Why Do Gods Intervene In The Iliad

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Why do the gods intervene with man? Now initially I just thought that they are petty beings, basically humans with powers and immortality, who have nothing better to do besides manipulating their human pawns for enjoyment like in the Iliad when the gods manipulate the war whenever the fighting becomes dull. However, upon diving deeper into the text I discovered, with the help of my discussion group, that not only are humans controlled by their own fate that they cannot escape but also the gods are bound by fate too. Nevertheless, fate effects the gods in a different way than the humans. Reading through the text, I discovered that at first glance there are not many rules that the gods must follow besides not killing each other and Zeus is the
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