The Gods Of Ancient Greece

2108 WordsMay 9, 20179 Pages
The gods of Ancient Greece played a huge role in the everyday lives of Greek citizens. Ancient Greeks did not view their gods in the same way religions today, such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, view their gods. The Greek gods were more human-like, but much more powerful than the average Greek. Unlike the Christian God who is omnipotent, meaning he is all powerful, omnipresent, meaning He is everywhere at all times, and omniscient, meaning He knows all things, these gods had flaws and restrictions. They believed that there were many gods, and each one was related to some specific aspect of life; for example there was a god for the harvest, a god for love, and a god for war. The ancient Greeks saw their gods as more powerful humans…show more content…
The main thing that separated humans and gods were the gods’ inability to die. The ancient Greeks believed in hundreds of gods and goddess. There were many different types of gods which included; the Olympian gods, Titan gods, the sky gods, the sea gods, the underworld gods, primordial gods, the rustic gods, Agrarian Gods, and the Phrygian and Thracian Gods. Some of the main gods were the Olympian gods which included Athena, Apollo, Poseidon, Hermes, Hera, Aphrodite, Demeter, Ares, Artemis, Hades, Hephaistos, and Dionysus, led by Zeus. These gods lived at the top of Mount Olympus. Each god was associated with a specific part of the Ancient Greek’s lives. For example, Aphrodite was the goddess of lust and love and Ares was the god of war. These were some of the gods that ancient Greeks would interact with the most. The gods’ presence was “both vital and fearful; problematic if encountered unprepared, it needed to be controlled.” The ancient Greeks worshipped these gods not because they loved them, but because they feared them. Many sacrifices were made in fear and to keep the gods happy. An angry god would cause a lot of problems for the Greeks. These gods were not perfect like the God in the Catholic and Jewish religions, who is basically perfect in the eyes of His followers. The gods were a lot like humans, they fought amongst each other, became jealous, fell in love, and felt things like joy, anger, pain, and sadness. Unlike other
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