Aenied vs. Odysseus

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The Aeneid is a mirror image of The Odyssey, both Homeric epics have protagonist heroes who essentially go on a never ending journey, save everyone along the way and live happily ever after. In the Odyssey, Odysseus has a twenty year long voyage home from Troy (after the Trojan War) to his homeland of Ithaca. In The Aeneid, Aeneas and his fleet are attempting to leave their homeland of Troy, which was recently destroyed by the Greeks in hopes of finding New Troy in Italy. The Aeneid is considered the Trojan testimony to the Trojan War while the Odyssey is the Greeks side of the story. Think of it as a football game, Aeneas is the captain of the Trojans team while Odysseus is the captain of the Greeks team. Both heroes will do whatever it takes in the midst of their voyage to make it to their destination, and there are plenty of roadblocks and challenges along the way for both men. As said before, both Odysseus and Aeneas are the heroes of these epics. For example, Odysseus fights off several creatures and Gods or Goddesses who cause trouble along the way. Calypso holds Odysseus hostage where he cannot leave her island, “He said he could see Ulysses on an island sorrowing bitterly in the house of the nymph Calypso, who was keeping him prisoner, and he could not reach his home, for he had no ships nor sailors to take him over the sea,” (The Odyssey, 139). Zeus orders for Calypso to let Odysseus go, she in turns follows his direction and helps Odysseus build a boat so he can continue on his journey. Once Odysseus is on his way, Poseidon, his biggest enemy creates a storm which destroys the raft he had just made. “Nevertheless there was still much trouble in store for me, for at this point Neptune would let me go no further, and raised a great storm against me; the sea was so terribly high that I could no longer keep to my raft, which went to pieces,” (The Odyssey, 119). Book three of the Aeneid provides a scene where Helenus, a prophet, foreshadows events that are...
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