Formal institution of friendship and reciprocal hospitality
How did consultants question the god?
Individuals and official delegations made inquiries on a range of subjects: they were inscribed on lead tablets
How did priests divine the god's answer?
Priests may have interpreted the will of the god by listening to the sound of the wind as it blew through the leaves of a sacred oak tree.
Traditionally, they guarded the gates of Olympus, promoted the fertility of the earth, and rallied the stars and constellations, started as more of spirits but became goddesses, they were seasons and time in general
They were Aglaea (splendor), Euphrosyne (mirth) and Thalia (good cheer), and they were also linked to the Underworld. Considered by many children of Zeus and Eurynome Fates: white-robed incarnations of destiny. Their number became fixed at three: Clotho (spinner), Lachesis (allotter) and Atropos (unturnable). They controlled the metaphorical thread of life of every mortal from birth to death
Each of nine goddesses, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who preside over the arts and sciences
He is abducted by Zeus, in the form of an eagle, to serve as cup-bearer in Olympus. Homer describes Ganymede as the most beautiful of mortals. Hero from Troy
"Cow-eyed"; Goddess of marriage and of women's fertility, sacred animal was the cow; Argos, Samos, Olympia especially sacred to her
Who were the children of Zeus and Hera?
Eileithyia (childbirth), Hebe ("youth," like Ganymede a servant of the gods), Ares (war), Hephaestus (craftsman)
gods in the form of humans
Nectar and Ambrosia
Food of the gods
Worshipping of many gods
All of the gods who receive worship
Xenophanes and monotheism
Attacked conventional views of the gods; Insisted on one supreme, nonanthropomorphic God
no specific origin or teaching
founders, monotheistic, written documents
Observe the flight of birds and examine the entrails of slaughtered animals