To what extent do you think that the Greeks really believed in the gods or were they just manifestitations of various morals?
Most Greeks believed in the gods. Aside from the rather bizzare beliefs (as they were considered at that time) of Socrates and his followers, nearly every Greek believed that there were magical gods living high above them on Mount Olympus. They actually thought they were created by Prometheus, the son of Uranus and Gaia (mother Earth). Though they believed humans could become gods, they were rather strict over who went about claiming to be one. From the greek myths, the children of the gods also rarely had happy endings. so the Greeks really believed in the gods, and much of thier artwork, culture and behavior to those who didn't believe as they did. In Romans 17: 23, it tells of how they even made an altar to 'an unknown god' so that any god they had forgotten wouldn't become angry and seek revenge (for gods, according to greek myth, became very violent when petrubed.
Hope this answers your question
-H.A., age 13