If they choose not to do so then they will be punished with great consequences. The people around the king would only speak if they had something of greatness to say otherwise wouldn’t speak because they feared their king. Alexander the Great also knows as the son of Zeus would wear the most valuable attire that only gods would wear. With his great accomplishments in the battle field and the role of a king he was respected and feared by his people. There were many different kings in the ancient world and all of them had different ideas, morals, and values.
As stated by the record of an ancient poet by the name of Homer (Ares). Ares had blood bound sisters, Eris, goddess of discord, and Hebe, goddess of youth, and his practical opposite, Athena, his half-sister (Ares). Aphrodite, the goddess of love, had an affair on Hephaestus with Ares (Ares). When Hephaestus caught wind, from Helios, of his wife being with his brother behind his back, he devised a trap and caught them in the act (Ares). Ares had children with Aphrodite, Eros, known as
Odysseus blinded Polyphemus because he wanted to eat him and his crews, and his actions angered Poseidon. Throughout his voyage, Poseidon delayed him of returning home by providing strong storm on the sea which caused the ship to destroy. Poseidon did not only delay his homecoming, but made him face different dangers and also saved him from the Trojan war. Zeus was the king of the gods who intervenes in dispute between gods and also men. He also has the power to make other gods do what he pleases.
While the gods are portrayed as powerful, they are also noticeable more distant than in the works of Homer or Hesiod. In Oedipus the King, the gods are talked about but never talked to. They only speak to the people through prophets and oracles. In the play, Sophocles uses Oedipus to critique the shift from mythos to logos. In the play, not only do the gods exist, but they also have control over the lives of all the people.
Despite the seemingly contradictory nature of this statement, both can be true considering that the times when he needs a god’s help are when another god created the problem in the first place. On the other hand, Odysseus is capable of saving himself when higher powers are not involved in creating the problem. Odysseus is constantly praised by others in the story, yet rarely seems to live up to these expectations. Odysseus is praised by Zeus, the single most powerful god, calling him “Great Odysseus, who excels all men in wisdom” (1.78-9). Odysseus is also praised by mortals, such as Menelaus, a king.
With his trident, he could easily send an island back beneath the waves, along with all of its inhabitants; or destroy whole cities with violent floods ("Poseidon," UXL). Some may say that Zeus with his mighty thunder bolts was superior to Poseidon and his trident, but in reality, the Greeks were a people dependent on the sea and therefore at the mercy of Poseidon. However powerful Zeus, along with his lighting was, Poseidon’s storms and waves were far more terrifying to a sailor, who spent his life living off the sea. With the Greeks, it can be seen that power, respect, and worship are often gained through means of fear. Poseidon, in being
As Julius Caesar stated, “If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it.” This quote from him shows what kind of person he was in his time. Julius Caesar was said to be an amazing ruler who would do anything he could for his empire, he was said to be able to show honesty, confidence, and that he was full of hope. According to multiple sources including “UNRV History”, Caesar was not as great as he was said to be. Before he was a ruler, he was just a man who had ideas. He indeed was very intelligent and creative but he was also selfish.
In the epic poem The Odyssey by Homer, the main protagonist, Odysseus, makes many decisions that reflect upon his character. Odysseus is portrayed as a formidable, hubristic, steadfast individual. “Could I forget that kingly man, Odysseus?” (3) Individuals around him also agree that he is quite admirable. Odysseus exhibits many traits that depict a sense of entitlement, and that he is quite arrogant. “…if ever mortal man inquire how
(Lalami 234). All in all, these mythical figures were essentially just “ordinary [men] caught in extraordinary circumstances” (Lalami 74). Often times, the downfalls of such characters are undermined while their successes are exaggerated. The Moor’s Account accurately summarizes the thought process of modern historical perspective on the past as it being a “law of human nature that our greatest accomplishments are more easily remembered than our occasional failures” (Lalami
Regardless of what occurs, it 's all the doing of the gods. Humans are like puppets; they have the freedom of choice however their decisions are constantly interfered by the gods. The god’s are given respect due to their extreme power, as mortals know, if offended a god, one would most likely have to face severe consequences. Nonetheless, the gods are not all powerful, as they have emotions that drive them hence weakens them. In Ancient Greek society, having the gods in your favor played a critical role in peoples daily lives, as the gods would extremely influence decision, have significant power over one’s fate, and have direct involvement in the lives of humans.