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Unformatted text preview: Nikolaos Loumidis Ancient Greece Commentary #2 The role of Gods in the Iliad When reading the Iliad, one is struck by the frequency and importance of divine intervention in the plot. In ancient Greece gods were anthropocentric. This means that they existed because humans existed. Each God represented some vices or virtues of humans and in many occasions had humanlike characteristics. It is hard to compare this to modern views about Gods, but at the time, it was believed that their role was to intervene and be a part of the progression of humans on earth. Divine intervention was a part of everyday life, so a lot of effort was put into pleasing the gods through sacrifices and other rituals. In the Iliad, divine intervention determines the course of the war as the Gods pick sides on the war, and use their powers to tilt the scales in favor of their side. On the one hand, Athena, Hera, Poseidon and Hermes take the side of the Achaeans, and on the other side, Aphrodite, Apollo and Artemis take...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ANCH 026 taught by Professor Mcinerny during the Fall '07 term at UPenn.
- Fall '07
- The Iliad