Have you ever wondered about myths? I began to, after English class, about how people back hundreds of years ago lived. Who were their Gods? Well, I’ll name a few:

Aphrodite, who’s more common name is Venus, was the goddess of love and beauty. There are two theories about how she was born: The first is from a poet named Hesiod, who claimed that Aphrodite was born from sea foam. Homer’s theory, however, says that she was the daughter of Dione and Zeus.

Aphrodite’s brother, Ares, the God of war, whose Roman name was Mars, is often shown holding a spear stained with blood. Although depicted most fiercely, he was beaten by Hercules in a battle, and wounded in the Trojan War.

The next God I shall describe is Artemis, who, like Ares and Aphrodite, is a child of Zeus. Artemis was the goddess of the hunt, and her arrows brought death to their ill-fated targets. When her brother Apollo, got jealous because the goddess was spending a lot of time hunting with a giant named Orion, he tricked her into shooting one of her arrows into his head.

Although in the paragraph above, Apollo was described as cruel, he is actually the God of music, healing, and prophesy. He was known, like the other gods who dwelled on Mt. Olympus, to get into human affairs. He helped Paris kill Achilles in the Trojan War.

Zeus, whose Roman name way Jupiter, was the youngest child of Titans Cronus Rhea. His father had planned to swallow him, like he had done to all of Zeus’s older brothers and sisters, but his mother, Rhea, hid him in a cave on Mt. Dicte on the island of Crete. He rescued his siblings by forcing Cronus to regurgitate them, and he and his God and goddess sisters and brothers wrested control of the universe from thelrtans.

The last God I will tell you about is Hermes, whose Roman name was Mercury. He was the son of Zeus and nymph. He was unusually mature as a young child, and on his first day on Earth, he Grafted the first lyre. Hermes was helpful to other deities, as well as humans. He was a divine messenger and his job to transport dead souls to the Underworld.

I hope this article will spark your Interests in Greek Mythology, and I hope you will learn something about history.

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