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Did people in ancient Greece literally believe in their gods?

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User Info: 249_US_dollars

6 years ago#1
Or any other area with similar mythologies, I suppose.
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User Info: Hustle Kong

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6 years ago#2
Seeing as how Socrates was put on trial under accusations of atheism, I'd say that it follows. Didn't Cicero also profess a belief in the gods?
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User Info: SirThinkALot

6 years ago#3
The exact views varied from time-to-time. There were periods of ancient greek history when they did literally believe in their gods, and times when they saw them as alagorical.
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User Info: Faiyez

6 years ago#4
I figure... people in a thousand years from now will probably ask the same question about us.
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User Info: Faust_8

6 years ago#5
Which is why the fervency of your belief says absolutely nothing about if it's truth or not. Millions upon millions died truly believing in completely separate gods/religions...
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User Info: k darkfire

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6 years ago#6
Yes. Why is it so unbelievable?

User Info: Retrotastic

6 years ago#7
Yes and no as they knew their stories about the gods were myths but atheism was a very rare thing. Even the Greek materialists tended to believe in the gods existed they just didn't offer anyone an afterlife.

User Info: sthater

6 years ago#8
Generally speaking yes they do appear to have been taken seriously. Alexander the Great apparently idolized a lot of the larger than life Greek heroes like Achilles and Odysseus.
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User Info: Retrotastic

6 years ago#9
They would have been a little bit surprised had Zeus physically appeared before them and started to order them about though I'm sure. They wouldn't have thought "Oh its just Zeus."

User Info: OrangeWizard

6 years ago#10
TC, you're using the word "Literally" wrong. The word you're looking for is "really". The two are not synonymous.
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