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Roman Myth: Mount Olympus and the Twelve Olympians

By dabird00 Dec 04, 2013 511 Words
Derek Bird
ANTH&104
11/11/13
Mount Olympus and the Twelve Olympians
In Greek mythology it is unclear if Mount Olympus is in the heavens or somewhere down on earth. Although the Greeks did name their tallest mountain Mount Olympus, that disregards the myth/story. The twelve Olympians were: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Athena, Ares, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Aphrodite, Demeter and sometimes Hephaestus and Hades but he prefers not to leave the underworld. So he would not attend council meetings on Mount Olympus. Hestia but she eventually resigned her place to Dionysus. Each Olympian calls Mount Olympus their home. They were an unstoppable power, rulers of the heavens and earth. With each a unique set of characteristics that were associated to everyday life so Greeks would thrive on worshiping them. Hestia was the goddess of the Earth, one of the favorite women Greek goddesses. She was on the council but eventually got sick of all of the fighting and commotion between the gods. She grew unhappy and was more the delighted to resign and giver her place to Dionysus, the god of wine. Interesting enough in Greek mythology, Hephaestus, the husband of Aphrodite, is not looked upon as one of the Twelve Olympians; even though he built the homes. According to the Parthenon, you will not find a statue of Hades anywhere but you will find a statue of Hephaestus. So the real question here is…who is the 12th Olympian? It is untold, and probably will remain that way. But different versions of the story might be more direct with a 12th Olympian and less unclear about the full history of the myth.

Olympians gained their supremacy in a major war of the gods, which Zeus led his children and siblings to victory over the Titans. We learn here that the Greek people really worship these gods. If they did not stand up and fight against the Titans the Greek people know they would not have stood a chance. They would have been slaughtered and killed instantly. They feel they owe their lives to the gods because they saved theirs Greeks were very respectable and knowledgeable people.

The significance of this myth is that the people of the Greek culture get to live their lives knowing and feeling that a superior deity is watching, protecting and creating order in their lives. It influences Greeks to create their own capital and council. Set expectations to be more like the gods and goddesses. And live a life a worth living. The myth represents that we are all related and connected to each other.

This is just one of many ancient Greek myths. I chose this one amongst the rest because I felt like it is thought about most in every day Greek life. Since it is generally about each individual god and where they are from and what they accomplished. I learned that the Olympians had a battle with the Titans; one of the biggest mythical battles of all time. SOURCES:

http://www.religionfacts.com/greco-roman/gods/olympians.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve_Olympians

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