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Greek Gods - The Historical Background.

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Greek Gods - The Historical Background Greek gods were an essential part of Greek mythology. Our proper knowledge of the ancient Greek gods can be traced back to Homer who wrote The Iliad and The Odysse. It is also believed that the myths were heavily influenced by the Mycenaean culture that existed in Greece from 1700 to 1100 BC. However there is some evidence that the beginnings of Greek mythology and beliefs can be traced back to the ancient Middle Eastern cultures. There are many similarities between the mythology of these ancient Middle Eastern cultures and the ancient Greeks. Greek Gods - Religious & Social Background The Greek gods were created in order to explain the world around them in order to put a reason or explanation behind everything, and to provide entertainment for the masses. ...read more.


The ancient Greek gods were believed to take on human form and lived in a society similar to human society, the only difference was that the Gods were immortal and each one had a certain power designated to them. Greek Gods - The Creation Myths It is difficult to trace the ancestry of the ancient Greek gods since there are several creation myths. A combination of the account put together by the Greek Poet Hesiod in the 8th century BC and an account written by a mythograhpher. Apollodrous would have been recognized by most ancient Greeks. It was as follows: The creation of the Greek gods goes as follows: The god Chaos was the foundation of all creation. ...read more.


Zeus eventually waged war on the Titans. After this Zeus took on his own place and created Mt. Olympus. Zeus ruled the sky, Poseidon ruled the seas, Hades ruled the underworld. 12 Main Gods Aphrodite (Venus) | goddess of love and beauty Apollo (Apollo) | god of the arts (esp. poetry and music), archery, and divination Ares (Mars) | god of war Artemis (Diana) | goddess of the hunt and protector of children Athena (Minerva) | goddess of wisdom, war, and crafts; patron of Athens Demeter (Ceres) | goddess of agriculture and fertility Dionysos (Bacchus) | god of wine, mysteries, and the theatre Hephaistos (Vulcan) | god of smiths and metal-workers Hera (Juno) | goddess of marriage; consort of Zeus Hermes (Mercury) | god of merchants; messenger of Zeus Poseidon (Neptune) | god of the sea and earthquakes Zeus (Jupiter) | god of the sky; ruler of Olympus SEAN KAR - L6 ...read more.

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