Mythology Characters

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The Greek Gods

The Greek gods were anthropomorphic, meaning that they had human features and characteristics, rather than being abstract powers or forces of nature. This meant that they were more familiar to the people who worshipped them than the gods of other peoples. For example, the Egyptian and Assyrian gods might have animal features, wings and beaks, or other strange characteristics. Because the Greek gods were more familiar, their myths and religion seem in some ways more rational. The gods could be rash, vindictive, selfish and petty, but these are all very human traits. Their behavior might not have always been kind and honorable, but at least it was always understandable. The gods could be appeased by offering them proper respect, giving them gifts, praising them and flattering them. In other words, they could be kept happy in the same sorts of ways that a normal human...

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