What is the nature of gods in Greek mythology?

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The gods of ancient Greece were of an entirely different nature to deities in the monotheistic faiths such as Christianity, Judaism and Islam. To a large extent, they were created out of the projection of a wide variety of human characteristics, both good and bad. The gods were an integral part of the stories ancient Greeks told each other; and as these stories were often based upon the innate fallibility of human nature, it was always inevitable that the gods would themselves display similar character traits. Just as human beings are often devious, cruel, violent, greedy, and stupid, so too were the immortals, albeit on a much larger scale.

In telling tales of their gods, the Greeks were not attempting in any way to construct a system of religion based upon absolute truth, such as Christianity, for example. The Greeks certainly believed in their gods; but the gods were always inextricably linked to the telling of stories, stories told primarily about human beings and their foibles. But...

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