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Greek Gods

Author: Michael | Grade: 6 | Year: 2003

Great Zeus! Hera! Hermes, The Minator! Do you recognize these names! They are Greek Gods and myths, their names have been around for thousands of years. They and many more are what make up the stories and legends of Greek Mythology.

Hello teachers, judges, and fellow students. I'm here today to take you back to the year 2000 Be in ancient Greece when the Greeks believed Greek Mythology and Gods ruled their lives.

The Ancient Greeks believed that these Gods were immortal and controlled all aspects of nature and so believed that their lives were dependent on the good will of the Gods. Most of the time the Mortals and the Gods were friendly and many festivals were thrown to honour and please the Gods. But! Look out! The Gods would deliver severe punishment to mortals who displeased them or showed excessive pride, ambition or prosperity.

Some of the most popular Gods, the Greeks believed, lived on Mount Olympus in an area of Greece called Thessaly. These Gods were associated with three main domains. The Sky or Heaven, the Sea and the Earth. The twelve main Gods on Mount Olympus were called the Olympains. They were Zeus, Hera, Hephaesus, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hestia, Hermes, Demeter and Poseidon.

I would like to tell you about some of my favourites. Zeus was the head of the Gods and his wife was Hera, who, by the way, also happened to be his sister!! He was the ruler of the sky and his deadly weapon was a thunderbolt which he would use on anyone who would displease him. Zeus was known as the protector of the weak and punisher of the wicked!

Hera was the supreme Goddess of marriage and childbirth and took special care of all married woman.

Poseiden was the God of the sea and protector of all waters and was worshipped by seamen. He was married to Amphitrite a granddaughter of Titan. Poseiden's weapon was the trident, which could shake the earth and shatter objects. He was second in power to Zeus, and was know for having a very difficult personality.

Hades was Zeus's other brother and was the ruler of the underworld and the dead! He was a very greedy God who was mainly concerned with increasing the number of dead! And I don't think he ever let any of his subjects leave! He was also known as the God of wealth because he would mine precious metals from the earth. Hades had a metal helmet that made him invisible, Wow that's cool!! But Hades hardly ever left the underworld.

Well, let me see, whom should I talk about now, oh yah, probably the most popular God, the mighty, the strongest the famous Hercules!

Hercules was the strongest God on Mount Olympus. He was the last Mortal son of Zeus.

Hercules was the strongest of all but when it came to wisdom he wasn't very bright! Many of Hercules's great deeds were done when he was doing punishment for stupid acts. He mostly got in trouble because of Hera's hatred towards him. Wow, his own mom hated him!

Greek Mythology has been around for hundreds of years and their stories are still being told today thanks to Television, Movies, and Books.

Thank you for listening to my speech on Greek Mythology. I hope you have enjoyed my speech as much as I enjoyed learning about it.