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Interaction of Mortals with Gods in The Odyssey Homer was part of a society that envisioned the Greek gods as being involved in mortals’ lives, to the extent that they impacted many aspects of everyone’s lives and decisions made. In ancient Greece, gods were not viewed as God is today. In modern times, God is present to those who accept him into their lives and acknowledge him. In ancient Greece, however, gods became involved in human lives whether asked to or not. They were viewed of having total control if they wanted to, and were not spectators, but active participants on Earth. Both Odysseus and Telemachus were made aware of this fact throughout The Odyssey . In the first four books, Athena showed her affection toward Odysseus and immersed herself in Telemachus’ life. She was not indifferent, but instead cared for Odysseus. “Let them all die so, all who do such things. But my heart breaks for Odysseus…” (I. 56-57) said Athena, proving that she was not willing to watch Odysseus get himself into trouble with Poseidon and then try to
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