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ABOVE:  A young man named Hylas learns the hard way never to trust a nymph (and especially not a pool full of them).
 
GREEK MYTHOLOGY
 
Out of all the mythologies of the world, Greek mythology has had the most influence on Western culture.  Literally thousands of artists and writers have used Greek mythology as their muse--bringing the ancient stories to life through sculpture, painting, poetry, and song. Myth-inspired phrases such as Achilles Heel and Oedipus Complex and stand-alone words like labyrinth and mentor proliferate our language.  Media other than high art use mythological references too.   Businesses and advertising firms use mythology as a selling tool.  Arethusa Plumbing references Arethusa (a nymph transformed into a spring), a diamond necklace is titled a Pandora for its irresistibility, and towering billboards bear the name Olympus.  All these examples show how culturally ingrained Greek mythology has become.  Together with the Bible and Shakespeare, Greek mythology rounds out the Big Three of Allusions.  Any serious student of literature must have a healthy background in these three areas in order to spot the numerous references authors make to them.
  
 
 
Click the link above to see a colorful gallery filled with information about Greece's legendary deities.  (To purchase full-color posters of the Greek gods and goddesses, printed on sturdy 11 X 14" cardstock, visit the store.)
 
 
In this myth Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, abducts Persephone, the daughter of Demeter. Because of the events of this story, the seasons of the year come into being.
 
For more information on Reader's Theater and its benefits in the secondary classroom, make sure to visit the Reader's Theater section of this website.  To purchase Zak Hamby's collections of mythological plays visit the store or see the Amazon link at the bottom of the page.
 
MYTHOLOGICAL BARBIE

Design a doll based on a female character from Greek mythology.  Students must create three features (things Barbie can do) and three accessories (cheap, plastic things that come with the doll) that relate to the character.  There are also sections for advertising another doll related to this one and designing a vehicle for the doll to use.  This is a very fun activity, and the students often get very creative.  It really allows the students to show their humor.  Also included in the PDF is an example of "Athena Barbie."

BELLEROPHON PARODY (PDF)

Students read "The Ballad of Bellerophon", a parody of the myth of Bellerophon and Pegasus, and analyze the ways in which the story is a parody. 
 
 
This Powerpoint gives basic information on the main Greek gods and goddesses.
 
 
This Powerpoint gives basic information on some of the lesser gods and creatures.
 
 
Four sets of charades prompts (divided per unit as outlined in the sample mythology course outline on this website). Charades works as a great way to review important information from each unit. Give students approximately 30 seconds to act out these clues.
 
 
 
 
This extensive webquest features information about the way in which the ancient Greeks lived and thought.  Learn about the most famous Greeks and how society today would not be possible if the Greeks had not come first.
 
 
Using only the provided game sheet and a few dice, involve the entire class in the Trojan War with this interactive game.  Click the link above for more information on how the game is played.
 
 
Featuring original artwork by the creator of this site, Zachary Hamby, engage your students in a Where's Waldo?-style pictorial search of the Trojan War.
 

This presentation gives background information on the key players in the Trojan War.
 
 
In this interactive hero quest based on the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure craze of the past decades, you control the hero Theseus making many decisions that could either make or break his quest.  
 
MYTHOLOGICAL ALLUSIONS (PDF)

28 MYTH-INSPIRED POEMS (PDF)

As it was mentioned before, Greek mythology claims the most influence on modern art, Literature, and language.  This assignment teaches students the concept of Allusion, allows them to identify several mythological allusions, and then asks them to create their own allusion by developing a product that could be tied into Greek mythology.  The second file is a document containing 28 Greek myth-inspired poems for your students to use in conjunction with the allusion packet.  Please do not redistribute these poems.  They are for educational purposes only.
 

Follow this link to download a variety of mythological coloring sheets featuring artwork by Zachary Hamby. (For color prints of the same drawings, printed on sturdy 11 X 14" card-stock poster paper visit the store.)
 

This document contains several brief tales of lovers from Greek mythology.
 

 
 
 


 
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