Hymn to Demeter-How powerful is Zeus? • Pg. 9-10, Zeus never himself approaches Demeter, perhaps because he’s afraid that he will not be able to reconcile her in front of the other gods • Could Zeus have forced Demeter to stop the famine? It is unlikely as no other god could do Demeter’s job. • The fact that Zeus did not foresee this disaster adds instability to what kind of power he really has. The Odyssey • line 9, book 1, (“from some point…”), informs the reader that this story will not be told in a chronological or organized manner • line 19, book 1, (“he remained relentlessly angry”), these events have already taken place • lines 62-68, book 1, Zeus’ power is questioned, is he really almighty? • lines 76-79, book 1, implies that Zeus needs back up to persuade Poseidon • Why does Athena care so much about Odysseus??? • Athena drives Telemachos and Odysseus in the right direction, but could not help Odysseus at sea because she did not want to anger Poseidon
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