A Guide to Greek Mythology. By: Adem , Selena and Tanner. There are lots of Greek myths, gods, and legends. Too many to count, and certainly too many to put on a single PowerPoint. Therefore we have picked few of the most interesting characters and stories for your entertainment. .
By: Adem, Selena and Tanner
There are lots of Greek myths, gods, and legends. Too many to count, and certainly too many to put on a single PowerPoint. Therefore we have picked few of the most interesting characters and stories for your entertainment.
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-Theseus and the minotaur
Armor, helmets, spears
Zeus and Metis
- Athena is the daughter of Zeus & Metis
- Metis told Zeus she was pregnant, and because of a prophecy, he turned her into a fly and swallowed her whole
- One day, Zeus complained
about a headache
-Hephaestus split open his head, and Athena jumped out, wearing full battle armor
Story of her and Poseidon:
-Cecrops was looking for a deity patron for his city
-Athena and Poseidon were both interested
- So they had a competition to see which deity could best win over the city and their king with the best present.
- Poseidon struck the ground with his trident and presented the city with a salt water spring
- Athena planted a seed into the ground that quickly grew into an olive tree
- Athena won, and the city was renamed Athens
Statue of Athena, in the Acropolis, Athens
-Perseus and Danae washed up on the isle of Seriphos.
-There he grew up.
This is where his most heroic quest began…
During the wedding of king Polydectes, Perseus was challenged to get the head of medusa for a wedding gift when he arrived empty handed
Athena and Apollo gave him equipment to kill medusa:
-Three nymphs also gave him a wallet and the cap of invisibility
Medusa was one of three gorgons, with snakes for hair, bronze claws, and wings. One look of her and you turn to stone.
When he returned, he found Polydectes abusing Danae. Perseus turned Polydectes to stone.
He kept the head of medusa for a while, then gave it to Athena.
When he died, the gods placed him in the skies, along with Andromeda. He did have many descendants to carry on his name; the most notable of these was Heracles.
-very rich, very powerful king of Crete
-had a beautiful daughter (Ariadne)
-occasionally launched attacks on Athens
Athens made a bargain with Minos: he would no longer attack Athens, in exchange, 14 young men and women would be sent to Crete every 9 years.
The children sent to Crete would be used as food for the minotaur, half-man, half-bull, who lived in the labyrinth.
Theseus, prince of Athens, didn’t want the children to die, and so volunteered to go with them, and kill the minotaur.
When he arrived, Ariadne promised to help him, should he marry her later.
He got a sword and a ball of yarn
He entered the labyrinth
He killed the minotaur after a long struggle
He followed the yarn back out to the entrance
He escaped Crete with the other Athenians and Ariadne.
-Theseus’ father had believed that his son had died at Crete
-He jumped off the cliff at Athens and killed himself
-Theseus mourned for a long time
The voyage home:
-stopped at the isle of Naxos
-he left Ariadne on the island and sailed away
-Ariadne prayed for revenge on Theseus
A Guide to Greek Mythology
By: Adem, Selena and Tanner