Thousands of years ago in Ancient Greece, people believed in a pantheon of gods.
This family of gods lived atop Mount Olympus, the tallest mountain in the world, and from there they looked down upon the world of humans and interested themselves in the lives of extraordinary people. And the gods did more than just watch — sometimes, they acted. When a ruler did not pay them homage, you could bet a god would show up and teach him a lesson. When an enterprising hero started out on a righteous quest, a god would be there, too. An awareness and acceptance of the gods was part of daily life for the Greeks.
The stories that make up the body of Greek myths are what remain of their culture’s deeply held beliefs. The stories of Zeus and his family are more than just entertaining yarns about giants who slice open the sky and monsters so fearsome their gaze can turn a person to stone. They were, and are, an explanation of the world that that ancient culture’s people saw around them: a lightning storm could only be the King of Gods hurling his thunderbolt; a volcano could only be the escaped vapors of an entombed Titan.
Not many people today believe in the gods of Ancient Greece. But their stories are still around, and they live on in all of our memories.