Apollo is one of the most popular gods, and everybody wants to worship him (back in ancient Greece he was a total rock star). Is it because he's the god of music and rocks out on the lyre? Is it because he's the god of prophecy and everybody wants to know the future? Who knows? But the bottom line is that Apollo is the coolest kid in school.
|Nickname||Pythian Apollo, Phobus, Phoebus, Apollo Apotropaeus, Sol, and many more|
|Birthday||On the day Hera forced my mother to wander the world looking for a place to give birth, until she found the floating island of Delos|
|Current city||Mount Olympus|
Work & Education
|Occupation||God of Light, Prophecy, Music, Poetry, and Medicine|
Sun chariot driver
|Religious views||I am amazing.|
Family & Friends (& Enemies)
|Parents||Zeus (Dad), Leto (Mom)|
|Siblings||My twin sister Artemis (and a ton of half-siblings thanks to Zeus)|
|Children||Phaeton, Aristaeus, Asclepius, Troilus, Linus, Orpheus|
|Relationship status||Single (I've had really bad luck with the ladies.) |
The occasional young man
Activities & Interests
|Activities||Giving people obscure prophecies that they'd be better off not hearing|
Jamming with the Muses, Pan, and Hermes
Driving the sun across the sky
Music and Poetry
Greek Gods In The Iliad Essay
With our view of God, it can sometimes be difficult to comprehend the actions and thinking of the Greek deities. The Christian God does not tend to take such an active role in the affairs of people's lives, where, on the other hand, the Greeks regarded direct involvement by the gods as a daily, uncontrollable part of life. Needless to say, divine intervention was a major variable in the equation of Homer's Iliad.
The gods picked who they would favour for different reasons. Except Zeus: As the symbol of supreme authority and justice, he makes judgement calls as to the other gods' involvement in the war, remains impartial, and doesn't seem to get caught up in picking favourites. Even when his own son, Sarpedon, was about to die, Zeus chose to let the outcome go unaltered.
On the other hand, Zeus's wife, Hera, displayed the more typical actions of a god. After Paris, a Trojan, judged Aphrodite the fairest over Hera, and, after her daughter Hebe was replaced as cupbearer to the gods by a young Trojan boy, she was quite resentful towards Troy and its people. Obviously she sided with the Greeks and would stop at no length to express her will. Scheming and manipulating she even dared to trick her husband, King of the Gods. Hera, along with Athena, who was also passed over by Paris, is seen as the chief divine aid to the Greeks.
Being the god of the sea, Poseidon was another strong supporter of the ocean-faring Greeks. Whenever Zeus turned his back Poseidon tried to help the Greeks in the fight. Poseidon felt that he was somewhat Zeus's equal as his brother, but recognizing Zeus's authority and experience, he looked to Zeus as an elder.
There were also Gods who favoured the Trojan side of the conflict. Both Apollo and Artemis, twin brother and sister, gave aid to the city of Troy. Although Artemis takes a rather minor role, Apollo, perhaps angered by Agamemmnon's refusal to ransom Khryseis, the daughter of one of his priests and was constantly changing the course of the war in favour of the Trojans. Responsible for sending plague to the Greeks, Apollo was the first god to make an appearance in the Iliad. Also, mainly because Apollo and Artemis were on the Trojan side, their mother, Leto, also helped the Trojans.
Aphrodite, obviously supporting Paris's judgement, sided with the Trojans. Although she was insignificant on the battlefield, Aphrodite was successful in convincing Ares, her lover and the god of war, to help the Trojans.
One view of the gods' seemingly constant intervention in the war was that they were just setting fate back on the right course. For instance, when Patroklos was killed outside of Troy, Apollo felt no guilt for his doings. It had already been decided that Patroklos would not take...
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