Anthropomorphism and Greek Humanism
Morford and Lenardon, Chapter 4
The Nature of the Gods
mortality vs. immortality
natural vs. supernatural
anthropomorphism and theriomorphism
The Divine Hierarchy
nymphs, naiads, dryads, etc.
The divine spark is in all living things.
Zeus and Monotheism
Cleanthes' Hymn to Zeus
"Man as the measure of all things." (Protagoras)
"Wonders are many but none is more wonderful than man" (Sophocles' Antigone)
Anthropomorphism as a celebration of the intersection of the divine and the human.
Myth, Religion and Philosophy
The Legendary History of Herodotus
Story of Solon and Croesus (Herodotus I,30-46)
Tellus the Athenian
Cleobis and Biton
insecurity of human life (Croesus the king becomes a slave)
fate: Atys (= "under the influence of Ate or Doom") and Adrastus (= "the one who cannot escape")
the unknown future (oracles)
gods reward human faith (Croesus on the funeral pyre
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