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p. 393. Gods and heroeslocked

  • Helen Morales

Abstract

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.

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