Are there evil or bad Roman/Greek deities?

In mythology, who was bad, evil, etc? Someone who may have commited a crime or something...


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    In Greek mythology there was Medusa and her Gorgon sisters. The Titans in Greek mythology were supposed to be evil, Cronos devoured his children until his son Zeus killed him by chopping him up into bits and pieces.The furies, Hecate, Hera, and even Zeus. Hera killed children that Zeus had with other women and the other women. Zeus killed people as well if they made him angry. Hades kidnapped Persephone and drug her to the underworld to be his wife. There are actually a lot, the Greek and Roman deities were not very nice at all.

  • 1 decade ago

    There isn't a separation of the main Greek god to good or evil, because the world isn't black and white like it is showed in Christianity... According to a particular myth you will find the deities acting similar to people, same emotions, same actions and reactions. So, some deities, like Hera or Poseidon are often portrayed:

    *unmanageable, wild and unpredictable Poseidon, like the sea

    *petty and jealous, Hera, because she is the protector of marriage and childbirth, and it suits with her character to want a faithful husband

    *then you have Ares the god of war, Mars (roman), who is as any good soldier should be, or Hermes or Mercury (roman) that is deceitful, thief, liar, cunning and so on, which is normal cause he protects them and the tradesmen, as well as being a messenger.

    The deities usually trick each other, but in the whole Greek mythology there are way too many deities and probably some are good and some bad, just like people are.

    On the "other side" most of the monsters are bad and destructive towards people.

  • 1 decade ago

    Hi !

    There's also the story of Medea, a Greek witch who married the hero Jason : she was so jealous when Jason abandonedher for the Corinthian king's daughter Glauce that she offered her a dress covered in poison. She is also said to have killed her own children to take revenge of Jason (in this version of the myth, she was described as "crazy"). Anyway, Medea is a famous character of the Greek mythology that inspired many authors like Euripides. I was pretty shocked when I learned her story at school :-)

    bye !

  • 1 decade ago

    In ancient Greek mythology, Lamia (Greek: Λάμια) was a beautiful queen of Libya who became a child-eating daemon. While the word lamia literally means "large shark" in Greek,[1] Aristophanes claimed her name derived from the Greek word for gullet (λαιμός; laimos), referring to her habit of devouring children.[2]

    Some accounts say she has a serpent's tail below the waist.[3] This popular description of her is largely due to Lamia, a poem by John Keats published in 1819.[4] Antoninus Liberalis uses Lamia as an alternate name for the serpentine drakaina Sybaris. However, Diodorus Siculus describes her as having nothing more than a distorted face.[5]

    Later traditions referred to many lamiae; folkloric monsters similar to vampires and succubi that seduced young men and then fed on their blood.[6]

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  • 1 decade ago

    Hades was considered to be the oldest male child of Cronus and Rhea. According to myth, he and his brothers Zeus and Poseidon defeated the Titans and claimed rulership over the universe ruling the underworld, air, and sea, respectively; the solid earth, long the province of Gaia, was available to all three concurrently. (some stories say that Zeus tricked Hades into claiming the underworld)

    Because of his association with death, most considered him to be evil or bad. Many current mythology novels depict him as either the 'bad guy' or involved with them.

    Other 'evil' creatures are mentioned by others such as Medea, Medusa, and others, but your question regarded dieties and Hades is in that category.

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