Greek Myths

Hamilton says that in the Greek myths, deities were human for the first time.How can a deity be both human and divine?

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I cannot find the entire text of Hamilton's Mythology, but I believe she cites the Greeks as the first to realize the importance of mankind, and thus, the Greeks made their gods in their own image. The Greek gods had human traits and often human features. They also experienced human emotions like jealousy, anger, love, sadness, joy and obsession. The Greeks related to their gods and identified with them.


Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

Greek deities became "anthropomorphic" to the Greek people, especially the Olympian gods.  They had the powers that we expect of a god, but they were all too human in some of their actions and emotions.  Zeus was a philanderer; Hera constantly sought to get revenge on the women Zeus fooled around with; nearly all of the gods got even with any human who did not fit into the mold the gods wanted.  Thank about Poseidon and his anger at Odysseus when Odysseus blinded Polyphemus.  The also looked like humans - kind of more like humans on steroids, making them stronger or ore beautiful.  Only one god was ugly - Hephaestus (Vulcan for Romans) - but he could create beautiful creations which made up for his lameness.