Sacrifice In Greek Mythology

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In Mythology, Edith Hamilton portrays the Greek gods as somewhat greedy, and they are often appeased through ritual slaughter. Thus, modern culture learns that Greeks hold value in the authority of their gods through sacrifice. For example, at the beginning of the Trojan War, unbearable winds made it impossible for the Greek army to sail to Troy. If these harsh winds were to subside, the furious goddess Artemis had to be pleased through the death of Iphigenia, Agamemnon’s daughter. Eventually, Agamemnon succumbed to the need to appease the goddess and thus “dared the deed, slaying his child to help a war” (Hamilton 259). The fact that Agamemnon conducted such a personal and emotional sacrifice to appease Artemis demonstrates the significance
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