Year 11 Ancient History Assignment - Historical Investigation.
Analyse the reverence of Poseidon in ancient Greek society and contrast this to his symbology in Christianity.
Throughout the eon of time humans have lived on earth they have had some kind of god or gods to idolise, revere and worship.
Throughout the eon of time humans have lived here on earth they have waged wars on people who did not have the same god as themselves and in making sure the old gods were not to be worshipped again, they took bits of old religions that did not fit the new religion and transformed them into images of demonic representation.
This is true of what happened to the pagan worship of ancient Greek society with the introduction of Christianity. One such transformed imagery that is prevalent in today's society is that of Poseidon's trident, or more well known as the Devil's pitchfork. What was once a revered instrument of authority and might that had the power of good, became an instrument of sadism and torture that had the power of evil.
The Christian powers did not make this imagery of the devil until they had some power in society, and to maintain this they fused their devil with parts of Greek gods. This brought pagan worshippers to the Church with fear, and scared those already Christian to staying with the Church.
Poseidon is one of the twelve Olympians, yet was rarely lived on Mount Olympus, as he preferred his watery domain of which he had complete control, along with horses and earthquakes. He is also the brother of Zeus, Hades, Hera, Hestia and Demeter. Poseidon and Zeus overthrew their father Cronus who was one of the Titans. The Titans were responsible for the chaos that was Greece before their overthrow...