Most Influential Gods In The Odyssey

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The Most Influential Gods of the Odyssey Imagine being born back in Ancient Greece, getting on the wrong side of the gods was not something that people wished for. Odysseus, in Homer’s, The Odyssey, however, knew all about facing the wrath of the gods. Numerous gods and goddesses interacted with Odysseus on his ten year journey home to Ithaca. Many were intrigued with how cunning and intelligent Odysseus was, but they all had different reactions to him. Throughout The Odyssey, Odysseus was either impeded or aided during his journey, which is best exhibited through his interactions with Poseidon, Athena, and Hermes. Poseidon is the root of all Odysseus’ trials and hardships. All of Odysseus’ problems starts when he takes all the credit for coming up with the idea of the Trojan Horse, so Poseidon swears his journey home will be long and treacherous. This opened doors to all of the problems Odysseus faces. It leads Poseidon to rage storms against Odysseus and causes him to be stuck on the sea for years. Not only did Odysseus take…show more content…
Hermes supplied the herb, moly, to Odysseus, so he could resist the sorceress, Circe’s, spell that turned all of Odysseus’ men into pigs. If Hermes hadn’t given the herb to Odysseus, his journey would’ve ended on Circe’s island. Hermes gave Odysseus a chance to return home to Ithaca to see his wife and son. Odysseus faces another goddess and Odysseus says this about his stay, “Though I have been detained long by Calypso, / loveliest among goddesses, who held me in her smooth caves, / to be her heart’s delight” (29-31). Hermes comes in and forces Calypso to let Odysseus go. He renewed Odysseus’ hope and gets him on the last stretch of his long and hard journey. Hermes was there to help Odysseus when he needed help the most, making him one of the most important gods in Odysseus’ trip
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