Morality and Fate
Many Greek myths present visions of right and wrong behaviour and the consequences of each.
The myth of Baucis and Philemon, for example, illustrates the importance of hospitality and generosity toward all, for a humble stranger may be a deity in disguise with power to reward or punish.
Another story tells how the handsome Narcissus, so vain and heartless that he could love only himself, drowned while gazing at his reflection in a stream.
The myth of Icarus, who gains the ability to fly but soars so close to the sun that his wings melt, points out the dangers of tempting fate and rising above one's proper place in life.
Such stories often involve unexpected changes or transformations.
For example, the myth of King Midas, whose request for a golden touch turns his own daughter into a golden statue, warns of the perils of greed.
those who claim godlike qualities, who defy the gods, or who perform outrageous acts suffer swift and severe punishment.
Arachne was a mortal who boasted that she could weave better cloth than the goddess Athena, inventor of weaving. The goddess turned the boastful girl into a spider weaving its web.
The gods devised eternal punishments in the depths of Hades for Sisyphus, who tried to cheat death, and for Tantalus, who killed his own son and fed him to the gods.
They also punished Oedipus, who killed his father and married his mother, even though he did not know their identities when he did so.
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