Egyptian vs. Greek Mythology

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“To some extent, mythology is only the most ancient history and biography. So far from being false or fabulous in the common sense, it contains only enduring and essential truth, the I and you, the here and there, the now and then, being omitted. Either time or rare wisdom writes it.” - Henry David Thoreau (1849) Every culture has evolved its own mythology, defining its character and offering a way to understand the world. Myths of every culture reveal the power of love, with it, its accompanying jealousy and anxiety; the conflict between generations, the old and new, the mischief of the trouble makers and the underlying diversity and stability of human nature. Although their gods sprang forth from diverse and distinctive cultures, the Greek and Egyptian Pantheons share many similarities and differences between one another. The oldest Greek myths can be traced to three main sources: Homer, Hesiod and The Homeric Hymns, these works date back circa 800 B.C., implying that by the time they were recorded, these works had already endured 400 years of embellishments, subtractions and alterations, to become what we now call “authentic”. The Greek myths are our portal into the distant past, a view of the world that existe Continue...

Within these myths, the 'father-creator' gods have the most in common. Additionally, Amen-Re has a different relationship with the mortal world than Zeus. These 'father-creator' gods were depicted as powerful, bearded, fertile men who reigned over the other gods in their mythologies. The ancient Egyptians as well had a complex belief containing many deities and personified aspects of nature. Zeus merely takes over the world in the respective mythologies, and reorganized it in a better fashion. Zeus has a lightning bolt, and Amen-Re, a scepter; both of these instruments are viewed as destructive. The 'trickster' gods were also quick witted. Egyptian goddess Hathor and Greek goddess Aphrodite are goddesses of love, beauty, and reproduction. Seth, brother and enemy of the god Osiris, is regarded as the Egyptian god of evil. Their greatness began around 4,500 B. Both Egyptian mythology and Greek mythology have a 'father-creator' god, a 'trickster' god, and a 'love' goddess. Amen-Re gave counsel to the king of Egypt when he prayed to his statue. The myths of these gods also referred to the sky. Prometheus gave the fire to man, it aided and advanced the mortal world.