In the odyssey ancient Greeks had a sense of explorations, independence and love life. They were skillful and wise men and women. They are depicted as courageous and adventurous heroes and warriors. Under all those beautiful characteristic illustrated in the odyssey, under that shell that it portrayed, the ancient Greeks had many fear. They feared the sea, Cyclops, scared of scandals, death and people with different cultures. Ancient Greeks had all these fear because it turns out that they fear everything that could take their life. Life is a big deal for ancient Greeks, they love and appreciate their life and would do anything to protect it. Even though everything that could cause death was terrifying for the ancient Greeks, the scariest thing was the meddlesome of the gods.
The Greeks had many fears. The fear that seems perplexed is of the sea. One might think because they are geographically surrounded by sea they would have learned how to cope and master skills of the sea. They did not; it is proven in the odyssey that ancient Greeks feared the ocean. They feared the violence that the ocean can bring upon them. They thought ocean was an endless trap to death. Laodamas the son of king Phoenicia explained that there is “Nothing worse than the sea, I always say, to crush a man, the strongest man alive.” (Odyssey. P. 195). He could have seen what the sea had done to Odysseus. Odysseus, the greatest hero in the odyssey, was beaten and sabotage by the ocean. If the sea had done that to him, it might have killed and ordinary person in Odysseus position. The ancient Greeks recognize the destruction the ocean can bring upon them. That is the reason the sea was considered to be one of the most frightening things. The reason they were afraid of the sea because, ancient Greeks values life, and the sea was a factor that can take life.
Even though ancient Greeks had great fear for the sea the scariest thing was the meddlesome god. The gods loved to interfere in their life. Sometimes intervened to help. For example, Athena the god of wisdom, shape shifter and a mentor to the gods, Telemachus and Odysseus was a meddlesome god. In the odyssey she meddles in Odysseus life in order to help him find his way back home. For example, she “lavished a marvelous splendor, making him taller, more massive to all eyes.” (Odyssey p. 192) to help Odysseus received help needed from the pheacians She made Odysseus looks like what he wanted the people to see not what Odysseus truly was. She makes him look taller more appealing to the eyes. It is as if she was helping Odysseus cheats his way out of a situation.
Not only she meddled with Odysseus, She also was the one that took charge in mentoring Telemachus in the search for Odysseus whereabouts. She also, in the search of his father took the opportunity to help him becomes a man. By making him look impressive to the eyes of the Phoenicians would make them help him on his journey home. She also in her caring heart was...