Ch 1: Mythology Study Guide: Understanding Myths

About This Chapter

The Understanding Myths chapter of this Mythology Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the basics of myths. 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 mythology.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering an understanding of myths will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about myths. 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 myths of various regions and religions
  • 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 Understanding Myths 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 Understanding Myths 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 myths for a standard mythology course. Topics covered include:

  • Characteristics and definition of a myth
  • Origins of polytheism
  • Role Greek myth played in Greek religion
  • Greek gods, myths, and monsters
  • The legend of a demigod in Greek mythology
  • Elysian Fields in Greek mythology
  • Comparison of Greek gods to their Roman counterparts and similarities between the two religions
  • Significant Roman gods, animals, and their symbols and characteristics
  • Norse mythology and the nine worlds

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: Mythology Study Guide: Understanding Myths
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Are Myths? - Definition, Types & Examples

1. What Are Myths? - Definition, Types & Examples

Lots of us read or even studied the Greek, Roman, and Egyptian gods in grade school or middle school. Just about every culture has its own myths, stories about gods and their magical deeds. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the defining characteristics of myths, as well as some examples.

Polytheism: Definition, Origins & Examples

2. Polytheism: Definition, Origins & Examples

This lesson offers a brief look into the definition, origin, and modern views of polytheistic beliefs. How have they evolved? Are there currently any still in existence? Read on to find out, and then take a quiz.

Greek Myth and Religion

3. Greek Myth and Religion

This lecture examines the troubles of generalizing Greek religion, before doing just that. It lists the major Olympian gods and their roles. It then explores the function of heroes in Greek religion. Next, the relationship between gods and men is laid out. Finally, it explores aspects of Greek myth that reemerge in Christianity.

Greek Gods & Greek Mythology

4. Greek Gods & Greek Mythology

In this lesson, you will explore the mythology of ancient Greek civilization, including the gods, heroes and monsters of legend. Then, test you understanding with a brief quiz.

Greek Demigod: Definition & Explanation

5. Greek Demigod: Definition & Explanation

The stories of Greek mythology involved gods, goddesses, heroes, and monsters. These legends often starred a demigod, or a hero born of a mortal and a divine being. In this lesson, learn the definition of a demigod and its most enduring mythological examples, then take a brief quiz.

The Elysian Fields: Definition & Mythology

6. The Elysian Fields: Definition & Mythology

This lesson will cover a unique location particular to Greek mythology known as the Elysian Fields. We'll discuss what makes the Elysian Fields unique, as well as how the place is depicted in different myths.

Roman Myths and Religion

7. Roman Myths and Religion

This lesson compares Roman gods to their Greek predecessors and enumerates the similarities and differences between Greek and Roman religion. Finally, Roman religion's relationship with mystery cults, especially Christianity, is briefly explored.

The Roman Gods: Names & Facts

8. The Roman Gods: Names & Facts

This lesson will list and describe some of the main Roman gods and the animals, attributes and symbols that the ancient Romans associated with them. A short quiz will follow this lesson to check your understanding.

What is Norse Mythology? - Overview, Deities & Stories

9. What is Norse Mythology? - Overview, Deities & Stories

This lesson will explore the gods of the Norse mythology and the nine invisible Norse worlds populated by giants, elves, and dwarves. Later, we will look at the story of the beginning of the world and its eventual destruction in the battle of Ragnarok.

Heroes in Celtic & Irish Mythology

10. Heroes in Celtic & Irish Mythology

In this lesson, we look into a bit of the history and legends of Irish mythology. We'll define the four cycles of Irish mythology and get a brief summary of two famous Irish heroes: Cuchullain and Finn McCool.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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