Gods and Goddesses in The Odyssey

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In The Odyssey gods and goddesses play a major role during Odysseus' journey. He had some gods on his side and others against him. Some were even on his side at one time, but did something to hurt him another time. No matter where he went a god or goddess was always watching over him. For good or for evil, Athena, Poseidon, and Zeus all played major roles in Odysseus' journey home to Ithaka.

Athena, the goddess of crafts, domestic arts, and war, helped Odysseus through many adventures on his journey. She watched over him constantly and Odysseus often found himself praying to Athena for help or comfort. It was Athena who helped him beat the suitors and gain back his home in Ithaka. She disguised him as a beggar so no one would know who he was when he returned home. This was so he could find out who was still truly loyal to him. As Odysseus was fighting the suitors, Athena watched over him and prevented the suitors from killing him. After he and

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