Greek Mythology

Greek mythology is made up of a collection of myths told by the ancient Greeks as a way to understand and explain their world. These stories about gods, goddesses, mythological creatures and heroes permeated daily life and provided an explanation for everything – the natural world, passing of time, traditions, customs and rites.

 

The pantheon of Greek mythology was often flawed, complex and capricious, and prone to human emotions and shortcomings. Gods such as Zeus, Aphrodite, Hades, Poseidon, Athena and Artemis were jealous, lustful, vengeful, fickle and petty. They meddled with mortals and punished those who slighted or challenged them in even the smallest ways.

 

Greek mythology has been paramount in shaping the culture, tradition, art and literature of the Western world for thousands of years and continues to be alive and well in modern culture. Inspiration from Greek myth can be found in brand names, logos, names of sports teams and so on. Think Nike (Greek goddess of victory), Asus (from Pegasus, the flying horse) and the Versace logo (which features a Gorgon head).

 

The importance of Greek mythology has influenced society in numerous ways, and it’s often credited for being the roots of modern thinking. The stories hold important morals and lessons that are relevant even today. Our series of articles capture the essence of the Greek myths, covering their importance, symbolism and relevance today.

The Thyrsus Staff – What Is It Exactly?

Thyrsus staff of dionysus meaning symbolism

The Thyrsus staff is one of the more unique symbols to come out of Greek mythology even if it’s somewhat less known than other symbols, weapons, and artifacts. Portrayed as a staff or a wand, the ...

15 Books on Greek Mythology

Best Greek mythology books

Greek mythology is a fascinating, dense topic to study although it’s a favorite among many people around the world. While the best way to learn about Greek mythology is to visit the country and ...

Coeus – Titan God of Intellect

Coeus titan of intellect

In Greek mythology, Coeus was the Titan god of the inquisitive mind and intellect. He was a first generation Titan who ruled the cosmos with his siblings. Coeus hasn’t been mentioned in many ...

Iapetus – Titan God of Mortality

Iapetus titan of mortality

In Greek mythology, Iapetus was the Titan god of mortality, who belonged to the generation of deities before Zeus and the other Olympians. He was most famous for being the father of four sons who ...

Zeus vs. Hades vs. Poseidon – A Comparison

Zeus vs hades vs Poseidon

Zeus, Hades and Poseidon were three of the most powerful and important gods in Greek mythology, often referred to as the ‘Big Three’. Although they were brothers, they were very different gods in ...

Zeus vs. Poseidon – How Do They Compare?

Zeus vs Poseidon differences

In Greek mythology, Zeus and Poseidon were brothers and sons of the primordial deities Cronus and Rhea. Zeus was the god of the sky while Poseidon was the god of the sea. Both were strong and ...

Phoebe – Titan Goddess of Prophecy

Phoebe Greek mythology

In Greek mythology, Phoebe was the Titaness of prophecy and oracular intellect. She was a first generation Titan. While not one of the major Greek goddesses, Phoebe featured in many myths as a ...

Tethys – The Titaness of the Sea and Nursing

Tethys – The Titaness of the Sea and Nursing

In Greek mythology, Tethys was a Titan goddess and the daughter of the primordial deities. The Ancient Greeks referred to her as the goddess of the ocean. She had no established cults and wasn’t ...

The Hippocampus – Greek Sea Creature

Hippocampus Greek legendary sea creature

The hippocampus or hippocamp (Plural hippocampi) was a sea creature that originated in Greek mythology. Hippocamps were fish-tailed horses believed to be the adult form of the little fish that we ...

Lamia – The Night-Haunting Demon

Lamia Greek mythology

In Greek mythology, Lamia was a horrific monster or daemon who killed every child she could get her hands on. The Ancient Greeks were terrified of her and would make their children wear talismans ...

Crius – Titan God of the Constellations

Crius titan god of constellations

In Greek mythology, Crius was a first generation Titan and the god of constellations. Although he’s not one of the most famous deities among the Titans and is mentioned in very few sources, he did ...

Theia – Titan Goddess of Sight

Theia Greek titan goddess of sight

In Greek mythology, Theia was one of the Titanides (the female Titans) and the Greek goddess of sight and shining elements. The Ancient Greeks believed that Theia’s eyes were light beams which ...

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