Classical mythology and Greek and Roman Myths

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The Roman Empire was full of ancient myths which formed strong beliefs of the times, as does religion to day. It is said that Rome took there myths from the older Classical mythology of the Greeks, only changing the names of the characters. If your interested in this subject and this kind of mythology, then read more of this article to find out more.

Calssical Mythology

The Romans and Greeks of history both worshipped many different deities and beings of supreme, universal authority. It is said that it was the Romans who adopted the gods and goddesses of Greek religion and Greek classical mythology. So the Greek god Poseidon became Neptune and Zeus became Jove. All the myths and stories brought to us first by the Greeks, then by the Romans is now called Classical Mythology. Although there are some differences between the two. Greek mythology tended to focus more on the gods, whilst Rome's myths seemed to centre around human hero's instead.

The Tale of Classical mythology

Ancient Classical myth tells us that it was the Cyclopes, otherwise known as the giants who gave gifts to the gods. Zeus's gift was of lightning and thunder. Poseidon got a trident, which allowed him to steer up storms and severe tidal waves.

Most of the gods in classical mythology oppose the act of cannibalism. All except one and she is Artemis, the hunter goddess. She is the exception though, and once Zeus even had to punish another god for cannibalism. He punished King Lycaon for eating human flesh and turned him into a wolf. The idea of gods or even goddesses taking a liking to humans and finding them desirable to consume is nothing new. The bible itself touches upon the subject, but the idea is much older.

Zeus the Greek god fell for a human women, a daughter of man if you like. They even had a son who went on to be a great warrior himself, his name was Heracles. In Greek myth we have the Golden Age, when man and god both lived on the earth together. This story is told the same in many different mythologies all around the world in many different ways. And as in Greek myth, it is usually man becoming nasty or evil in some way, which sends the gods packing up and flying off into the sky.


In most ancient myths you will also find some worship to the tree's of the earth. The Greeks and Romans both believed in spirits which lived inside the tree's, they were named dryads. It was the great god Apollo who fell in love with a dryad. Her name was Daphne and she didn't want Apollo, so to escape him she turned into a Laurel tree. Some of the ancient temple's built in honour of these gods were magnificent, and they were in honour of these ancient gods.

The Templum

The temple itself coming from the Latin word Templum, which basically means a place where a shrine to god has been erected. Offerings would be left at these shrines or temples, things such as the currency of the day, flowers, clothes and food or whatever you had. The idea was that your offering would please the gods who would then give you a great life in return, a scam if ever I heard one.

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author avatar brendamarie
8th Jul 2015 (#)

I have always had an interest in mythology great article!

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author avatar brendamarie
8th Jul 2015 (#)

I have always had an interest in mythology great article!

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author avatar micheal
8th Jul 2015 (#)

I am really happy you enjoyed it brenda, thanks for the comment

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
8th Jul 2015 (#)

All ancient civilizations and people believed in some myths. It's like people of this age believing in super heroes:Superman, Spiderman, Captain America, etc.

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author avatar micheal
8th Jul 2015 (#)

I wouldn't say super heroes I would say religion, thanks for the comment

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author avatar Sherri Granato
8th Jul 2015 (#)

Amazing article. Congrats on that gold star too!

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author avatar micheal
8th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks Sherri

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author avatar Retired
8th Jul 2015 (#)

I learned that the Cyclops or giants came about after Poseidon impregnated a sea nymph and that was only after Cronus was defeated. Wouldn't Zeus have needed his powers in order to defeat Cronus with his brothers?

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author avatar micheal
8th Jul 2015 (#)

I'm sure there are many books about mythology, like religion.

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author avatar Retired
8th Jul 2015 (#)

Good point.

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Jul 2015 (#)

Great article, Much of the Old Testament is made up of myths. Blessings

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author avatar micheal
13th Jul 2015 (#)

it really is a mythological book, cheers

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