Ancient Greek society fell over 2000 years ago but despite this, its mythology still continues to influence our western society. References to Greek mythology can be found all through time and in our western culture. The influence of Greek mythology can be found in our science, arts and literature and our language. When Ancient Greece fell to the Roman Empire, Rome adapted its mythologies which still influence us today as they have through history. That is not to say that Greek mythology wasn’t influenced itself – Greek mythology has links with the bible and the early Mycenaean’s. It has also been recognised as one of the earliest forms of paganism.
References to Greek mythology can be found all through time and in our Western culture.
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One of the best examples of this is Heracles. Heracles is the best known hero in Greek mythology and was originally inspired by Samson the Israelite from the Bible. When ancient Greece was conquered by Rome, Heracles became Hercules and from this we get the phrase “A herculean task”. This phrase references the huge tasks the Hercules, a Greek hero had to complete with the use of his enormous strength. It is however slightly out dated and is now used as a slight exaggeration. As well as the phrase “A herculean task”, many still use the term an “Achilles heel”. The phrase is used to describe someone’s biggest weakness and references the demi god Achilles who died after he was hit with a poision arrow in his heel. Through this we can see the real amount of influence that greek mythology has had on western society.
Aside from its influence on science and the English language, the most obvious impact of greek mythology on western society has been in its arts and literature. Since Ancient Greece, books and films depicting Greek mythology and appropriating it have been widely popular. Even in todays western society art and literature based on Greek mythology or appropriating its ideas are highly successful. More recently this can specifically apply to our film industry. Movies such as the Clash of the titans (____), which was then followed by the sequel