The Gods In Homer's Iliad

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Homer 's Iliad the gods are the main force of the war. Throughout the epic the gods intervene many times from Athena and Hera helping the Achaeans and Achilles. To Aphrodite in Paris started in the war. Athena is tricking Hector into stopping and fighting Achilles, Achilles mother being a goddess and helping him, the killing off Patroclus, and Athena tricking Hector into fighting Achilles. Throughout the entire book the gods intervene and change the course of the war several times. Although it seems to be a book about the Trojans and Achaeans fighting the gods are also seen fighting to which Homer reveals when Zeus is mad at Hera and Zeus says “i 'll whip you stroke on stroke[...]there in the clouds and high clear skies you dangled”(15.22-26) …show more content…
From the start it is very obvious that Achilles, Hector and Agamemnon are their favorites. Athena and Hera watch out for Achilles and the Achaeans. Hector 's is watched out for by two other gods with the Zeus and Apollo. Athena and Hera watch out for a kill as many times as Homer notes “down from the skies that come to check your rage”(1.242-243). This is a minor thing for the gods. There are also more significant times when they help Achilles. For example as Achilles fights the river Poseidon and Athena state “it 's not [his] fate” to die and they sent Hephaestus to help. (21.321). This is seen many times throughout the epic. For Hector it is a different story. Although the gods are watching over him he is struck down many times in Homer declares “ and Zeus saw Hector sprawled on the battlefield [...] as he panted struggling hard for breath, his senses stunned, vomiting blood [...]”(15.22-26). This doesn 't happen very often but when it does Hector is usually down for a while. On the other hand the gods watch out for Agamemnon and take care of him unharmed for a long time. The only other time Agamemnon is in danger is win Achilles is angry …show more content…
Although Hector is dead he killed many before including Patroclus. When Hector kills Patroclus it is not without the help of a god which Homer States “lord Apollo [...] wretched his breastplate off”. (933-934). which leads to his death when hector is in the favor of the gods. If not for Athena tricking Hector into fighting Achilles the war would have gone for much longer which Homer acknowledges “[...] Achilles hunts you[...] round the city”.(22.273-274). This implies that she wants Hector to believe that she cares about him. Which in turn is not true and he thinks for example Athena states “let us stand our ground together”. (22.275) which lead to the death of hector and close to the end of the war and the epic in the text of the Iliad by Homer, the gods of the main force of the war. Once the gods are finished having fun in watching the war and fixing things they finally put an end to all the fighting by letting Achilles kill Hector which is set up by Athena in the last chapters of the text which is an end to all of the gods helping in the war. From Athena and Hera helping Achilles and the Achaeans to Apollo and Zeus helping hector and the

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