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Introduction to Classical Mythology

• The Greeks created their gods in their own image, unlike the mythologies and religions of other peoples; not only were the Greek gods human in appearance, they also acted in a very human manner which made them more familiar to the people who worshiped and told stories about them.

• The humanity of the Greek gods reflects the Greek attitude toward the beauty and perfection of man.
• The Greeks created their myths initially as a way of understanding the world; the myths also acted as entertaining stories.

• The myths conveyed developing religious ideas concerning morality and justice.

• There are many different ancient sources that can be used to gain information about Greek mythology.

Part One. The Gods, and The Two Great Gods of Earth

• These two chapters give brief summaries of the main characteristics of the Greek and Roman gods and their origins.

• The Greek...

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