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While some of the female characters in Homers The Illiad are powerful goddesses others are merely helpless mortal women Hera is one of the most powerful forces in the poem She holds more power over Zeus and the other characters than many of the male gods Youll set me curry-worrying with Hera and make her scold me again She is always at me as it is before them allYou just go away again now and dont let Hera see Homer 20 Even though Zeus is king at times even he is reluctant to cross his wife Athena is another powerful goddess with a strong will Throughout the poem she is ready and willing to accompany Hera while she helps the Achaians during battle Hera and Athena returned home Hera the friend of Argos and Athena an ever present help in time of trouble as soon as they had put an end to the murderous exploits of Ares the enemy of mankind Homer 74 Ares is an angry seemingly strong male god but Athena has no qualms about going against him to protect the Greek soilders Some of the other characters in The Illiad are mortal women who though underdeveloped characters are vital to the poems progression Homer never explains much about Chryseis but she is the cause of many problems for the Achaian army He gave her into her fathers arms and he received his daughter with joyVerily thou has heard my prayer and done me honour and smitten hard the Achaian people grant me now again this boon even now save the Danaans from this dires pestilence So he prayed and Phoibos Apollo heard his prayer Homer The Illiad 19 The return of Chryesis to her father results in the saving of the Greeks yet the character is barely mentioned beyond this point Helen is a female mortal who seems as though she could be the exact opposite of Athena or
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