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"The Relation between mortals and immortals as depicted" by Hesoid

The Relation between mortals and immortals as depicted by Hesoid

Greek mythology is the beliefs and ritual observances of the ancient Greeks. In ancient times, the Greeks explained the beginnings of the world and society with mythology, using stories and legends about a variety of gods or immortals. Theogony by Hesoid portrays the different magical powers or godly forces each of these immortals possess. The gods resembled humans in form and had human feelings and emotions. The inequality between mortals and immortals is that immortals are a higher power. In some cases gods can behave as both divine and not divine beings. Being divine consists of superhuman or godlike features. In many cases depicted by Hesoid and in the film "Ipigenia" they act as divine. They also tend to contradict themselves by acting immoral.

Before all the gods existed there had been the Titans, sons and daughters of the earth, Gaea, and of the heaven, Uranus. According to Hesoid there were twelve of them. The Titans rebelled against their father Kronus, and Zeus, son of Kronus overthrew him making him the first and most powerful god. Zeus is a god the mortals sing to and bless "delight the great mind of Zeus, their father, who lives on Olympus, How greatly he surpasses all gods." (Hesoid 125).

These gods had relation to the mortals in the sense that they were of higher integrity. The mortals acted upon what they thought or believed the gods wanted. In the film, "Iphigenia," Agamemnon is told that he will have to sacrifice his first daughter, to the gods, in order for the wind to blow. A few of Agamemnon's soldiers became hungry so they went into the goddesses Archillas's grove and kill a sacred deer. Archillas then puts a hold on the wind. This is an example of how the gods controlled a superiority over the mortals. Agamemnon is the leader of Greece and his ships can't sail to Troy until his daughters blood is shed to the gods. Agamem... Continues...

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