Olympian Gods of Greek Mythology

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Greek mythology is the myths and legends the ancient Greeks centred their lives around. The ancient Greeks used it to explain the events and components of the world around them. Their religion included gods and heroes, creation stories, and the origins of their civilisations and rituals. It is topic that had been studied and examined in great depth for thousands of years. This fascinating religion's messages and influences are reflected in today’s modern society, and many similarities can be found between Greek mythology and modern religions, such as Christianity. This proposal will outline the research and project I hope to successfully complete. The topic of Greek mythology is too vast to be able to research in the set period of…show more content…
One of the benefits of these flaws present in gods was their accessibility. Unlike other religions, humans in Greek mythology are able to relate to gods very well, because of their similarities in personality. The idea of flawed gods made this religion descend to a very personal level, which is absent in other religions. Humans are able to relate well to the gods, and vice versa. This means that the gods and humans interacted with each other easily and frequently. This sparked a passion within the Greeks, and allowed them to believe that their gods were not unlike them. Contact between the gods and humans was not uncommon, and was often on a very personal level. Sacrifices were made to the gods frequently, as an offering in return for favours, such as a bountiful harvest. They often asked the gods for gifts, advice, and favours. Other ways of interaction included the more personal relationships between gods and humans. The majority of male gods had numerous affairs (a female god having a sexual relation with a mortal was degrading) with many humans, particularly Zeus, which resulted in many demi-gods, who often went on to become heroes of Greek Mythology [e.g. Heracles (Hercules), son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmene]. Gods would often come to humans in the forms of animals, and seduce them, impregnate them, and then return to Mount Olympus, where they would sometimes watch over their children. This topic of flawed gods and

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