The Ancient Greek and Roman gods were not like our modern conception of deities. Instead of being all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving, they were subject to the very same frailties that govern so many of our lives. They could be capricious and cruel, loving and loyal, and reckless and brash. They could inflict appalling damage on living and breathing humans just for a bet, to prove a point to a fellow deity, or simply because the mood struck them and they darn well felt like it. Unsurprisingly, this meant that a lot of people worshiped them very hard, because falling out of their favor could have absolutely dreadful consequences, and you didn't even have to wait until the afterlife to experience them.
All of this, of course, means that the Greek and Roman gods make for absolutely brilliant storytelling. Their tales have been told and retold for literally thousands of years. They have been used as the basis for everything from Homer's "Iliad" - the second story ever told (the first being "Gilgamesh") - to Neil Gaiman's TV show, "American Gods."
Their tales have helped societies to process their problems, avoid mistakes and figure out who we want to be through examining our best and worst selves at their most powerful. This is why the gods continue to capture our imaginations - and of course, it's why you're surely so familiar that you're going to score full marks on this quiz!
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