Although Artemis takes a rather minor role, Apollo, perhaps angered by Agamemmnon's refusal to ransom Khryseis, the daughter of one of his priests, and was constantly changing the course of the war in favor of the Trojans. Responsible for sending plague to the Greeks, Apollo was the first god to make an appearance in the Iliad. Also, mainly because Apollo and Artemis were on the Trojan side, their mother, Leto, also helped the Trojans.
Although the gods are responsible the difficulty Odysseus faces returning from Troy, they are equally responsible for motivating and assisting Odysseus and Telemachus in their respective travels. If not for divine interference, neither Odysseus nor Telemachus would have journeys to make. The gods are first responsible for establishing the conditions under which the story begins. While the Greek soldiers had returned home from Troy, Odysseus remained trapped as “the brightest goddess, Calypso, held him her hollow grottoes” because “she wanted him as a husband” (Homer, Odyssey 1.5, Translation by Allen Mandelbaum). Calypso traps Odysseus on her island of Ogygia and “keeps the sad Odysseus there—although he weeps.
Some cases were not in the best interest like the one of Danäe. What readers might have not noticed is that every time he does wrong with a human, he will put much effort and try to protect them to better their lives. At the beginning of the myth Danäe and the shower of gold, many would think that Zeus was at fault because he had sexual intercourse through means of transformation. Danäe is the daughter of Acrisius who was told by the oracle that his daughter will have a son that will take over his place . After hearing this, her dad trapped her into a tower in order to prevent any sort of intercourse between someone and his daughter .
Do as you will,’” (24.486-489) and suggests to her to bring peace in Ithaca. This is the moment when Athena realizes that she interfered too much. Even though her original plan was to help Odysseus, it results in more trouble for him. He is the king of his people and yet, she prompted him to act rashly and killed all the young men left in Ithaca. The poem ends with Athena directly interfering in the riot and ordering the Ithacans to keep
In Christianity it is said that humans are made in His image. ‘His’ is often referring to God or Jesus, but if these figures are often seen as perfect and man is not, then how are we made in His image? In Greek mythology this concept is much more logical. The Gods display a variety of human characteristics, some of them being: lust, jealously, and anger, these characteristics often affects the theme and outcome of the story. The first aspect certain Gods show is lust.
The concepts of Christianity and the religious concepts of the Greek gods are comparatively alike. To begin, in both religions, humans believe that there are speakers for their God/gods. Gods do not speak to mere mortals. These people are the priests who teach of the gods¹ ways and wants. Some are fortune tellers or prophets, as they were called in Greek times, that foretell the future.
Aphrodite is the goddess of love and also the reason why the war took place. Menelaus established that he won the duel and demanded Helen back; they would not return her, so the efforts toward a truce failed. While Paris and Helen were at the Palace, war raged on with Hector in the midst of the battle. Then Hector returned to the palace and told Paris to either fight or return Helen instead of hiding because they were being slaughtered. Further into the war, the Trojans began to advance and started winning, during that time Hector decided to visit his family.
The Lord simply asserts His power and makes it known that He deserves only the utmost respect. Even when Moses is unsure whether he will be able to fully carry out the Lord’s plan of convincing Pharaoh to let the Hebrews go free due to his fear of public speaking, God is able to work with him and compromise. Although the relationship between Moses and His God is unbalanced, respect exists on both sides. In contrast, the way that the Greek gods and mortals interact often is done so in a childish way. Because the gods are constantly in competition, they will at times help the humans sabotage their godly companions.
When Zeus the leader acts forcefully, the rest of those under his reign will get the message. Prometheus’s act of handing o... ... middle of paper ... ... she make an exception for Hippolytus. But by the end of the play she vows revenge against Aphrodite. “Cypris shall find the angry shafts she hurled against you for piety and innocence shall cost her dear. I’ll wait until she loves a mortal next time and with this hand-with these unerring arrows i’ll punish him.” In both the plays the common theme that we can observe is that gods dont consider mortals important enough to either give them an important element that can make their lives easy, nor do they attach importance to a human life.
This truth is always again repressed by the end of each play, tragedy or comedy; because their was too great of a fear to upset the higher beings. Aristophanes, although he wrote in 420 BC, parallels much of Greek society with that of today's. He disrupts the audiences' comfort thro... ... middle of paper ... ...ety whom should be scorned and laughed at. Also, in the Apology, Socrates and the other great teaching elite, were suspected of accepting money for their skills which could have place him in a category with his portrayal in The Clouds, but he was able to dispel those rumors in his defense. Throughout his comedy, The Clouds, Aristophanes ridicules aspects of Greek society when he destroys tradition by denouncing the importance of the gods' influence on the actions of mortals, and he unknowingly parallels Greek society with today's.