Wrath of a Goddess Scorned

The ancient Greek gods are generally depicted quite differently from those members of the divinity in Judeo-Christian-Islamic beliefs.  As opposed to the latter where mankind is created in the image of God and is thus inherently flawed, the Greek gods are much more like an extreme exaggeration of humanity.  In some cases these gods and goddesses just take on the persona of a necessary function of human living, for instance Hestia with the home or Demeter with the harvest.  In other cases though the deities become more the traits associated with what they represent, for instance Aphrodite gets depicted as vain or Ares as tempestuous and evil.  Generally speaking with the gods as they relate to Wonder Woman the depiction of the gods has generally been whatever they needed to get the story across.  In Wonder Woman's origin story all the female gods come together to create the Amazons in a coalition that would never have been seen in the ancient days.  It is therefore interesting that with the new 52 reboot of Wonder Woman that the gods are getting a treatment more relevant to their ancient depictions.  Foremost among these is the depiction of Hera as vengeful and bitter and seeking revenge against the infidelities of her husband, specifically as it relates to Hippolyta.  In Wonder Woman #3 (spoilers ahead) she confronts Hippolyta and although initially angry, seems to take some pity on her.  Although her depiction has been a lot more accurate in the reboot, it is seems to have been shifted back to the older style here with the gods all of a sudden acting reasonable as long as it moves the plot along.  Of course, this was only halfway through the issue, and if she is responsible for the development at the end, it seems like the depiction is still being handled pretty accurately according to the myth.  
11 Comments
11 Comments
Posted by jrock85

Why do Zeus and Hera walk around basically naked?

Posted by Godlovesusall

Let me set something right. When God created (that's why humans are special.God created us Himself while for everything else His word was enough) human at first,human had no flaws.When human wanted to be god-like himself on his own,leaving away from God and his love,he brought the Fall upon himself.Then humans were embarrassed for their nudity and evil came into their life-along with decay.

Now,the Olympians (and pretty much every deity or semi-deity) in Greek mythology while being gods,were also given human traits and flaws.Iliad,where some of the gods take active part in the Trojan War and/or Odyssey,where Poseidon pursues and torments Odysseus for commiting hubris (insult to gods),are good examples if you've read them.

Posted by cloudzackvincent

God created us Himself while for everything else His word was enough) human at first,human had no flaws.When human wanted to be god-like himself on his own,leaving away from God and his love,he brought the Fall upon himself

the part in the bold is prove that humans were always flawed...if humans were not flawed inherently, why would they stray away from god in the first place?

Posted by Mayo88m

The big problem is that she/he says "As opposed to the latter where mankind is created in the image of God and is thus inherently flawed." This doesn't make much sense. Human's aren't flawed because they are made in God's image. You can go over the whole nature vs nurture debate, and John Locke's Tabula Rasa arguments, but none of them found their beliefs in humanity's penchant to perform evil deeds as laying at the feet of being formed in God's own image.

As for the Greek God's. I suppose you could say they were hyper-personalities of humanity, but that's not really the case either. They were more like explanations of why things happened, and in some cases the things, ie war, were very human in characteristic.

Anyway, stepping off the soap box. I'm digging Wonder Woman, and stuff. Oh, and it was issue #4 that happened in, not #3.

Posted by Godlovesusall

@cloudzackvincent:They used the freedom God gave us the wrong way,they were tricked by the devil,that's why.If God wanted us to,we'd all be good (not evil in the slightest way) from the moment we came into this world.But God wants us to love Him and return to Him with our free will.

Posted by RazzaTazz
@Godlovesusall 
@Mayo88m:  
 
I knew I would get that part wrong
Posted by ReVamp

I just skimmed through this, but I really have to comment on this.

I did not enjoy how this turned out at all. I always thought that Hera hating the bast*rds that her husband has fathered are an extremely horrible plotline from the beginning. I think its so stupid, I can't even describe it in words. >__>

Posted by RazzaTazz
@ReVamp: thats like the myth though ...
Posted by ReVamp

@RazzaTazz said:

@ReVamp: thats like the myth though ...

I know. I still hate it though.

Edited by iaconpoint

This is why I stick with the Norse gods. Odin and Thor just walk in and whip ass. There isn't a whole lot of avarice to the Aseir. That said, I'm loving the new Wonder Woman. I find myself needing to read up on the Greek gods now.

Posted by kapitein_zeppos

I really like the gods in this one. Well-executed and refreshing, not like the classic Zeus/Olivier in a toga as in Clash of the Titans.