Greek mythology Summary

Everything you need to understand or teach Greek mythology.

  • 8 Student Essays
  • 12 Literature Criticisms
  • ...and more
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Essays & Analysis (20)

7,383 words, approx. 25 pages
In the following essay, Rose reviews the various approaches that have been taken to interpret Greek mythology. He also distinguishes between several types of myth, including "myth proper,... Read more
11,593 words, approx. 39 pages
In the following excerpt, from an essay originally published in 1949, Kerényi analyzes the nature of "maiden goddesses" and their role and function in Greek mythology. Kerényi ... Read more
4,709 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following essay, Spretnak discusses the early, pre-Hellenic Greek goddesses and argues that following Greece's invasions by the Ionians, Achaeans, and Dorians, the native oral tradition ... Read more
16,415 words, approx. 55 pages
In the following essay, Meagher examines the depiction of women as both goddesses and humans in Greek mythology, specifically in Hesiod's Theogony and Works and Days. Meagher notes the ways in ... Read more
5,547 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following essay, Hansen examines Rose's inclusion of märchen in his study of Greek mythology and argues that Rose fails to adequately treat the category of folktales. Hansen suggest... Read more
9,285 words, approx. 31 pages
In the following essay, Nilsson argues that Greek epics and the heroic myth cycles they include (rather than elements or motifs found in individual myths) can be dated to the Mycenaean age (1950 to 11... Read more
9,186 words, approx. 31 pages
In the following essay, Caldwell reviews early Greek history to Hesiod and examines similarities between Greek and Near Eastern creation myths. Before Hesiod Shortly before the end of the eighth centu... Read more
11,498 words, approx. 39 pages
In the following essay, Kirk identifies three categories of myths about Greek divinities: those dealing with the origins of the universe; those that concern the development of the Olympian gods; and t... Read more
2,479 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following essay, Edinger offers a psychological reading of the Greek creation myths, noting the prevalence of the idea that when a being is brought into consciousness, a split into opposites re... Read more
8,107 words, approx. 28 pages
In the following essay, Buxton examines the characteristics of Greek divinity and discusses such prevailing themes of the divine myths as violence, deception, negotiation, power, and honor. Relating t... Read more
10,636 words, approx. 36 pages
In the following essay, Kirk asserts that the narrative complexity of hero myths is much greater than that of the divine myths. He then classifies hero myths as those related to older heroes (in myths... Read more
11,798 words, approx. 40 pages
In the following essay, Lyons argues that archaic texts, including the works of Homer and Hesiod, include a feminine form of the idea of the "hero." Lyons reviews the traditional criteri... Read more
599 words, approx. 2 pages
Greek mythology has been an exceedingly influential part of our everyday life for many years. Edith Hamilton's Mythology, a novel based on gods and goddesses, explains some of the mistakes made in eve... Read more
841 words, approx. 3 pages
The ground is moving! Zeus and Hera waltzed to the dance floor. Hiking is fun. Care for some more caviar, madam" That might have been going on during the time land was taking form and when Greek deit... Read more
829 words, approx. 3 pages
During Greece, the deities reward goodness and punish evil. The Greeks' belief in the concept of the cycle of retribution goes from one generation to another. The mythological concept of the cycle o... Read more
2,267 words, approx. 8 pages
Greek mythology can really be great. Everyday, we incorporate Greek mythology into our lives. Whether it is the super god Zeus throwing down a couple of thunder bolts, or another god Apollo maki... Read more
1,475 words, approx. 5 pages
The Works and Days is a Greek myth containing an appropriated version of the Israelites Ten Commandments from The Bible. Throughout Works and Days, the myth constructs a virtually identical set of r... Read more
1,217 words, approx. 5 pages
For many years, Greek mythology and Christianity have been compared due to the obvious similarities between both cultures and religions. Because both cultures have similar explanations for many of the... Read more
1,035 words, approx. 4 pages
Influences From the Past Our lives have been, and continue to be, shaped and influenced by Greek Mythology. The Greek civilization, and the Roman civilization that was shaped by it, revolved around t... Read more
2,659 words, approx. 9 pages
Crackling flames are consuming the bundle of dry wood and twigs that exists directly in front of you. Around the fire there is a ring of people all intimately gathered for the same warmth and light t... Read more