In Paradise Lost, Milton depicts the Greek and Egyptian "gods" as among the fallen angels. It does not seem to matter whether the individual god had an evil or good character in its original myths. As these gods are depicted as so humanlike in their theologies, I struggle to imagine them as monstrous devils of evil.
Why did the author depict the gods in such a sympathetic manner? And why doesn't their portrayal in Paradise Lost differ based on whether they were good or evil in their original myths?