Greek Mythology Influence On Society

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The heavy influence of Greek mythology persists in today's society. Common name brand products echo the names of the gods. Popular movies and television shows portray the myths of ancient Greece, some creating exact replications and others adding a modern twist to the timeless stories. Books are written about the gods’ lives and adventures in ancient as well as present times. These portrayals of gods and goddesses exist to entertain people today just as they did in Greece centuries ago. With such a large influence surrounding life today, it is important to identify the established definition and origins of Greek mythology, as well as how it has specifically influenced culture and literature.
When asking what mythology is you can get a bundle of stories and various answers, (Graf 1-2) states in his book that a myth “is a tale indicated by the etymology of the word: for the early Greeks, a mythos was a “word’ or “story,” synonymous with logos and epos; a mythology was a “storyteller””
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He is one of the six original gods that Cronus ate and later freed. “Hades never knows what is happening in the world above, or in Olympus, except for fragmentary information which comes to him when mortals strike their hands upon the earth and invoke him with oaths and curses” (Graves 122). Normally Hades is not considered one of the twelve Olympians on Mount Olympus because he never visits but dwells in the underworld. In many stories about demigods or Greek mythology, the heroes usually must travel to the underworld and come back to prove themselves. For example, this theme recurs throughout the stories of The Odyssey, Hercules, and Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. These heroes must fight their way out or be cunning. Hades likes to collect his souls and not let anyone leave. This can be interpreted in many of today's stories or shows. A lot of Greek culture was able to inspire literature and our culture
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