When thus contextualized, Greek mythology unfolds as a description of the emergence of the gods, the world and humanity.
From the early years of Renaissance, artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, portrayed the pagan subjects of Greek mythology alongside more conventional Christian themes.
Greek mythology has exercised an extensive and profound influence on the culture, arts and literature of Western civilization.
Despite the oral-poetic origins of Greek mythology, the modern understanding of this tradition has been largely based upon the surviving textual remains of the classical period.
Greek mythology has played a pivotal role in the development of modern studies of mythology, psychology, and philology, and it continues to be a part of the heritage and language of the global community.
The English imagination, starting with Chaucer and John Milton and continuing through Shakespeare and Robert Bridges, were fired by Greek mythology.
Greek mythology is the body of myths and teachings that belong to the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world, and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. It was a part of the religion in ancient Greece.
In Crete, Minos' daughter Ariadne fell madly in love with Theseus and helped him navigate the labyrinth. In most accounts she gave him a ball of thread, allowing him to retrace his path. Theseus killed the Minotaur with the sword of Aegeus and led the other Athenians back out of the labyrinth.