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					 Myths
Olympians
Greek Gods
          What is a Myth ?

• People had questions
• No answers since there was no science
• Created stories to explain the
phenomena rising & setting sun, stars,
crops growing
           Myths are . . .
• Handed down from generations
• 2,000 years old
• The religion, science and literature of
     primitive people
• What Myths do you know?
• Most famous myths are
    Greek & Roman
    The Titans
titenes ("straining ones")

        Cronus
            Father of Olympians
            Cursed by his father
           Ate his children
               Titans
Rhea : wife of Cronus
Mother of Olympians
Saved children with Zeus
Cronus and Rhea
give birth to the
Olympian Gods
       The Gods
live on Mount Olympus
The Olympian Gods
 in Greek and Latin
          Zeus / Jupiter
Ruler of Mt.
Olympus
God of the Sky
Lighting rod
Husband to Hera
Player
Hera / Juno
       Queen of Heavens
       & Stars
       Goddess of
       marriage & fidelity:
       June
       Wife to Zeus
       Jealous
       Poseidon / Neptune
God of the Sea,
rivers, springs,
floods, and
earthquakes
 Carries Tridents
Created the Horse
Hades / Pluto
     God of the
     Underworld, Home
     of the Dead
     Jealous of brothers
     Wealthy
     Rides Chariot with
     Black Horses
Demeter / Ceres
         Goddess of
         Fertile earth and
         agriculture
         Her crops feed
         mankind
         Cereal comes
         from “Ceres”
Hestia / Vesta
     Goddess of Hearth,
     Home & Family
     Didn’t want to be a
     Goddess
     Watches the fire on
     Mt. Olympus
Dionysus / Bacchus
           God of Wine,
           Vegetation, Fertility
           and Theater
           Freeing one from one's
           normal self, by madness,
           ecstasy, or wine
           Balance between
           madness and normal
     Hephaestus / Vulcanus
Son of Zeus & Hera
God of Fire &
Craftsmanship
Married Aphrodite
Lame: kicked off Mt.
Olympus
Volcano
Ares / Mars
       Son of Zeus & Hera
       God of War &
       Slaughter
       Coward/ Jealous/
       Creates trouble
       Aphrodite’s lover
     Persephone / Prosepina
Daughter of Zeus &
Demeter
Goddess of
Underworld & Spring
Renewal
Married to Hades
She is the reason we
have 6 months of
winter & 6 of summer
        Aphrodite / Venus
Goddess of Beauty,
Love, Sexuality
Born of the Sea or
from Zeus
Married Hephaestus
She started the Trojan
War
Apollo / Phoebus
   Son of Zeus & Leto
   God Music, Medicine,
   Archery, Healing
   Twin of Artemis
   Took care of man
   Vain
        Artemis / Diana
Daughter of Zeus
& Leto

Goddess of Hunt,
animals , forest,
and young girls

Twin to Apollo
Hermes / Mercury
       Messenger of Gods
       God of Travelers,
       Shepherds, Thieves
       Brother to Apollo
       Stole his cattle
        Athena / Minerva
Goddess of War,
Education, Wisdom,
crafts weaving
Born from Zeus head
Araneid or Arachnid
means spider
         Credit

Special thanks to Rory
Sideman, English teacher
extraordinaire at Franklin
H.S. for providing this
Power Point.

				
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