In this paper, I shall try to show in what the most numinous feature of Olympian gods in Homeric epics consists, by illuminating the meta-poetic function of Mousa, the goddess of music. Being omniscient like her father Zeus, she can tell stories about deeds of the gods when the opportunity serves. It is particularly noteworthy that one of Mousa’s favorite themes is the heartless indifference of the gods to human sufferings. In some scenes in Iliad, Zeus gives even the impression that he is happy watching how heroes are butchering each other ruthlessly. Drawing our attention to such an attitude of the gods, Homer seems to give us a vital clue as to our understanding of the difference between humans and gods.
It is only by sharp contrast with the gods that we humankind become aware of what we are.