The Titans were primeval deities the predate the gods, they were said to be massive creatures of immense power. According to Anthony Mercatante, the Titans ruled the universe before Zeus, And were the parents of the gods. Prometheus is the most important Titan because of his wisdom, his gift of forethought, and his creation of humans. Themis gave Prometheus great wisdom when she gave birth to him. Themis, the Titan of prophecy, gave Prometheus wisdom when he was born as her gift to him.
Every population that becomes a community is always in seek of a leader. Everyone from animals to humans to mythical civilizations. They all are always in seek of a great leader. The decisions that the chosen leaders pursues are all up to them from the point of appointment or election. This is proven true in Greek mythology when their civilization turned to Zeus to become their leader.
Besides Zeus being the god of the sky and weather, he was the god of kingship and king of the gods. Zeus and Jupiter have things in common. They can be shown as similar because Zeus and Jupiter were powerful and were gods of the sky and the weather. (Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia1089). Zeus is one of the important gods in the history of Greek Mythology.
“Early in his reign, Halley’s Comet passed over Rome. Augustus claimed it was the spirit of Julius Caesar entering heaven. If Caesar was a god then, as his heir, Augustus was the son of a god and he made sure that everybody knew it.” By using Halley’s comet in passing over Rome, enforcing that it was Julius Caesar’s spirit, he showed exactly how superstitious the Romans were. The Romans were so superstitious, they fell for this immediately. Augustus’ supposed analysis of Halley’s Comet helped his social standing with the Romans by verifying that he himself was also a god.
Odysseus showed confidence when he yelled to the gods. Too much confidence, but still he was strong on his way. I think this shows that he is an epic hero because the gods that day were a part of his life. The gods from then on would meddle in his life for years, especially
A Hero’s Quest for Immortality Gilgamesh, just like any other heroes, receives a vision from the gods pertaining to his fate, “The father of the gods has given you kingship, such is your destiny, everlasting life is not your destiny.” It makes no sense at first but as the story progress, we found out that Gilgamesh was never meant to live eternal life. The quest for immortality is a common theme in mythologies. Heroes undergo challenges against gods and supernatural creatures in order to get the desired item that would restore one’s youth. The whole notion of going through all sorts of hardships and perils to achieve eternal life signifies a hero’s fear of death. The famous hero of Greek mythology, Achilles, is said to be invincible since his mother dipped him in the River of Styx, but he still failed to survive when the Trojan prince shot him in his heel.
Even though King Acrisius of Argos threw Perseus and his mother Danae because he was afraid that the oracle’s prediction would come true, Perseus made up for his grandfather’s unkind act by being born a royal. First, in an article written by Mark Cartwright, the text writes, “Zeus was thought to be his real father after the king of the gods himself had slept with Danae when she had been imprisoned by her father.” In Greek mythology, Zeus is the almighty and the most powerful of the Gods because he overthrew his father Cronos and became the ruler of the Olympian gods. If Zeus is your father, then that also makes you a demigod, like Perseus, so you have something that is extra special and unique about you. Secondly, the article Perseus, implies, “Of course, this was no barrier to Zeus who entered the cell as a shower of golden rain.” Zeus impregnated Danae through the form of a golden shower, which also makes Perseus to have been born a royal because his mother was a princess. She was Danae, the princess of Argos and was imprisoned because, as stated earlier there was a prophecy from an oracle that her son would kill her father, King Acrisius of Argos and the king didn’t want to die, so he imprisoned her in a tower so she could not have a child.
The myth Kronos and Zeus, illustrates some acts of Zeus that are in a positive light. Kronos did not want to be overthrown, so he swallowed all of his children. His wife, Rhea, did want to have a child, so she hid Poseidon and Zeus, gave Kronos a stone wrapped in a blanket, and he ate that thinking it was his child. Once the brothers became of age, the wanted to uproot their horrid father from his throne. Therefore, to win the war, the siblings had to free their uncles.
Whether if it is through Athena’s words of wisdom that lead him to the correct direction, or in this particular scene, Hermes’s instructions for overpowering the dreadfully beautiful witch, the gods continue to favor Odysseus and make him an outlier of men, forever exempt from death and failure. He is “Odysseus, great Laertes’s son, known for [his] cunning throughout the world, and [his] fame reaches even to the heavens”(9.21-23) He is a man whose abilities are given by the gods and his life is blessed by Zeus himself. In some essence, Odysseus is sculpted to become the leader he is today, a respected and charismatic hero who is welcomed by his men with tears of joy and cries of relief, even before his birth and the start of the trojan war. Odysseus is predestined to be the hero blessed by the gods. He is given the best instructions and the perfect weapons to combat every enemy that approaches him, and is given a magnetic wand that always attracts his team to follow him onto the destined path.
“Our Trachinian friend brings us excellent tidings. If the Medes darken the sun, we shall have our fight in the shade.” One of the most famous quotes from King Leonidas, 480 BC. Leonidas best warrior King ever to walk the earth. Leonidas King of Sparta from 490 BC to 480 BC due to his death in Thermopylae. Leonidas did not grow up pampered like a king, he was born into the world as a normal child since he was not the heir to the throne.
This constellation Perseus was a Greek mythological hero whose adventures provide the background stories of other constellations. He was fathered by the King of Gods Zeus who seduced his mother Danae, a beautiful princess whose father was the King of Argos. The King of Argos previously consulted an Oracle who predicted that his daughter’s son would eventually kill