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Interpreting the Actions of the Gods The role of the gods in the Trojan War proved to be a major importance in the final outcome and the psychological wellbeing of the mortals who fought for both the Trojan side and the Achaians side. The Greek Gods high, on Olympus watched the bloody battlefield below with a sense of satisfaction that they controlled the fate of the battlefield. The Trojan War some could say was actually a war among the gods as much as it was a war between the Trojans and the Achaians. The Iliad hardly represents the world as Homer's audience knew it. Gods are frequently coming down to the battlefield to aid in the fighting and thus the heroes perform deeds no normal man could ever accomplish. When reading Homer's Iliad you have to realize that the gods never were really there but are merely used for an easy explanation to the strange happenings of war.

We can't believe that something in fact happened just because it is noted in a mythology handbook. The Greek people needed the gods to explain mysterious occurrences that occurred within their everyday lives so that these strange happenings made sense to them. The role of the gods needs to be interpreted as well as the various myths that surround the great Greek epic poem The Iliad by Homer.

One instance when the gods were used to explain a strange and unusual thing was towards the beginning of the book. When King Agamemnon didn't give up his wife, a priestess of Apollo, the god became angry and did this to the Achaian people "First he attacked the mules and dogs, then he shot his keen arrows at the men and hit each mark. Pyres of the dead began to burn up everywhere and...