Love and tragedy feature strongly in Greek mythology, often in the same tales. Here, we look at the most intense love stories in Greek Mythology and their not-so happy endings.
Love Stories in Greek Mythology
Ancient Greek myths are roller-coaster adventures. The characters often go through 'hero cycles', where they have to overcome adversity to achieve a goal, only to find that they don't live happily after at the end. This is particularly so with the classic love stories from Greek mythology. These stories more often than not have a tragic ending, which is perhaps thought of as unusual nowadays. To the ancient Greeks though, this was simply the cycle of life. Each man and woman has to pass through different emotions and passions during their journey, and the Greek Myths reflected this.