The Gods of Greek Mythology

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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, that they possessed astonishing powers, and that they interacted with humans mainly for personal purposes and sometimes to aid heroes. Firstly, Greek gods and goddesses were viewed as being to a great extent similar to men and women. To start, it is very interesting that the ancient Greeks created their Gods and Goddesses to have physical features which are exactly identical to a regular mortal; they had a head, two arms, legs, and retain the form of a human body. The proper term for this is called “anthropomorphism”, which means, “in the form of a human”. Yet the gods were visualized as more gallant in physique, exceptional in beauty and proportion, and much more authoritative than humans. An example of this comes from the fact that Athena, a statue from the Royal Ontario Museum, had a form of a regular mortal, and that she was envisioned as having a body of what most humans would desire. More intriguing however, is the fact that the ancient Greeks believed that the Gods created them. This co... ... middle of paper ... ...ling Medusa. In summary, the Greek Gods and Goddesses interacted with humans mainly for individual gain, and sometimes for divine assistance of heroes. In conclusion, the creation of the Greek Gods and Goddesses by the ancient Greeks are simply a masterpiece of many years of work. With the creation of the Gods came along an array of myths following the great adventures of these Gods. These great adventures also told us much more about the Gods themselves, in ways of how they looked and acted, their powers, and types of interaction. Because of how well they were written, we now know that the Greek Gods appearance and behavior are similar to that of a human’s, that they possessed astounding powers, which were roughly divided into two part, general and unique powers, and finally, that they interacted with humans for their own benefits, and sometimes to help heroes.
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