Artists like Homer were the first extraordinary mythologists, however myth assumes a part in all parts of shared life. Extraordinary rationalists—like Plato, for instance—every now and again perceived this, and sent mythos to bolster their conceptual logos, which they thought the vast majority would never be capable (or even need) to grasp. Government officials, all through history, have utilized and controlled mythology to win support for activities the fundamental rationale of which may be generally unappealing. Hitler utilized the Greek myth of racial immaculateness with gigantic achievement, and the fighting nobility of Europe, in World War I, depended on myths of nationalistic pride, religious disdain, and racial prevalence over persuade the poor of their nations to kill one another by the millions (7).
(Theog. 478-479). Before Zeus is born, it foreshadows the power that Zeus would hold over fellow gods, especially his own father. “For he learned from Earth and starry Sky that it was fate that his own son would master him,” (Theog. 463-465). With that being said, the power that Zeus displays is all owed to the intelligence and cleverness of Gaia.
A hero can be someone who courage and strength, accomplished bold acts, divine ancestry, and favored by the god. Heracles fit in this category. Heracles is favored by the gods because he is half-god, half-human, he has the courage and strength of his ability, he had divined ancestry because his dad is Zeus, and he accomplishes bold acts such as the twelve labors of Heracles, which no one else could possible do but Heracles himself. Heracles dad, Zeus was married to Hera.
Upon seeing him at first sight, Athena immediately exclaims, "'you're truly Odysseus' son? You've sprung up so!/ Uncanny resemblance ... the head, and the fine eyes'" (Homer 1.240-241). After describing to Telemachus his remarkable resemblance of Odysseus, Athena goes on to tell Telemachus of Odysseus' heroic accomplishments and his contributions to Greece's victory in Troy. As the son of a hero of the Trojan War, Telemachus is inspired to not only resemble his father physically but also through his actions. In addition to emboldening Telemachus, Athena also hints to Telemachus what Odyessus would do if he was in the palace, by saying "'he'd lay hands on all these brazen suitors . . .
Later (although 400 bc is still pretty early), the characters were not always divine, but they were always the top of society. Because nobility was considered the next best thing to being a god (some even believed kings were directly appointed by God), many of the heroes were part of high social classes and had a high societal standing. One of these was Oedipus. He defeated the Sphinx and won the favor of the people, and in their eyes, the favor of the gods. During a plague, they pleaded with him to help them during the troubled time because “in their stories, the people testify/ how, with gods’ help, [he] gave [them] back [their] lives” (45).
Many temples were built to honor gods. Apollo very much enjoyed visiting the temples that were built for him, one day he heard about a very beautiful temple built in his honor in the kingdom of Troy. He was intrigued that this temple was built on entirely different peninsula than the Greek peninsula. Once he arrived he met a women by the name of Cassandra, immediately they both recognized each other beauty. Apollo offered that if Cassandra gave him a kiss he would grant her the power of prophecy.
He is known to be such a great leader to his army, and has a very clever mind. His resourcefulness helped their victory during the Trojan War. The goddess Athena often give him aid especially when he is fighting in a war. PERSEUS Last but definitely not the least is Perseus.
The Chorus extremely respects Oedipus due to his noble actions for Thebes, “we all saw how the Sphinx came against him- there his wisdom was proved.” (27) This quote proves how proud and passionate the Chorus feels towards Oedipus. Due to their high level of pride for Oedipus they are incapable of judging Oedipus as guilty despite Tiresias’s reveal of truth, “but nether a mere man knows the truth - wether a human prophet knows more than I do - who is to be the fair judge?” (27)
Indeed, the term calisthenics itself is derived from the Greek words for beauty and strength. We know from historical records and images from pottery, mosaics and sculptures of the period that the ancient Olympians took calisthenics training seriously. They were greatly admired – and still are, today – for their combination of athleticism and physical beauty. You may have heard a friend whimsically sigh and mention that someone ‘has the body of a Greek god’.
The aspect of a helper gives listeners and followers of the myth a sense of comradery and joining of forces with the hero. It validates what the hero stands by when people support the same thing. Especially in ancient times, it made the gods seem as though they cared about what went on in everyday life. It boosted morale and admiration for the gods that created
When Superman was little he was just an alien that landed on earth, but now he is an icon of goodness to the world. He has inspired the world with his high moral values and has taught us many things about justice and life. He has persuaded countless people to continue working hard and giving everything they can despite of the odds. He is the most powerful person on earth and yet he is humble and honest, two great characteristics of a leader. Superman believes the only way to progress as a person is to accept new ideas, like voting him as president.
Other two gods we can compare and contrast are Hephaestus and Vulcan. Hephaestus was the Greek god of technology, blacksmiths, and fire. Hephaestus had the gift of being able to create anything he wished to make, Vulcan could not. Hephaestus was worshiped in Athens it was his main place of worship. Hephaestus was sadly born being unable to walk for he was crippled and weak.