The Odyssean gods are well known throughout Greek mythology. These gods include the following: Zeus, Poseidon, Athena, Hermes, Ino, Circe, and Calypso. Throughout the copious books found in Homer’s Odyssey, these gods allow for the main character, Odysseus, to continue his journey home without death catching up with him. Throughout the story, the reader is acquainted with all of the Odyssean gods, and is left with an odd perspective about each and every one of them. Without knowledge about Greek mythology, the audience may be left confused and curious about the origins of the gods and goddesses mentioned throughout the books. The stories behind each of the Odyssean gods is more interesting than one might think.
Greek mythology is sewn together with many godlike deities, one of the strongest being Zeus. “Through a vast set of myths and legends (the clearest illustration is Hesiod 's Theogony) the gods and goddesses were carefully related to one another until a divine family was established with Zeus as its titular head.” (“Greek Religion”). Zeus’s story began with intensity and death. At his birth, Zeus was cursed to be eaten by his father, Kronos. “Because he -Kronos- was fated to be overthrown by one of his children, he swallowed them all as infants until Rhea hid Zeus and presented Kronos with a stone wrapped in a blanket, which he ate.” (“Kronos”). As Zeus grew, he plotted against his father. “Later, Zeus tricked Kronos into disgorging his brothers and sisters and led them in a successful revolt against their father.” (“Zeus”). “Kronos and all the defeated Titans, except Atlas, were exiled.” (“Kronos”). When lots were cast to divide the universe, the underworld went to Hades, the sea...
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Many of the Odyssean gods have holes all throughout their stories; however, their roles in the Odyssey are huge. Zeus makes decisions through the book that allow Odysseus to finally make his way home. Hermes delivers the messages to many of the gods and other individuals. Poseidon 's hatred for Odysseus grows with each book, and multiple times in the story, Poseidon attempts to end Odysseus’s life. Athena comes and saves Odysseus from all of Poseidon’s attempts on his life, and she also saves him from many other horrendous fates. Ino gifts Odysseus with a veil that will keep him afloat and prevent him from drowning. Both Circe and Calypso keep him captive on their islands, but they have very different goals in mind. Although each of the gods had their own story, together they all were puzzle pieces to finish the story of the Odyssey.
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