The ancient Greeks believed that their gods were involved in all aspects of life. There was no separation of church and state and the only way you could live on was to do a great act that made you worthy of immortality.


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  • 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.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    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.