Journal 12

Journal 12 - Sometimes a ruler will dictate in the spirit...

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After reading “The Spirit World: A Realm Reversed” by Barber and Barber, I tried to figure out how spirits are a part of the Ancient Greeks lives, their effect and their influence. As I thought about everything that we have learned in class thus far, I think that spirits for the Greeks were similar to what was described in the reading. With the myths that I have read, spirits seem to take the form of gods within characters in times of need, danger and sacrifice and other in other ways. As one reads myths in modern day for example, a competition is won with the spirit of Nike, victory, not the goddess herself. We sing, dance and recite in the spirit of the Muses who embody these modern-day humanities, but not necessarily have the Muses in a physical presence.
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Unformatted text preview: Sometimes a ruler will dictate in the spirit of Zeus, as in Prometheus Bound, but not have Zeus next to their side. If we relate this back to Ancient Greece, we practically have the same thing except for the fact that along with the sprits of the gods, the Greeks sometimes had the physical embodiment of the god or the presence of the god with them. They used the gods, and spirits, to explain happenings of the physical and natural world, actions of people and stories. We do the same things today but in a more subtle way as described by the examples. I think that the qualifications of a spirit and its doings have changed over time to fit the societal views of the world and itself. The spirit in modern times is not the same as the spirit in antiquity....
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