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Wolfson 1 Katie Wolfson Prof. Staley CLAS 170 Sec. 0204 September 27 th 2007 Anthropomorphism is the application of human characteristics and actions to nonhuman beings, objects, or events in nature. The Greeks use anthropomorphism in every myth to explain virtually every occurrence in nature from the beginning of time. Not only do the Greeks portray their gods with human appearances, but also with very human-like emotions. In many religions and societies, there is a stress on how G-d or gods are different from human beings. However, in Greek mythology they act as one would assume only a human would act in the same situation. Greek gods get jealous, angry, they even fall in love. Eros would “make their bodies limp, mastering their bodies, and subduing their wills” (lines 120-123). The use of anthropomorphism can especially be seen when looking at the creation of the world in Hesiod’s Theogony. Through three generations of father and son, as well as husband and wife, the world as we know it was shaped. The creation story begins with mother Earth, named Gaia, and a few other gods who precede the Olympian gods who are more commonly known. Gaia gives birth to her first child, Ouranos, who becomes the first Sky god. From the very beginning of time, the
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