CLASSICS CHAPTER 6
THE NATURE OF THE GODS
THIS ONLY IS DENIED TO GOD: THE POWER TO UNDO THE PAST.
— Aristotle (quoting Agathon)
- this should be obvious by now
- although the gods look and act like humans, very often their
appearance and actions are to some extent IDEALIZED.
- though they can embody and impose the loftiest moral values,
they can morror the physical and spiritual weaknesses of humans:
be lame, deformed, vain, petty, insincere, steal, lie, cheat,
sometimes with a finesse that is exquisitely divine.
- there are numerous distinctions made to show that their upper
air or upper world (olympus) is different from the CHTHONIAN (of
the earth) world below:
● their food is AMBROSIA and their wine is NECTAR.
● their blood is a clearer type called ICHOR.
- the gods are more versatile than mortals. shape shift, move
faster and with more dexterity, appear and disappear. (like in a
- yet gods are seldom omnipotent, except possibly Zeus, but even
he may be made subject to fate/the fates.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY: the gods are IMMORTAL. this may be the prime
distinguisher between them and humans.
animal and god links
ZEUS - EAGLE
HERA - PEACOCK POSEIDON - HORSE
ATHENA - OWL
APHRODITE - DOVE, SPARROW, GOODSE
ARES - BOAR