It might change with time, but if you know the stories from Greco-Roman mythology there is probably at least one that resonates with you. Which story do you love and why? How would you recommend it to others? If you have enough space and time, please summarize it so others can see what it is that you like so well. Which Myth Do You Love
the battle with the giants
- i love the time that the gods repelled an army of giants (not the football team), because it shows that the gods and their children can work together.
- —Guest me
Hades and Persephone
- My favorite Greek Myth of all time is the myth of Hades and Persephone because its kinda like a dark, love story. Hades kidnapped Persephone, Demeter grieves, Persephone eats the pomegranate seed, and we have the seasons.
Eros and Psyche
- A very beautiful love story that captivated my heart. A story of two (not so meant-to-be, at first) people who loves each other so much that they just couldn't bear being apart. (Especially Psyche). Love and soul. The strongest bond anyone can get
- —Guest Just_wanna be unknown
Medusa and Athena
- I enjoyed this myth dearly because my favorite goddess is Athena, and I enjoy seeing her punish people that deserve it. I mean, what the heck?? You so DO NOT make out with Poseidon in her temple. I mean, I'm sure she was aware that Athena and Poseidon were not friends at all. It serves her right to have her hair made out of snakes!
- —Guest Future Mythologist
- I love the story of Ulysses because of his initial confidence that he would come back to his hometown. His cleverness promised good things. But his arrogance always prolonged the journey.
- —Guest Pseudonym
The Olympians' Birth
- The Olympians born of Kronos and Rhea were all eaten at birth, all except for Zeus. For his mother had salvaged him from being eaten by his father and Rhea fed him a rock. He was raised in a cave and later went on to save his siblings by making Kronos regurgitate them by using a plant. And they all landed in different places. Like Hestia, she landed on a hearth and became goddess of the hearth. Hera was later to become Queen of the Gods by marrying Zeus.
- —Guest Victoria Renee
Daphne and Apollo
- So appropriate to so much of modern life - women have always gotten a raw deal, and so often there seems only one way out.
- —Guest katja
Orpheus and Eurydice
- The powerful love story of Orpheus and Eurydice is beautiful but heart-breaking. It also leaves some unanswered questions. I love many of the myths, but this one I'm including in a novel I'm writing.
- —Guest Barbara Bockman
- What a tale of creatures, adventure, bravery, death, life, love and even stupidity! There is something for everyone here! I also enjoy the myriad of adaptations - paintings, movies, books, graphic novels and such - which have surrounded the tale for centuries! Thanks for asking.
- —Guest Victoria
Odysseus and the suitors
- From Detroit which put the 'hub' in hubris...let's kill the pollutors like the hero killed the suitors!
Athena and Arachne
- The gracious Goddess has helped this cult wanderer a great deal!
Baucis and Philemon
- This has always been one of my favorites. First, it's one of the few myths that actively involves Hermes in the story rather than just delivering messages or souls. Secondly, it shows the value of hospitality and the idea of entertaining the gods unaware. Finally, the long, loving story of the title characters and the desire to be together and serve the gods is deeply moving to me.
- —Guest Hachmom
- The Odyssey and Ulisses are definitely my favourites!!!! I regard it as the greatest work of western literature because it is a treasure that has inspired generations of people, works of literature etc. and it comprizes so much of human life - more or less everyone's life - and it is a praise of intelligence.
- —Guest Marie-Theres Schmetterer
- All, or almost all, one needs to know to live a life free of delusion.
Perseus and Medusa
- I love the story of Perseus because it is so obviously the story of Moses. In his youth he floats in an ark on the water in an attempt to kill him, like Moses. He is found by a relative of the king and is raised in the king's court. He seeks to free his mother from her slavery but the king won’t let them go, like Pharaoh. He is sent on a mission to the wilderness to get a special object which no man can look upon and yet live. He keeps it in a magic container and shows it to the enemy who die for looking upon it, like the Ark of the Covenant. He visits the mountain associated with Atlas the ancient gardener where the serpent guards the way to the tree of the valued fruit, like the mountain of the Law and the original sin. He wanders from Chemmis in Egypt to Joppa in Phoenicia. He weds an Ethiopian bride, like Moses and Zipporah. Phineus, like Phinehas, objects. I suppose that the name “Medusa” is really the Hebrew word “Mitzwah” meaning commandments. Quite Coincidental no?
Pyramus and Thisbe
- Having just seen the ballet 'Romeo and Juliet,' I was reminded of Ovid's 'Pyramus and Thisbe' where the two young lovers from disapproving families managed to meet and run away together. Alas! Their fate was the same as Romeo and Juliet's. Pyramus came late to their tryst and feared that Thisbe had been devoured by a hungry lioness. He killed himself in despair. Thisbe, coming out of hiding where she had gone to avoid the lioness, found her lover dead, pulled his sword from his body, and killed herself with it. A nice touch or two are in the Latin version. The sound effects are there when she pulled out the weapon....a bit gruesome, but very graphic! The other bit I liked was the fact that the parents put the lovers' ashes in the same urn, so that they could at least be together in death...very touching! There are a few stories , plays and musicals based on this story, including 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'West Side Story' It didn't originate or end with Shakespeare.
- —Guest LSeckold
Echo and Narcissus
- I love the story of Echo and Narcissus because it is beautiful, tragic, and memorable. I always think of the story when the narcissus bloom in my yard.