Mythology vs Natural World: How mythology helped to explain aspects of the natural world to the ancient Greeks

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Greek myths are all that's left of the ancient Greek religion, in which beauty, poetry, and creative activities were a vital part of the tradition. Centuries ago, the Greeks created numerous stories and poems, which are still being shared today, that showed their view of the world that existed not only in the mind of the Greek poets, but in the hearts of the humble and long suffering natives of ancient Greece. From the stories of the Olympians, to heroes' greatest adventures and from romantic stories to savage beasts, the Greeks used stories not only for entertainment but also for answers to nature's mysteries. Mythology helped to explain aspects of the natural world to the ancient Greeks. Some of the greatest mysteries of nature that are explained in mythology are the origins of mankind, the four seasons, and how flowers got their colors and names.

One of the greatest mysteries for all cultures concerns how men were first created.

In ancient Greek mythology, this aspect of the natural world is explained with several different stories. One story tells about how Epimetheus, a scatterbrained Titan, gave all the best gifts to the animals: strength, swiftness, courage, shrewdness cunningness, and fur, feathers, wings, and shells. Since there was nothing good left for men, Epimetheus was truly sorry so he asked his brother, Prometheus, to help him. Prometheus created men in a nobler shape than the animals and he even went to the heaven and stole the fire for men. Another story about mankind claims that the gods themselves created mankind--this story is known as the five ages of man. The first age, Golden Age, which consists of happy mortals who lived like gods, ends when Zeus overcame the Titans. The Silver Age came and the children could play for hundreds of years...