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What is Greek mythology's influence on modern culture?

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Greek mythology has significantly influenced all aspects of modern society, including language, the arts and commerce. Even though the specific influence of Greek mythology may not be obvious in everyday life, it is always close at hand.

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The Greek god Hercules was known for his strength, and in modern culture difficult tasks are sometimes referred to as a “Herculean” task. Morpheus is the Greek god of sleep, and his name is the basis of the drug called "morphine." In the arts, Greek mythology is reflected in many paintings and sculptures. Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” is an excellent example of the timeless influence of Greek culture. Even in modern business Greek mythology permeates. The aegis shield is used by both Greek god Zeus and goddess Athena. A large insurance company, called "Aegis Group," adopted the aegis shield as part of their corporate branding.

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