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A 5 page paper discussing Heracles [later renamed 'Hercules ' by the Romans]. The themes of the stories and adventures of Heracles have all the makings of a great action/adventure television show. Bibliography lists four sources.

This 5 page paper discusses the myth of Hercules (Heracles) and compares it with the myth of Diana (Artemis). Each character was undeniably heroic and each based their standards of behavior on ideals much larger than their own individuality. No additional sources cited.

In 5 pages, the author discusses how Roman mythology began and its purpose. Roman mythology is much like Greek mythology. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

A 12 page analytical paper exploring the theme of human sacrifice in mythology. Using the stories of Selene and Endymion, Aphrodite and Adonis, and Cybele and Attis, along with two stories about Demeter, the writer supports the notion that human sacrifice is used to demonstrate the power of the gods and compassion. Bibliography lists ...

25 pages worth of extensively detailed discussion relevant to how the stars and constellations derived their name from Greek mythology/stories. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

A 6 page paper that looks at the issue of abuse as it is presented in Greek mythology, and focuses on the issues related to the abuse of women in a number of myths. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Women in Mythology

  • 14 page paper

A 14 page paper that presents the complex roles of women in mythology and the three major categories in which most mythological women can be placed. This paper also demonstrates the way in which culture determines the roles of women, and utilizes a variety of mythologies, from the myths of medieval England to those of ...

A 7 page essay on the unequal and unjust roles assigned to women in Greek society as expressed in mythology. The writer focuses on plays by Aeschylus, Euripides and Homer, and on the characters Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Odysseus, Calypso, and Helen. The writer also expresses the overall purpose of the play in terms of ...

Incest of the Gods

  • 7 page paper

A 7 page essay on the incestuous relationships reported in Greek mythology and Greek plays. The writer lists a number of incestuous relationships between Zeus, his brothers and sisters and progeny, and also gives examples from and commentary on plays such as Oedipus Rex, Medea and Agamemnon in support of the thesis. ...

a 5 page paper looking at the reason Zeus retained his position as this 'Supreme Deity' of the Greek Pantheon after his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather lost theirs to their sons. The paper suggests that Greek society was changing and civilizing over time, and Zeus, more than his father or grandfather, represents the flexibility and ...

A 3 page paper looking at the characteristics of the Greek goddess Athena, and analyzing her appeal to the people who worshipped her. The paper argues that in an overwhelmingly patriarchal society, Athena's spirit ruled in Athens as the Athenian wife's spirit ruled within the confines of her home. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 4 page analysis of the appeal of Zeus to Greek society. The paper argues that Zeus changed from a fickle and furious weather-god to a champion of justice, as his worshippers changed from illiterate tribesmen to the highest culture of the ancient world. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

The Greek God Apollo

  • 6 page paper

A 6 page paper that explores the legends surrounding the Greek god Apollo and discusses the religious rituals practiced in his worship. The nature of the symbols of the bow, the laurel, and the lyre that are traditionally associated with Apollo are explained. Apollo's early use of music therapy is also explored. ...

In 6 pages the author tells a hypothetical story, which might have happened when Argonauts visited Jason in Corinth after Medea's departure. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

In 3 pages the author discusses Cupid, Mars, and Venus, who were figures in Roman Mythology. Roman mythology has many interesting gods and goddesses. They are mirrored in Greek mythology. Cupid, the god of love, Venus, the goddess of beauty and love, and Mars, the god of war are three of mythologies well ...

A 5 page analysis of the character of Clytemnestra in the play 'Agamemnon' (458 B.C.) by the Greek playwright Aeschylus. The writer argues that it would have been easy for Aeschylus to portray Clytemnestra as a completely unsympathetic character. Instead, he forces the audience to see Clytemnestra's point of view. Nevertheless, by making Clytemnestra¹s most ...

A 10 page paper which examines Greek mythology by considering three or more myths to determine meaning, function and significance. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

This 5 page paper considers the use of the name Apollo in products and the development of advertising campaigns around this name. This paper argues that the use of the name Apollo, for everything from microcomputers to watches, has occurred because of the familiarity of Greek mythology. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 7 page paper looks at both works inclusive of plot, primary characters, humorous aspects and thematic elements. The thesis that both works are about love, and not war, is supported with an analysis of the author's techniques and story lines. No additional sources cited.

This four page paper discusses whether or not the Greek mythological character Oedipus was guilty and responsible for the events that occurred in his life. This paper presents and defends the thesis that he was not because he was not aware that she was his mother when he did it and upon finding out gouged ...

This five-page-paper describes the view the authors of Electra and Medea had of family and women in general. The murder of her two children and the anger Medea held towards Jason are discusses as is the bitterness that consumed Electra following the murder of her father. Bibliography lists two sources.

The Knidian Aphrodites

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page paper discussing various perspectives from which Praxiteles' nude and her effects are studied. The ancient Greeks had a god or goddess for every reason, many of which were personified in statuary which was then located in the various temples built in honor of these forms of deity. Study of these ...

5 pages in length. The status and treatment of women in Greek and Roman mythology proves to be not all that different from one another. Women, in general mythological terms, were primarily in existence to act as man’s servant, both menially and sexually. To go so far as to say their treatment ...

A 4 page paper that examines the symbolism of the olive tree in Homer's epic poem The Odyssey and discusses how this symbol represents rebirth and the renewal of life. This paper focuses on three critical points in the story that symbolize rebirth and renewal, noting and analyzing the presence of the olive tree ...

This five-page-paper compares and contrasts the views of justice between the Book of Luke in the Bible and Plato's Republic. The causes of justice, the people who receive justice and a final discussion on the similarities and difference in the goal of justice between the two. Bibliography lists two sources.

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