Ancient Greek Gods, Goddesses and Religion: Facts, Information and Resources

Here’s some information and facts about the Gods and Goddesses worshipped by the Ancient Greeks:

  • Although the stories contained in the Greek myths and legends make up part of the religion of the Ancient Greeks, they did not set out strict religious rules which must be followed (such as are set down in the Bible or the Koran).
  • The Ancient Greek gods were very much like incredibly powerful humans. They were human in form and they experienced human emotions (such as: love, hate, jealousy, lust, worry).
  • Each of the Greek gods was responsible for a particular aspect or area of life. People were free to worship whichever gods were most relevant to their lives.
  • Temples were built to honour the gods, and the Ancient Greeks also used to have shrines in their homes to show their devotion to a particular deity.
  • The gods communicated to humans through priests and priestesses. Oracles were messages from the gods.
  • The Ancient Greek myths changed and evoolved over time. As new territories were attached to the Greek world and new settlers arrived, new gods were added to the stories and other gods became less important. Sometimes two or three myths were combined and merged together as the centuries passed.

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