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13/04/2017

Relevance Of Greek Mythology

Introduction

Greek mythologies were the beliefs and rituals practiced by the ancient Greeks who were the first civilized society in the 200 BC (Jennings & Lowery, 2014). At the center of these stories were the way people were dealing with different gods and general life. Over and above, the Greek methodologies were full of religious and general life insights and assumptions that still hold in the current century.

General Life Insights

At the heart of the Greek mythology were qualified writer who included and not limited to Plato, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes. They are seen as the founders of literature and heavily influence the current century’s writers. Sophocles who was a famous tragedian author always had an ending far from the ‘happily ever after’ (Jennings & Lowery, 2014). His stories were directed towards sensitizing people on the need to be humble. At the same time, his characters that seemed weak and vulnerable at the beginning were portrayed as heroes who optimally survived. This demonstrated to the early Greeks that true greatness can be attained by those who dare enough.

Religion Insights

A commonly held phenomenon of the Greek mythology was the fact that man is very weak in comparison to gods and nature. The belief was that the gods controlled all aspects of life and that people depended wholly on the goodwill of the gods (Guisepi, 2001). There was, therefore, a call for people to forge a good relationship with the gods because going contrary results to calamities.

Inference

The two insights present in the Greek mythology can still be traced in many societies around the world. Humbleness is a trait still agitated for in many societies. On the other hand, it is a commonly held belief of the superiority of God and the call to maintain a good relationship with one’s God. These two examples are a clear demonstration that the Greek mythology still possesses insights that are still applicable to the current social order.

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