About This Chapter
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Other chapters within the Mythology Study Guide course
- Mythology Study Guide: Greek Gods & Heroes
- Mythology Study Guide: Greek Goddesses & Heroines
- Mythology Study Guide: The Trojan War, The Iliad & The Odyssey
- Mythology Study Guide: Greek Tragedy
- Mythology Study Guide: Roman Gods, Goddesses & Heroes
- Mythology Study Guide: Norse Gods, Goddesses & Stories
- Mythology Study Guide: Mythological Gods & Creatures