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In Greece man first realized what mankind was Most of the People do not know when Greek dramas and myths were first told in their present shape but whenever it was primitive life and had been left far behind The stories we read tell us what the people of ancient Greece thought about their world They believed there were many Gods and that those Gods controlled the universe For example Zeus the greatest god was in charge of the weather thunder and lighting When it thundered the ancient Greeks thought Zeus was at work The ancient Greeks believed that all of nature- trees and mountains and rivers and rocks either was or contained gods and goddesses Many stories explained the nature Ancient Greeks also believed that the gods and goddesses were not very different from human beings they were just like another family Zeus was the father and Hermes queen of gods women marriage and childbirth was the mother The main purpose of these myths was to explain natural phenomena so for the most part mythology was the earliest form of science For instance the story of Demeter the goddess of agriculture and her beautiful daughter Persephone While playing with her friends one day Persephone was captured by Hades and taken to the underworld as his wife In her grief Demeter senselessly destroys all the earths crops and brings about a great drought and famine Hades brother Zeus arranges a compromise where Persephone is allowed to return to her mother for two-thirds of each year She cannot return permanently because she had eaten the food in the underworld Demeter was then to greet the annual reunion with a replenishing of the earth and to mark Persephone annual descent to Hades the destruction of agriculture Thus the arrival of Persephone is an explanation of spring and summer with her departure being fall and winter In this myth Persephone is represents the young innocent life and
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