Greek Mythology: Fear of the Unknown

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Title Greek Mythology: Fear of the Unknown

The ancient Greeks lived in an influential and creative time. Music filled the streets, sculptures towered over the city and masterpieces hung on walls everywhere. Children were being educated which led to great philosophers in the future. This city-state was flourishing and is now known today as one of the most advanced ancient civilizations. As progressive as these people were sadly, they were held back by their own beliefs. The fear of a raging hurricane controlled by Poseidon or one of Zeus’s deadly lightning bolts left people scared that these awful things could happen to them which made following the lessons of the stories a lot easier than thinking for themselves. When the
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No one was allowed to think they were better than any god/goddess in ancient Greece and arrogance was a character flaw that was looked down upon . Niobe was an extremely arrogant woman. She told all of the people of Thebes that she was greater and much more powerful than Leto and that they should worship her instead. (Hamilton, 250). Artemis and Apollo were outraged at how Niobe was putting herself above their mother so they came down to earth and killed all fourteen of her children (Hamilton, 250). Phaethon was the son of the Sun and when he went to him to find out if he really was his son the Sun said yes and told him that Phaethon could have anything he wanted of him and he would give it to him (Hamilton, 137). Phaethon asked for one day to be able to ride the Sun’s chariot and the Sun knew he had made a terrible mistake (Hamilton, 137). He tried to warn Phaethon that no mortal or god, besides the Sun, could ride the chariot but, Phaethon would not listen and he took the chariot and started to ride off (Hamilton, 137). Soon Phaethon lost all control and the horses went crazy they went up to the top of the sky and then went racing down setting the world on fire (Hamilton, 138). The gods realized the whole earth would be destroyed if they didn’t do something soon (Hamilton, 138). “ Jove seized his thunderbolt and hurled it toward the rash,

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