I believe that due to Zeus’s function as a god, his supremacy, and his power, Greeks along with other gods were frightened to discuss the problems with these affairs and therefore had to accept that Zeus could do as he pleased. Zeus’s main function is to carry out law and order, and initiate discipline when the rules are violated. He protects,
If fate decreed that Zeus act the way he did, is it truly right to consider him as someone who acts out of duty? Regardless of whether Zeus was compelled by fate to do what he did, it does not change the fact that his actions embodies dutifulness. On multiple occasions in the Iliad, Zeus even considered breaking fate in order to achieve his wishes, but decides against it as it was his duty. Secondly, he bore dozens of children to dozens of different women signaling that he was not dutiful to his sister-wife Hera. Although this was true, Zeus did so partly out of duty as well.
No one was supposed to deter from the will of the gods and if they did, the consequences would be severe. Vergil’s Aeneid offers insight into the mind of a Roman, what they stood for, and how they valued the gods’ insight. Following the will of the gods was a crucial aspect to every Roman citizen. If someone were to stray from the will of the gods, then there was often catastrophic consequences. Similarly, Phlegyas gave a warning to Aeneas while he was in the Underworld.
She then takes credit for his returning and says that she “planned” and “willed” his journey to be how it was (13.346,46). This directly contradicts the statement Zeus makes at the beginning of the epic. The king of the gods claims that the mortals “blame the gods” way too much for their miseries, which he blames on “their own reckless ways” (1.39,38,37). Athena, meanwhile, is saying that she “willed” everything for him (13.346). This contradicts Zeus saying the mortals are to blame, because she says that the gods are decide everything, so they are to blame.
Odysseus even went as far as to taunt Polyphemus as they were trying to leave the island. However, they found out soon enough that Poseidon would not let the men go so easily and prevented them from returning to Ithaca. The second part of a functionalist interpretation in this episode would then focus on how Prometheus’ actions contributed to the stability of the society in general. The fact that Prometheus was able to steal from the heart of Olympus, from Zeus himself, provided instability in the hierarchy between the gods and
Prometheus knew that Zeus wanted to punish humanity, but did not know how he was going to do it exactly. Zeus and other Gods brang Pandora as a gift to Epimetheus. He told Epimetheus that Pandora is a gift from the Gods and will have her as his wife. Epimetheus, regardless of what his brother warned him, accepted the gift from the Gods and took her as his wife. Pandora was a gift to Epimtheus and the box that was given to Pandora was a gift as well.
Farewell!” For the valiant warrior, Othello, we must all learn that there is always more than one side of the story. Othello’s mind was so poisoned by Iago’s lies about Desdemona and Cassio that in his jealous rage, he forgot to find out the truth between Desdemona and Cassio from them and other witnesses. He loved Desdemona with all his heart and soul, but his pride and his gullibleness destroyed
Because this victory is only possible with the intervention of the gods, it highlights how the ancient Greeks saw the gods's role as essential to social structure and political calm. One clue to the role of divinities in social structure becomes apparent in the story of Telemachus, a meek character at the epic’s beginning, who allows the imposing suitors to overstay their welcome. Athena goes to Telemachus in book one of the epic to tell him, “You must not cling to your boyhood any longer” (I.341-342). Athena instructs Telemachus to voyage with her around Greece to find news of his father, though the goddess knows Odysseus is on his way home. It can be deduced that Athena’s intention for Telemachus’ voyage is to mature him into the noble man his father would need him to be upon his return.
One must always have something to gain from a friendship, or loose from the lack of it. That is why Brutus killed you, to make sure that you do not grow tyrannical. You’re friendship with Brutus was of comparatively little value to his loyalty to Rome. So, Brutus betrayed you. The same way, Antony acted as if he was supporting the Roman citizens when giving Caesar’s eulogy.
Creon proceeds to outlaw the burial of Polyneices, because he was fighting against Thebes as Eteocles was the current king (they were alternating as king of Thebes). Thus Polyneices was condemned to the shame of not receiving burial rights, this was also an insult to the gods of Ancient Greece. Antigone did not want Polyneices to suffer when he was dead, so she was keen to
The State would be punished by not having control over its citizens. Because Socrates has always been satisfied with the laws, he has no right in destroying them. Therefore he should stick to the agreement with the laws like he has always