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> Greek Mythology Issue: 2010-2 Section: 14-16



Greek Mythology

Greek mythology is a fascinating, interesting and very educational part of Ancient Greek. In the early ages humans could not explain themselves how everything worked: Why was the sky up and the earth down? Why were there lightings? Why was there rain? So through the years gods were the center of the human imagination. People created the gods!


The Five Ages of Man

Greek mythology isn’t very accurate about years and days, but what we do know is that there were 5 ages. The first Century was the Golden Age. When the world was ruled by Cronus. When the people lived with no illnesses or sickness and they had everything they wanted from the Earth, Gaia.

The second century, The Silver Age, started when Cronus’s children took him of the throne. His children took Cronus’s powerful Scythe and chopped him to little pieces, after that they threw him in the holes of Tartarus to rough for eternity. During this Age men refused to worship the gods and Zeus destroyed them for their impiety. After death, humans of this age became blessed spirits of the underworld.

The Bronze Age was hard for men. War was their purpose and passion. Not only arms and tools, but their very homes were forged of bronze. The men of this age were undone by their own violent ways and left no named spirits but dwell in the dank house of Hades.

Heroic Age. This the one age that does not correspond with any metal. It is also the only age that improves upon the age it follows. In this period there were special people called demigods as there name tells us they were children of a god and a human. It was the heroes of this Age who fought at Thebes and Troy. This race of humans died and went to Elysium, the land in the underground meant for heroes.

People found themselves in The Iron Age. During this age humans live an existence of toil and misery. Children dishonor their parents, brother fights with brother and the social contract between guest and host is forgotten. During this age might makes right, and bad men use lies to be thought good. At the height of this age, humans no longer feel shame or indignation at wrongdoing; babies will be born with gray hair and the gods will completely forsaken humanity: there will be no help against evil.



Zeus also known as Father of Gods and Humans was the god of the sky. He was the child of Cronus and Rhea. He has two Brothers Poseidon and Hades. He had a beautiful wife, goddess of the marriage and family, Hera.

Poseidon was the god of seas, storms and earthquakes. He is also known as The-Earth–Shaker. His parents were also Cronus and Rhea. Poseidon is the creator of horses and with Athena the Creator of the Chariot.

Hades was the oldest child of Cronus and Rhea. He was the god of the dead and ruler of the Underground. His wife is Persephone, daughter of Demeter and Zeus. The underground was divided in three part the first one was the Asphodel Meadows that is the place where humans stay after there death. Elysium was the land of the heroes where every noble and good hero went after his death. Tartarus was the most horrible place to go, after you die, if you have not been good in your previous life, you go and suffer there.


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