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The teaching of mythology provides many varied benefits to students of all ages.  Students come in contact with a variety of world cultures while comparing those cultures to their own.  Mythology also teaches history by examining ancient times and their effect on the modern world.  The study of Greco-Roman and Norse mythology also strengthens students' understanding of language since many English words are derived from characters and events found within.  It can also increase students' appreciation for Literature and art by understanding the many mythological allusions. By studying ancient mythologies, students also start thinking analytically about modern culture, analyzing the traces of ancient mythology has left behind and the legends that have been created in their own day.  
Mythology combines all these different facets of learning into one object of study.  And the best part is:  Mythological stories are often fun!  If taught correctly, a mythology course can be simultaneously educational and entertaining.
Because of its multifaceted nature, mythology is hard to categorize into one single subject area.  Some schools teach mythology as a history or sociology course.  Others emphasize the literary importance and teach mythology as an English or Communication Arts course.  Teachers of Latin often teach mythological stories to supplement the study of language.
No matter which way mythology is taught or to which age group, it is still an important and interesting topic of study.  



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