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1 Ancient Greece Greek Literature and Mythology Clip Art

2 Ancient Greek Literature Early Greek writers created some of the world s most famous stories and poems Homer (a blind poet) wrote The Iliad and The Odyssey Both are epic poems The Iliad discusses Achilles and his role in the Trojan War The Odyssey talks about Odysseus and his adventurous journey home These poems were used in Greek schools as lessons Homer s works are considered some of the greatest literary works ever

3 Ancient Greek Literature Another famous poet was Sappho She wrote her poems to go with music lyre Called lyric poems Greeks wrote stories to teach lessons too Fable Short stories that teach the reader lessons about life Aesop is the most famous fable writer from Ancient Greece Clip Art

4 Greek Literature Today Words from Ancient Greece: Odyssey Journey Titanic Large and powerful Athens Athena, goddess of wisdom Atlas A giant who held up the sky Aegean Sea Greek king Aegeus Europe Europa (Greek heroine) Io (Jupiter s moon) A Goddess daughter Clip Art

5 Greek Influence on Language Achilles was a great warrior who was killed when an arrow struck his heel Hercules was the strongest man an earth who completed 12 almost impossible tasks King Midas was granted one wish by the god Dionysus, so he wished everything he touched turned to gold An Achilles Heel is a person s weak spot When a person has a really hard job to do, it called a Herculean task A person who seems to get rich easily is said to have a Midas touch

6 Greek Gods Gods were at the center of Greek life Mythology played an important role in Greek society Mythology A collection of stories about gods and heroes that try to explain how the world works Today, we use scientific explanations for things Not the case with the Greeks, who used the gods to explain everything The Greeks created myths to explain why the gods did what they did

7 The Greek Gods History Textbook

8 Zeus The Ruler of the Gods

9 Poseidon Lord of the Sea

10 Hades Lord of the Underworld

11 Hera Queen of the Gods

12 Hestia Goddess of the Hearth

13 Ares God of War

14 Athena Goddess of Wisdom

15 Apollo God of the Sun

16 Aphrodite Goddess of Love

17 Hermes The Messenger God

18 Artemis Goddess of the Hunt

19 Hephaestus God of Metalworking

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