Human Suffering in Ancient Civilizations

Suffering was a common occurrence in ancient civilizations. Whether due to natural disasters, disease, war, or other causes, many people experienced great hardship in their lives. While some Sufferers were able to overcome their ordeal and go on to lead happy and prosperous lives, others were not so lucky. Suffering could leave lasting physical and mental scars, and sometimes even lead to death.

While Suffering was often seen as an unfortunate part of life that could not be avoided, some ancient cultures believed that it served a greater purpose. Suffering was sometimes seen as a way to test someone’s character or to teach them a lesson. In some cases, it was even thought to be a punishment from the gods. Regardless of how Suffering was viewed, it was an inescapable reality for many people living in ancient civilizations.

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All civilizations must learn to deal with suffering, which is a characteristic of life that all cultures must come to terms with. Religion and mythology are two methods by which people have attempted to explain suffering and death throughout history. After all, it doesn’t matter if you’re Jewish or Christian; everyone dies. The ancient Mesopotamians, Hebrews, and Greeks had various mythologies in order to account for the causes of pain and death. However, all of these myths are essentially identical.

In order to overcome life’s difficulties, society will create a pathway to death. This is true throughout the history of civilization, and it is still true today. However, in ancient times, it was simpler for people to accept because it also gave an answer for all of the inexplicable events that occurred around them constantly.

Suffering was simply a part of life, and death was the release from that suffering. In a way, it made perfect sense. The Babylonians believed that Suffering was caused by the gods as punishment for humans’ sins. This belief is found in their mythology, which tells stories of the gods being cruel and vengeful. The most famous story is that of Ishtar, the goddess of love and fertility.

She falls in love with a mortal man named Tammuz, who is then killed by her father, the god Enlil. Ishtar is so distraught that she decides to enter the underworld to be with Tammuz forever. However, the underworld is not what she expected. It is dark and full of suffering. She is eventually allowed to leave, but Tammuz is not. This story shows how even the gods are not exempt from suffering.

The Hebrews also believed that Suffering was caused by humans’ sin, but they had a different take on it. They believed that Suffering was actually a good thing because it led to repentance and forgiveness. This belief is found in the story of Job, who suffers greatly but remains faithful to God. In the end, he is rewarded for his faithfulness and granted even more than he had before. This story teaches that Suffering can lead to something good if we remain faithful through it.

When it comes to suffering and death, Mesopotamian culture appears to embrace the notion of divine intervention. Enlil punishes Ur, the city of Ur, by summoning a hurricane that destroys the city until its people are strewn about in heaps in Lament for Ur. This concept of deity as an explanation for this storm’s horror is the only way their civilization understood how to deal with such unpredictability. Because there was no method of forecasting a hurricane, it had to be an act of a wrathful and vengeful God.

The ancient Egyptians also had their own way of looking at suffering and death. They believed in an afterlife, which gave them some comfort in knowing that there was something after this life. Suffering was seen as a test by the gods, and if you could endure it, you would be rewarded in the afterlife. This belief helped to ease the pain of those who were suffering, knowing that they would be rewarded for their endurance.

The Greeks had a different view of suffering and death than the Mesopotamians and Egyptians. They believed that Suffering was caused by the actions of humans, not by the intervention of the gods. This idea is known as ‘hubris’, or pride, and it was thought to be the root cause of all Suffering. If you could learn from your Suffering and change your ways, then you would be able to avoid future Suffering.

The Romans also believed that Suffering was caused by the actions of humans, but they had a different view of how to deal with it. They believed in ‘resilience’, or the ability to bounce back from adversity. This meant that even if you suffered a great deal, you could still come out of it stronger than before.

All of these ancient cultures had their own way of dealing with suffering and death, and all of them had different ideas about what caused it. However, they all agreed that Suffering was a part of life, and that it was something that needed to be dealt with.

The Mesopotamian attitude towards suffering was largely pessimistic. If there’s nothing you can do to anticipate it, and no god to pray to for help, how can you have a positive perspective on life? The author of Mesopotamian Wisdom Literature expresses his dissatisfaction with the gods in this passage.

He may be quite concerned that what is good for him might be wrong according to his God, and vice versa. , He justly blames the gods and life in general for his pessimism towards the gods and life in general, as a consequence of the suffering he has endured throughout his life, and the futile effort of fighting against divine intercession appears to be more than he can handle.

Pessimism is also a view that can come from the way ancient civilizations viewed suffering. If there was nothing that could be done to predict it, if no god can be prayed to for assistance, then how can one have an optimistic view of life? In Mesopotamian Wisdom Literature, the author conveys his frustration to the Gods.

What is good for oneself may be an offense to one’s God/What in one’s heart seems despicable may be proper to one’s God, he bemoans, his pessimism towards the gods and life in general a direct result of the suffering he has endured in life, and the futile task of rallying against divine intervention seems too much for him to take.

In contrast, The Egyptian Book of the Dead offers a much more optimistic view of suffering. Suffering is seen as a necessary part of the journey to the afterlife, and by enduring it, one can ultimately be rewarded in the end. This provides some comfort to those going through tough times, knowing that there is a purpose to their suffering and that it will eventually lead to something better.

So overall, ancient civilizations had mixed views on suffering. Some saw it as an inevitable part of life that couldn’t be avoided, while others viewed it as a necessary step on the road to something better. Either way, it’s clear that suffering was a big part of life in ancient times.


Suffering was a big part of life in ancient civilizations. While different cultures had different views on what caused Suffering, they all agreed that it was something that needed to be dealt with. The Egyptians offered a more optimistic view of Suffering, seeing it as a necessary part of the journey to the afterlife. However, most cultures viewed Suffering as an inevitable part of life that couldn’t be avoided.

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