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The Odyssey

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Minerva Intervenes in the Battle

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In the following lines, Minerva puts a stop to the battle.

Meantime Ulysses and his son fell the front line of the foe and smote them with their swords and spears; indeed, they would have killed every one of them, and prevented them from ever getting home again, only Minerva raised her voice aloud, and made every one pause. "Men of Ithaca," she cried, "cease this dreadful war, and settle the matter at once without further bloodshed.”

Why does she intervene?

A

In order to prevent Ulysses and his family from being slaughtered.

B

So that Jove does not notice the strife occurring in Ithaca.

C

In order to put a stop to the feud and create peace in Ithaca.

D

So that Telemachus emerges as the new leader of Ithaca.

E

In order to allow Ulysses a competitive advantage in the next wave of fighting.