Ancient Greek Stories
Explore some of the most famous and interesting stories from ancient Greek mythology.
According to Greek mythology, Theseus was the son of Aethra, yet his father was unknown. At the time, Aethra supposedly had two suitors; King Aegeus of Athens, and Poseidon, God of the Sea. King Aegeus assumed the child was his own, and in the months preceding the birth of Theseus, he gave instructions to Aethra […]
In Greek Mythology, Apollo was the God of Light, and it was his job to pull the sun across the sky in his 4-horse chariot every day. He has also been referred to as the God of music, poetry, art, medicine, knowledge, plague and archery. Apollo was the son of Zeus (the God of Thunder) […]
Few tales are as well-known as the story of Odysseus and The Cyclops. This classic Greek myth tells the story of a clever hero who uses his wits to outsmart a giant, one-eyed monster. Along the way, he also demonstrates the importance of friendship and loyalty. Upon setting sail on his return journey from the […]
Homer’s tale, The Odyssey, is about Odysseus’ journey home after the Trojan War. It is likely that Homer wrote it during the second half of 8th Century BC because The Odyssey was popular throughout the Mediterranean region as Greek vases with scenes from the story depict. In Homer’s Odyssey, the hero Odysseus faces one of his greatest […]
The parable of Pandora is a classic tale in GREEK MYTHOLOGY. It’s a story that portrays the power of the gods and explains the purpose of evil in the world. It’s also notable for marking the end of the Golden Age of Man and causing a new era of human suffering. The tale begins with Zeus […]
Perseus' myths are full of gods, creatures, and monsters that you might see in a number of Hollywood movies and television shows. Even if Perseus' myth is a little on the simple side, it has still had a huge impact on Greek mythology.
According to Greek Mythology, the Amazons were a tribe of entirely female warriors. It was believed that the Amazons lived in Themiscyra near the Black Sea. This area is now Turkey, Eastern Europe. The Amazons were famous for being all women and for hating men. No men were allowed to live alongside the Amazons. They […]
The Argonauts were a band of heroes united in the common cause of taking the Golden Fleece from Colchis. This was a group of some of the most legendary heroes of all of Greek mythology, one of the few times in the myths where a group of heroes team up to accomplish a goal. The […]
Who Was Leda? Leda was a princess of King Thestius, also known as the name Thestias, until such time that she married off to Sparta’s King Tyndareus. Although she did not accomplish much in the grand scheme beyond her work as a mother, she was quite beautiful and her beauty is what brings her into […]
Understanding a Mythical War of History: Everything You Need to Know About the Trojan War For thousands of years, the mythical Greek tale of the Trojan War has delighted and haunted readers with its epic characters and unbelievable twists and turns. The topic of Hollywood movies, such as the 1997 film Trojan War, the story […]
Theogony literally means the “birth or genealogy of the gods.” It is the name of an epic poem by Hesiod, a Greek poet who is believed to have lived between 750 and 650 BC. He was thus a contemporary of Homer, the author of the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey.” Along with Homer’s works, the “Theogony” […]
The Wars between the Titans and Olympians The Titanomachy is a series of wars in Greek mythology. These wars took place in Thessaly, and were also called the War of the Titans, the Battle of the Titans, the Battle of the Gods or just the Titan War. These wars were between the Titans, the older […]
Most people know the story of Hercules (Heracles) and his twelve labors. These were tasks that he was charged with by King Eurystheus, which were meant to test his strength, courage, and perseverance. The labors were incredibly difficult, and many of them required Hercules to face off against some of the most fearsome creatures in […]