Exploring the World Cup of Gods: Greek, Roman, and Egyptian Deities

TLDR The hosts of The Rest Is History podcast delve into the World Cup of Gods 2021, discussing the quarterfinals, the differences between Greek and Roman gods, and the fascinating characteristics and origins of deities such as Anubis, Zeus, Mithras, Apollo, Dionysus, Isis, Odin, and Athena.

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00:00 In the second part of their coverage of the World Cup of Gods 2021, the hosts discuss the quarterfinals, including the match between Zeus and Athena, and delve into the differences between the Greek and Roman gods.
05:57 In this section, the hosts discuss the differences between Jupiter and Zeus, with Zeus being seen as more powerful and interesting, and they also debate the nature and origins of the god Mithras.
10:51 Mithraeums were exclusive cults for middle-class individuals in ancient Rome, similar to the Freemasons, and while successful, it never became a mass market cult like Christianity.
15:24 Anubis, the Egyptian god of mummification, embalment, and the underworld, is an interesting figure with no stories attached to him, but has immense appeal to children due to his dog head and has become an emblem of ancient Egypt.
20:21 Apollo, the Greek god of plague, healing, and prophecy, is known for his trickery and his oracles at Delphi and Delos, which serve as neutral meeting places for people from different cities, and although he is considered the archetype of the Greek god, he supports the Trojans in the Iliad.
25:17 Dionysus is the god of wine, theatre, and the Bacchus cult, associated with ecstatic rituals, sexual fulfillment, and an altered state of ecstasy, representing aspects of human character that should not be repressed, and has connections to India and Scotland.
30:50 Isis is a massive god in the Egyptian pantheon, becoming a colossal brand and appearing all over the Roman Empire, with a story told by Plutarch that gives her a Greek myth-like resonance, and she has similarities to the Greek goddess Demeter.
35:55 The Greek gods and Egyptian gods were often identified with each other, and during the Ptolemaic period, the Greeks even invented a god called Serapis that fused Greek and Egyptian elements, showing that the ancient people were more accepting of different manifestations of gods than we are today.
40:45 In the final match, Athena beat Odin with a tight result of 52-48, and Odin's connection to the Queen and his violent and gory characteristics were discussed.
45:35 Odin's various names and characteristics, including his association with wisdom gained from human suffering and his connection to the apocalypse, are discussed, as well as the reinvention of Odin in the 19th century and his unfortunate association with neo-Nazis.
50:23 Athena is discussed as the patron of Athens and the significance of her relationship with the Athenians in understanding the nature of democracy, as well as her role as a powerful and terrifying goddess who has favorites and enemies, with a potential link to the Virgin Mary.
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