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Myth traditional stories that describe patterns of behavior that serve as models for members of a society especially in times of crisis We will examen three different myths throught this paper and include three different Theories of why greeks acted the way they do By applying a Structuralist theory a Psychological theory and an Anthropological theory to various myths we are better able to understand Greek society In the myth of the House of Atreus Oenomaus was the ruler over Pisa He had a beautiful daughter that everyone wanted to marry but Oenomaus was in love with her She did not have the same feelings for her father and this made Oenomaus very upset Thus he told Hippodamia that the only way she could get married is if a suitor beat him in a chariot race The trick to this was that Oenomaus had special horses from Poseidon that ran as fast as the wind and no other horses could beat them Twelve suitors tried and failed before Pelops came Pelops heard of Hippodamias beauty and was determined to win He knew of Oenomaus horses so he brought a golden-winged chariot drawn by horses that never tired Although he had these special horses he still knew that he needed more help to win So he bribed the kings charioteer Myrtilus to replace the bronze linchpins with wax ones inexchange for letting Myrtilus sleep with his new wife During the race the wax pin melted and Oenomaus was tangled in the reins and dragged to death After the race was over Pelops Myrtilus and Hippodamia were traveling together when Pelops stopped to get a drink for his new wife When he returned he saw Myrtilus already pursuing his wife for the reward Upon seeing this Pelops threw Myrtilus off a cliff into the ocean This myth can be understood in terms of Freuds Psychoanalytic theroy Freuds theory which relates to psychological
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