Definitions and Ideas
How do you answer these questions?
How do you ask for something politely?
Where do spiders come from?
What is a constellation?
Why is the world so *@#d up?
Myth ()word, story (3)
Historical Background of
The Physical World
Greek Ideas about their own culture
Greek Religion vs. Mythology
Chronology of Greek History
The prominence of the Epic Cycle (44-49)
Sources for Classical Mythol
Creation and Divine Order: Life
MLS Ch. 3: Myths of Creation
Parallels to Creation Myths in Other
Order in an Unstable World
How things got here and why things are the
way they are.
Larger Patterns: Personific
The Rise of Zeus and the
Creation of Man
MLS Ch. 4 and 6
God = Man, Man = God?
The Succession Myth
Son overthrows Father
Embraces the Greek Ideals of
Need for Order
Competition as Desirable
Violence as Natural
The Music of the Ainur
There was Eru, the One, who in Arda is called Ilvatar; and he made first the
Ainur, the Holy Ones, that were the offspring of his thought, and they were
with him before aught else was made. And he spoke to them, propounding to
Greek Mythology (CLHU 246)
1: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2: And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the
face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Homers Iliad, excerpt from Book 1
Then Lord Agamemnon answered him: Brave you may be, godlike Achilles, but dont try to trick me with
your cleverness. Youll not outwit me or cajole me. Do you think, since you demand I return her, that Ill
sit here without