Myths And Myths Of The Greek World

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A myth is a traditional story, concerning the early history of people or explaining a natural or social phenomenon; they typically involve supernatural being or events (Dictionary.com, 2016). Myths certainly had a simple aesthetic function of entertainment; they were presented through the means of visual and theatrical art (Cartwright. M, 2012). Myths provided advice on how to lead a good life. Some myths were purposely composed to be outrageous and wrong because it taught the people what not to do. Myths, however, were also thought to be a reflection of the Greek’s way of thinking; this was depicted through them portraying their deities as humans, giving them human traits (Vandiver. E, 2000). Myths explained the environment in which humankind lived in and the natural phenomena they witnessed (Vandiver. E, 2000). They were also intricately connected to religion in the Greek world and explained the origin of Gods and where humanity had come from and where humans would go after death (Mark. J, 2012). Myths provided entertainment and also shocked people into behaving. Myths were represented in visual art on sculptures, pottery, and even public buildings and were also prominent in within theatres in plays written by famous playwrights like Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus (Cartwright. M, 2000). Some myths deliberately contained characters or Gods with undesirable traits. These myths all contained morals that shocked the Greeks and taught them how to live a good life and what
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