Greek Mythology is one of the most fascinating things in this world. The myths are interesting and sensible, sometimes with morals that help us in the modern world. In this post, you'll read some amazing myths.
Have you ever wondered why there are seasons?
Hades, the god of the Underworld, had fallen in love with Persephone, the Greek Goddess of agriculture's (Demeter) daughter. He took her to the Underworld without telling a single soul. Demeter was worried, since she couldn't find her daughter. She searched everywhere. She threatened to make the earth barren forever and thus destroy all of humankind if she did not find Persephone.
Finally, the goddess Hecate told Demeter where Persephone was. Enraged by the news of Persephone's kidnapping, she refused to return to Mount Olympus. Instead she roamed the earth in disguise of a mortal, forbidding the trees to bear fruit and the earth to nurture vegetables and herbs.
Hermes, the messenger of the gods, summoned by Zeus, went down to Hades to fetch Persephone. Hades shrugged and agreed to let her go. Persephone had not eaten a single thing—whether from sorrow, loss of appetite, or stubbornness—since her arrival in the Underworld. But before she left, Hades urged Persephone to eat a single pomegranate seed. Sadly, this was a trick: Anyone who tastes the food of Hades must remain in the Underworld.
Rhea—the mother of Zeus, Demeter, and Hades—decided something that her children reluctantly accepted: Since Persephone had eaten there, she had to spend at least part of every year in the Underworld. Rhea suggested that Persephone spend six months as Queen of the Underworld and the rest of the year with Demeter.
After agreeing to the deal, Demeter restored Earth's fertility and returned to Olympus with Persephone. But when the time came for Persephone to return to the Underworld, the earth became colder and less fertile.
Here is another myth from http://greece.mrdonn.org/greekgods/pandora.html (I have copied it here from the website)
Once up a time, a long time ago, there were two brothers named Epimetheus and Prometheus. They were good gods. They had good hearts. They were good friends.
One day, Prometheus got in trouble with Zeus. Angry over something or other, Zeus had declared that man did not deserve fire. Because he had a kind heart, and he knew how much man needed fire for food and warmth, Prometheus gave man the secret of fire even though Zeus had told all the gods not to do that. Zeus was furious that his order had been ignored. As punishment, Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock for many years.
But that was not enough punishment, not for Zeus. Once Prometheus was chained to a rock, Zeus went after Prometheus' brother, the gentle, kind-hearted Epimetheus. Zeus did not chain Epimetheus to a rock. Zeus had a more sneaky punishment in mind.
First, Zeus ordered the gods' handyman, the maker of things - Hephaestus - to make Zeus a daughter. Hephaestus made a woman out of clay, a beautiful woman. He brought her to life, and then brought her to Zeus. Zeus named his lovely new daughter Pandora.
Zeus knew that Epimetheus was lonely. Zeus told Epimetheus that his brother had to be punished and that's why he was chained to a rock. But Zeus felt sorry that this punishment left Epimetheus without the company of his brother. That's why Zeus had decided to give Pandora in marriage to Epimetheus.
Epimetheus was kind-hearted and gentle and thoughtful, but he was no fool. He knew Zeus was up to something. But he loved Pandora at first sight.
Zeus gave the newlyweds a gift. Some say it was a jar which was locked. It came with a note. The note said: "DO NOT OPEN." Attached to the note was a key. It was all very curious.
You can guess what happened next. It was Pandora whose curiosity got the better of her. One day, she used the key to open the box. As she raised the lid, out flew all the bad things in the world today - envy, sickness, hate, disease. Pandora slammed the lid closed, but it was too late.
Epimetheus heard her weeping. He came running. Pandora opened the lid to show him it was empty. Quickly, before she could slam the lid shut, one tiny bug flew out. He gave Pandora a big smile in thanks for his freedom and flew away. That tiny bug was named Hope. And Hope made all the difference in the world.
A nice story, don't you think?
Anyway, that's all for this post. I hope you enjoyed reading Greek Myths as much as I did!
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