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The opening scene of Book I shows a discussion between Jove and Minerva. Minerva is pleading with her father to help Ulysses and free him from Calypso's island.

This discussion develops a context for understanding god-mortal relationships and begins to develop the theme that what thing(s) determine(s) what happens to a mortal?


The gods, whether they like a man or not


Man's free will


Favors between gods


Both a mortal's behavior as well as divine interventions

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