The Let's Play Archive

God of War

by kalonZombie

Part 21: Night10194 talks about how human sacrifice was a no-no.

Samovar posted:

Centurions? Really? The name of the heavy troopers in this Greek-based game is centurions?


On the subject of sacrifice, I know the Greeks were big on killing oxen, e.g. hecatombs, but did they ever partake in human sacrifices?

E: Oh yeah, I would actually say the most amusing thing about the Minotaur kills is the kicking of the legs.

I remember there being one myth where a king tries to sacrifice his most valued possession to the Gods when they come over for dinner, so he kills his son and feeds him to them without informing them. When they find out, King Tantalis (I believe that was the name, I'm sure the more knowledgeable will correct me) is sent straight to the mercy of the Furies and he's the guy who can never reach the fruit above his head or the water at his waist forever, while the Gods immediately returned his son to life and gave him gifts for his trouble. I don't think the Greeks were generally keen on human sacrifice, though I'm sure it's come up in a couple myths.