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Greek Mythology


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An introduction to Greek mythology for students of World History, Literature, or Western Civilization

An introduction to Greek mythology for students of World History, Literature, or Western Civilization

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  • 1. Uranus “Father Sky” Gaia “Mother Earth”
  • 2. Descendants of Gaia and Uranus
  • 3. The Mutilation of Uranus: fresco by Giorgio Vasari and Cristofano Gherardi, c. 1560 Cronus overthrows Uranus Cronus Pictured With Sickle
  • 4. Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, 1482-1486
  • 5. Understandably PARANOID Peter Paul Reubens, Cronus Devours Poseidon
  • 6. Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades defeat Cronus and the Titans War of the Titans
  • 7. • Zeus (Jupiter) • Poseidon (Neptune) • Apollo • Hermes (Mercury) • Ares (Mars) • Hephaestus (Vulcan) • Hera (Juno) • Athena (Minerva) • Aphrodite (Venus) • Artemis (Diana) • Demeter (Ceres) • Hestia (Vesta) Hades (Pluto)
  • 8. King of the Gods Known for his many romantic escapades Lord of Sky and Thunder
  • 9. HIGH MAINTENANCE Causes earthquakes, storms, a nd shipwrecks when ignored Lord of the Sea
  • 10. Hades with his hell hound, Cerberus, guardian of the gates of the Underworld Lord of the Underworld
  • 11. god of the sun, prophecy, m usic, poetry, etc.
  • 12. Greeks would visit Apollo’s Oracle seeking prophecies about the future. Photo Credit: Luarvick
  • 13. Women and Marriage Sister AND Wife of Zeus Queen of the Gods
  • 14. Ambrogio Figino, Io and Zeus
  • 15. The Parthenon (Athens) Patroness of Athens Wisdom & Warfare
  • 16. love, beauty, pleasure and procreation Carson picked this!
  • 17. Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, 1482-1486
  • 18. Prometheus by Theodoor Rombouts (1597–1637)
  • 19. Patron of Mankind Prometheus watches Athena endow his creation with reason (painting by Christian Griepenkerl, 1877)
  • 20. Patron of Mankind Prometheus tricked Zeus twice on behalf of humanity. Prometheus Tricks Zeus The Theft of Fire
  • 21. The Theft of Fire, Christian Griepenkerl
  • 22. Atlas and Prometheus facing their respective punishments from Zeus
  • 23. Prometheus Being Rescued by Hercules, by Christian Griepenkerl
  • 24. The First Woman created by Zeus as a revenge against Prometheus and men“All Gifts” HOPE Somethmes, ht’s all we gave left!
  • 25. “From her is the race of women and female kind: of her is the deadly race and tribe of women who live amongst mortal men to their great trouble, no helpmeets in hateful poverty, but only in wealth.” -- Hesiod (Greek Writer) John William Waterhouse, Pandora (1896) The Ancient Greek View