Essay on Greek Mythology and Its Effects on Civilization

806 Words Jan 4th, 2012 4 Pages
Greek religion encompasses the collection of beliefs and rituals practiced in ancient Greece in the form of both popular public religion and cult practices. Many Greeks recognized the major gods and goddesses, such as Zeus, Poseidon, Hades and many others through philosophies such as Stoicism. The religious practices of the Greeks extended beyond mainland Greece to the islands and costs of Ionia in Asia Minor to Sicily and southern Italy, and scattered Greek colonies in the Western Mediterranean. Greek religion was tempered by Etruscan cult and belief to form much of the later Ancient Roman religion.

Greek religion had an extensive mythology. It consisted largely of stories of the gods and how they affected humans on eart. Myths
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These similarities begin with the creation stories - as both the Christian creation story and Greek creation story both begin with darkness and nothingness. God is the parallel to the Greek Chaos in that he invents the same things with the exception of the underworld. However, unlike Chaos, God is not a void of nothingness, but the beginning of all things. There is also slight similarity in the separations or falls of man’s relationsnhips with God and Zeus, the later chief god of the ancient Greeks. In both cases, temptation was in the form of food, and the most important similarity is the negative role that women play in each.

In both the Greek and Christian accounts of the early world, there exist stories of great floods that destroyed most of humankind.

War was also a common characteristic of both the Ancient Greek world and of the biblical world. The Trojan war was a major event in Greek history, and the gods always seemed to play important roles int his war, especially Zeus. Similarly, the bible accounts many stories of wars between different countries and religious groups. Greek mythology has greatly affected the English language in many ways. A "Herculean" task refers to the Twelve Labors of Hercules, when he is attempting to do impossible tasks.
1. Morpheus is the name of the Greek god of sleep, and "morphine," the drug, comes from this Greek character's name.
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