Ancient Religions

What role did the Greek gods of Mt Olympus play in the Greeks daily life?

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07/02/2014

The Olympian Gods played a variety of roles in the daily lives of ancient Greeks. As each was responsible for a different sphere, and various activities in each, of human life, the Gods were often called upon to witness and also to bless daily activities. Promises were made and oaths uttered in the names of these Gods. Special sacrifices or offerings, along with prayers, were made directly to these Gods, whether at home or in temples or even by special human representatives of these Gods. As watchful overseers of human activity, the Gods were also felt as a daily, if often vague, moral presence, reminding humankind to do good, not ill, and to avoid what most ancient Greeks considered to be the ultimate vice: pride.