love, Aphrodite. She took pity on a young couple, and when Pygmalion visited the temple to sacrifice the bull, the goddess gave him a sign. As the offering burned on the temple, the flames shot up one, two, three times.
When Pygmalion went home, he ran to his statue and embraced it. When he touched her, he feels something strange like he is touching the real person. His mind oscillated between joy and doubt. He then realizes, the goddess Aphrodite had given life to the statue, he names the statue as Galatea. He thanked the goddess. Soon both were wed, and they are blessed with a son named Paphos, from whom the city of Paphos in Cyprus, received its name.

2 comments:

  1. Nice information about the Greek mythology ... Want to know about the Trojan heroes too

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