Greek Mythology was based on a polytheistic religion that was

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Greek Mythology
Purpose
Based on a Polytheistic
Religion
Explained natural
phenomena and life
events
Characteristics of
the Gods
They fought
They were jealous
They cheated!
They were very human
like!!
Important Gods to
remember
Zeus-king of the Gods,
reason for thunder and
lightening
Hera-his wife
Phidias’s Zeus
Statue of Hera:
Apollo-God of
Prophecy
Artemis-Goddess of
the hunt/harvest
Statue of Apollo:
Athena-Goddess of
War..and patron of
Athena
Aphrodite-Goddess
of love beauty
Statue of Athena:
Understanding #1
Greek Mythology was
based on a polytheistic
religion that was
integral to the culture,
politics, and art in
ancient Greece.
Understanding #2
Many of Western
Civilization’s symbols,
metaphors, words, and
idealized images come
from ancient Greek
mythology
Did the Greeks follow a
polytheistic faith early in their
civilization?
A. Yes
B. No
Who was the king of the Greek
Gods?
A. Apollo
B. Ares
C. Hercules
D. Zeus
Which God or Goddess was
the patron deity of Athens?
A. Apollo
B. Artemis
C. Athena
D. Aphrodite
Is a myth a factual story based on
science and evidence?
A. Yes
B. No
This God was very militaristic and
represented the military civilization
known as Sparta
A. Spartacus
B. Ares
C. Apollo
D. Hermes
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