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Greek Mythology Series (For Secondary Students)

Greek mythology is the body of myths and folklore about the gods and goddesses, heroes, and other supernatural and mythical features of ancient Greeks. The stories can shed light on Greeks' own cult and ritual practices, as well as the religious and cultural life of ancient Greece and its civilization. The Greek myths are believed to have been acquired and transmitted by oral story-telling that began in the 18th century B.C. Greek mythology has had an extensive influence on arts, language, culture and literature of Western civilisation, and is also a rich source of inspiration for some writers and artists from ancient times to the present.

 
Reading stories from Greek mythology can enhance readers’ understanding of the English language and literature as there are a lot of English words and phrases with origins in Greek mythology, for example, “atlas”, “marathon”, “Achilles’ heel” and “touch wood”. Reference to Greek myths is common in classic literary works, such as Christopher Marlowe’s “The Face that Launch’d a Thousand Ships”, Lord Byron’s “Prometheus”, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and James Joyce’s Ulysses. The following is a collection of five well-known stories from Greek mythology.

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