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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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When imagining the mythological settings of each story, you can compare a real-life place as well. Mount Olympus is a real place, the highest mountain in Greece actually, and there are several times where you can see how the Greeks thought there was a mythological explanation.
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ancient Greece. What about the worldview that ancient Greeks had? Obviously the mythology was a key part of that. But you know, how would it link into how ancient Greeks perceived place and places that are within the myths. So I think it's fair to say that, you know, really the myths inhabited more than just The physical world. So on one level you got what's up on Mount Olympus, the 12 Olympian gods. So you know, Mount Olympus is a real place. But then, you know, somewhere in the peaks above the clouds and Mount Olympus, you've got the home of the gods. And if you go the other way, if you go down into hate to heads or I suppose it was originally called Tartarus. The the idea that it would, I think I remember reading somewhere the idea that if you dropped an anvil from the top of Mount Olympus, it would take nine days to reach the earth. But then if you dropped an anvil from the surface of the earth down into Tartarus or the underworld, it would take another nine days before it reached the bottom. So this sort of conception of where the earth humans inhabit, how that relates to the the heavens and the depths. Um that's part of it. Um so certainly the greek view of the world would have been different to two hours. There was a belief that the world was flat, but in a circular sort of way, a bit like a plate. If you like the fact that Greece would have been the center of that? So even the mediterranean, you know, what does the word mediterranean mean? Well, in latin, um it's, it refers to the middle of the land. You know, you've got this, this c which is in the middle of the known world, the geographically mapped out world and the idea that you've got a, the river ocean running around the edge of the world. Ancient Greeks would also thought, well they've got there, their civilization going on. What's north of that? You have the hyper Boeri ins, which people who uh, who had a a good life. I don't know how a good life, I don't know how far the hyper bore. Ian's would have uh were expected to have lived away from the mediterranean and so on. Whether whether Britain, ancient Britain would have been part of that. But if you go south, there is knowledge of africa. So often in, in greek stories would have been called Ethiopia. Um so really just meaning that it's a long way away is in africa somewhere and then you've got somewhere you've got the, to the west, you have what were known as the Elysian fields. Um Now, you know, if you've ever visited paris, you're known, you know that the major thoroughfares in paris is the chantal is uh french for the Elysian fields. Um, but this is the, the sort of greek paradise. This is where the top people from Greece would go to when they, when they died. So the grass greek geographical perception of place, this sort of supernatural imposed on the a natural world.