Greek Mythology In Ancient Greek Society

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Greek mythology can be viewed as a mirror to the ancient Greek civilization. Ancient Greek myths and legends often reflected how the Greeks saw themselves. Myths were used by Greeks to make justifications of every existing aspect of earth as well as their own society. In myths, Greek gods & heroes often represented key aspects of the human civilization. From Greek mythology, we can learn about the favorable characteristics of humans, such as their behavior and valuable skills that were approved of by the ancient Greek society. We can also learn about what was viewed as immoral or of little value. In addition, reviewing the Greek myths allows us to determine that the Greek society was generally a patriarchal society and agricultural and war were strong elements that shaped the ancient Greek society. Greek mythology and religion were integral parts of the ancient Greek society. The Greeks followed a polytheist religion in which multiple gods represented various aspects of the nature as well as skills practiced by mankind. From myths we can see that the Greeks worshipped the gods in the myths as they believed that humans were created by gods and the gods still walked amongst them so this would significantly alter mankind’s…show more content…
These examples show the value of golden apples in Greek myths as according to one of them when a goddess was given an apple she became the goddess of beauty and the other golden apples were protected by a dragon. The golden apples were items that were regarded of utmost importance to the gods. The same can be said about the Greek society as according to Plato throwing an apple to another was seen as a sign of love . According to Plato, “The apple symbolizes the girl's youth. It will fade soon as the girl herself ”. As a result, it can be inferred that apples were symbolic and held great value in the Greek society. Gold, youth, and beauty appeared to hold immense value for the ancient
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