Piracy In Greek Religion

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One reason for the difference between the Christian view on piracy and that of the Greeks lies with the way deities interact in with humans in both religions and the doctrine that both religions enforce. In Christianity, God does not interact with humans directly like the Gods in Greek mythology do, therefore the outlook on piracy changes. Also, the way God treats his believers in the Christian tradition is much different than the way the Greek Gods treated humans. Lastly, the final pursuit of the believers of these religions are very different, therefore leading to different views on piracy. In the Christian tradition, God does not typically interact with regular humans. The prophets and greatly religious people may have some communication with God, but it was uncommon for God to manifest Himself in a corporeal being among humans. However, in Greek mythology it …show more content…
In fact, they behaved more personally than that. In the case of Ulysses, he is persecuted by the gods because they viewed his actions as personal attacks, not because he sinned or did not pay his respects. When Ulysses attacks the Cyclops, the son of a god, the Cyclops invokes the help of his father crying “O Neptune, if thy son I be, And thou my father truly, as ’tis said, Grant that Ulysses never more may see His native soil”(Homer, Odyssey, 9.542-45). It is from this act that Ulysses is punished, not from the immorality of piracy, but the way in which he gloated in the face of the Cyclops at his escape. Neptune then punishes Ulysses on the seas, causing him to lose yet more comrades. On the other hand, the Christian God does not tend to punish specific acts against him immediately, but allows the morality of a person to lead them to the afterlife they deserve. In the case of Ulysses, this one act is not what causes him to be sent to hell, but it was an accumulation of his deeds up until his death that caused him to

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