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Common Themes in Greek Myths

The mythology of the ancient Greeks included a dazzling array of deities, demigods, monsters, and heroes. These figures inhabited a realm that stretched beyond the Greek landscape to the palaces of the gods on snow-capped Mount Olympus, as well as to the dismal underworld. In time, Greek mythology became part of European culture, and many of its stories became known throughout the world. Despite their awesome powers, the Greek gods and goddesses were much like people. Their actions stemmed from recognizable passions, such as pride, jealousy, love, and the thirst for revenge. The deities often left Mount Olympus to become involved in the affairs of mortals, interacting with men and women. They were not above using tricks and disguises to influence events, and their schemes and plots often entangled people. Heroes and ordinary humans in Greek myths frequently discovered that things were not what they appeared to be. The underlying moral principle, though, was that the gods rewarded honorable behavior and obedience, and people who dishonored themselves or defied the gods usually paid a high price.

Top 12 Themes in Greek Myths1. Tricks, riddles, ingenious solutions to dilemmas used by gods and heroes2. Transformations 3. Accidental killing of a relative or friend, often followed by flight to avoid vengeance.4. Giants, monsters, snakes 5. Attempts to get rid of a rival by setting impossible and dangerous tasks 6. Fulfilling a task or quest7. Contests 8. Disputes within the family 9. Deceitful daughter, in love with father’s enemy, betrays father, is punished for it 10. Special weapons needed to overthrow a particular enemy, cure a wound, etc 11. Unusual births 12.Enclosure or imprisonment in a chest, jar, or tomb


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