Characteristics Of Zeus In The Iliad

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Although Zeus’s authority was questioned within the rest of the gods in The Iliad, he is still seen as the strongest of them all, for nobody wants to go against the all mighty Zeus, for their fear gives him power. His leadership skills show his strength, and he has the most power in what goes on the battlefield as well in Olympus. So after this essay one will be exposed to why Zeus posses the characteristic of strength and is seen without limits.
To start off, the gods pass along fear. They feared of their side losing, they feared of getting hurt, but mostly they feared on going against Zeus’s wishes for they know what the outcome would be. For example Hera and Athena wanted to go help the Argives but Zeus the all mighty sees everything, so he sent Iris to warn Athena and Hera to not intervene. So Iris goes and tells Athena and Hera
…Have your hearts gone mad in your breasts? The son of Kronos (Zeus) has made this threat…that he will maim the swift horses beneath your chariot, and that he will cast you out of the car and he will smash it. Not in ten years will your wounds heal when the thunder hits you (VI.207-208)

After this was told to Athena and Hera they decided not to continue on with their plans, right away “…Hera
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Even Poseidon, the god of the sea, knows the strength of Zeus with the rest of the gods who fear of him, so nobody stands in his way. Although feared, Zeus is still a strong leader for he makes decisions to keep in peace with the rest of the gods to a certain extent. In the end of the day, Zeus is the one who makes the calls, he is the one that the Athens and Trojans have great praise for, for they know Zeus the god of the gods is in control of the war and Mount Olympus. This is why when people hear the name Zeus they automatically establish him with the characteristic of strength and power. They don’t establish Zeus with the words limited and

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