It's so funny hearing these people say "storgheeeh" without even knowing what is considered a "beautiful word" in Greek, and exoticizing the language to such an extent they don't realize they have the exact same words in their own language 🤦♀️
(I am not talking about people who want to learn Greek or have an appreciation of the Greek language. I am talking about.... these types of people who think everything Greek is so magical like "oohhh look at this amazing Greek word skataaa ✨😍")
Since you've talked about him, Hamlet for the ask game :D
i would marry him before he saw the ghost of his dad. Then i would be afraid of him! He's a horrible person and i absolutely adore him 🧡
He's also really, REALLY pretty, not only in the manga i showed before, but also in multiple paintings, even in different covers of the play, i love almost all the character designs out there for Hamlet.
One of my favourite things that is done in his character it's the fact that in the end, you don't know if he's truly insane or has been pretending the whole time. He's probably both but SHUT.
Can't deny i would have wanted more scenes with Ophelia, so her death would hurt more regarding Hamlet's character, but oh well.
You know? People tend to exaggerate Achilles' character way too much for my liking. He's still one of the most iconic figures on the whole Trojan Cycle ( obviously ) but i never grew that attached to him. i like him, he's what the myths want him to be, but he got a bit overrated due to TSOA bullshit and all that. He deserved better than that.
Hector is EVERYONE'S beloved and we are NOT going to deny that. If Odysseus didn't exist he would be my favourite out of the Trojan Cycle, that man didn't do anything wrong and no, i'm sorry, Patroclus' death wasn't wrong either. It kind of was coming. i apologize for speaking the truth. Anyways i hope wherever Hector is now he is happy with Andromache 🥲
i don't hate Paris, he's just really boring for me... And an idiot. Look, i like idiots, Agamemnon is an idiot and i like him, for example. But Paris really just- just gets things done in a HORRIBLE way. The only time he shines is specially thanks to Apollo aaand he didn't get to live much after that. i do think he's an important character, but that doesn't mean i like him.
This might come as an ignorant question, but were there any distinctions of the gods and the personifications of things? I'm aware gods are technically emboidements of such things, but for example, Gaia and Demeter, were they considered the same at some point? Or Apollo and the Sun maybe? Or were they always distinctive? Thanks for your time, the Wikipedia isn't helping me with this
This needs a long analysis but I will try to keep it short and hopefully, I will provide information to the best of my ability. I feel I know the answer but it is difficult to explain it because I've taken the difference for granted and never had to explain it to anyone.
No worries, it's normal for you to have this question because ancient personifications are often described as "gods" by foreigners today, and also you might be missing some context in the Hellenic tradition.
There is a difference between deities and concept personifications like Health, Wealth, Poverty, Nourishment, Wisdom, Zeal, Violence, Peace, etc. The gods are distinct and whole "persons" who have control over certain elements and domains, not embodiments. There were arguments even in ancient times about the gods being "persons" or just "energy" but most Hellenes - like the good ol Hellenes they are xD - preferred to see them as more "apt". But even as "energy" the gods weren't considered personifications.
Gods can be embodiments, but metaphorically (like Athena, signifying wisdom. Still, Wisdom can have a statue on her own as a personification). Other times the gods are also the means of element control because humans don't have this power and they ask the gods to intervene for them.
The personifications are not gods but, as a statement to society, their statues exist and were/are honored (I am talking about different Greek periods because even today we have them). For example in an ancient music school, there could be a statue of Music, who is a personification. The statue is there as a statement, and as a reminder to people to keep music in their hearts and acknowledge its importance. The concepts may also have a story of origin, but this doesn't exactly elevate them to the status of gods. It can elevate them to the "honorable entity worthy of sacrifices" status (like Nice), is my understanding.
My understanding is that personifications and deities were always distinctive, at least for Greece and the Near East. Sun and Earth are powerful entities on their own but during the times people believe in a pantheon, they are rarely invoked as if they are gods. (But often they are less powerful than gods and act only a little). If we go back to the early Bronze age, perhaps there weren't any gods and people only revered the elements such as the earth, the sun, the moon etc. But slowly we see the concept of deities develop, like the Earth/Mother/Fertility Goddess who is not the same as the Earth itself, but rather commands the earth/soil/fertility. The early version of Demeter could be just a goddess, not Earth itself. Her name literally means "Mother of the Earth/Soil". And the fact that she coexists with Gaia, Earth, means that one was developed to be something different than the other.
Some very important elements, such as the Earth, can be considered more potent than gods in the sense that they are innocent ever-present, and primordial, but they are more static in their actions and don't antagonize the gods (after the Titanomachy, that is). In the Hellenic tradition since the ancient years the mountains, sun, river, earth, and all things natural can be characters on their own and even fight against heroes, or speak their minds about a situation. They kind of belong in the divine sphere but they are more like expressions of the physical world, and still less prominent than the gods. In the recent Hellenic tradition, they are still lower than the saints, who have some dominion over the world's domains.
**There might be some things I haven't read or know so if someone has read about any ancient traditions and the reverence of certain personifications in a way that is not described here, please add to this post!