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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.

A 4 page discussion of the Indian myth of the River Sutra. The writer examines this story as being similar in theme to popular American 'old wives' tales.' The healing powers of the river can easily be compared with those of chicken soup-- the capacity to cure is really only mental. The paper goes on ...

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.

Approximately 4 pages in length. Compares the Indian creation myth ''Rig-Veda X, cxxix: 'In the Beginning'' with Genesis, Chaper I. Excellent for those studying mythology, religion, philosophy, Western Civ. etc; Bibliography contains 2 references.

8 pages in length. An analytical discussion of Loki -- a giant in Norse Mythology who became a member of the Aesir family when the chief God Odin made him his blood brother. Loki is regarded by the writer -- among other things -- as an instigator of conflicts, and a worthwhile provider. Bibliography lists ...

An 8 page research paper exploring the different gods identified as being the creator or as the supreme god in African mythology as compared and contrasted to the Greek god Zeus. The genealogy of Zeus is described along with his powers and place in mythology. Each tribe or ethnic region in Africa had their own ...

A 10 page orientation to ancient mythology and a comparison of Sumarian and Classic Mythology. Bibliography lists nine sources.

6 pages in length. The treatment of women in Indian mythology compared with that of Greek and Roman mythology proves to be not all that different from one another. Women, in general mythological terms, are primarily in existence to act as man's servant, both menially and sexually. To go so far as ...

Native Indian Mythology

  • 11 page paper

11 pages in length. A comprehensive overview of themes in Native Indian mythology. Examined are various mythological objects, the value of dreams, and more. It is emphasized that different tribes each had their own brand of myth -- Analyzed in specific detail are the myths of the Aztecs who, in their stories, formulated an entire ...

This 6 page paper examines the comic book genre to determine if contemporary comic books are representative of modern mythology or are merely pure escapism. Bibliography includes 6 sources.

Trickster Myths

  • 6 page paper

In 6 pages, the writer discusses examples of Trickster myths from two different cultures and demonstrates their distinguishing factors, as well as what they each have in common. They are the closest to the arche, or the beginning of the world of human consciousness. This is a time of ambiguity and ambivalence, when chaos ...

An 8 page paper discussing the narrative style of myths in different cultures. There are differing views among scholars and anthropologists concerning the structure of myths. The writer explores these disparities in great detail. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 4 page paper discussing the existence of the mythopoetic mind as defined by Mircea Eliade. To Eliade, all mythology was created as a bridge from the human to the divine. Mythology, in his belief, was sacred history, and no matter what the culture, myths provided answers to the deep philosophical questions of who we ...

In this excellently-prepared 7 page essay, the writer argues that motifs in modern stories such as Superman are actually derived from those of ancient mythology. Comparisons are made between Superman's weakness for Krypton and Achilles' heel... -or--the Norse god Balder,-- who was immune to everything except mistletoe. Moreover, just as Theseus had Ariadne, Superman ...

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. ...

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