Edith Hamilton Mythology Chapter Summaries

Edith Hamilton Mythology Chapter Summaries

4.Why did the portrayal of Zeus change over the years?

5.What is the Theogony, and why is it important?

Part One The Gods, The Creation, and The Earliest Hero 2.

Who were the first parents, and who were their children and grandchildren?

3.How did Homer describe Olympus?

4.Give the Roman names for the following gods and goddesses: Zeus, Hades, .

Give the Greek names for these gods and goddesses: Juno, Neptune, Minerva, Venus, Mars, Vulcan.

6.How was the will of Zeus revealed at the oracle at Dodona?

7.Describe the breastplate, bird, and tree that symbolize Zeus.


What was the dual relationship between Zeus and Hera?

9.Describe Heras personality.

10.Who were Zeus two brothers, and where did they rule?


Briefly describe the characteristics and functions of any two of the following gods and goddesses: Athena, Phoebus Apollo, Artemis, or Aphrodite.12.Briefly describe the characteristics and functions of any two of the following gods and goddesses: Hermes, Hephaestus, Hestia, Cupid, Ares, or the Muses and Graces.

13.What did Hermes have on his feet, hat, and wand, and why?

14.Name the Gods of the Waters.

15.Who are the main gods of the Underworld?


What are the Elysian Fields?

17.Briefly retell the story of Demeter (Ceres).


What were the two central ideas in the worship of Dionysus?

19.Why did Dionysus become the center of the belief in immortality?

20.How were Demeter and Dionysus different from the other gods and goddesses?

Chapter 3 How the World and Mankind Were Created Chapter 4 The Earliest Heroes

1.What did the Greeks think was at the very beginning of things?

2.What were the next six creations, in order?



Who was Echo?

15.What is the story of


Was Venuss plan for revenge successful?

3.What did Psyche discover about her mysterious husband, and what happened when she discovered it?



What did Baucis and Philemon do?

edith hamilton mythology chapter summaries
.Apollo fell in love with this daughter of the river god Peneus.

She did not love him.To protect her, her father turned her into a laurelStories of Love and AdventureChapter 12 Atalanta

1.What was the Medusa, and how did Perseus kill it?

2.How did Perseus use Medusas head to help his mother?


Theseus was raised in a city away from his father, King Aegeus of Athens.How did the King know that Theseus was his son when they finally met?

4.What was theThe Fall of Troy

1.From which source did Hamilton take most of the story of the Trojan War?


Won the Trojan side?

6.Who was killed during the battle between Achilles and Hector? 7.How was Achilles killed?

8.What did Diomedes steal from the city of Troy, and why?

9.How di

Part Four The Heroes of

Chapter 15 The Adventures of Odysseus Chapter 16 The Adventures of Aeneas


From which mythology source did Edith Hamilton take the advent

8.Where did Odysseus have to go to find out how to get home?

9.How did Odysseus get rid of the suitors when he arrived home? 10.

WhatChapter 18 The House of Thebes Chapter 19 The Royal House of Athens

1.Name two of the members of the house

13.Did he commit this crime knowingly?


What punishment did Oedipus inflict upon himself?

15.Why was Antigone killed? 16.How did Theseus, King of Athens, help Adrastus and the relatives of the chieftains who fought against Thebes?


For what was Cecrops noted?

18.How did Philomela let Procne know of Tereuss evil deeds?

19.What happened to Procne and Philomela?


How did Cephalus test Procriss devotion to him?

21.How were Creusa and Ion reunited?

Part Six The Less Important Myth

3.What wrong did the Danaids do, and what was their punishment?


What was Arachnes misdeed, and what was her punishment?

5.Which human lover of Zeus was changed into the Great Bear and placed in the sky?

6.For what was the centaur Chiron known?


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