The greek good encourage the war and general conflicts between the humans. They use dreams and sometimes take human forms to manipulate and at times physically move people. They weant conflict as it gives them something amusing to do and watch. They care about their favorite players.
The gods treat the mortals lives like a game of sorts. The gods act and behave like their playing a board game with characters that can both move on their own and be easily moved by the gods hands. It is also a board game where the characters are aware of, rely on and are separated from the ones playing the game. The gods all pick sides and influence characters to do specific things to help the side they are on. In the Iliad there are 4 on each side, on the Trojan side are: Aphrodite, Apollo, Artemis, and Leto. On the Greek side are: Athena, Hera, Poseidon, and Hermes. Like a board game where they push the characters to do things that may end up causing things they don’t ...view middle of the document...
Athena prevents Achilles from losing his temper and trying to kill Agamemnon. She promises him greater glory if he doesn’t act on his desires. Athena's intervention heavily alters the course of the war. If Achilles had attacked Agamemnon, by winning, by ultimately killing Agamemnon, he would’ve destroyed the one who wanted war and by losing he would have ended up causing the Trojans to win, if it really was impossible for the Greeks to win without Achilles regardless of Achilles plea to his mother that they wouldn’t win without him, which is likely the case. This is shown by how heavily he dominates the battle field once he has returned during this time the gods directly intervene by physically moving hero’s to keep Achilles from murderizing them. Without Agamemnon there is no war, without Achilles the Greeks lose.
The mortals are treated as pawns as the two teams of gods and goddesses struggle against each other. Apollo uses Aeneas as well as Agenor to slow down Achilles, who’s on a rampage and seeking out the complete muderization of Hector. Poseidon interferes to keep Achilles from killing Aeneas, who would likely not even need to be saved if Apollo hadn’t encouraged him to go after Achilles. Apollo physically removes Agenor from harm and puts him next to the river. Then Xanthus further stalls Achilles search for revenge by chasing him around after Achilles attacked him when he ask Achilles to stop getting corpses in his rivers. Hephaestus, after Achilles prays, pushes Xanthus back with fire.
The gods do greatly influence the hero’s of the Iliad, but to the effect like a board game, there’s only so much they are willing to interfere with and there are unwanted repercussions for their interference. And like a board game once it’s all over and packed up, it is forgotten about and the gods no long care about the game that was played. Also like a game it is played and observed for enjoyment; the gods get amusement from watching all the little players scurry around fighting and dying. (Much like many of today’s video games) the gods commonly take the form of mortals and are anthropomorphized within the Iliad, to in a way put themselves inside of the game.