Were Greek deities omniscient, like the God of Abrahamic faiths?

  • Did the ancient Greeks consider their deities to be omniscient? Hence does Greek mythology claim to be the definite truth like other religions often do and might this leave more room to question and even apostatize?

    I think omniscience is something mainly associated with the Abrahamic the Dharmic faiths, not pagan folk mythologies. The stories involving gods even Zeus being tricked show this is not an inherent trait for gods in Greek mythologies. That said, it seems to me your follow-on questions are more history than mythology, and Greek paganism was not organised / exclusive to such an extent as having apostasy.

    Your linkage of "an omniscient deity" to a "claim to be the definite truth" seems really suspect. Can you support it?

    Great question. When speaking of knowing or objective truth, we think not of the mythopoesis of Greek mythology, but of Greek philosophy *(Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, etc.)* Zeus may not have been omniscient of omnipotent, but he was powerful, clever, and knew an awful lot. I'll certainly continue to consider the philosophical dimension, and see if that yields material for a formal answer.

  • David

    David Correct answer

    4 years ago

    Not even close.

    This can be shown by, for example:

    You can find a lot of other examples, of course but the gods don't appear to have anything approaching omniscience.

    Trying to prove a negative.

    @Spencer how so?

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