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Role of Greek Gods In the Illiad With our view of God it can sometimes be difficult to comprehend the actions and thinking of the Greek deities The Christian God does not tend to take such an active role in the affairs of peoples lives where on the other hand the Greeks regarded direct involvement by the gods as a daily uncontrollable part of life Needless to say divine intervention was a major variable in the equation of Homers Iliad The gods picked who they would favour 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 favourites Even when his own son Sarpedon was about to die Zeus chose to let the outcome go unaltered On the other hand Zeuss wife Hera displayed the more typical actions of a god After Paris a Trojan judged Aphrodite the fairest over Hera and after her daughter Hebe was replaced as cupbearer to the gods by a young Trojan boy she was quite resentful towards Troy and its people Obviously she sided with the Greeks and would stop at no length to express her will Scheming and manipulating she even dared to trick her husband King of the Gods Hera along with Athena who was also passed over by Paris is seen as the chief divine aid to the Greeks Being the god of the sea Poseidon was another strong supporter of the ocean-faring Greeks Whenever Zeus turned his back Poseidon tried to help the Greeks in the fight Poseidon felt that he was somewhat Zeuss equal as his brother but recognizing Zeuss authority and experience he looked to Zeus as an elder There were also Gods who favoured the Trojan side of the conflict Both Apollo and Artemis
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