Greek Mythology

God-of-War-2-PlayStation-2-1258 Listening to the God of War 2 official soundtrack while cleaning house, the thought of sitting down to watch Spartacus: Blood and Sand entered my mind, segueing into wondering if the popularity of the God of War games had any effect in bringing all these Greco-Roman stories into production. I highly doubt it, especially considering how successful (to an extent) the HBO series Rome was and how that might have been the inspiration for further Greco-Roman productions.

I started listening to the God of War 2 soundtrack out of desperation—I wanted to listen to some stereotypically Greek-sounding world music while cleaning for some strange reason. I normally don’t listen to music like this but I had an itch and it needed scratching. I struggled to find any good resource of this type of music so I simply went with the closest thing I had on hand (and, no, it wasn’t what I wanted).

I love Greek mythology so, naturally, I would be completely enthralled in a world like the one painted in the God of War game series. Greek mythology is one of those things I wish I had time and will power to study but have never committed to do so. It’s one of those many things that I’ve put off for one reason or another.

Of course, it behooves me to include a video of the awesomeness that is God of War.

And, yes, that is Kratos, the main character, fighting Olympian guards, harpies, centaurs, and a Cyclops on the back of the primordial deity, Gaia, the personification of Mother Earth, as she climbs Mount Olympus to get revenge on the gods.

One word: epic.

One thing most might miss while playing the game (God of War 2, to be more specific) is that there are some murals in the temple of The Fates showing the procession of history: the war of the Titans, a lone man surveying the chaos, and finally three wise men following fate with the image of a bright star in the sky. Essentially, Kratos ends the reign of the gods and the Titans out of vengeance for being slighted and betrayed, inadvertently making way for Jesus.

Speaking of Greek mythology, since there’s supposedly some kernel of truth to every legend, why isn’t there a religion that reconciles the Greek with the Judeo-Christian? Maybe something that mixes in some Sumerian. Perhaps myth/legend just don’t splice.


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