Stan Kelly-Bootle wrote:
Homer's audiences KNEW the characters & endings and BELIEVED the stories; the Gods and Goddesses, mortals and semis were REAL not mythic.
Some portion of Homer’s audiences knew the stories and their endings. But every story, like every old joke, was once new to everybody at some stage in their lives. As for the Greeks implicitly believing that the Gods, Goddesses, mortals and semi-mortals were real: I very seriously doubt that. It is, imho, a bad mistake to take it for granted that early or ancient man was more stupid than modern man. The reverse is more likely, and in fact there is every reason for thinking that early man, and especially the Greeks, were more intelligent, and had keener minds than the human specimens of today. Cro-Magnon man actually had a bigger brain than modern man. However, the Greeks had a much deeper sense of how little they were in control of their destinies --- perhaps that serves to indicate their higher intelligence. Their personification of the Gods, the Fates and the Furies was therefore more vivid. Petersen’s excellent film, Troy, presents this outstandingly well, imho. Who, today, can honestly say that they control their own lives? How, precisely, does free-will operate, when your father is shot by mistake, or your inheritance is confiscated, and you are exiled, force majeure?
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