Fate And Government Belief Concepts In Ancient Greece
A general overview of Ancient Greece would not be complete without mentioning the roles of destiny and fate, the citizen’s preoccupation with politics and military prowess, as well as the interactions between humans and the gods they worshiped. The thesis of this paper will examine the relationship of ancient literature and architecture and the various concepts that help define these aspects of Greek life and culture, so that we can better understand the philosophical constructs and belief systems of ancient Greek society. My chosen list of topics include: Aeschylus’ Persians; Homer’s The Iliad; Plato’s The Republic; the meaning and purpose behind the Parthenon; and Antigone by Sophocles. Through these works, I will connect the Greek concepts of hubris, ananke, eunomia, kalokagathia and demos, respectively. As stated above, one of the major components of Greek culture was the glorification of military talent and strength; perhaps its opposite could be the dishonor in committing the often disastrous crime defined by my first concept--hubris.