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Geography in Greek Mythology

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Podcasts About Greek Mythology Greek mythology has long been a staple in our history books, but take a moment to learn more about some of the most famous stories and characters, how the Greeks had an explanation for everything, and how these stories have listed for millennium. Sam Hacker Audio Station
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Geography Ninja goes through what Greece looks like now and then, and how the geography impacted the stories. A big part of Greece is that there is a lot of coastline, so seafaring was important and contributed highly to the spread of Greek culture and mythology.
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um So the first thing to say is that there are several different geographical features or factors within Greece that have really given rise the type of uh myths that make up the Body of mythology. First thing to say is Greece is very mountainous. They're also very mountainous, hilly areas. In fact, somewhere in the region of 80 of the greek mainland is what we might class as mountainous. Now, one of the, you know, so you think, well what's the home of the gods on Mount Olympus? Um and the mountains geographically form quite a barrier Between one place and another. So journeys by land across mainland Ancient Greece we're quite tricky. Um One of the things is though Greece has got an amazingly long coastline. So the the second point is the fact, yeah. First of all the GNC is made up of somewhere in the region about 1000 islands. So some of them are relatively large. Do you think about islands such as Crete or Rhodes? We've got some very large islands, but then we've got lots of much smaller islands there as well. Something here, places like Lesbos or limb knows. Um And so on. So you got a huge number of islands but you've got a very long coastline, actual mainland. Greece has got very long coastline. So it was definitely very much a seafaring nation who used the sea and coastline because the land surface was actually quite difficult to travel over. So travel by sea by boat was was very, you know, was the way of doing things very often. So that connection with the C in terms of human geography. Um we've got a language, we've got ancient greek as a language and we've got similar cultures, but ancient Greece never actually form one um coherent whole empire. What it was divided into is a number of ah often very powerful individual city states. So, for example, places like Sparta and Athens would be clear examples of that thieves and so on. So we've got a number of powerful city states. Now, in addition to That, the 4th element, ancient Greek geography is that the Greeks formed and set up colonies beyond the greek mainland and islands. So throughout the mediterranean, actually, so most of the eastern mediterranean, North africa, um parts of Turkey, but also into modern day Southern Italy parts of Southern France spanish mediterranean coast and so on. So this all helps spread of greek culture and therefore mythology through a much wider geographical location