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41: Ovid The Poet
Not exactly considered a "serious" poet or author, Publius Ovidius Naso, or Ovid as he is more commonly called, captured the spirit of Greek and Roman mythology in his most noted work The Metamorphoses. The stories told in this work are commonly thought of as not serious enough for adults. Therefore, many of these stories have been "dumbed down" and transposed into ... Femineae, a fragment of writing on cosmetics; and Remedia Amoris, a kind of recantation of the Ars Amatoria. Ovid's Medea, a tragedy highly praised by ancient critics, has not been preserved. His interest in mythology is reflected in his Heroides, or Epistulae Heroidum, 21 fictional love letters, mostly from mythological heroines to their lovers" (Redmond). "The commentator of his day, he presented most of his findings in the form of ... His poems and writings left an impression in history that, maybe not completely accurate, was entertaining. In his middle period Ovid wrote The Metamorphoses in 8 A.D., his greatest poetic achievement. Using Greco-Roman mythology as the material of his 15 books and change as his theme, he particularly isolates love as the agent of change, love now seen in its more profound ethical dimensions. Among readers of the ...
42: Greek Goddesses
The Greek Goddesses In Greek mythology the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus played a major role in everyday life. The Greeks respected them and thought of the gods as all mighty. In Ancient Greece the people honored and believe in ... works display the power and jobs of the goddesses. The Greek people lived to please the deities in hope of gaining a better lifestyle. The goddesses of Greece acted as an important part of Greek mythology ( Hamilton 28-35 ). Historians placed the goddesses into categories. The first category included the major goddesses of Olympus. The goddesses placed in this category were Hera, Athena, Aphrodite, Hestia, Demeter, and Artemis because most people ... the Tethys raised Hera ( Hamilton 28 ). Most people knew Ilithyia , Hera’s daughter, for her help of women through childbirth. Hera held the city of Argos sacred along with the peacock and cow. In Roman mythology, the name of Hera was changed to Juno, queen of goddesses ( Pinset 20 ). Artemis, or Diana in Roman mythology, had the role of Leto and Zeus’s daughter and also twin sister of god ...
43: Dantes Inferno
... only understand how the victims of gluttony are feeling, but also to picture them laying in the sodden mush of garbage. The picture is almost complete. Dante uses his infinite store of knowledge of Greek mythology, the history of his life, and knowledge of the intricacies of the small town of Florence to complete the picture of the Gluttons. Dante displays his arsenal of knowledge by selecting Cerberus to stand guard over the gluttons. Cerberus is a three-headed man-beast from Greek mythology. His three heads, and obvious yet subliminal ability to indulge, mock the victims. At this point Dante transitions from subliminal messages to overt statements. His knowledge of the history of the society is evident when ... sights and sounds of nature in Canto 13 immensely influence the reader s interpretation of the woods of suicide. Similar to Canto 6, Dante expresses in Canto 13 his infinite store of knowledge through Greek mythology and the history of his society. Dante again uses characters from Greek mythology in the punishing of the sinners. The harpies role in Greek mythology changes from soul takers to obsessive eaters. He respectively ...
44: W.B.Yeats And Leda And The Swan
W.B.Yeats and Leda and the Swan Given the odd tales brought to us by Greek mythology, one could very well imagine the stories having been unearthed from some antique tabloid magazine. In the case of Leda, subject of W. B. Yeats' poem "Leda and the Swan," the banner headline may have ... on to experience (and cause), but rather on the moment of the meeting of woman and winged one. As for the classical mythological history of Leda and Zeus, Carlos Parada's Genealogical Guide to Greek Mythology tells us that Zeus, in swan form, joined with Leda, on the same night that her husband had. Zeus's children, Polydeuces and Helen, were born from an egg laid by Leda and Tyndareus' children ... of the air" (11), "indifferent" (13), with the powerlessness of Leda; "staggering" (2), "helpless" (4), "terrified" (5), being "mastered by" Zeus (11). There is also a theme that runs through the poem, one of destiny. Mythology dictates that this event, the impregnation of Leda by Zeus in swan form, was to happen to bring about the kidnapping of Helen, the subsequent fall of Troy, and the murder of Agamemnon. Oracles ...
45: Atlas
Atlas In Greek Mythology, the Titans were a race of giants. Atlas was the strongest of all the titans. His father was titan Iapetus and his mother was the Sea Nymph Clymene. His brothers were Prometheus and Cronus. Atlas ... etymology Atlas means bearer or endurer. An image of Atlas is a person with the world on his back. Also a book of maps is called an atlas. Atlas played a major part in Greek Mythology. He was in the war with Titans against the gods (Olympians.) Atlas partnered with his brother Cronus in the war against Zeus. Atlas stormed the heavens and Zeus punished him. His punishment was to carry ... that he needed a cushion for his shoulders and asked Atlas to take back the earth momentarily while he can got pads. Atlas agreed and Hercules left never to return. Another part played in Greek Mythology was when Atlas refused to provide shelter to Perseus. Perseus changed Atlas into stone using Medusa. The huge stone is called Mount Atlas. Atlas has a very distinct appearance. In art, Atlas is depicted ...
46: Humans Hold The Idea Of Heroes With Great Significance
... hero gives each of us an example of a dedicated heart and in their sacrifice shows the reward that can come from their acts of selflessness. One example is in the story of Wanjiru, African mythology; she sacrificed her body for the good of her people. They were in need of rain, and the only way they would receive this and survive was through her death. In her death she became ... the earth and provided life for her people. The sacrifice of her body provided the realization of the cycle that unites all life. A second example is in the story of the Corn Mother, Penobscot mythology, where she sacrificed her body from the beginning by carrying and bearing many children to fill the earth. Then, in order to feed all of her people, she again sacrificed her physical existence by asking her husband to kill her in order to feed her children. Another example is in the story of Mary, Christian mythology, in which she dedicated her body and soul to bearing the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Her entire life was spent preparing for the responsibility of being his mother. In this came numerous hardships ...
47: Fate and Destiny
... day? It is my belief that we are here for some purpose. Some meaningful some not. Each of us has our own opinion whether that is so. Fate is a part of this world. In mythology fate/destiny is often looked upon for guidance, prophecies made concerning fate often come true, and even the gods in mythology respect their own destiny. In mythology, when people were facing hard times they visited temples of guidance on what they were destined to do. Like in the story of Cupid and Psyche. Psyche's parents went to seek an oracle ( ...
48: Helen of Troy: The Face that Launched One Thousand Ships
Helen of Troy: The Face that Launched One Thousand Ships One of the most complex and intriguing figures in Greek mythology. Helen was the daughter of Leda and Zeus, sister of Klytemnestra, Kastor and Pollux and wife of Menelaos. Before her marriage she was abducted by Theseus her abduction by Paris caused the Trojan War. In ... away to Egypt and fashioned a phantom out of clouds to accompany Paris; the real Helen was reunited with Menelaus after the Trojan War Perhaps one of the most well known tales of ancient Greek mythology is that of Helen of Troy. Many believe that her spellbinding beauty played a key role in one of the most famous battles of all time – the Trojan War. She symbolizes the Greeks’ view that ... that Helen hatched from the egg of a swan. Castor and Pollux were her two brothers. As a small child, Helen was kidnapped from her home in Greece by Theseus, a well-known hero in mythology who was believed to have wanted to make Helen his wife once she was grown. She grew to become what was considered the most beautiful woman in all of Greece, one who enjoyed socializing ...
49: Does Science Explain All?
... similar to the Holy Christian Trinity of: God, the father; Christ, the son; and the Holy Spirit. In both Hinduism and Christianity the trinities are three and at the same time one entity. In the mythology of many of the Central Asian Pastoral Tribes the supreme deity of their religion is confronted by an adversary representing the powers of darkness and evil. Very much like the relationship in the Christian mythos ... experiences such as confronting death or choosing a mate and manifest themselves symbolically in religion, myths, fairy tales and fantasies. Joseph Campbell, considered by most to have been the foremost expert on world religions and mythology, believed to be a fact that; "...mythologies and their deities are productions and projections of the psyche". It was his belief that religions and myths come from one's own creative imagination and unconsciousness. He ... it contains, maybe the answers to our own primordial questions. WORKS CITED World Religions From Ancient History to the Present editor: Geoffrey Parrinder, copyright 1971, The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. Essays On a Science of Mythology Carl Jung, copyright 1949, Pantheon Books Inc. Myths To Live By Joseph Campbell, copyright 1972, Viking Press Religions of the World Lewis M. Hopfe, Copyright 1976, Prentice-Hall Inc. Mythology Edith Hamilton, copyright 1942, ...
50: Ancient Egyptians and the Norsemen: Creating the Past
... Budge 21). In ancient Egypt animals were used as symbols for the Gods and their temples. In many cases people worshipped the animal symbol of the gods, or actually the gods in animal form. In mythology the worship of animals was a result of the domination of the world surrounding man. It was common for the Egyptians to worship animals, but as time passed and the Egyptians grew wiser they began ... like most middle and lower class people, a jackal would always come and dig up their bones. So from that the Egyptians derived Anubis, the jackal headed god of the dead (Casson 71). In Egyptian mythology only gods had the right to rule and create. Just as in Egypt only a pharaoh or an appointed official could rule (Montet 150). The Egyptians were used to having a higher power to rule ... the sky, Nut, is portrayed by a female goddess while the earth, Geb, is portrayed by a male god. This was a giant honor considering that the sky was the most significant aspect of Egyptian mythology (Warner 15). In ancient Egypt the pharaoh and other males were allowed to have more than one wife at the same time. The theory of monogamy was not present in Egyptian society so; therefore, ...

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