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Greek Mythology is an extensive body of often-contradictory narratives (often because there was no unified Greek culture until the Romans conquered the region), dominated by heroes, deities, and monsters. These myths document aspects of the ancient Greek religion and provide one of the earliest bases of literature. Though most accounts were passed down through the oral-tradition, Greek mythology as it is understood today derives from the written works of such authors as the Greek writer Hesiod, the Roman poet Ovid, the Greek playwright Sophocles, and the Greek poet(s) Homer. Such creatures as the cyclops, satyrs, and centaurs have their origins in Greek myth.

This mythology has been used as a source of humor in several Muppet productions, and as a basis for more serious adaptations in Creature Shop productions.

A Greek myth is not to be confused with Carol Kane.


  • The StoryTeller: Greek Myths featured realistic adaptations of four Greek myths, incorporating such figures as Icarus, Medusa, and the Minotaur. The frame sequences involved The Storyteller and Dog trapped in the labyrinth of Minos, as first introduced in Homer's Illiad.
  • The 1997 Creature Shop production The Odyssey was a two-hour adaptation of the Homeric epic, featuring a Cyclops and other creatures supplied by the Creature Shop.


  • In the Muppet Babies episode "Babes in Troyland," the babies explore the world of Greek Myths. Piggy in particular is taken by Helen of Troy.
  • Muppet Classic Theater featured a version of the myth of King Midas, with Kermit as Midas, Miss Piggy as his wife, and Gonzo as a satyr in place of the God Dionysus. This may reflect a later Midas legend, in which the king, having rejected gold, has become a devout follower of Pan,
  • The titan Atlas, who holds the world on his shoulders, has been referenced in multiple print materials and a Sesame Street sketch.
  • Charlene Sinclair is visited by a Muse in a third season Dinosaurs episode, "Charlene's Flat World". The incompetent Muse tells Charlene that the world is round -- an epiphany which was supposed to occur to Copernicus in 16th century Poland.

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Many names of locations, vehicles, ships and operations in the Halo Universe have been taken from the Greek mythology. Below are some examples of them:


Location References

  • Tartarus: Tartarus was named after the worst, most cruel part of the Underworld, where the original Cyclopes and Hekatonkheires were sealed by their Titan parents, and later the Titans themselves became inhabitants of Tartarus. The worst people and things were said to go to Tartarus for eternal torture, as is referenced to when Tartarus burns the Mark of Shame into the Arbiter as punishment for failing to protect Halo.
  • Station Delphi: Delphi was an important Ancient Greek religious center and home to the Oracle of Delphi.
  • Mount Erebus: Erebus was the Greek underworld palace were Hades, the god of the underworld, resided.

Mythological Characters References

  • Déjà: One of the lessons Déjà taught involved the famous Greek Battle of Thermopylae. Déjà took on the appearance of an ancient Greek goddess, and although which one is not specified, she seems to look like Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war.
  • Chiron: In the first Halo a multiplayer map is called Chiron TL-34. Chiron was a Centaur who trained Heracles.
  • Iris: In Greek mythology, Iris was a minor god of the Rainbow and the Messenger of the gods, like Hermes.
  • Operation: PROMETHEUS: This operation was named after Prometheus, a Titan who stole fire from god Zeus and gave it to mortals. He was subsequently punished by Zeus and his brother, Poseidon, the kings of Olympus by being forced to endure his liver being pecked out in the mornings by the vulture, Ethon, having it regrown, and then pecked out again the next day. Also, 300 Spartan-IIIs fought in this battle and died; this is much like the Battle of Thermopylae, where 300 Spartan soldiers fought the Persians. At this battle, all of the Spartans died fighting but also put a heavy loss on the Persians losing many soldiers, paving way for a larger army to later finish the job.
  • Cyclops: This unit is named after the Cyclops, a kind of mythical giant with only one eye in the middle of their head. Some were descendants of the Titans, while another was the son of Poseidon. They were known to be skilled in forging weapons and the like. In the Halo Universe the Cyclops was an exoskeleton armor originally designed for construction.
  • UNSC Heracles: This warship was named after Heracles, a divine hero famous for doing the Labors of Heracles.
  • Melissa: Melissa is the name of one of the nymphs who helped save Zeus from his father, Cronus. She hid him in the hills and fed him milk from Amalthea and honey. When Cronus discovered this, he turned her into a worm. After Zeus came into power, he changed her into a queen bee, not being able to change her from an insect form.
  • Pallas Athena: Athena was the Greek goddess of Wisdom, Craft, and War; Pallas was her second name.
  • Gorgon: The deleted Halo Wars unit, the Gorgon, is a beast of Greek mythology. Gorgons were said to turn all those that looked at them into stone. In Halo Wars, they were originally intended to be an anti-air unit.
  • Tantalus: Tantalus was a system that was ordered that all ships aid Reach. Tantalus in Greek Mythology was punished in the Underworld to never be able to eat or drink anything.
  • Charybdis IX: Charybdis was the daughter of Poseidon. Originally a sea-nymph, she was turned into a sea monster by Zeus, after angering him by stealing Heracles' cattle. She also had a sister who wasn't a daughter of Poseidon.
  • Calypso-class Exfiltration Craft: Calypso is the daughter of Atlas. In the Odyssey, she held Odysseus captive for 7 years until Zeus ordered her to release him.
  • UNSC Minotaur: A UNSC Prowler, this ship was probably named after the beast slain by Theseus.

Real Character Reference

  • Leonidas: The third movement of the Delta Halo Suite from the Halo 2 Original Soundtrack. Leonidas was a Spartan king from around 488 B.C. to 480 B.C. He died during the Battle of Thermopylae, a battle earlier referenced in this article for it's significance in the Halo Universe.
  • Archimedes: Archimedes was an Ancient Greek philosopher, mathematician, and inventor, of whom discovered many modern units and techniques such as water displacement.
  • Hesiod: The name of this planet is likely a reference to the early Greek poet and rhapsode Hesiod, whose writings serve as a major source on Greek mythology, farming techniques, archaic Greek astronomy, and ancient time-keeping.
  • UNSC Herodotus: Herodotus was a major Greek historian that recorded the statistics and events of the Battle of Thermopylae.


  • SPARTAN Program: This program was named after the Spartan warriors who originated in Sparta in the southern part of ancient Greece. The city-state retained the superior military power in the region between 650 and 363 B.C. Its citizens were following the simplest way of life possible. They all exercised, and their children, like those used in the SPARTAN program, were trained from a very young age for many years.
  • It has been mentioned in one of the Halo books that the Spartans look like Greek gods in their armor.
  • Odyssey: The Odyssey is an ancient Greek novel written by Homer. It talks about the adventures of Odysseus since he left the Battle of Troy until he reached Ithaca, his homeland.
  • Kurt Ambrose: Kurt-051's surname, Ambrose, comes from the Greek word Ambrosia (Αμβροσία). Ambrosia is the drink the immortal Gods of ancient Greece enjoyed to drink, and the source of their power.
  • Ichor (used as a word for "blood" in Halo: The Flood): Ichor was the name for the golden blood of the gods at Olympus.
  • Origin of the Seasons: In the myth the Origins of the Seasons, when Persephone is able to leave the Underworld, Hades tricks her into eating 7 seeds from a fruit making the time to come back for 7 months.
  • Forerunner: The Greeks believe in something, called the Silver Race, much like the Forerunner.

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