Sacrifices were not uncommon regarding religious practices; Spartan Kings were made to sacrifice to the gods before a battle, carrying with the flame used in the sacrifice, into the battle. Xenephon makes clear that the fact they were able to have a primary role in the sacrificing of the animal was as much a privilege as a responsibility. However, it was important to sacrifice it in the correct manner, as Xenephon notes that the King was acting on behalf of the city. Additionally, the King only held office for as long as they maintained pleasure of the Gods. Furthermore, as far as religious roles go, Herodotus mentions that Kings were not only responsible for the safekeeping of the oracles, but it was their responsibility to appoint the two pythoi whose job was to consult the oracle at Delphi.
This will be explored through primary and secondary sources revealing the information behind the annual commemorations. Gods and festivals had an important place in the lives of all Spartan citizens, as it was expected that all member of society would play their part in the religious life of the community. Both gods and festivals are found to have a association with one another as festivals are majority of the time celebrated in the honour of various gods, as Sparta are heavily devoted to their religious and militaristic lifestyle. According to Thucydides “the gods were at the top of the chain of command that ran down through Spartan society. Their traditional rules, about festivals and sanctuaries, were there to be obeyed without question.” This exemplifies that the Greek gods were of high importance and held the power to determine and undermine the way Spartan society, military and religion was practised in everyday life.
Demeter neglected the Earth and wept until Zeus realized what happened, mortals would have suffered. This only states that Demeter prioritizes her own daughter over the needs of humans, which is understandable. Prometheus’s relationship with humans has a great cultural significance considering his gift of fire to humans. Prometheus risks his own well-being in order to trick Zeus into taking bones wrapped in fat, which gave humans the ability to keep the meat for themselves instead of having to sacrifice it to the gods. Hesiod writes, “Zeus, most glorious and greatest of the eternal gods, take which ever of these portions your
Religion in Pompeii and Herculaneum explores such factors such as temples, household of gods, tombs and foreign cults all of which have a strong impact on the way we perceive the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. A variety of temples will be discussed including the temple of Isis and Temple of Jupiter. Furthermore, the household of gods in the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum depicted a private religion as the people of the city had a strong belief in religion, varies household gods that were highly influential include Lares, Genius the god of fertility and Penates whom protected food supply to family. In addition, tombs played a major role in showing the social status of families. The significance of roman religion played a major role on the people of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Sacrificing animals to the Gods was an integral part of Roman religion. Describe in detail the procedures followed by the Romans in carrying out animal sacrifice and explain why each step of the sacrifice was considered important. What outcomes did the Romans hope to achieve by making such sacrifices. Sacrifice is defined as something that is valuable or important that is given up for somebody or something else considered being of more value or importance. The Romans considered sacrifice as something very important.
The nobles were happy to comply as there was a lot of worrying about their ‘tarnished’ souls and the crusades were seen as a way of redemption for the afterlife. The Pope also saw the crusades as a way to protect Christians and pilgrims in the east. Pilgrimage to Jerusalem was very important to Christians as it was seen as a peaceful way to redemption and to God. So when (exaggerated) reports came from the east that Turks had been killing pilgrims on the road to Jerusalem reached Europe it was met with outrage. Christians were also been persecuted by the Muslims who saw Christianity as a pagan religion.
Religion played a very important role in the daily life of ancient Rome and the Romans. The people of ancient Rome had many gods and goddesses and explanations for events usually involved the gods in some way or another. The Romans believed that gods controlled their lives and, as a result, spent a great deal of their time worshipping them, or in fear of them. The Romans believed that if they appeased their gods and goddesses, the divinities would help them by blessing their crops to make them fertile or by watching over the family to keep them safe. The Romans also believed that when they angered or disobeyed the gods they would be punished severely.
Olympics has always had religion involved with sacrifice. Sacrifice is the central act in Greek religious observance, athletic and equestrian competition a mainstay of Greek male culture (Golden 2). Sacrifice was a careful treatment of the victims remains once represented the hunter’s revival of the game he had killed, which had transformed into a ritual of slaughtering of domesticated animals (Golden 17). With sacrifice, there was music, then the followed by competition, and the ritual of the animals (Golden 17-18). The Olympics religious festivals are linked to Zeus.
The Hmong people believe that our soul is connected to the soul of animals and that is why they sacrifice an animal for the return of there soul. After they are done they would eat the animal they have sacrificed. This would go with how my culture believes how we get our soul clean from all the sins. We would go to church and get a peace of bread, which is supposed to be Jesus, meat and this cleans all the sins. Jesus was sacrificed for all of us, which is explained in the bible.
Essay What role did drama have within Greek society? Drama in Ancient Greece was considered a high priority for all members of Grecian society and its influence over the public as a whole was of great import. Hence what was shown in the theatre held strong bearings over the cultural beliefs of the time. The relevance of drama to the Greeks was found in its ability to show life on stage and address issues applicable to the audience. Using theatre as a medium, a playwright could passively address any potential political, religious and moral problems faced by the playgoers.