Gods and Goddesses

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Gods and Goddesses

Greek mythology is a set of divine traditional tales told by ancient Greeks about the exploits of gods and heroes and their relations with ordinary mortals. The gods were "numina, divine manifestations, faceless, formless, but no less powerful" (Crystal 1). Gods and goddesses of Greek mythology resembled extraordinarily powerful human beings. They experienced emotions such as jealousy, love, and grief. They shared with humans a desire to assert their own authority and to punish anyone who defied it. Gods and goddesses were beings that were thought to have supernatural or superhuman powers and were considered worthy of worship. They were greatly admired or respected and thought of as very important.

The isolation of one state, or city-state in this case, from another was one reason why the stories that people told of the gods and mortals varied from place to place. Stories weren't written down, and instead passed on by mouth from one generation to another, each adding their own imagination and creativity.

As is most fold legends, some is truth, such as the most famed city of Troy. A German businessman by the name of Heinrich Schliemann had a dream all of his life to find the city of Troy and prove that the Greek myths were based on some truth. To the amazement of professional archaeologists, he found the city of Troy, or the site of where it used to be. He had dug right through the city and found an even older city hidden beneath. He found it by following the clues he read in the myths. Using the same method, this great explorer found the city of Mycenae, home of the Greek King Agamemnon.

Greeks did not only believe in one god or goddess, but many in fact. Most all their gods or...