Other cultures

Draw on the mythology of other cultures to gain new insights into the Greek myths. Compare the journeys to the Underworld of the Mayan Hero Twins and Orpheus and Heracles. One of the essential issues, of course, is the extent to which even a hero can trick Death. Sisyphus may have managed to handcuff Hades, but he paid the price in the end. Compare how Quetzalcoatl, a benefactor of humankind like the Greek Prometheus, tricked the Lord of Mictlan.