Literature has been and continues to be one of the most important means of communication throughout human history. Since the written word was invented, humans have transmitted information from generation to generation and thus advance as a society. The Greeks, it can be said, were one of the largest and most important civilizations whose discoveries still affect us today. The purpose of this essay is to make known to readers, through Greek literature, the impact that this civilization has on our daily lives and on our religious beliefs.
Influence of Greek Culture
Our society is strongly influenced by the customs of the peoples that preceded us. A clear example of this is the Greek culture, a civilization that, thanks to its discoveries, has allowed us to perceive the world as we know it.
Greece is recognized primarily for its legacy in philosophy, sciences such as mathematics, and literature (poetry, theater). In the artistic field, they have great wealth, either in sculpture (frequently representation of Gods, mortals, and heroes), painting (usually in ceramics), and in architecture, a field in which the most recognized are the varieties of columns (Doric, Ionic or Corinthian), the main buildings built were temples, stadiums, hippodrome theaters, etc.
Currently, we preserve the knowledge inherited by this civilization. However, we do not recognize them clearly. Among the most outstanding, we can find the search for balance and perfection in art, various mathematical concepts, the tradition of the Olympic Games, architectural influences, buildings such as theaters, temples, etc.
Concept of God
Everything arises with a god in the abyss where nothing existed, then he created heaven and earth and life arises from him. Just by looking at Greek mythology’s origin, we can begin to realize the influences it still has on our beliefs. Talk about Perseus’s story, who helped humans secretly from his father, Zeus, in giving them the technology of fire. In a certain way, this is related to the origin of humanity in the story of Adam and Eve since fire represents technology and knowledge. According to Genesis, it says that while they were in paradise, Adam and Eve had all the knowledge in the world, including being able to talk to the animals. It was until they were expelled from paradise that they lost all consciousness and we sank into ignorance. It was in ancient Greece that the idea of heaven and hell first arose.
Hades, the god of the underworld, represents what we know as Lucifer, who is a fallen angel. Like Lucifer, Hades started as normal gods and then fell into the underworld and are tasked with retaining souls that have not been forgiven in some way by the gods. It is believed that our perception of what the hell is to come from Greek drawings in which they detail large spiked entrances that flow without an end. These entrances that the Greeks describe are simply entrances to caves. The peaks that they describe are formations both started as normal gods and then fell into the underworld and are responsible for retaining souls that have not been forgiven in some way by the gods. It is believed that our perception of what the hell is to come from Greek drawings in which they detail large spiked entrances that flow without an end.
In conclusion, Greek culture has enriched our society and cultures. In this culture, important knowledge and trends emerged that has transcended over the years, thus influencing many of our traditions.