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The Odyssey

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What kind of limits do the gods have?

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In a way, you can think of the gods as beings more like super heros than like gods.  They can influence people and some events, usually according to their various areas on influence, Poseidon on the sea, for example.  But they often cannot force people to do certain things, they have to try and influence people by using their own tendencies or desires against them.  Because of this, they often work through other humans, or other beings, because they cannot simply force someone to do exactly what they want.  They are also often limited because of the actions of other gods, if they don't have the approval of everyone, they can be limited by the actions of another god.

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