Compare and Contrast Essay: Ancient Egypt and Greece

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Monday, March 28, 2011 Annika Prager Period: 1 Word Count: 806 Compare and Contrast Essay: Ancient Egypt and Greece There are many mysteries to life, ancient civilizations created religion to explain these mysteries. Many ancient civilizations believed in religions that worshiped more than one god or goddess, this is called polytheism. Both the Ancient Egyptians and the Ancient Greeks practiced polytheism. For both ancient civilizations religion was an important part of daily life. Ancient Egyptians and Ancient Greeks had similar creation stories and worshipped similar gods and goddesses yet there beliefs were still very different Both the Ancient Egyptians worshipped many, many gods and goddesses. Each of these gods or…show more content…
As a punishment Zeus created the first woman and gave her the gift of curiosity and a box that she was told to never open. Another difference between these two polytheistic religions is the idea of the sun. In the Ancient Egyptian creation story Nut, the sky, gives birth to the sun every night before dawn, and by day it would follow its course over the Earth and die at sunset. Instead of a god or goddess giving birth to the sun, in Ancient Greece it was believed that Apollo (god of music, medicine, and the sun) drove his golden chariot across the sky. The gods and goddesses and creation stories of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece have many similarities and differences. These civilizations both practice a type of religion that worships more than one god. This is called polytheism. The creation stories and basic belief of these Ancient civilization’s religions are still practiced and written about today. In fact many children’s and young adult authors such as Rick Riordan have written fictional and realistic fiction books about these ancient civilization’s
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