Analysis Of Homer And Hesiod 's ' The Made Up Beings ' Essays

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Imagine a world where everything is based upon keeping a made-up being happy, a world where humans believe this blindly because no one has decided to ask why. This is the exact world of Before Christ Greece. The “made-up beings” were best described by Homer and Hesiod and were called gods. The existence of the gods was not questioned by the greeks for many years. Nature philosophers came into being when they started asking why and tearing down the world brought on by Homer and Hesiod. One such individual was a Greek by the name of Xenophanes. While he was not the first nature philosopher he is important. Xenophanes succeeded at moving away from mythology, but in some ways his ideas mimic the basic concepts presented by Homer and Hesiod while criticizing the traditions set forth by mythology. Xenophanes and Mythology still use the concept of a super natural force controlling everything, but expand on it in different ways; both have concepts of knowledge and truth that are almost opposite of each other, and both paint mortals in a lower being than a god.
The first concept of Xenophanes and Mythology is that some supernatural force is in control. In mythology, Homer and Hesiod paint tales of many different humanistic gods that control aspects of human life to ensure justice or honor and moderation. These gods sit in the clouds watching the actions of mortal beings and directly interfering whenever they are disrespected. The gods are not equal in stature and Zeus is the…

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