The ancient Greeks were an active and energetic people, not afraid to learn the real world. The boundless thirst for knowledge overwhelmed their fear of an unknown danger. The creation of myths was the first step of man to creativity and self-knowledge. Gradually from different stories originated in various areas of the Greek land, there were whole cycles about the fate of the heroes and the gods who patronized them. The Ancient Greek gods were like people in all: kind, generous and merciful, but at the same time cruel, vindictive and insidious. Why, then, did the Greek myths form the basis of universal culture and deeply penetrated the ideas and way of thinking of modern man? Artists, poets and sculptors were primarily attracted by the depth and artistry of mythical images. But, apparently,
Apples of the Hesperides. Twelfth feat of HerculesThe most difficult feat of Hercules in the service of Eurystheus was his last, twelfth feat. Hercules was to go to the great titan Atlas, who holds the firmament on his shoulders, and get three golden apples from his gardens, which the daughters of Atlas Hesperides looked at. Apples grew on a golden tree, cultivated by the goddess of the Earth, Gaia. But no one knew the way to the Hesperides and Atlas. Hercules wandered around the countries of Asia and Europe for a long time and asked everyone about the way to the gardens of the Hesperides. Finally, he was given advice on how to find out this way: Hercules was to attack the naval prophetic elder, Nereus, and find out from him. Many months Hercules was looking for the elder Nereus. But here he managed to find him and grab him in an iron embrace. Learning the secret of the path to the gardens of the Hesperides, Hercules dismissed the sea elders and set off
A comment. Hercules, son of Zeus – one of the most beloved heroes of Greece. He fought against all the dark and evil. He is a very strong person (like Atlas, he held the firmament on his shoulders). In addition, he has a mind, wit and cunning. He performed feats (you already read about one of them) and suffered a lot. Poets of all times used myths about Hercules in their works.