Greek Mythology: An Introduction

It is probably pointless to explain but Greek mythology is a large collection of stories started in Ancient Greece about the beginning of the world, and writes about the lives and adventures of gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines. 

Greek mythology has twelve main gods known as the Twelve Olympians. They were Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Hephaestus, Hades, Athena, Artemis, Apollo, Ares, Demeter, Aphrodite and Hermes. The Ancient Greeks believed that the world was in a state of nothingness in the beginning, which they named Chaos. Then from the light came Gaia (mother earth) and Uranus (the sky) along with other old gods (called primordials) like Tartarus (the pit of eternal damnation) and Pontus (the primordial god of the oceans). 

The Greek mythological ‘family tree’ is vast when you consider it in its entirety. I’m including a picture above for reference of the most simple one. The reason it is so confusing is because many of them had a lot of children, across a lot of different relationships. Some of the gods are less significant than others, which is why there is a simplified version of the family tree. Considering I’m just a novice in this topic I’m quite grateful for this more basic version. However, I am also going to include a link to a picture on Wikipedia of the entire family tree just in case anyone is interested.

In this series on my blog I am going to explore the different stories in Greek mythology, basically whichever one takes my fancy. Or if other people start to show an interest in this series, then ones that people suggest they want to talk about. It will be like a book review, but on Greek mythologies instead. At some point I will probably also compare the differences and similarities between Roman and Greek Gods so look out for that!

I hope you enjoy!

-S

The link for the entire family tree: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_tree_of_the_Greek_gods

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