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CLAS 131 Notes 4

CLAS 131 Notes 4 - CLAS 131 Day 5 The Nature of the Gods...

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CLAS 131 9/3/10 Day 5 The Nature of the Gods: Visual Conventions in the Depiction of the Gods Be able to: - Identify the distinctive characteristics of the ancient Greek conception of the divine as expressed in myth - Explain the conventions used in visual representations of the gods, especially the use of attributes - Identify the attributes of major Greek gods ‘Our’ Conception of God - Eternal and transcendent, outside/above the physical cosmos - Creator of the cosmos - Supremely powerful over all aspects of the cosmos - Supremely good The Ancient Greek Conception Multiple deities - polytheistic (Greek polys , ‘many’, and theos , ‘god’) Deities conceived as like humans in appearance and behavior - anthropomorphic (Greek anthropos, ‘human’, and morphe, ‘shape’) Anthropomorphic Deities Human form Gender - sexual reproduction - birth Human emotions and desires - Interactions e.g., conversations, meals - Relationships, positive and negative, with both gods and humans What distinguishes gods from humans?
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