Ancient mythology follows the lives of the gods and goddesses who looked out over the world of humans, often creating obstacles and hardships for those who praised them and their enemies.
Whether Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Norse or anywhere else in the world, mythology may have actually been based on real histories whose lives were later blown into epic stories. Mythology tries to answer the curiosities of the world, nature and why people behave. They attempted to explain existence and death. To those who told the stories, it was the meaning of mythological stories that took precedent over the facts and details of a story.
Like many people, you will see the similarities between Ancient Roman and Ancient Greek mythology, and for a good reason - they were adopted from each other, which were also adopted from Egyptian mythology. But, can you figure out this convoluted mess? Do you know who the Roman deity for Zeuss was? You do? Okay, how about the Roman form of Aphrodite? Do you know what Poseidon always had at his side or what famous island civilization he sank?
It's time for you to turn the table son the Gods by answering the questions into their lives, creation, and stories. Take this quiz... that is unless you are afraid to be taken down by a bolt of lightning.
Pandora opened up a whole can of worms. More specifically, she opened a box that cursed humanity with the evils of the world.
Aphrodite was the goddess of love. If you were needing a little lovin' in your life, that was who you prayed to.
Pegasus was a winged horse. Today, Pegasus is merely a constellation in the sky!
Hades was once the god of death and the underworld. He was basically the Greek version of the Christian devil.
Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades were brothers. One was the lord of the heavens, one of the sea, and one of the underworld.
Orpheus famously descended into the underworld to retrieve his bride. Hades was kind and let him have her.
Ares was the god of war, but people thought he was a coward. His sister Athena was far more courageous than he was.
Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo. She is a huntress, and is famous for being the virgin goddess.
Theseus is famous for going into a labyrinth and slaying the Minotaur. By doing so, he saved the city's people from the burden of sacrifice.
Medusa was famously an ugly woman. She had snakes for hair and anyone that looked at her turned to stone.
Zeus was the father of the gods. Zeus was prolific in the sack and took on animal forms in order to fulfill his desires.
The Greek gods were otherwise known as Olympian gods. They're also referred to as the Greek Pantheon.
It all started with Chaos. From Chaos came Earth (Gaia) and love (Eros.)
Being Earth, Gaia gave birth to the Sky, Sea, and Mountains. She took Sky (Uranus) to be her husband. Wait, wasn't that her child?
Aphrodite had a scandalous love affair with Ares. They had a lot of children together, including Eros, Phobos, Deimos, Anteros, and Harmonia.
It's true that Athena had a city named after her. That would be Athens, the capital of Greece!
Athena had a mortal mother, whom Zeus got pregnant. Athena was born out of Zeus' head because he decided to eat Athena's mother when she became pregnant.
Athens was the world's first democracy. That makes sense, considering that Athena was the goddess of wisdom.
Athenians are famous for a lot of things. They wrote the world's first plays, both comedy and tragedy, which are still performed today.
These were all famous Athenians, and some of the greatest thinkers of all time. Again, you see why Athena is still associated with wisdom?
Poseidon was famous for carrying a trident, which is a three-pronged spear. He ruled the sea and drove a golden chariot.
Naturally, being the god of the sea, Poseidon was a little unpredictable. He was also the god of earthquakes.
Every god had a city that they were charged with watching over. The city would then show their thanks by honoring that god.
Poseidon is famous for sinking the city of Atlantis; he created a terrible earthquake that destroyed the city.
Hermes was the messenger of the gods. He had winged sandals, and he was always getting into mischief.
When it came to these war-loving siblings, Athena was by far the better warrior. Ares was haughty and tempestuous, but he just wasn't great at fighting.
Troy truly did exist. The ruins of Troy have been found in modern-day Turkey.
The Peloponnesian War famously lasted 27 years. The cities within Greece had a serious bone to pick with one another.
The Greeks didn't like Ares all that much, but the Romans just loved him. They called him Mars, and they turned him into a hero.
The Roman version of Zeus was Jupiter. Each Greek god eventually had a Roman equivalent.
The Roman version of Aphrodite was Venus. Remember the famous painting of Venus on the half shell?
The traditional symbol for Zeus is the thunderbolt. He was the god of gods, and a very wise man.
These were all international version of Zeus, the god of thunder and lightning. In Norse mythology, it was Thor, for the Finns, it was Ukko, and for the Aztecs, it was Tlaloc.
Aphrodite's son Eros became Cupid to the Romans. They pictured him as a little boy with wings and a bow and arrow.
Hera was the goddess of marriage for the Greeks, and Juno was goddess of marriage for the Romans. They were each married to the god of gods.