Insights from Greek Mythology

Ms. Moore’s 6-8 Team students are exploring the monsters, gods, and heroes of Greek mythology, and their tales of adventure, love and treachery.

In ancient times, myths often helped people explain aspects of life their limited science could not, such as thunderstorms (Zeus’s moodiness,) earthquakes (Poseidon’s temper,) and even the seasons and poor crops, (Demeter’s story.)

Perhaps more importantly, tales of gods and goddesses offer insights into human weaknesses (jealousy, pride, selfishness, stubbornness;) as well as heroic traits (empathy, conviction, honesty, etc.)

Considering heroes of literature or movies, and those of real life, what persons come to mind? Perhaps Rosa Parks, Greta Thunberg, passengers of Flight 93 on 9/11 who followed the creed “Let’s roll.” Perhaps a student at school who defends a classmate from bullies, or a neighbor who takes action to provide supports or assistance for those who need it most.

What hero – fictional or real – inspires you?

Greek mythology continues to provide inspiration for books, graphic novels, movies, and other forms of entertainment, most notably the books series by Rick Riordan including Percy Jackson and the Olympians and, most recently, The Trials of Apollo. 

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