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The Use of Divine Intervention in the Iliad The Iliad is filled with many great scenes and themes We get to experience the heart of battle and the triumph of victory Another important aspect of the poem is the fact that it was one of the first tales told that gave us personal insight into the gods and goddesses and what their personalities were like All throughout the story we have close encounters with these devious players who seem to passionately take part in the affairs of mortal men and women Analyzing the use of the gods actions in this poem gives us keen insight into the mentality of the Greeks at that time and how they viewed their religion and their way of life Through examination of the poem one can attempt to answer whether or not the gods made the really important decisions in the story Particularly we will focus our attention on Zeus the king of the gods and his son Apollo We will attempt to determine how much of their influence played an integral part in the story Divine intervention was a major variable in the equation of Homers Iliad The gods picked whom they would favor for different reasons Except Zeus As the symbol of supreme authority and justice he makes judgement calls as to the other gods involvement in the war remains impartial and doesnt seem to get caught up in picking favorites Even when his own son Sarpedon was about to die Zeus chose to let the outcome go unaltered We find him granting supplications but we really do not see him coming down into the playing field to interfere with the mortals actions There were also gods who favored the Trojan side of the conflict Both Apollo and Artemis twin brother and sister gave aid to the city of Troy Although Artemis takes a rather minor role Apollo perhaps angered by Agamemnons refusal to
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