Why was it necessary for Athena to disguise herself as a mortal man in order to intervene with Odysseus and Telemachus?

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In the lore of ancient Greece, it was believed that anyone who looked upon the true form of a god or goddess would die because the sight would be too overwhelming to handle. That is one reason Athena disguises herself: she really likes Odysseus and Telemachus, so she does not want to kill them.

It is a common theme in these kinds of stories for gods and...

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