Greek Mythology and Superheroes Thousands of years ago what is now considered mythology and folklore was actual religion among the indigenous cultures of those beliefs. Among those, Greek Mythology is the most well-known and referenced. Greek Gods were not visions of perfection. They had personal problems, arguments, wars, and a great multitude of affairs. The Greek gods were essentially characters in the works of many great writers and it can be debated that belief in these gods came second to the writing of the stories.
These individual gods specialized in his/her own field and they were the explanations for the many events that occurred around ancient Greece. This was important to the ancient civilizations; in fact, the ancient Greeks even built individual temples for the more important gods and goddesses. In these temples, the specified god or goddess was worshipped and treated like loyalty. But, the Greeks were not the only ones who observed this religion. Ancient Romans also followed in Greek’s footsteps, believing in multiple, similar gods and goddesses.
These myths were considered sacred and true. Often the stories included an actual event along with superhuman beings with special powers. Greek mythology had an extensive influence on culture, arts, and literature. Poets and artists from ancient times to present time have inspiration from Greek mythology. The Greeks were polytheistic people.
The Olympian Gods constantly intervene with the mortals, but what is the cause? The Gods show their power over mortal men through divine interaction, physically and psychologically. The Gods and mortals interact in many different ways, but the natures of these interactions are what truly explain and describe how ancient Greeks recognized their Gods. It is important to understand the nature of the Gods before trying to understand immortal and mortal interactions. Greek literature that dates as far back as Homer describes the Olympian Gods as anthropomorphic, meaning they have human characteristics.
Although the world is full of countless varying cultures with their own share of myths and beliefs, I believe that the most interesting would have to that of Greece and Rome. Ancient Greek and Roman mythology involves numerous gods and goddesses and strange forms of worship, which varies greatly from my beliefs. Unlike other cultures’ myths, theirs have carried on through the ages. I’m sure if you asked any given person about Greek and Roman mythology, they would know of at least one story from that era. The beings in their myths and beliefs have been the inspiration for many pieces of literature, and lots of important things have been named after them.
The Greeks also invented their mythology, which included gods and goddesses. Through myths, Greeks tried to understand the mysteries of nature and the power of human passion. God lived forever and Greeks attributed human qualities to them. The Olympic Games were originated in Greece around 776 b.c.e. They were dedicated to the god Zeus, the Greeks even suspended the wars between city-states so the athletes of the Olympics could compete.
How would you feel if you lived in a time period where god and goddesses controlled your everyday life (“Religion”). Ancient Greece contained many important events and the people created many important things. Greek theater was very important as well, it was a great source of entertainment for its people. Ancient Greek theater was influenced by the time period in that it involved a lot of mythological gods and goddesses as evidence in the play The Curmudgeon by Meander. One thing Ancient Greece was known for was its religion.
There were gods for everything in life like government, sex, month of birth, trade, and human traits (i.e. wisdom, love, war, birth, rain, etc.) The Greeks believed that the only answer to death was to be remembered in fantastic tales and heroic deeds. Many of the gods existed with characteristics like the mortal man with the exception of death and powers of unnatural strength, intelligence, and other amplified human characteristics. The main gods that were worshiped were the twelve Olympian Gods although there were others as well.
Greek Mythology played a monumental role in the structural development of ancient Greece, not only as a society, but as individuals. Surprisingly, their religion was not exactly one of originality. In fact, their religion was loosely based on earlier cultures’ religions. It bears many strikingly similar resemblances to some of the oldest recorded religions in history. Ancient Greek religion is a type of polytheism called “Monarchial Polytheism.” That is, they believe in several different gods and deities but there is a supreme ruler above all of them.
Polytheism, or the worship of many gods, was a major aspect of ancient Greek religion. Many of the gods represented things relating to humans and even things such as wisdom and justice would have a god of their own. Zeus was the main god and he led many other gods. In the book The Voyage of the Argo by Apollonius of Rhodes, there are many examples of these Greek gods. Gods such as Zeus and Poseidon, the god of the sea, make many appearances.