Greek myths and legends tell of gods and heroes. The immortality of the gods is maintained drinking nectar and ambrosia.
One of the most famous legends is that of Hercules, who was a handsome and strong man, gifted by his father - Zeus with unprecedented strength. Hercules performed twelve tasks to atone for the murder of his own child that he committed in a fit of madness, sent by the goddess Hera.
Among the most popular myths is that of Daedalus and Icarus. Daedalus was a famous sculptor and his son was Icarus. To escape from captivity, Daedalus made wings of wax and feathers for them both, and forbade Icarus from flying into the sun. Icarus violated the prohibition and his wings melted.
Another famous Greek myth is that of Narcissus. He was a handsome young man, who all day looked in the lake and was transformed by the gods into a daffodil. In ancient Greece, they decorated the dead with daffodils before burying them.
Another famous legend about the Argonauts, who sought the Golden Fleece. It tells of the goddess Nefela, who became the wife of a mortal king and bore him children - Friks and Hella.
The king tired of the goddess, and he took a new wife, who tried to kill the children. They escaped through a flying ram with golden fleece. But Hella fell into the sea while flying over it, and Friks sacrificed the ram in honor of the gods and the Golden Fleece was guarded by a dragon, day and night. This Fleece was sought by Argonauts - warriors who sailed on the Argo.
The myth of Prometheus is one of the most famous Greek myths. He gave people fire, but the gods punished him - nailed him to a rock and every day an eagle came and pecked his liver out. This is perhaps the most tragic heroic figure in Greek mythology.
Among the famous Greek myths is that of Odysseus, which is told at length in Omir's Odyssey. This is the story of one of the heroes of the Trojan War - Odysseus, who experienced many ups and downs, before returning home. His beloved Penelope waited till he returned, even though everyone else thought he was dead.
There is also the myth of Theseus, who is one of my favorite characters of the Greek people. His popularity was compared with that of Hercules. The myth of Theseus tells how this brave hero defeats the monster Minotaur - a man with a bull's head, to whom were continually sacrificed young boys and girls from wealthy families. The Minotaur lived in a labyrinth, and thanks to the beautiful Ariadne, who fell in love with Theseus, the hero manages to find the exit.See more