Ancient Greek Gods And Goddesses

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Ancient Greeks believed gods and goddesses controlled nature and guided their lives. The major gods and goddesses lived at the top of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece, and the myths described their lives and actions. The Greek people built many monuments, buildings, and statues to honor their Gods. Many different stories of the gods and goddesses were told in myths. Myths were used to help explain the unknown and sometimes teach a lesson. The Greeks believed that the Gods did have special powers, but they were just as imperfect as humans. The gods and goddesses married humans, had children, fought wars, and most of all argued and faught with each other. The gods were selfish, petty, jealous, sneaky, and viscious to eachother and to humans. Zeus was the king of all the gods. Each of the gods and goddess ruled over some aspect of life. Each of these gods and goddesses were represented by certain objects or animals.

In order for the Ancient Greeks to honor their gods and goddesses, they practiced rituals to please them and to guarantee the gods brought good fortune. They built altars, prayed, presented gifts, and dedicated festivals to the gods. The ancient Greeks also believed in fate, foretelling, and prophecies. They went to oracles to find out about the future. Many would ask for advice about what to do with aspects in their lives and their communities.

There was a famous oracle at the Temple of Apollo in the city of Delphi. Priests and priestesses would
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