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Ch 2: Mythology Study Guide: Greek Gods & Heroes

About This Chapter

The Greek Gods & Heroes chapter of this Mythology Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study these characters important to the ancient Greeks. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts associated with the heroes and gods of ancient Greece.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Greek gods and heroes material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about these mythical characters. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing Greek gods and heroes
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning mythology (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Greek Gods & Heroes chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Greek Gods & Heroes chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any mythology question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about Greek gods and heroes for a standard mythology course. Topics covered include:

  • Stories about Zeus, including his vices and his virtues
  • Overview of the Titans in Greek mythology, including Prometheus
  • Myths involving Cronos, Prometheus, Typhon, Poseidon and Hades
  • The role of Dionysus, Hermes, Apollo, Aesculapius, Ouranos, Atlas and Aeolus in ancient Greek society and mythology
  • How the ancient Greeks confused the tale of the god Helios, who personified the sun
  • Explanation of Eros and its opposite Thanatos
  • Definition and overview of the ancient Greek chthonic gods
  • Victories of Theseus
  • The curse bestowed upon the House of Atreus
  • The mythological pit Tartarus and its inhabitants
  • Biography of the mythical Perseus and his fight with the monster Medusa
  • Plot summary of The Argonautica and descriptions of its main characters

23 Lessons in Chapter 2: Mythology Study Guide: Greek Gods & Heroes
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Who Was Zeus? - Mythology & Facts

1. Who Was Zeus? - Mythology & Facts

Learn about Zeus, the most powerful god in Greek mythology. Explore the stories that surround the father of the Greek gods and discover his virtues and vices.

Titans of Greek Mythology: Facts & Overview

2. Titans of Greek Mythology: Facts & Overview

Explore the mythology of the Ancient Greeks through stories about the Titans, the first Greek gods. Learn about the birth of the Titans and their defeat by a new generation of gods, led by Zeus. Discover the Titan Prometheus, who first gave fire to mankind.

Cronos the God? - Mythology, Overview

3. Cronos the God? - Mythology, Overview

Meet Cronos, the father of the Greek gods. Discover how Cronos killed his own father and learn how he tried to avoid the same fate at the hands of his children.

Who Was the God Prometheus? - Mythology, Overview

4. Who Was the God Prometheus? - Mythology, Overview

Prometheus was a rebel, stealing fire and angering the god Zeus. Explore the stories about Prometheus and learn of his endless torture, chained to a mountain top.

Typhon of Greek Mythology

5. Typhon of Greek Mythology

Learn about a major character in Greek mythology and the origins of the world according to the Greeks. Explore the world of the Greek god Typhon and learn about his connections to other Greek gods.

The Greek God Poseidon: Mythology & Facts

6. The Greek God Poseidon: Mythology & Facts

In this lesson we discover the Greek god of the seas, Poseidon. One of the three most powerful gods in ancient Greek mythology, Poseidon played an important role in everyday Greek life and was often present in Greek literature.

Hades, Greek God of the Underworld: Mythology & Overview

7. Hades, Greek God of the Underworld: Mythology & Overview

Hades is the Greek god of the underworld, the realm of the dead. Explore the myths about Hades, his abduction of Persephone, and the fate of those that defied him.

The Greek God Dionysus: Mythology & Facts

8. The Greek God Dionysus: Mythology & Facts

In this lesson we explore the ancient Greek god, Dionysus. The god devoted to wine, pleasure, and festivals, Dionysus was an important figure in ancient Greek society and often depicted on Greek pottery.

The Greek God Hermes: Facts, Myths & Symbols

9. The Greek God Hermes: Facts, Myths & Symbols

The Greek god Hermes was known as a trickster, a messenger, and even a thief. In this lesson, learn about the myths surrounding Hermes and become familiar with common symbols associated with this unique figure.

Who is Apollo? - Greek God & Concept

10. Who is Apollo? - Greek God & Concept

From his birth on the island of Delos to the Pythian Games held in his honor at Delphi, this lesson explores the exciting mythology surrounding Apollo - one of the most important Greek gods.

Who Was Helios? - Mythology & Overview

11. Who Was Helios? - Mythology & Overview

In this lesson, we explore Helios, the god who personified the sun. In the process, we discover how even the ancient Greeks sometimes confused the gods, and we see one example of Helios in ancient mythology.

Aesculapius in Greek Mythology

12. Aesculapius in Greek Mythology

Learn about Aesculapius (or more commonly, Asclepius) the Greek God of Healing and Medicine and the son of Apollo. When you're done, take the quiz and see what you've learned.

The Greek God Aeolus: Mythology, Overview

13. The Greek God Aeolus: Mythology, Overview

In this lesson, we will explore the Greek god Aeolus. Keeper of the wind and resident of the island Aeolia, the god's largest role in Greek literature or myth is in attempting to aid Odysseus home in Homer's Odyssey.

Eros, Life Instinct: Definition & Explanation

14. Eros, Life Instinct: Definition & Explanation

In this lesson, we will define Eros through its Greek Mythology beginnings. We'll also discuss how it has transcended this basic definition to include life instinct, and then we'll define Eros in terms of its polar opposite, Thanatos.

Chthonic: Definition & Overview

15. Chthonic: Definition & Overview

In this lesson we explore the ancient Greek chthonic gods. Not only do we discover several types of ancient sacrifices, but we also gain insight into a typical historical discussion concerning categorization.

Atlas in Greek Mythology: Story & Facts

16. Atlas in Greek Mythology: Story & Facts

What does a bunch of maps have to do with Greek mythology? In this lesson, discover the story of Atlas, the bearer of the Heavens, and how he has had such an impact on how people look at the world.

Myth of Theseus: Summary, Overview

17. Myth of Theseus: Summary, Overview

Theseus was a Greek hero known for his defeat of the Minotaur, though he defeated many other foes and won many other battles. In this lesson, you'll learn all about Theseus, including his birth, early life, heroic deeds, military victories, and more.

Who Was Atreus? - Mythology & Curse

18. Who Was Atreus? - Mythology & Curse

In Greek mythology, Atreus was the father of Agamemnon and Menelaus. His name is given to a curse that afflicted the whole family for five generations. This lesson will explore the curse that affected Atreus.

Tartarus of Greek Mythology: Definition & Explanation

19. Tartarus of Greek Mythology: Definition & Explanation

In this lesson we explore the mythological pit of Tartarus. An ancient prison far below even the underworld, Tartarus was populated by the worst deities the immortal world had to offer.

The Greek God Ouranos: Mythology & Overview

20. The Greek God Ouranos: Mythology & Overview

In this lesson we explore the Greek god, Ouranos. The ancient Greek god that personified the sky, Ouranos was considered the father to many of the earlier gods of Greek mythology.

Greek Myth of Perseus and Medusa: Summary & Overview

21. Greek Myth of Perseus and Medusa: Summary & Overview

Explore the tale of young hero, Perseus, who sets out to defeat the terrifying Medusa, who could turn any man into stone. Learn about the birth and adventures of this famous hero and the lessons learned from the stories that surround him.

The Argonautica Plot Synopsis: The Myth of Jason and the Argonauts

22. The Argonautica Plot Synopsis: The Myth of Jason and the Argonauts

This lesson offers a complete plot synopsis of 'The Argonautica' by Apollonius of Rhodes. Discover the main characters of this romantic twist of a classic Greek myth and learn the similarities between this and 'The Odyssey.'

The Quest for The Golden Fleece: Story & Overview

23. The Quest for The Golden Fleece: Story & Overview

This lesson will recount a brief version of the tale of Jason and the Argonauts. It discusses their quest for the Golden Fleece as told primarily by Apollonius of Rhodes.

Chapter Practice Exam
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