I got this book a little while ago because I’ve always been interested in various mythologies. I really wanted to take this Greek Mythology class in college but it never fit into my schedule. After I’ve read about all the gods/goddess and Roman/Greek heroes in this book I have one thought: gods are creepers. They watch people all the time and just pop down to have their way with woman they want to have momentary sexual encounters with whenever they please. Zeus, the worst offender, would chase women who didn’t want to have sex with him then force himself upon them (usually leaving them with child).
Also, if gods can pop out of nowhere (or Chaos, rather) then why can’t two unrelated gods pop out of nowhere? Why do all origins stories involve incests? Greek/Roman gods only came to be through relations between sons/mothers father/daughters sisters/brothers and so on.Everyone is related to each other and having children! How disgusting, right? I’m so glad I didn’t live in the Greek/Roman times because all the gods seemed to be incapable of taking the answer “no” from women. Gods forbid a woman doesn’t want to have sex, so they just do it with them anyway (and usually leave them pregnant).
Yeah, a couple of the goddess are sort of crazy (usually with jealousy) but that’s understandable. Women can go crazy with jealousy. The rest are just bad apples, I’d say that the goddess are a fair representation of women in general (for the most part, at least). But gods are just a horrible personifications of men, though there are a few decent (very few, though). Men aren’t that bad. Just imagine, if those were the stories of the great gods, how men must have been like back then… I shudder at the thought.
The stories are interesting, don’t get me wrong, but a lot of them are strange and unsettling. I suppose that’s the point of them, to teach people moral lessons and whatnot. But what lessons is to be learned when Zeus, one of the most powerful gods of all, is free to do what he pleases with women, even when they don’t want him to?
I loved the Heracles cartoon TV show when I was a kid and Zeus seemed like such a cool dad… apparently not. Apparently Heracles was kind of an asshole, too. It’s sad how our childhood heroes can be destroyed like that.
And as for the book (100 Characters from Classical Mythology: Discover the Fascinating Stories of the Greek and Roman Deities by Malcom Day), it’s a good read if you haven’t much knowledge of Roman/Greek mythology. It gets repetitive but it’s interesting nevertheless.