In the Ancient Greek world religion was present in all aspects of life. Religion was never far from the mind of an ancient Greek with formal rituals, myths to explain the origins of mankind, temples which dominated the landscapes, city festivals, national sporting and artistic competitions.
Knowing about the Greek gods can be intresting. You can get to know things that you have not heard about them. Like the abilities the have, or the things they fight for. Some gods fight for honor, and some fight for power. Three important gods in Greek mythology are Zeus, Anthena, and Appollo.
The Greek gods were starting to get believed in by the Greeks between 1700 and 1100 B.C. in Greece. The first gods were Uranus (Father Sky) and Gaia (Mother earth). The first Olympian was Hestia. There are twelve major Olympians including Zeus, Poseidon, Hephaestus and ECT. A lot of things are named after a god. For example Athens, the capital of Greece. Athens was named after Athena. Every god has a power for a different aspect of life. There is a god of storms, a god of death, god of love and ECT. The Gods were honored in many different ways like temples and gifts. Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades were the three gods that ruled the universe.
Archaic Greeks had a much different beliefs than the ancient Hebrew people about their gods. Greeks believed that both man and god came from the same place, “Of how both gods and men began the same.” (Five Ages 1.1, RWH 49) Greeks considered their many gods were just another species of human. They did not believe that the gods made them or wanted them to worship at their feet. Greeks believed that they interacted with them daily. However they believed that there was specialness about them that Zeus made them to be above the normal humans. Zeus made
In both Greek and Roman civilizations, mythology played an important part in their empire’s success. Both of these civilizations were polytheistic religions. Likewise, they had major and minor gods and goddesses as part of their religion as well. However, since the Roman Empire conquered many cultures including the Greeks, their gods blended with many similarities with the gods that the Ancient Greeks worshipped.
In my research I have learned an addition of facts and stories about Greek mythology. Like how “the Pegasus and Chrysor came from the blood of Medusa’s head after Perseus cut it off” (Greek Mythology). Or how the “Amazonian group of warriors was all females” (Greek Mythology). The more that I have research about my topic the more fascinating and interesting it becomes. I hope that everyone will further their research and knowledge on this topic whether it’s reading a book, researching on the Internet, or even just watching a movie.
In Greek Mythology, perhaps one of the most rudimental yet one of the most important elements are the Greek Gods and Goddesses. The ancient Greeks created the stories about the lives and journeys of the Greek Gods, known as myths, simply as an endeavor to elucidate nature and all phenomena which were difficult to explain using modern science and logic. These myths about the Gods were spread around the world by explorers and storytellers, and later merged with Greek religion. To this day, numerous myths survived through many writings and through much art. Each of these myths is very unique, and moreover, tells us much about the Greek Gods. The Greek myths in particular convey to us that Greek Gods and Goddesses looked and acted like humans,
Unlike religious gods today, the Greek gods resembled human being in their form and their emotions, and suffered from the same dilemmas humans throughout time have faced. The Greeks believe in many gods and think they are very much like people. They have both supernatural powers and human weaknesses. The gods would fight, play on each other, gets angry or jealous, and steal from each other. The Olympian Gods live atop Mt. Olympus in Greece behind a gate of clouds. They watch the mortals down on earth which they can visit any time, and are responsible for the success or failure of human life. The Greeks worship their gods, pray, give offerings, and build temples to please the gods so they will not give any punishments.
Like the Egyptians, Greek civilization had multiple gods that were immortal and very powerful, but there were twelve major gods that were the most important. Some of these gods and goddesses were Zeus, Hera, Athena, and Apollo to name a few. They were believed to reside on Mt. Olympus. Greek gods were immortal. The people of Greece built temples (much like the pyramids that were in Egypt), and gods were worshipped at these temples. Ceremonial rituals or any other special occasions took place here also. Most of the temples were constructed to honor a god, and they were sacred in their being. They sacrificed animals, held festivals, and sporting events. It is apparent that the Greeks adapted some similar qualities from Egyptian religion, but they are still unique in their own way.
Getting to know all the Greek gods is hard for young people.It's hard to find to find all the things about them or how to explain it.There are amazing gods out there in mythology.Many gods do or act very different but once you learn about them it's pretty fun to know them. Three important gods in Greek mythology are Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades.
Ancient Greek Gods were worshipped in the Greeks lives. The people worshipped certain gods when they needed strength in that part of their life. The Greek people were constantly seeking blessings and or protection from the god. (Goddess symbols: Athena. 2) Athena and Ares were counterparts but worshipped differently by the people of Greece.
In ancient Greece, around 500 B.C.E, the culture was revolving around gods and goddesses. The lifestyles and actions of the people of Greece had an interdependence with the common belief of Hellenism. By understanding that many Greeks looked to their gods and goddesses in most aspects of their life, we can better understand how Greek culture worked as a whole. This can be seen specifically in Athens Greece. In Athens they looked to the Goddess Athena in particular because she was their patron Goddess. During this time a sculptor, named Phidias, sculpted a grand statue called the Athena Parthenos. The Athena Parthenos was viewed as an actual incarnation of the Goddess Athena, and symbolize victory in wars that ultimately create peace and harmony.
Men were to be warriors and adventures, so for that they had the god of war, Ares and the god for travelers, Hermes. Women were expected to be beautiful and reproduce, so they had a goddess of childbirth, Hera and a goddess for beauty, Aphrodite. In ancient Greece the people have their gods in their image so that they can relate to them. Greece was not the only civilization that had polytheistic
Religion was a big thing in ancient Greece. It was personal but also present everywhere in Greece. The Greeks were polytheistic which means a belief in many gods. Each god that the Greeks believed in was in charge of an emotion or some piece of nature. The main gods lived in Mount Olympus. The main gods and goddesses were Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hestia, Demeter, Hermes, Aphrodite, Ares, and Hephaestus. Athens was named after the goddess Athena who is the goddess of war, arts, crafts, and wisdom. During this time goddesses were dominant so Greek woman had a big influence on religion. Since women were more soft spoken and had a higher voice than men they would whisper to the gods or sing softly to them. Women in ancient Greece were seen as oracles because of this.