And then there was Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, with her beloved daughter Persephone on her lap.Next there was Poseidon, the lord of the sea and Zeus’s brother, and then the four children of Zeus: Athena, goddess of wisdom; the twins Apollo (god of light and music) and Artemis (goddess of the hunt); and Dionysus, the god of wine.
The importance of the ancient Greek religion lies not in their almost blind devotion to the gods, but in the major contribution to modern literature of the Greek mythology.
Giving multiple examples, discuss the reasons for the gods’ cruelty. What does the cruelty of the gods say about the Greeks’ view of the universe?
Since the days when man lived in caves and struggled to survive, he has wondered about the world that surrounds him. And these stories of the gods that the Greeks created to help make sense of the universe have survived the years to become a treasured and integral part of the history of the Western world. But are they aware that Zeus shared his power with thirteen of his sisters, brothers, and children?
Things that seemed unexplainable could suddenly make sense when there were gods and goddesses involved.
To the ancient Greeks, there were simple explanations to all these questions – it was the gods!