Show Summary Details

p. 393. Gods and heroeslocked

  • Helen Morales


Greek and Roman religion was polytheistic. Subjects were never certain they were doing the right thing. You could be loyal to one god and at the same time angering another. There was no overriding concept of good or of evil. ‘Gods and heroes’ considers gods, mortal heroes, and myths and describes how the gods were everywhere in life. There was no concept of faith as such. Many myths dramatized the disastrous consequences for mortals of dishonouring the gods. This dishonour was called hubris. Heroes were so called because they embodied the fantasies of ordinary people. Classical heroes were figures of the past. It is their mythism that makes them come alive as heroes of the present.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.