Ancient Greek Religion
Course duration: 30 hours
Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed
Greek religion was more a series of rituals than a code or moral behaviour as ritual and sacrifice were at its heart. There was a strong belief in fate. The Greeks tended to believe that there no accidents: that the gods were behind everything. Like the Egyptians, the Greeks believed that consciousness resided in the heart, a view that would prevailed through the Middle Ages.
The Greeks had no word for religion. There was no distinction between the sacred and secular: What we now call religion was intertwined with daily life and the state. Greek religion often placed the ideals of beauty and heroics on a higher level than those for morality. The Gods were more often than not are seen as being that could enjoy and indulge themselves in things beyond the means of mortals rather than beings that guided humans and rewarded and punished them on the basis of their righteousness or sins.