Has there ever been a single sacred text of Hellenic Polytheism?
March 13, 2010 11:43 AM Subscribe
Is there an official bible for the Greek myths?
posted by Flying Saucer to religion & philosophy (25 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I've been devouring Caprica
and the Percy Jackson
stories and thinking about the Greek myths. There have been some great threads
about the Greek religion
on AskMeFi already.
A big difference I see between Greek polytheism and the Abraham religions is the existence of scriptures. The "Big Three" have a bible with agreed-upon versions of stories and laws. The Greek culture was based on oral storytelling and never had a bible -- did they?
If one wanted to worship the Greek gods today (and I know some people do
), or were to write a Caprica
-like story in which the gods are worshipped in a modern setting, what official texts would believers use? If you went to Greek temple and the priest said "Open your books to page 215," what book would that be? Was there ever such a thing, or was one compiled anytime afterwards?