The Importance Of Greek Mythology

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Greek religion was a consistent factor in all areas of life for those who practiced and believed in it. The gods were given human form and faces with each with a power to interact with a certain aspect of human life such as love, weather, music, or healing. The gods portrayed human characteristics and lived in a similar society. However, they were depicted as having the perfect human form with great beauty or strength. Most significantly, the gods were immortal and held the power to intervene in the lives of the human by controlling their fate. The virtues of Greek religion reflected the importance of the gods’ power. Mythology was used to spread the knowledge of the values and to further instill upon the Greeks the consequences of failing …show more content…
In Greek religion, when “epidemic disease was believed to result from supernatural intervention in human affairs, it was viewed as evidence of divine displeasure with humans for having violated a taboo or offended or provoked a god by insulting his or her honor in a way that was sometimes discoverable and sometimes not” (Ferngren, 2014). Consequently, the Greek myths had to account for this, by explaining the lesson through a character’s decision to wrongfully insult the gods. In Jason and the Argonauts, Pelias was used as an example for he chose to worship all the gods and goddesses except for Hera. Hera was insulted by the disrespect, and chose Jason to be her hero to help bring demise to Pelias. The event in the myth serves to peruse the Greek society to respect “all these invisible beings” as “if they become angry through being neglected, and deprived of the religious reverence which is due to them, they are noxious to those whom they are thus neglected” (The Platonist, 1881). Hera is therefore just in her actions toward Pelias as he did not choose to value the idea of providing “religious reverence” (respect or service) to all the gods. Aphrodite in the myth of Jason and the Argonauts also serves to stress the relevance of worshiping all the gods through the example of the women of Lemnos. The women neglected to worship the goddess, and as punishment Aphrodite …show more content…
Corresponding to the notion that one must worship all gods, one also should make sacrifices for the roles of every god. In Jason and the Argonauts, Jason is presented with opportunities to present sacrifices to the gods and present the importance to those who were willing to learn from the myth. Before the Argo set sail for Colchis, the Argonauts offered a traditional sacrifice to the god Apollo. Jason prays to Apollo “for a safe return to Greece under his personal guidance, which the god had promised at Delphi, and then vows further sacrifices upon their return”(Clauss, 1993). Jason is recognizing that he is human and in a way is beneath the gods so he has to portray respect and gratitude towards them. They then will see “the signs in the flame that reveal Apollo’s approval”(Clauss, 1993), and the god proves trustworthy throughout their journey as one night he lights up their path of dense dark fog. Jason and the Argonauts also exhibit proper behavior as when they mistakenly come into battle with King Cyzicus and the people of Doilones who were hospitable towards them, their emotions depict sadness and regret. In order to purify the evil they performed, they held funeral festivities to honor the dead as well as made sacrifices. Jason and the Argonauts choice, corresponds with the Greek values of appeasing the gods

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