16). Such examples would be the Iliad and Odyssey as they are the epic poems describing extremely important Greek events. By examining the topic of Greek myths and legends, one can see that the age of gods and mortals, origin theories and the Greek conception of philosophy are highly evident in proving that Greek society had evolved around the following and believing of these three areas. This was the age when gods had lived alone and numerous human interferences were encountered. Gods and mortals had began to involve themselves in relationships even though it was forbidden.
One of the most compelling topics The Iliad raises is that of the intricate affiliations between fate, man and the gods. Many events related by Homer in his epic poem exhibit how these three connections interweave and eventually determine the very lives of the men and women involved in the war. Homer leaves these complex relationships slightly unclear throughout the epic, never spelling out the exact bonds connecting men's fate to the gods and what can be considered the power of fate. The motivation for the ambiguousness present in The Iliad is not easily understood, but it is a question that enriches and helps weave an even greater significance of the results into Homer's masterpiece. I feel that the interaction between man, god, and fate can be shown to be one great fluidity that ultimately leaves life mysterious, giving much more depth and complexity to the bonds between the three.
These adoring fans can go on to become writers of this superhero mythology just as great ancient writers became writers for the stories of the gods. Superhero comics find their roots in Greek mythology in the nature of their stories as well as they concern betrayal, the problems of superior beings that are responsible for the wellbeing of the populace, half powered beings, and affairs. Many years prior what is presently recognized mythology and old stories was genuine religion around the indigenous societies of those convictions. Around those, Greek Mythology is the most well-known and referenced. Greek Gods were not dreams of flawlessness.
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At the time of Homer, it was normal for gods to meddle in human affairs, and he shows this in The Iliad. A vast majority of the Greek gods play some role in how the Trojan wars turns out, which is what the poem is all about. Homer uses the gods to deviate from how normal wars are played out. The head god, Zeus, will be the focus as I go through what he did and how it affected the War as well as The Iliad. Zeus tried to stay out of the Trojan War for egotistic motives and was viewed as a father figure, not being biased to either side of the conflict.
Along with politics, religion is something that everyone associates as a pillar of ancient Greek culture. The gods played an enormous role in the everyday lives of the Greeks. Although the fantastical gods of ancient Greece do not exist, the impact the gods had on the greeks was real. One of the best ways to see how the Greeks understood the role of the gods is to read stories or plays from Greek culture. Reading this popular culture of the Greeks makes it clear that the role of the gods was not always the same for everyone.
“…Aeneas seized a great stone, so huge that two men, as men now are, would be unable to lift it, but Aeneas wielded it quite easily.” (The Iliad) This is a clue that it was common for people to have great respect for their ancestors at the time, and Homer reflects this in his poem. The poem brings more character and opinion into the Trojan War than a factual account. It shows the thoughts and feelings of many people, from their points of view. It attributes the victories of certain battles not only to those fighting, but also to the gods. The Iliad deals with the war on a huge scale, speaking of large armies congregating from all over Greece, and yet also on a more personal scale, showing the regret that Helen feels when she thinks of all those who have suffered and died because of her.
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Homer's Iliad is commonly understood as an epic about the Trojan War, but its meaning goes deeper than that. The Iliad is not only a story of the evolution of Achilleus' persona, but at times it is an anti-war epic as well. The final book proposes many questions to the reader. Why not end with the killing of Hektor? Most stories of war conclude with the triumphant victory of good over evil, but in the Iliad, the final thoughts are inclined to the mourning of the defeated Hektor, which accentuates the fact that good has not triumphed over evil, but simply Achilleus triumphed over Hektor.