A massive demi-god with seemingly human appearances, only perfected with a toned muscular body, Hercules undoubtedly represents the flawlessness in Gods in comparison to humans. Being the son of Zeus, the father of all immortals, and Alkmene, a mortal, Hercules was destined to be the guardian of both mortal and immortals. There are undoubtedly many statues of Hercules in the world, and they all have one common feature: He is always portrayed in a superhuman way. For this particular marble statue created in the Flavian period by the Romans, Hercules is wearing a lion skin over his head and chest, which looks like a modern day hoodie and cape mixture. His body is the “ideal” body type for men as his muscles are toned and shaped perfectly in a way all men envy.
Hermes is the son of Zeus and Mai. He was born in Arcadia, near the mountain Cyllene and was washed by nymphs at the mountain Tricrena. Hermes’ pet was Gallus, the cock or rooster. The ram is also considered one of Hermes' favored pets. He wields a magical wand called a Caduceus that lets him control life forms lesser than gods, transform things into gold, and control magical energies.
It was believed that he had the power to judge those who had committed crimes, and that he had created the stars as soldiers to destroy the wicked. His attribute was the royal tiara, most times decorated with two pairs of bull horns. He was one of the oldest gods in the Sumerian pantheon, and part of a triad including Enlil, god of the air and Enki, god of water. He was called Anu
Zeus threw a lightning bolt at Cronus, and banished him to the underworld for all of eternity (“Early Life”). Talk about awful father-son relations! Zeus had a complex role as an Olympian god. He was the supreme ruler of Olympus, and was known by many names: Zeus Cloud Gatherer, the Rain God, Lord of the Sky and Zeus the Thunderer (“Zeus”). It was said that Zeus is the Lord of Gods and men, but he shares his powers with his brothers.
However not only did he build them he even had his named written on earlier monuments built by other pharaohs. One of the many building he built was the Hall of columns and obelisks. He was closely identified with the sun god, Ra. He even made statues of himself that where 67 ft high and had 25 ft long all together it weighed 1,200 tons. (8) He also ordered the construction of a new capitol which was named Pi-Ramses A-nakhtu or “The Domain of Ramses Great victories.” It has almost disappeared today but they did find it.
Both of these works illustrate the close relationship between gods and people, god’s constant interference in human’s daily affairs, and even the resemblance of their characters. Gods play a major role in both of the stories. Whenever somebody feels helpless, they pray to gods and ask for their assistance and support. In “The Epic of Gilgamesh” people of Uruk pray to gods to send a match for their king Gilgamesh because, being two-thirds god, he is so strong and energetic that he is constantly bothering the young men with fighting and “leaves no girl to her mother.” (Gilgamesh, 101) The gods hear the prayer and send them Enkidu. Homer’s “Iliad” starts with the Chryses, who was Apollo’s priest, praying to him for help after Agamemnon refuses to return his daughter.
The Ancient Olympics began with only a few running events, but eventually expanded into much more. The Olympic Games were a series of athletic competition held for representatives of various city-states of Ancient GReec held in honor of Zeus. The exact origins of the Games are shrouded in myth and legend but records indicate that they began in 776 BCE in Olympia in Greece (Origin 2). The Greeks that came to the Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia shared the same religious beliefs and spoke the same language. The athletes were all male citizens of the city-states from every corner of the Greek world, coming from as far away as Iberia (Spain) in the west and the Black Sea (Turkey) in the east ( McParland 4).
This applies to most of the main characters in The Odyssey, Telemachus included. The epithets used to describe Telemachus that I found in The Telemachia are: “the godlike youth” (1:113), “the courteous Telemachus” (1:213), “the thoughtful Telemachus”(1:307), “the prudent Telemachus” (1:345), “the sensible Telemachus” (1:413), “fiery young orator” (2:302-303), “sagacious Telemachus” (2:309), “Prince Telemachus” (3:344), “brave Telemachus” (4:19), and “heroic Telemachus” (4:302). I think that each epithet is used for a specific reason. The epithet: “the godlike youth” I think applies to Telemachus’ appearance, it is a way of saying that he is handsome and well-built. It is also a comparison to his father, as Odysseus is often described as such.
Hermes Brooke Mason Miss. Gillmett English 1 26 January 2012 The Greek gods were very fascinating .There was a god for almost everything; there was a god of beauty, a god of the ocean, a god of rain, and even a god of wine! But Hermes was almost like the GPS of all the gods. Hermes delivers everything; from souls to the underworld, to messages and orders, if you want something delivered Hermes is your god. Hermes also had an interesting role in the Odyssey.