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The story centres around the gods, most notably, Prometheus, who had a liking toward mankind. Prometheus devised a plan to steal the creation of fire from Hephaestus’ workshop. Prometheus threw a golden pear into the courtyard of Mount Olympus with a note attached that read, “For the most beautiful goddess of all”. his created a row between the goddesses, while the gods simply looked on in amusement. Using this as a distraction Prometheus snuck into Hephaestus’ workshop and stole fire, which he gave to mankind.

Zeus was furious upon the revelation of the deed and had Prometheus chained to the Mount Caucasus where an eagle would peck at his liver forever. Later on, it was Hercules, demigod and son of Zeus, who killed the eagle and set Prometheus free. The story reminds us of the importance of fire and how this discovery single handedly catapulted mankind from our “caveman’ ways to the use of crafted tools and eventually machines, vastly increasing productivity.pandora jewellery uk http://www.pandoracharmuksale.com Pandora’s creation was intended to function as a punishment to mankind, to whom Prometheus had give fire than was stolen from the gods. All the gods gave Pandora gifts; she was given a box which the gods told her contained many special gifts, but she was not to open the box.

In the end Pandora could not contain her curiosity and opened the box, releasing all the evils and wickedness of the world in the form of spirits. While all this evil was released, there was one good thing that came from the box, and that was hope. The story challenges the reason of why there exists such wickedness and suffering in the world.

The Pride of Narcissus

In this story there exists a being by the name of Narcissus. Narcissuss was the son of River God Cephisus and nymph Lyriope and was welled loved by the god Apollo, as he was of extraordinary beauty.

The myth states that Narcissus attracted many a suitor, all of whom he rejected harshly. Narcissus’s also caught the eye of young man by the name of Aminias whom he also rejected and gave Aminias a sword. Full of grief, Aminias killed himself at the doorstep of Aminias but just before which he uttered a prayer to make Narcissus suffer for all the pain he inflicted on others.

The prayer of Aminias was heard and Narcissus, while treading through the woods one day, came across a river. Upon looking onto the river he became transfixed by the image he saw, that is, his reflection. He so adored and admired the image, that although he could not obtain it in a truly tangible form, he sat and stared at his reflection until the hands of death took him. Even in the Underworld, she stated still at his reflection in the River Styx. This story examines the power those with so called beauty will always possess over the rest and shows how pride and lust can cause one’s downfall. This is where that word narcissist originated, which means “one full of self pride”.

The Minotaur

This story is one of the most fascinating and popular in all of Greek Mythology. It is the story of a the Minotaur, as creature that was half man and half bull, who was conceived when Pasiphae, the wife of Minos who is the king of Crete, is impregnated from a bull sent by Zeus. While embarrassed, King Minos all the same does not desire the death of the son of his wife and instructs the inventor Daedalus, a man possessing brilliant mind, to construct a maze in which he places the minotaur.

Minos performed the practice of placing his captured enemies in the maze and, it so happened that his son, Androgeus, went to Athens to participate in the Panathenaic Games and happened to be killed in these games by the same bull that impregnated his mother. King Minos was furious about the incident and demanded King Aegeus to send seven men and women each year to Crete to serve as sacrifice to the Minotaur.

Theseus, King Aegeus took it upon himself the task of slaying the Minotaur against his father’s will stating that if he was successful , he would return on a ship with red sails and if not ,one with black sales. He travelled to Crete as one of the sacrifices. While there, he captured the heart of Princes Ariadne, daughter of King Minos, and she told him a way of escape the maze using thread, if he did manage to slay the beast. Upon entering the maze, Theseus managed to slay the beast using a blade he had previously hidden with the folds of his clothes and used the advice to the princess to escape the maze.

There was night of drunken celebration at the prince’s success and safe return and this confusion caused the Princess Ariadne, who was to return with Theseus to Athens, to be forgotten in Crete. Theseus in his sadness forgot to change the black sails to red and upon his return to Athens his father, seeing the black sails, assumed his son dead and in his grief, threw himself from a cliff and into the sea. The story amazes with the courage of a man to engage in mortal combat with such a beast, as well as the joy of success that the tragic twists in the end. It shows how unfair life can be to the most undeserving of us.

Daedalus and Icarus

Daedalus went to Crete to design and construct the maze which to contain the minotaur by request of the king Minos. Every so often, the king would send a number of persons into the maze as sacrifices to the minotaur. It so happened that Daedalus advised the Princess Ariadne that one could use thread to find one’s way back out the maze upon entrance. The Princess, in turn delayed this information to Theseus, who was a sacrifice to the minotaur. The end result was Theseus slaying the Minotaur and succeeding in exiting the maze. This angered the king who imprisoned Daedalus and his son Icarus in a tower.

As the ground was too well guarded and the sea too dangerous an escape route as well, Daedalus designed wings from wax and branches of the osier tree to escape by air. Daedalus taught his son his to fly using the wings and together they initiated their escape plan. They made their way out of Crete and while flying over the ocean, the little boy Icarus was too excited and immature. Although his father had cautioned him not to, Icarus went flying low and high and ended up flying to close to the sun. As a consequence, the wax in the wings of Icarus melted and Icarus met his demise in the depths of the ocean. The story reminds us of how childish abandonment can lead to disobedience resulting in disastrous consequences. Also it gives thought to the idea of human beings flying the same way birds can, that is, the way nature intended.

King Midas’ Golden Touch

This story goes that a satyr and intruded upon the Sacred Rose Garden of King Midas. The intruder was brought before the king but the king, upon recognizing him as a follower of Dionysus decided not to punish him. This pleased the God Dionysus and the god decided to reward the king my granting him any one of his desires. King Midas foolishly asked for a touch of gold and although the god warned him of the potential dangers of this desire the king persisted. And so it was that the king acquired a touch of gold.

The king was thrilled with his new found ability to turn all he touched to gold, but soon after found that it was quite disabling. The King found that he could not eat or drink or do many a thing the typical person could. Now desperate to be rid of what he now considered a curse, the king begged Dionysus to take away his touch of gold. The god instructed the King to bathe in the River Paktolos, which he did and this caused gold dust to settle on the sand of the river and was carried away to country of Lydia, giving the country great riches. The story shows how our greed can quickly backfire on us.

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