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Why Were Ancient Pagan Gods All So Petty?

Chasing the history of the idea of deity

Ancient pagan gods seem to strike modern people as exceptionally petty.

The myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans are often found laughable today for their gods’ outrageous personalities. The Iliad and Odyssey are full of instances of the gods acting with all the jealousy, wrath and lack of foresight one would expect from the Euphoria teens. Apollo and Athena set their mortal darlings Hector and Ajax against each other in Book 7 of the Iliad to settle their heavenly…




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J. W. Barlament

J. W. Barlament

Writer of the most eclectic mix of material this side of the Mississippi. Author, 2016–2019. Blogger, 2017–2022. Columbia University, 2020–2024.

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