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Unformatted text preview: to his mother, Thetis the sea goddess, for help. He then enlightens her of what Agamemnon has done to him and asks her to intercede for him by involving Zeus, whom she is favored by. Thetis assures her son to approach Zeus on his behalf as soon as Zeus returns from his vacation in Ethiopia. While hunting for food to feed his army, Agamemnon killed a sacred deer of the goddess Artemis. Angered at Agamemnons action, Artemis kept the winds from blowing so the army could not sail to Troy. A soothsayer, Calchas, spoke to Agamemnon and informed him that Artemis would keep the winds from blowing unless he sacrificed his eldest daughter, Iphigenia. Artemis then snatches Iphigenia from the altar and substitutes a deer. Of all characteristics of epic poetry, the use of the supernatural is the only one depicting the roles of gods or goddesses on human life. Not only do Aphrodite, Thetis, and Artemis mingle and intervene with human life, but other gods/goddesses do also. Word Count: 327...
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