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Other examples of the gods motivated by love are scattered throughout both the Iliad and the Odyssey. Consider Calypso; her love for Odysseus was so strong that she offered to bestow immortality upon him in exchange for his company, and delays his return home for seven years keeping him as her consort. Athene certainly has strong feelings for Odysseus, and intervenes in his behalf throughout the Odyssey. Her love for him seems to be almost like that of a mother for a child. Circe also showed at least a strong physical love for Odysseus.

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