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Praying To The Heroes & Poets

Post  AgathonZante on Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:28 pm

In our daily practices, what could we pray to the Heroes and Poets of old Greece for?
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Re: Praying To The Heroes & Poets

Post  DavidMcCann on Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:51 pm

Much the same things as we pray to the gods for. At a Greek party, the first libation was to the gods, the second to the heroes. Oaths were also sworn by them. In practice, the difference was that heroes were local, but even that doesn't apply to Herakles or Asklepios. The Platonists envisage a hierarchy — gods, daimones, heroes — of decreasing power. And the Greeks also prayed to their ancestors: we might envisage levels of responsibility: gods & mankind, heroes & states, ancestors & families.

By coincidence, I've just started painting a idol for Asklepios — I don't think of him in a different way to, e.g., Hestia.

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Re: Praying To The Heroes & Poets

Post  Erodius on Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:07 pm

In practice, the difference was that heroes were local, but even that doesn't apply to Herakles or Asklepios.



By coincidence, I've just started painting a idol for Asklepios — I don't think of him in a different way to, e.g., Hestia.

Certainly — they are, technically/genealogically speaking, ranked among the heroes – however, in practice they receive worship as, effectively, gods.

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