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Stories of love in Greek Mythology


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Stories of love in Greek Mythology

  1. 1. Stories of Love
  2. 2. Cupid and Psyche
  3. 3. Cupid and Psyche How is this story included in Greek Mythology even though Cupid itself is not a Greek name but a Latin name?
  4. 4. It is because of… A Latin novel Metamorphoses, also known as The Golden Ass, written in the 2nd century AD by Apuleius
  5. 5. The truth is… Eros and Psyche appear in Greek as early as the 4th century BC. • Since the rediscovery of Apuleius's novel in the Renaissance, the reception of Cupid and Psyche in the classical tradition has been extensive. The story has been retold in poetry, drama, and opera, and depicted widely in painting, sculpture, and even wallpaper. • The Romans reinterpreted myths and concepts pertaining to the Greek Eros for Cupid in their own literature and art.
  6. 6. This is the part where you tell me something…
  7. 7. Cupid Curiosity Ambrosia Psyche Jealousy Zephyr Aphrodite Trust Delphi 4 Tasks Hedone
  8. 8. CUPID • Greek name: Eros • God of Love • Son of Aphrodite/Venus PSYCHE • Psyche is a Greek word for soul and butterfly • Once a mortal princess • In ancient mosaics, she is pictured with butterfly wings
  9. 9. Brief Tales of Lovers
  10. 10. Arethusa & Alpheus
  11. 11. Arethusa She is a beautiful huntress.
  12. 12. Arethusa A follower of Goddess Artemis
  13. 13. One day… After an exhausting hunt, she came to a crystal clear stream. She decided to take a swim.
  14. 14. Then she felt something beneath her in the water. Frightened, she scampered out of the water, and heard a voice that seemed to come from the water.
  15. 15. Now terrified, she ran into the forest as fast as she could. The voice of the unknown told her that he was Alpheus, the god of the river, and that he was only following because he loved her.
  16. 16. She ran on, but she could never escape; a river, after all, can run longer than any mortal. Finally, completely exhausted, Arethusa called out to Artemis.
  17. 17. The goddess answered by changing her into a spring, but not an ordinary spring. Arethusa plunged down and emerged near Syracuse, on land sacred to Artemis. Alpheus, being a river god, turned himself back into a river, and plunged down the same channel. Arethusa was not free of Alpheus. Their waters mingled.
  18. 18. Even today, you can believe it or not, that Greek flowers are sometimes seen in the Sicilian spring, and if you throw a wooden cup in the Alpheus river in Greece, it will reappear in Arethusa's spring in Sicily.
  19. 19. Brief Tales of Lovers
  20. 20. Daphne
  21. 21. It started with … Eros Apollo VS.
  22. 22. Apollo "What have you to do with warlike weapons, saucy boy? Leave them for hands worthy of them. Behold the conquest I have won by means of them over the vast serpent who stretched his poisonous body over acres of the plain! Be content with your torch, child, and kindle up your flames, as you call them, where you will, but presume not to meddle with my weapons."
  23. 23. Eros “Your arrows may strike all things else, Apollo, but mine shall strike you.”
  24. 24. The myth begun….
  25. 25. Who is Daphne? Naiad Nymph Daughter of Peneus Young Huntress Hates love and marriage Wanted to be like Goddess Artemis
  26. 26. I love you Daphne. At last Apollo saw her… His heart blaze up and he started to chase her.
  27. 27. Apollo and his words of Love "Stay," said Apollo, "daughter of Peneus; I am not a foe. Do not fly me as a lamb flies the wolf, or a dove the hawk. It is for love I pursue you. You make me miserable, for fear you should fall and hurt yourself on these stones, and I should be the cause. Pray run slower, and I will follow slower. I am no clown, no rude peasant. Jupiter is my father, and I am lord of Delphi, and know all things, present and future. I am the god of song and the lyre. My arrows fly true to the mark; but alas! An arrow more fatal than mine has pierced my heart! I am the god of medicine, and know the virtues of all healing plants. Alas! I suffer a malady that no balm can cure!"
  28. 28. But… Daphne flew on, more frightened of what she heard. He asked help from her father. "Help me, Peneus! Open the earth to enclose me, or change my form, which has brought me into this danger!"
  29. 29. The Laurel “O fairest of maidens, you are lost to me,” Apollo said. “But at least you shall be my tree. With your leaves my victors shall wreathe their brows. You shall have your part in all my triumphs”.
  30. 30. Apollo and Daphne “The Laurel” Apollo and his laurel shall be joined together forever.
  31. 31. The End
  32. 32. A Storyteller at your service, Hannah L. Yangson