Creation Myths of Ancient Greco-Roman and Hebrew Cultures.

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Victoria Carpenter
Mr. Fraley
Ancient Literature
26 March 2014
Creation Myths of Ancient Greco-Roman and Hebrew Cultures. Ancient Creation myths are similar but at the same time are still very different. What is a myth? A myth refers to a fiction story or only half true story. What makes up a myth? It has several different characteristics that make it different from other types of stories. Ancient Greco-Roman myths are interesting because they talk about another religion and how they are being reflected. Hebrew creation myths are also interesting because they explain the power of God who made the universe in just 6 days.
In the Greco-Roman cultures, the creation myths start with the gods; Hesiod explains this well in his
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However when Zeus was born Rhea took a stone and wrapped it in clothe and Kronos swallowed it. Zeus grew up away from his father and when he grew up he wanted revenge on his father. Zeus was victorious in the battle against the Titans, the Titanomachy. Metis, the daughter of the Titan Okeanos, “Oceans”, made and served Kronos a drink to make him throw up Zeus’ brothers and sisters, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter, and Hestia, they joined forces with Zeus.
These six would now be called the Olympians; Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter, and Hestia. After the fall of Kronos Zeus, Poseidon and Hades, the 3 sons of Kronos, dived all the land into 3 sections. The heavens were covered by Zeus, the waters were covered by Poseidon, and the underworld, or the land of the dead, was covered by Hades. When Zeus (also known as Jupiter according to Roman mythology) took over the heavens it would mean that he was the one in charge so he ruled over the heavens and all the other gods and goddess. A summary of Zeus would him wearing a helmet, holding a thunderbolt, and protected by aegis, which is basically a shield, he also had an eagle with him which symbolized his power.
Poseidon (also known as Neptune according to the Roman mythology) who ruled over the waters, in myths has appeared as a violent god, because of his savage sea storms and earthquakes. A summary of Poseidon would be very tall with a long flowing
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