whats a controversial greek myth?

im doing something for my schools model united nations club & so i need a topic regarding greek mythology (myths themselves, topics about myths, anything) that could be debated about for around 5-7 hours AND that has solutions.

i already thought about the trojan war & sexism regarding greek myths, but neither of those really seem to work. any thoughts? 

8 Answers

  • 7 months ago

    oddysee, and homer, why was his wife praised for fidelity and oddyseeus praised for being a cheater, why was his wife expected to be faithful when he could sleep with that woman? and oddysseeus is not a bad guy for cheating but his wife could have been stoned for it.

  • AgProv
    Lv 6
    7 months ago

    The tale of the cup-bearer Ganymede, described as such a beautiful boy as he served in the Temple, that one day, overcome with lust, the God Zeus showed up at a service in His honour and abducted the beautiful boy out of the temple, and then did that which the Greeks have a reputation for. Often and frequently.  So this is the greatest of Gods, descending to earth, and abducting a boy who might have been eleven or twelve for sexual purposes. And altar-boys in churches these days only have to watch out for the priests... the tale opens up questions like "being gay" and  "how was this perceived in ancient times - the fact the Greeks enshrined it into a legend suggests a different morality applies" and "How does it contrast to today?" and "Will the morals and ethics of Christianity be perceived as being this odd in two thousand years' time" and so on.

  • 8 months ago

    this will be a touchy one that may earn you an f depending on your teacher's beliefs...but :

    The Bible; Myth or History?

    people are still arguing that after thousands of years...

    ###oh-just saw it had to be Greek....

    ummm….Zeus:  Faithless Philanderer or King of Gods?  Can a morally corrupt being be an effective leader?

    (see Clinton scandal, could also bring in other examples)

    you could also maybe do something about the  Greek belief in flawed Gods vs the Christian belief in a perfect God--which is a better ideology??

  • Elaine
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    The concept of hospitality as seen in the story of Deucalion, the conversation between Achilles and Priam regarding the ransoming of Hector's body, the story of Ceres' search after Persephone was abducted. 

    The story of Pandora.

    The natures of the gods themselves:  are they nothing more than anthropormorhised forces of nature?  other than immortality why do they behave like human beings?  how do the gods and their squabbles reflect the human condition? 

    Why have these myths been handed down through the ages?  How do the myths show changes in society and culture?  

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  • 8 months ago

    The Trojan War was not simply a dispute over the kidnapping of Helen of Argos ... the war was started by Zeus for a very specific reason. The Age of Heroes was drawing to an end and Zeus, like many of the other Immortals, wanted to be rid of the children they had sired with mortals. When Zeus saw the quality and superiority of demigods like Herakles, Helen, and Akhilleus, he knew that future generations of demigods would be inferior. The Trojan War was considered to be an expedient way to kill a good number of the inferior demigods. So the question should be, is there no other way besides a 10 year war to deal with the "demigod problem" ?

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    The one about how Medusa was created.

    Poseidon and a girl was close together and because Poseidon lost Athens to Athena, he was angry and had an affair with that girl inside Athena's temple. Later Athena turned her into Medusa.

    You can debate on whether the pubishment is cruel or fair?

    How the punishment ended up hurting more peopke than Medusa.

    How Poseidon went unpunished because Athena cannot pilunish a stronger god and instead took it out on the girl.

    You could link it to property issues today.

    Good luck.

  • 8 months ago

    Try the myth of Oedipus which was transfered in the Oedipus trilogy by Sophocles.

  • 8 months ago

    I like the story of Narcissus.

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