Write 10 page essay on the topic Classical Greek Mythology.
The researcher states that the landscape of Greece has always played a great role in the development of its people and its myths. Thousands of years ago, the Greeks sailed all over the Mediterranean. Because of their travels, the Greeks encountered people of many different backgrounds. Every time the sailors met people of different origins, they listened to the foreigners’ stories and added them to their collection. The extensive travel of early Greek culture helps to explain why there are many different versions of each myth, and why the myths of many different cultures often seem very similar. In summary, each place played a significant role in the development of each myth. The Greek mythology originated from the ancient Balkan Peninsula: Thrace, Boeotia, Attica, Argos, Mycenae, and many of the islands, including, Crete, Asia Minor and several other places in Babylon and Sumer. Death and the afterlife in Homer and what occurs after death is collective concerns for humanity. The presentation of mortality and the afterlife will be considered in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Hades was the most common name for the underworld, a personified god and brother of Zeus, and also a place where the spirit of the departed persons go. Hades was mostly referred to as the underworld than as a personified god in Greek literature. Hades was seen as a genuine character in some legends, most notably in the tale of the seizure of Persephone on the account disclosed in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter. Hades was the lord of the Underworld. Hades was an Olympian and was the son of the Titans Cronos and Rhea. Hades was also the brother of Zeus and Poseidon. The Underworld was Hades’ share of the universe. In Greek mythology, Hades was described as a mature, bearded man dressed in dark robes, with a violent nature, impulsive and easily incited. The first Greek account of the Underworld occurred in the epic poem The Odyssey, in Book 11 of Homer. The episode described the event that saw Odysseus go to the gate of Hades to find the shadow of the old prophet Teiresias, in order to trace his way back to Ithaka after the Trojan War. Teiresias had to drink warm blood of a black ram, so he can forecast the future to Odysseus. All around are the sad, screaming spirits of his murdered comrades and deceased relatives, too flimsy for him to touch or clinch. From the Homeric account of the Underworld, Hades was a place of obscurity, desperation, and desolation.