Dating the greek gods
Greek myth attempts to explain the origins of the world, and details the lives and adventures of a wide variety of gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines and mythological creatures.
These accounts initially were disseminated in an oral-poetic tradition; today the Greek myths are known primarily from ancient Greek literature.
Additionally, myth was central to classical Athenian drama.
The tragic playwrights Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides took most of their plots from myths of the age of heroes and the Trojan War. Agamemnon and his children, Oedipus, Jason, Medea, etc.) took on their classic form in these tragedies.
The poetry of the Hellenistic and Roman ages was primarily composed as a literary rather than cultic exercise.These preservers of myth include Arnobius, Hesychius, the author of the Suda, John Tzetzes, and Eustathius.