The ancient Greeks believed in gods who were involved in all aspects of human life—work, theater, justice, politics, marriage, battle. There was no separation of church and state.

The gods of this ancient Greek pantheon were very human. They made mistakes and had recognizable flaws (like jealousy or vanity), to which their worshippers could relate.

ancient Greece
Noun

loosely united civilization founded on and around the Peloponnese peninsula, lasting from about the 8th century BCE to about 200 BCE.

deity
Noun

very holy or spiritual being.

democracy
Noun

system of organization or government where the people decide policies or elect representatives to do so.

god
Noun

one of many spiritual deities or supreme beings.

pantheon
Noun

all the gods and deities of a particular mythology.

religion
Noun

a system of spiritual or supernatural belief.

ritual
Noun

series of customs or procedures for a ceremony, often religious.

superstitious
Adjective

influenced by legends, spirits, or stories of the supernatural.