The Iliad And The Odyssey

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One of the main recurring themes in the majority of Ancient Greek mythology is the act of divine intervention. In Greece during ancient times the polytheism of the people played a very large part in each aspect of their daily lives, so it was only natural for them to be included in their mythology. There is not a single Greek myth in history that does not contain some mention of at the very least a single god who played a part in the tale. In one way or another, gods within mythology affect the characters of the myths, the plot or storyline, or the theme of the myth. Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey are two prime examples of this. Within both epics, the gods constantly intervene in the lives and situations of the characters, molding them to the desired outcome. Without the influence of the gods in either of the epics, however, the ending might have been very different. There was a great deal more divine intervention in The Iliad in comparison to The Odyssey, however, as there were more godly characters in that text. Whether they were working together or separately for their own gain, the gods and goddesses of Homer’s epics all played some part in the major events of the tales. In the very beginning of The Iliad, Homer speaks of “the will of Zeus” (1.1) and how the rage of Achilles fulfills this will. Right from the start, the destruction that Achilles brings (or will bring) in the text is considered what the god wants. The gods themselves are quite humanlike, closely

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