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Opinion Piece

Legacy in the Names

By: Avalon

Greek mythology… What do you think when you hear these two words? Yeah, yeah, probably “OH! I know! It’s about those gods and the sparkling aura around them… The gods helping mortals….” But I am here to tell you, that this is WRONG!

Long ago, in the ancient lands of Greece, Greek heroes roamed the land, occasionally stopping by at the gods’ shrines to pray for good will. BUT, there is one thing you should know. Long, long, ago, BEFORE all those humans, BEFORE everything in the whole world, there were Gaea (earth), Uranus (sky), Chaos, Tartarus (the abyss), Eros (love), and many other big gods. They caused trouble everywhere they went since they were pretty cool and all, being immortal. Then they gave birth to all the Titans, Olympian gods (Apollo, Artemis, Athena, Hermes, etc.), and etc.

The humans (us) had to cope with fighting all the battles while the gods drank punch and lounged above them in the clouds. It seriously wasn’t fair. After years of shaping and changing, the mortals finally realized that the gods had to fight too. A huge war broke out between the Olympians and the Titans. This war lasted for a long time. It was called the Titanomachy (The Titan War). Lasting 10 years in Thessaly, the war was fought to decide which generation would have domain over the Universe.

Finally the Olympians won and they imprisoned the Titans in Tartarus… They took in the Hecatonchires and Cyclopes as allies. Zeus, (the bigger brother) divided the world into 3 parts. Zeus, sky and air. Poseidon sea and all waters. Hades, the realm of the Underworld.The earth was left to all the mortals as they pleased and the gods only intervened when there was trouble.

So now y’all know a lot about Greek Mythology and grow up to be a Greek philosopher! Just like Homer, who wrote the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Hesiod… Mythology is all very exciting, ALL kinds of mythology!!! If you have any free time, read a book! Any book! Reading or writing all relates to great works and great poems! (of mythology)