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Divine Interference

It must be frustrating having all of the different gods constantly interfering in your life. In The Iliad, no matter how honorable anyone battles or how hard they try, there’s always the possibility that their efforts will be trumped by a god or goddess whenever they felt like sticking their nose in.

Agamemnon actually cleverly uses divine intervention as an excuse in Book 4:

My kin were glad to oblige and grant them their requests –

till Zeus changed our minds with a flash of bad omens.

He says that he really wanted to help out Tydeus, but Zeus changed his mind. Maybe interference isn’t so bad after all. What an excuse at your fingertips: Yeah, I did that, but it’s not my fault – Zeus made me do it.

It’s like Flip Wilson’s comment ‘The devil made me do it’, but better.

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