Greek Myths

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According to various accounts of the creation of the world. Hesoids version describes that in the beginning, there was only Erebus, or darkness, Nyx, or night, and Chaos, who has been interpreted as the opening form which the other ancient characters arose. Then appeared Gaea, or mother earth, personified as the solid foundation of the world. Next, was Tartarus who is usually confused with the residence Hades, but was depicted as the father of some of Gaea’s children. Also appearing after Chaos was Eros, the source of sexual love/attraction that brought beings together to produce more children. Gaea bore Uranus, the sky, asexually and then bore Pontus, the sea. In sexual union with Uranus, her son, she bore the twelve titans (six male…show more content…
Hades grudgingly agreed, but before she went back he gave Persephone a pomegranate, that later bound her to underworld forever. The death of Persephone’s virginity in this myth, explains the inevitable cycle of human life in nature. According to Hesiod and various reports, humans came from the earth and lived close to gods. Generally though, relationships between gods and mortals were something to avoid because all relationships, even consenting ones, rarely had happy endings. Humans were seen as living in five ages: gold, silver, bronze, heroic and iron. In the Golden Age, peace and harmony prevailed. Humans did not have to work to feed themselves, because the earth provided food for them in abundance. They lived to a very old age but retained a youthful appearance and eventually died peacefully. Men in the Silver Age lived for one hundred years under the command of their mothers. During this Age men refused to worship the gods and Zeus destroyed them for their sinfulness. After death, humans of this age became blessed spirits of the underworld. In the Bronze Age, war was men’s purpose and passion. The men of this age were undone by their own violent ways and left no named spirits but dwell in the house of Hades. It came to an end with the flood of Deucalion. In the Heroic Age, men lived with noble demigods and heroes. This race of humans died and went to the
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