Sci-fi and fantasy movies often use Greek & Roman mythology as a mind-bending technique. This is best seen in The Matrix movie which I will explain to you shortly, as well as a few other Greek myth sci-fi movies.
The aim here is to try and uncover some of the seeds from Greek Myth implanted into various classic sci-fi movies.
Are movies makers in cahoots with the Greek Gods? It is highly likely as you’ll soon discover.
First, let’s take a closer look at “The Matrix”.
1. The Matrix (1999) – Greek Mythology
The Matrix can be explained as follows:
Morpheus, the Greek God of Dreams, seeks to determine whether a computer programmer and hacker will follow the Greek Gods and Goddesses.
Neo’s adventure starts when he is contacted on his computer and told to “follow the white rabbit”.
Soon after, he takes notice of a white rabbit on the shoulder of a partygoer named Dujour. Unbeknown to Neo, Dujour is actually a Greek Goddess. In real life the actress playing her is also of Greek ethnicity for added credibility.
Neo decides to follow the Goddess and ends up going on a modern hero’s journey similar to those from ancient times. Neo’s quest is to find out the truth.
Neo visits the Oracle to determine his fate, the same as many heroes from the past who went to the Oracle of Delphi in Greece.
Even the Oracle of the Matrix believes in Greek Mythology. She has a sign stating “Know thyself” in the kitchen, which goes back all the way to Ancient Greece.
The Ancient Greek aphorism “know thyself” is one of the Delphic maxims and was inscribed in the pronaos (forecourt) of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi according to the Greek writer Pausanias (10.24.1). (Source: Wikipedia)
Morpheus tests Neo
Morpheus, the God of Dreams puts Neo through numerous tests and challenges, all in an attempt to test his loyalty to see whether he is worthy of joining the Greek Gods and Goddesses in immortality.
In the sequel, Neo meets Persephone who desires a passionate kiss from him.
Persephone is the wife of Hades, ruler of the Underworld in Greek Mythology.
The Matrix uses this as a reminder indicating that Neo is in a key phase on his heroic journey. The payment demanded in this case to leave the Underworld is a kiss, which is quite reasonable considering the fact that so few have ever returned from the Underworld.
Why would Morpheus dream up such a complicated dream? Only Morpheus, the God of dreams, would know that one.
2. Labyrinth (1986) – Greek Mythology
A young girl is transported on a quest to find her baby brother held captive inside a mysterious labyrinth by an agent of Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom.
Watch out for the flying white owl. Owls remember are the symbol of Athena.
Inside the labyrinth the girl encounters a minotaur monster, but instead of slaying the beast like Theseus did in ancient Greece, she befriends it. Luckily for her this minotaur is very friendly.
The prime motive of forcing her to go on this heroic journey through the labyrinth is to teach her a few valuable lessons along the way.
The most important lesson is “Be careful what you wish for”.
This is how Athena would outdo Poseidon if she made use of a labyrinth to create a Greek myth. In doing so she offers everyone great wisdom.
3. The Never Ending Story (1984) – Greek Mythology
A young boy named Artreus goes on a heroic quest in another world.
On the journey he must pass through the Sphinx gateway, which the Greek Gods and Goddesses have ordained to the test all aspiring heroes.
In Greek mythology, Artreus (from Greek: “fearless”) was a king of Mycenae in the Pelopennese. He was the son of Pelops and Hippodamia.
4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
Harry Potter enrols at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In days gone by you would have been burnt to a cinder or drowned as a witch for your unholy thinking.
The Greek Gods however are more forgiving, which is probably why Greek Mythology keeps popping up in this fantastic adventure series.
In the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and his friends must pass by Fluffy, the three-headed monster dog, which guards the trap door to the underworld they need to enter.
Fluffy is the equivalent of the three-headed dog Cerberus, who guards the entrance to the Greek Mythical Underworld.
You will find many more instances of Greek Mythology in this fantastic world of witches, wizards and warlocks.
The big question is whether Harry Potter would have gotten anywhere without the assistance of the Greek Gods. I very much doubt it.
5. Turbo Kid (2015) – Greek Mythology
Zeus is the sadistic leader of the Wasteland in the land of opposites. The Apocalypse has happened and now the world has become a savage wasteland trapped in a permanent nuclear winter.
The nightmarish year is 1997 (yes 1997) but there are still a few reminders of the golden age in the form of comic books and other paraphernalia from the 80s scattered throughout the desolate land.
A young orphan finds an ancient turbocharged weapon as powerful as a thunderbolt which allows the hero to take on Zeus and his evil comrades at their own game.
The writing is on the wall for Olympus. See if you can spot the Olympus sign in the movie on the wall.
Can the kid save the girl of his dreams from their evil clutches and rid the Wasteland of their presence? Remember, this is the land of opposites.
This is a pretty cool movie. It gets pretty gory in certain scenes.
6. Prometheus (2012) – Greek Mythology
A crew on a mission through the universe would like to discover the origins of mankind.
They’re onboard a spaceship named PROMETHEUS, which is named after the Titan who gave fire to mankind.
Prometheus may have given mankind the blessing of fire, but too much knowledge can be terrifying thing.
The crew discover that the Greek Gods and Goddesses don’t want mankind to be able to reach them.
Trying to contact the head of the Greek Gods is fraught with danger. As punishment, the Greek Gods create a new race of scary aliens to keep humans in the dark.
You can fully appreciate this by watching all of the Alien movies. Prometheus is the prequel.
7. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
Mount Parnassus is the mountain range in central Greece rising high above ancient Delphi.
As the movie title suggests, this story is about the superior imagination of the Greek Gods.
Hermes (Mercury) sends souls through a magical mirror doorway into another world filled with wonder linked to everyones individual desires.
It tries to answer the question: If the Greek Gods are capable of creating any type of world, how can you be sure that you’re in the real world?
8. Krull (1983) – Greek Mythology
On the planet Krull an epic struggle of good versus evil takes place.
Heroes go on a great odyssey to fight against the Beast and his evil army to bring freedom to the once peaceful world.
A giant one-eyed cyclops straight out of Greek Mythology will help determine the final outcome.
9. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005)
The Greek Gods were selfishly betrayed for a small piece of Turkish delight.
If you prefer to think that this story is a metaphor for Christianity then think again. It’s all about betraying the Greek Gods.
A satyr/faun quickly appears when the child enters Narnia for the first time. Whatever you may think a satyr or faun is, half human with bottom half goat, or whatever, you can be sure that this character is straight out of Greek/Roman Mythology.
The Christians don’t have characters like these.
10. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
The assistance of the Greek Gods and Goddesses are sought in a time of war.
11. Inception (2010) – Greek Mythology
In Greek mythology, Ariadne was the princess who helped Theseus escape from the Minotaur’s labyrinth.
In this popular sci-fi movie, Ariadne tries to provide assistance in a dream like maze/labyrinth.
12. The Maze Runner (2014) – Greek Mythology
I don’t want to spoil this movie for you. The Maze Runner is best seen without knowing anything about the movie. It is very mysterious.
The film is based on a book with the same name.
13. John Wick (2014) – Greek Mythology
Keanu Reeves stars in this action flick with quite a few Greek Myth overtones. Technically this isn’t a sci-fi movie but it has to be fantasy, because no one could do this and live.
In this movie John Wick comes across Charon the Concierge at the New York Continental Hotel, which seems to be the home base of the criminal underworld. Keep an eye out for the special coins.
Charon the Boatman is a figure from Greek mythology who ferried recently deceased souls across the River Styx into the Underworld. For his service he charged everyone an entrance fee, which in those days was a single obolos coin. This coin was often placed in the mouth of a corpse upon burial. This is a proven fact.
John Wick 2 then confirms that both movies are linked to Greek and Roman mythology as there are scenes in the movie filmed in Rome and you’ll also be able to see statues of Greek/Roman Gods.
In John Wick 2 you can clearly see a statue of Poseidon (Neptune) holding up his three-pronged trident in the company of the other Olympians. Six Olympians are on one side of the room and six on the other, with a statue of Hercules in the centre.
14. Westworld (1973) – Greek Mythology
The movie’s theme park is called Delos, which is made up of three worlds including Westworld, Medieval World and Roman World. You need to watch this great movie as it is one of the best sci-fi movies of all time.
Delos is a smallish Greek island in the Aegean, revered as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.
To have visited Delos isle when Apollo was around would have been an incredible experience. If only we could go back in time.
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