Three Greatest Sins (Greek Mythology)

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Three Greatest Sins In Greek Mythology there are three deadly sins. There are three sins so horrible that if one was to commit any of them they would be dammed to eternity in the Underworld. The sins in no particular order are hubris, the violation of the guest-host relationship, and “blood guilt”. Each one has its own set of punishments usually death or some form of ultimate humiliation for the world to see. Hubris is considered to the most deadly and greatest of sins to commit; it is arrogance, it is taking excessive pride, or thinking you can outsmart the gods; there are many examples of hubris. When in the myths, Tantalus decided to feed his child to the gods that was indisputably hubris. One of the more famous myths of hubris was when “… the mortal Niobe, daughter of Tantalus, carelessly bragged that she, with her seven sons and seven daughters, was better then Leto, who had only one of each. Apollo with Artemis responded to this hybris by destroying with their arrows all of her children.” (23) Hubris was also committed when Achilles vowed to feed Hector of Troy’s body to the dogs instead of giving it a proper burial according to the Iliad. Hubris can also be when a worker tells his boss, “That was a stupid mistake,” or when one curses a police officer after he gives you a ticket for modern references. In the social aspect of the term and its significance is that in the Greek city-states and times, there was no real police force that is out patrolling the streets, nor is there any real government way of controlling the masses. The people needed some form to control themselves and govern the people in a manor that was easy and could be spread just as easily. The best ways was though tales or myths each one having a moral point inserted at the end as a guide on how to behave in society. It was necessary on a psychological level because they needed to

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