Ancient Greek Gods

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Greek mythology has intrigued people for thousands of years. It tries to explain the nature of the world, the Greeks’ history, and man’s relationship with the Olympians. One piece of literature, The Iliad by Homer, displays this worldview while it recounts the war between the Achaeans and Trojans. Throughout the book, Homer answers some major questions concerning the gods. He portrays the characteristics of the gods over and over, expressing what the ancient Greeks thought about the divine. In the Iliad, the gods behave as selfish beings who will do nearly anything to fulfill their fickle desires. In The Iliad the gods all have their own wills, which they pursue independently of one another and will do anything to fulfill. They intervene and…show more content…
First, Achilles askes Zeus to grant victory to the Achaeans after Patroclus convinced Achilles to help them. Zeus did so, but only because he owed it to Thetis, Achilles’ mother. In addition, Achilles had made sacrifices to Zeus, and was one of Zeus’ favorite mortals. Second, when Sarpedon was killed by Patroclus, Glaucus prayed to Apollo to heal his wounds so that he could fight Patroclus (430). Apollo heard and granted his prayer, but this was only because Apollo was against the Achaeans from the start. So although it may seem like the gods cared about people’s wills, they only responded to them because it furthered their own…show more content…
Actually, these scales really just reflect Zeus’ will. Homer says “As Zeus turned things over, [letting Patroclus kill even more Trojans] seemed the best” (433). Shortly after this, Hector catches on and realizes that “Zeus [has] tipped the scales against him” (434). It was Zeus’ opinion that it was best to give the victory to Patroclus, but Hector equates this to the tipping of Zeus’ golden scales. Therefore, this simply shows that the gods care only for themselves—Zeus wanted Patroclus to win, so he killed more
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