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« Topic Start: May 17, 2011, 06:37:05 pm »

I'm doing a research paper, and my mother and I were discussing the end of days in different religions. She asked me what the Greeks had as their "end of days" or end of the world mythology. To my knowledge there isn't one. I've been reading Greek mythology for years, and I've never heard of a myth of the end of the world, Greek Gods style.  Wink Anyone else heard of such? Huh
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« Reply #1: May 17, 2011, 07:53:26 pm »

I'm doing a research paper, and my mother and I were discussing the end of days in different religions. She asked me what the Greeks had as their "end of days" or end of the world mythology. To my knowledge there isn't one. I've been reading Greek mythology for years, and I've never heard of a myth of the end of the world, Greek Gods style.  Wink Anyone else heard of such? Huh

The only thing that I can think of remotely like that is that if Zeus's first wife has a son, that son can overthrow Zeus.  I think.
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« Reply #2: May 17, 2011, 08:37:43 pm »

The only thing that I can think of remotely like that is that if Zeus's first wife has a son, that son can overthrow Zeus.  I think.

Gaia warned Zeus that his son by Metis would overthrow him, so he ate her and would give birth to to the god himself. Instead it was Athena, and she came out through his head. Cheesy (He seems to have a habit of giving birth... Cheesy)

However, it wasn't an end-of-the-world prophecy. It was a you're-going-to-get-the-"hey dad, c'mere!"-treatment-from-your-son. Cheesy I don't believe there is any sort of apocalypse prophecy for the Greeks. Battles like Ragnarok for the Greeks already occurred between the Olympians and the Titans (and then later the Giants) in the Titanomachy and the Gigantomachy. But once again, those were more for the right to rule the world, rather than destroying it entirely.

But.. I don't think there is a Greek equivalent at all. :S
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« Reply #3: May 17, 2011, 09:35:51 pm »

Gaia warned Zeus that his son by Metis would overthrow him, so he ate her and would give birth to to the god himself. Instead it was Athena, and she came out through his head. Cheesy (He seems to have a habit of giving birth... Cheesy)

However, it wasn't an end-of-the-world prophecy. It was a you're-going-to-get-the-"hey dad, c'mere!"-treatment-from-your-son. Cheesy I don't believe there is any sort of apocalypse prophecy for the Greeks. Battles like Ragnarok for the Greeks already occurred between the Olympians and the Titans (and then later the Giants) in the Titanomachy and the Gigantomachy. But once again, those were more for the right to rule the world, rather than destroying it entirely.

But.. I don't think there is a Greek equivalent at all. :S
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Thanks! I didn't think there was one...there is some mention of when Humans will be destroyed, or at the least forsaken by the Gods and Goddesses, in what I think is Hesiod's Works and Days. I don't have a problem with no end of the world!  Grin
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« Reply #4: May 17, 2011, 11:10:00 pm »

I've been reading Greek mythology for years, and I've never heard of a myth of the end of the world, Greek Gods style.  Wink Anyone else heard of such? Huh

As far as I know the ancient Greeks had no end of the world myth.
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Not the same type of myth as I think you are referring to, but the Stoics generally believed that the world (actually the whole universe) would end in a great conflagration, but would be immediately followed by another iteration of the universe that would follow an identical course of history.
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