A Few Greek Gods

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Greeks believed in a series of myths which explained nature, set up a moral

code for the people, and were just folk lore of the people. In this paper,

the beginnings of myths, the Greek gods themselves, and several myths concerning

morals, nature, and old lore of the Ancients will be discussed. Because the

myths and details about the gods were passed along by word of mouth, some myths

or gods might be interchanged or different.

The Greek myths started

as folk lore until it began to explain nature and storytellers integrated a

moral code into the myths. Many myths started out as fairy tales. As new

and more efficient farming methods became available to the Greek people they

were faced with more time in which to do other things. A people who have waste

develop a culture all their own. Because Greece was divided into different

city- states, many of the myths are different.

The culture of storytelling

began to involve explanations of nature such as the creation of the horse,

spider, and such changes as winter and fire along with the creation of man

himself. Slowly, as with any longstanding government, the morals and laws

of society leaked into Greek myths in the form of, "The slain shall be avenged

by Nemesis (a force which causes people to get revenge)," or just, "Kindness

and humbleness are rewarded by the gods." Some myths were even created to

support other myths. The myths started with storytelling and developed into


complex system of morals and explanations.

The Greek myths were almost

fruitless without the intervention of the gods. The gods controlled nature

and fought their own battles on the earth, which sometimes caused problems.

The first god was the most powerful one until he had children. The first

god is...