The ancients trusted their wisdom in making decisions during untimely situations and their strength and protection in times of war. The gods are not perfect, like any father, as they have their human qualities and were portrayed as the humans themselves by the authors of these myths to help show how the people interacted with each other and how they thought. Much like today in the Christian faith how God is looked to for guidance, protection, and strength. The difference is God is perfect and divine and will not make a mistake in his plan for our salvation. He is the ultimate father for us all and even sacrificed his only son , Jesus Christ, to become an infant with all the human qualities, except sin, and die on a cross to pay our debt for our sins, which is the ultimate sign of His fatherly love for us
In the epic poem The Odyssey, Homer portrays Greek gods and goddesses as possessing human qualities and faults. Through their actions and emotions, Homer emphasizes the detrimental effects of lust, envy, wrath, and greed in ancient Grecian society. He also never fails to remind readers of the importance of respect for holy figures because of their powerful abilities to create chaos and wonder". Homer wants to prove that gods and humans share a variety of traits, and the only difference is that god don’t allow these flaws negatively to impact their society. To help further his argument, we can compare Greek gods and goddesses to that of Christianity.
In Ancient Rome, leaders rose and fell swiftly. To ensure that Augustus kept his power, he made sure to take divine influences into consideration, like his adoptive father, Julius Caesar, who was declared a god. He also made a point to prove to his subjects that the gods loved him, by restoring 82 temples that had been falling apart or weren’t used. By doing this restoration, he gained
There remains a constant battle within Aeneas’s mind concerning his abandonment of the queen to seek out the glory of the gods as fate would allow. However, fate does not allow such desires of the flesh to hinder the success of the overall mission. Fate continues to steer Aeneas’s life down the path chosen by his deities, but the audience can very well see that at the center of this goal driven “” hero is still the heart of a man; one who still acknowledges his own wants, yet accepts that his thoughts and will are second to
Throughout ancient literature, the authors and poets of the time depict their characters in multiple different ways. While some depict their characters as flawed individuals, others paint their characters as perfect, god-like beings who can do no wrong. In no story are the lines between perfect and flawed more skewed than in Virgil’s Aeneid. Virgil shows Aeneas as the perfect hero - the hero destined by the gods to bring the Trojans to Italy, and who fulfills his duty to his people, the gods, and his family before himself. However, due to Aeneas’s human feelings shown many times during the epic, Virgil portrays Aeneas as a flawed character in his grand Roman epic, The Aeneid.
Mortals looked at gods for guidance and pleased them with sacrifices in return for their favors. Mortals were loyal to their gods such as when they make decisions about their lives giving them only the opportunity to choose between the options that gods provided. Moreover, Odysseus was immortalized by his fame created by his heroic history including the Trojan War. The Epic Poem describes Odysseus as godlike the loyalty and devotion that his companions had on
One of Brutus’s greatest strengths is that he is caring. Brutus cares about the people of Rome more than he cares about himself. Brutus tells the countrymen, “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” This quote shows how Brutus cares for the people of Rome. Another example of Brutus’s strengths is that he is honorable. In Act I, Scene II of Julius Caesar, Brutus states, “If it be aught toward the general good, set honor in one eye and death in the other, and I will look on both indifferently, for let the gods so speed me as I love the name of honor more than I fear death.” This quote shows that he rather die than live without honor.
“There is something wrong with your character if opportunity controls your loyalty.” -Sean Simmons. Many times people have different understandings about loyalty. This is clearly shown in the Shakespearean play Julius Caesar. Brutus thought he was being loyal to Rome, even though great sacrifices had to be made. Cassius’s interpretation of loyalty involved him being in power and showing loyalty to the conspirators and Mark Antony felt that Caesar was going to do great things for Rome, so he showed loyalty to him.
He would be crowned” (Act II, Scene I, Lines 10-12). He uses the betterment of Rome idea to self justify his actions. Brutus always sees the good in other and for this reason he doesn't see Cassius motives this leads him to be
In Antony's speech, he exclaims "He was my friend, faithful and just to me." Caesar loved Antony as a good friend, which leaves Antony unsure of his real nature. He does not know whether to believe Brutus' claims of his ambition or not. In conclusion, Shakespeare used pathos and logos to contrast both Brutus and Antony's speeches concerning Caesars life and death. Brutus uses an appeal to logic to explain how corrupt Caesar was and power hungry.