thomas r. martin

The Greek gods mirrored human frailty in that each could be both good and evil. As a result, the Greeks had no expectation that they would achieve paradise at some future time when evil forces would finally be vanquished forever. Their assessment of existence made no allowance for change in the relationship between the human and the divine. That relationship encompassed sorrow as well as joy, punishment in the here and now, with perhaps the uncertain hope for favored treatment both in this life and in an afterlife for initiates of the Eleusinian Mysteries and other similar cults.

—  Thomas R. Martin, Ancient Greece