Questions to ask about greek mythology

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The Greek Mythology quiz: 40 questions by Sarah Nestler

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Ancient Greece

O, Mortal! Can you identify these Greek gods and heroes before rosy-fingered dawn rises in the East? If not, you shall be hurled into the murky depths of Hades. What was her Greek name? Foolish mortal!

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By far the most popular questions were about the Greek gods and Greek myths generally. The Greek gods are important because long after anyone still believed in them, they became personfications of various ideas for Europeans, particularly in the period from the Renaissance to the present, though usually they were referred to by their Roman rather than their Greek names, often based on the stories in the Metamorphoses of Ovid. You can view many images of the various gods at Mythological Images of Greek Gods. Note that both contain many hyperlink cross-references. A basic intro to the major gods is at Mythweb. You can see how the various gods relate to each other at Greek Gods and their Associates. If this subject really interests you, consider taking one of our two terrific courses on the subject: Humanities The Ancient World and Humanities Mythology.

Discuss the differences between pure myth, heroic saga, the folk tale, the romance, and the symbolic tale. Give an example of each type. Are gods usually personified natural elements, such as fire, water, wind, etc? Or are they beings that manipulate nature? From what cultures do these gods come? What does the Greek account of the creation show about the Greek character?

Answer: Specific characters illustrate the difference between confidence and egotism. A hero is confident in his strength, but pride goes too far when a human challenges the gods. Pride cometh before a fall. Answer: Many of the myths point out these distinctions. The gods intervene when humans need help or when the gods want to accomplish goals on earth, but humans are often unable to solve their own problems and cannot really intervene among the gods; mortals even have limited abilities in the Underworld. When a human asserts divine power, the gods often put the person back in his or her place. Answer: Tragedy serves both as a narrative device and as a reminder of everyday human reality.

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