Journal 7

Journal 7 - accomplish than the mortals. The gods love, get...

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For today’s reading, I read the fifth Homeric Hymn, “Hymn to Aphrodite”. As I read the first thirty lines of this hymn, there was something that really struck me as differing from what we, in the modern times, think of as this god called Zeus. Within the first thirty lines, Homer tells us that Aphrodite can not seduce three “hearts”: Athena, Artemis and Aphrodite. The list does not include Zeus, the omniscient, all-powerful, and leader of all the gods. I think that the significance of this is even the greatest and strongest god is not perfect. When an audience would here this poem, they realize that in the overall view of the world, Zeus and the gods are not that different than the mortals. The mortals go about their daily life, farming, fishing, and telling stories. The gods do the same just in a different way; they just have different goals to
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Unformatted text preview: accomplish than the mortals. The gods love, get angry, perform revenge, deceive, are hapyy and all the other emotions and actions that mortals perform. I also think this is important because mortals viewed the gods are supreme and above them and they had their place on the earth, but there was always a connection where mortals felt a physical relation with the gods; sometimes the gods would come down and be a part of a mortals life. In this hymn, the first thirty lines sum up the relation between the gods and mortals and the fact that Zeus has an aspect of a mortal within him which helps him to connect to mortals. If the gods were not like the mortals in any way, I do not think that throughout ancient Greece that the mortals would have let the gods play such a large role in their daily lives....
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