Allegiance to the Gods


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  • Now shrugging off his rags the wiliest fighter of the islands leapt and stood.
  • Help me, Apollo.
  • I slew the ram by the seaside and burnt his thighbones for Zeus beyond the storm cloud, Cronus' son, who rules the world.
  • Athena lent him beauty, head to foot. She made him taller, with crisping hair like wild hyacinth but all red-golden.
  • Throughout the books, Odysseus shows several allegiances to his Gods. In Book 9, lines 468-472, Odysseus cooked a ram and gave Zeus the thighbones, although Zeus refused his offering. In book 22 lines 238-239, Odysseus asks for the help of Apollo to aid in his fight against the suitors. Because of his request of Apollo, he was helped and succeeded in killing the suitors. Also in book 22, Athena helps Odysseus by deflecting the suitors’ arrows. In book 23 lines 362-370, Athena helped Odysseus again by lending him beauty to meet Penelope, with hair like petals of wild hyacinth. He is compared to gold infused on silver by a craftsman whose fine art Hephaestus taught him. Odysseus’ allegiance to the gods allowed them to help him in hard times. The Gods also how loyalty to Odysseus.
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