What’s your favorite Greek myth and why?

What’s your favorite Greek myth and why?

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  1. I like the tale of Athena and Arachne. It really shows why people were so subservient to the gods. You weren’t even allowed to take credit for your own skills.

  2. The Gordian Knot. (I *think* it’s Greek.)

    Basically, a ruler of a kingdom offered a huge reward (riches, land) if a brave knight could separate 2 ropes that were tied together in a crazy knotted ball.

    Knights tried untying the knot for hours and days, but all left in failure.

    Finally, one knight came and hacked the knot in half with his sword, separating the two ropes.

    The moral (for me) is not to approach a problem as it’s presented, but to find the simplest solution even if it’s unconventional and out-of-the-box.

  3. i like the story of cepheus and cassiopeia chaining up their little girl until the dashing hero perseus killed a gorgon because you can see it playing out in the sky. cassiopeia hangs upside down for half of the year as punishment, that’s pretty funny

  4. Hyacinthus – he was a really, really pretty guy who managed to earn the attentions of both Apollo and Zephyrus, the West Wind. One day, he’s playing discus with Apollo, as you do, only for Zephyrus, the jealous bastard, to blow the discus into Hyacinthus as he chases it to impress Apollo. Boom. Pretty boy is dead. That’s not how you healthily express your jealousy, Zephyrus, dude.

    Apollo is having none of this shit and makes a flower from Hyacinthus’s blood so that he doesn’t get taken by Hades, and the flower becomes stained by Apollo’s tears.

    All we really learn from this tale is that discuses are bloody dangerous. Don’t play discus with your boyfriend.

  5. These are just the personal lessons I took from these myths…

    **The story of Icarus** – when soaring towards success, be aware and do research first.

    **Orpheus and Eurydice** – a hard lesson in staying focused and, faithful during times of uncertainty.

    **Eros and Psyche** – trusting your own feelings when it comes to love, is what really matters.

  6. The contest between Athena and Poseidon over naming rights for the future city of Athens. I think it teaches that while some things may seem logical or practical, in reality, they aren’t.

    Spoiler: [Athena won.](/s)

  7. Persephone and Hades. Not really sure why. But I do remember in the first version I read, Persephone was sad to be in the Underworld and desperate to go home. So imagine how surprised I was when I read other versions where she actually likes being down there. In retrospect, my first version was much more kid friendly.

  8. There are times when the story of Pandora answers some questions, but most of the time the myth of Eris engineering the start of the Trojan War with nothing but a golden apple hits just right. That’s my girl.

  9. Artemis being such a powerful goddess in terms of her skills. The fact that she was the goddess of wild, vegetation, hunt and chastity along with being great at archery, made me super curious about her as a kid.

    I even remember fangirling her when I first read about her.

  10. I always loved Hestia. She seemed the most level-headed of all the Greek gods. She’s not really well known even though she was Rhea’s firstborn because she didn’t really cause any trouble, just tended to the fire, kept things running smoothly and took care of the family quietly without expecting any recognition.
    At least that’s how she seemed to me. Only one to actually value family and modesty.

  11. Perhaps these don’t count as myths, but I just finished *Ion* which was like a Bollywood soap. It was a nice break from all the other Greek Tragedies I’d been reading. For other reasons, *the Osteria* trilogy was amazing. So intense, with so many horrible characters that you simultaneously cheer for everyone and no one… It reminds me of some Roald Dahl books, actually. Just wretched characters.

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