Mythology has played a very important part in the development of Western civilization. With myths, people have been able to pass down from generation to generation the history and the beliefs of our ancestors. Myths are the first elements of recorded history and of early civilizations. Myths tell us how our ancestors lived on a day to day basis, where people ranked in social status, their political and governmental systems and their religious beliefs. Each one of these aspects has affected the development of Western civilization and the modern world in which we live in. Our alphabet, story writing and telling, government, social status, sports, warfare, etc. have all been affected by myths and the way our ancestors lived every day. Myths are also illustrated in art which also helps us to understand our ancestor's lives and this knowledge has been passed down through the centuries.