preview

The Odyssey: The Story Of Greek Myth

Decent Essays
What are Myths? The simplest answer to this question is a story. The word “myth” comes from the Greek word mythos, which means story. However, myths were much more than simple stories to the Greeks. They were an important part of Greek life. They were passed from person to person and generation to generation. The story the Greeks created started like this, “In the beginning, there was only Chaos. Then out of the void appeared Erebus, the unknowable place where death dwells, and Night. All else was empty, silent, endless, dark. Then, Love was born bringing along the beginning of the order. From Love emerged Light, followed by Gaea, the earth. Erebus slept with Night, eventually giving birth to Ether, the heavenly light, and to Day, the earthly light. Then, Night alone created Doom, Fate, Death, Sleep, Dreams, Nemesis, and all things that dwell in the darkness haunting mankind.
Meanwhile, Gaea alone gave birth to Uranus, the sky. Uranus became Gaea's husband, surrounding her on all sides. Together, they produced the three Cyclopes, the three Hecatoncheires, and twelve Titans. Uranus was a cruel father and husband. He hated the Hecatoncheires and imprisoned them by pushing them into
…show more content…
Gaea, angry that her children had been imprisoned, gave birth to her last child, Typhon. Typhon was the deadliest monster in Greek mythology and was known as the "Father of All Monsters". He was so fearsome that most of the gods fled; however, Zeus faced the monster and flinging his lightning bolts was able to kill it. Typhon was buried under Mount Etna in Sicily.
Much later, Zeus faced a final challenge set by the Giants. They went so far as to attempt to invade Mount Olympus, piling mountain upon mountain in an effort to reach the top. Nevertheless, the gods had already grown strong, and with the help of Heracles, the Giants were subdued and killed.”
Get Access