Greek mythology is the repertoire of myths and teachings that originated in ancient Greece on a wide spectrum of topics like their gods, heroes, the different ritual practices, the phenomenon of nature, and the significance of their cult. These myths and teachings come in the form of stories which have been told and retold from one generation to another, and today, these stories are popular among people around the world.
Many stories which are considered to be a part of Greek mythology today have had their roots in other cultures and myths. While the Greek mythology is considered to be 2500 years old, some stories that have originated in a different culture may be more than 4500 years old.
In addition to narratives, Greek myths are present in the form of sculptures, paintings, and other representational arts. Vase paintings and votive gifts were the most common mediums of showcasing such arts.
The most renowned literary source for Greek mythology has been Homer's poems and epics. Other luminaries who are known to have contributed to the Greek myths are Plutarch and Pausanias.
Greek mythology has had a great impact on the culture, art, and literature of Greece. Whether it was ancient poets or contemporary ones, Greek mythology has been the source of inspiration of many luminaries in the literary world. Many artists have been influenced by Greek mythology as well.