The Trojan War and the Deities

While reading Iliad, the Greek mythology, human characteristics of Greek Deities, the power of women and their beauty coerced me to compare Gods and Goddesses with humans, and the inevitability of fate. The sense of violence is deeply rooted into both our history and belief. The Greek God Apollo sends plague to the Greek camps simply because Agamemnon was rude to his priest and took away his daughter. The easier means to please the Gods and Goddesses is the sacrifice of innocent animals. It is an evil thought to get pleasure from the smoke of the sacrifice of hundreds of oxen and goats. This may be the reason why people still don’t hesitate to kill thousands of innocent animals in the hope of pleasing their Gods. Goddess Eris resembles human characteristic of revenge, who plants the seed of war simply because she wasn’t invited in the wedding of Peleus and Thetis. On the other hand, Gods and Goddesses in some way extract pleasure from war. They are similar to humans, who possess pride, revenge, pain, envy, and desire. The story seems like a modern family drama.

The beauty of women is the major cause for ten year long Trojan War. The most beautiful woman, Helen, was abducted by Paris, son of the King of Troy, with the assistance of Goddess Aphrodite. On the other hand, the careful observation of the text reveals that the Goddesses have more power than male Gods. It is obvious in the text that women have strong influence over men. In addition, many mythologies and religious texts suggest that women’s beauty lures man easily and sometimes cause devastating problems like the Trojan War. As a matter of fact, Goddess Thetis succeeds in persuading Zeus to support Trojans in the war against Greeks.

However, when we move on to the people, women are taken as prize. They are regarded as a material of comfort and pleasure. It is painful to imagine women being distributed to men as prize. This condition exists at the same time when Gods and humans had very close tie. Even then there is vast difference in the role of women in the earth and Goddesses in the heaven.

The other important aspect of the text is that it points out that the fate chases people wherever they go. In other words, it is inevitable to escape one’s prophecy. Priam, the king of Troy had sent away his son, Paris to avoid the prophecy that he would bring trouble. Eventually, the prophecy turns into reality with the Trojan War. Helen and Aphrodite serve as a medium to the prophecy about Paris and Troy.

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