The ancient Greeks were people who lived in the Mediterranean region thousands of years ago. They believed that their gods were responsible for many aspects of life, including natural phenomena and human behavior.
Greek mythology is a rich source of information about how people thought about the world and their place in it. Their myths explain natural phenomena, such as thunder and lightning, earthquakes, volcanoes, and other events that occurred before science was developed.
The ancient Greeks had several stories about how they came to be on Earth and how they got their gods. Their myths often told how one god or another defeated a monster or performed some other great deed. These stories showed people how to live properly by showing them what not to do.
The Greeks believed that they were descended from a golden age when gods ruled over humans peacefully. These stories explain why things are different now—how humans lost their power over nature, for example—and how they can regain it by doing what the gods did in their days of glory.
One way that Greek mythology helped explain natural phenomena was by telling tales about how these things came into being in the first place. For example, there are several stories about how animals came into existence or how humans gained certain abilities (such as talking). These tales also explained why certain animals behave a certain way or why humans act in certain ways (such as being brave).