Narrator: Homer was called the blind poet of Greece. Very little is known about him, but his transcended genius is vividly impressed upon his works. His country folks called him “the Poet”. His two epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, were learned by heart, and wherever a Greek settled, he or she carried with him or her love for Homer. The Iliad and the Odyssey depict the complete life of the ancient Greeks in action. The Iliad showcases the passions found in and the cruelty of war. It is a story of love and heroism. The Odyssey speaks of great adventures. These are great epics, studies of men and women of the time and the way of life and ideal of a great civilization that has vanished but is still wonderfully alive in people’s heart. The theme of both the Iliad and the Odyssey is the affirmation of the truth that one’s fate is the result of one’s actions. Ill fate results from ignorance and unguided and immoderate passions. The deities give only what a person asks for; one’s destiny is largely a matter of one’s own making. Narrator: As we begin this story, Zeus, the Father of deities seems to have realized that the earth is getting overcrowded. And he has to think of a solution to solve this problem. Zeus: What will I do? The earth is getting terribly overcrowded and the population is getting bigger and bigger.. (hmmm.) Ah! Maybe a great war will sweep the people over Greece. Narrator: This war is the Trojan War, but before the Trojan War, Thetis, a minor goddess is married to a mortal Peleus. Through this, Achilles, the greatest warrior, is born. Friends of Thetis and Peleus: This is a great wedding banquet! Narrator: Meanwhile, Eris, the goddess of mischief is not invited to the wedding feast and makes him feel insulted. Eris: Why, why don’t they invite me to their wedding? How dare they are to disrespect me, Eris the goddess of mischief and discord. They will taste my revenge for what they have done to me. Ha ha ha (evil laugh) Narrator: So into the...
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