Greek mythology is the body of myths and legends belonging to
the ancient Greeks concerning their gods and heroes, the
nature of the world, and the origins and significance of their
own cult and ritual practices. They were a part of religion in
ancient Greece. Modern scholars refer to the myths and study
them in an attempt to throw light on the religious and
political institutions of Ancient Greece, its civilization,
and to gain understanding of the nature of myth-making
itself. Some theologists speculate that the Ancient Greeks
created myths to explain nearly everything so that – so to
speak – no loose ends remained...
The Giants were as tall as mountains and so strong as to be unbeatable. The Olympian gods were anthropomorphic, which means that they looked a lot like human men and women. But the Giants were frightening to look at. According to Apollodorus, their shaggy hair drooped from their heads and chins, and they had dragon scales on their feet.
Classical Myth: The Ancient Sources
Map and summary showing the mythical passages of Odysseus and Aeneas in the Underworld.
Myths and Mythology