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  • Homer - 706 Words
    ooven Intro to Literature comp 4/6/11 The Odyssey A Great Hero? The epic poem The Odyssey is an epic written by the Greek writer Homer. It centers on the character Odysseus who is a great leader and a king of Ithaca whose actions portrayed a great deal of intelligence, bravery, and determination throughout his many encounters during his journey. Odysseus is a good leader but had some flaws. He could have been a better leader if he was more humble and was open to accepting...
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  • Homer and the Illiad - 1849 Words
    Katy Jaber Miss Knox English 10 29 March 2013 Epic Heroes in the Iliad: Achilles and Hektor The Iliad, an epic poem by Homer, takes place in the last month of the tenth year of the Trojan War. It is about two warriors, Hektor and Achilles, fighting in the war which was started by Paris, a Trojan prince who kidnapped a Greek princess named Helen. The protagonists of an epic are called epic heroes, and all epic heroes share four traits. First, as World Masterpieces explains, an epic...
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  • Homer Outline - 728 Words
    Research Paper Outline: I. Homer: A. Born blind, but still somehow an author of two of the most famous epic poems known to man: His two epic poems, the Odyssey and the Iliad, are one of the most widely spread ideas and most well-known epic poems throughout the entire world. B. He has an amazing sense of use in imagery, getting his point to the author, and conveying his thoughts on the subjects he writes about. He uses really good Figurative language that truly...
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  • Achilles and Homer - 1298 Words
    Professor Reagan C. Smith Humanities Greek/ Roman 3 June 2011 Homer and The Impact He Has Left Behind Homer can be said one of the greatest poets perhaps even literarily genius of all time. If you can get past the part that Homer may or not even be a person at all. There is no concrete knowledge of even his existence but scholars would say that it is safe to assume if he did existed it would be around 8-9 century BCE. Most likely he would be from the Island of Chios due to the writing style...
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  • Homer and Sappho - 638 Words
    HUM 300 - Classical Humanities March 1, 2013 Sappho’s poem, entitled Fragment 16, is of the lyrical style instead of the epic style we are used to in Homer’s Iliad. The lyrical style of poetry got its name because it was usually accompanied by a lyre while it was recited. It also was used to express more emotion rather than telling a story. This form of poetry seems to be more artistic rather than the story telling of epic poetry of the time. In this poem we are able to use the comparison of...
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  • Parataxis of Homer - 604 Words
    Throughout the epic poem The Odyssey, Homer employs a technique called parataxis. This technique is used frequently to identify characters in the book or explaining an event. The poem not only covers the story of Odyssey. The poem not only covers the story of Odysseus, but also touches upon other characters as well. By using parataxis, Homer can briefly tell and describe characters and events. Often, characters are identified by their relationships to others, a great deed they...
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  • Homer and Hesoid - 565 Words
    The first thing that comes to mind when Ancient Greece is brought up, is the larger than life accounts of the almighty gods, yet one never takes a step back to examine who and where these accounts exactly came from. Homer and Hesiod were both born around eight hundred B.C and were the first to write about these Greek gods and goddesses. It’s easy to say that Hesiod and Homer may have been the single most influential poets in Greek history, as both told stories of great importance to the type...
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  • Homer & the Odyssey - 971 Words
    Homer, name traditionally assigned to the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the two major epics of Greek antiquity. Nothing is known of Homer as an individual, and in fact it is a matter of controversy whether a single person can be said to have written both the Iliad and the Odyssey. Linguistic and historical evidence, however, suggests that the poems were composed in the Greek settlements on the west coast of Asia Minor sometime in the 8th century BC. Both epics are written in an...
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  • Homer Biography - 253 Words
    Biography on homer By * Is the author of the Iliad * Is the author of the Odyssey, and * is revered as the greatest ancient Greek epic poet * When he lived is controversial. * Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before Herodotus' own time, * which would place him at around 850 BC * Other ancient sources claim that he lived much nearer to the supposed time of the War, around in early 12th century BC. * For modern scholars "the date of Homer"...
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  • Homer, the Odyssey - 392 Words
    World Literature I Reflection Assignment « Homer and Odyssey From the Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces » The Greek literature impacted the western civilization from the eight century before the Common Era. It was and is among the most popular and well known literature. In this reflection assignment, we are going to talk first about the origin of Greek literature, then briefly about its different poems and finally we will end with the first six books from Odyssey....
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  • The Iliad Homer - 1399 Words
    The Iliad Homer Major Themes The interaction between fate and free will: A complicated theme, the interaction between fate and free will is present in every book of the Iliad. At times it seems that men have no real freedom. The gods intercede repeatedly, altering events as they please. But Homer was no determinist, and there is a place in the Iliad for human agency. At key points, Homer makes it clear that mortals make important choices, and a few times mortals nearly overturn the dictates...
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  • Book Xvi: 'the Iliad' - Homer
    Key Questions for Book XVI 1. Achilles does not agree to end his grudge with Agamemnon at the request of Patroclus as the great warrior views what Agamemnon has done – snatching his prize right from his grasp, the beautiful and clever princess Briseis – as an insult to his pride and honour. The fact that, according to the epic, Agamemnon did so in front of the rest of the Achaean army, only adds to Achilles’ humiliation. 2. Achilles agrees that instead of him casting away his grief and...
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  • Homer defining heroism - 1000 Words
    Jonathan Brodhacker Brodhacker 1 Joe Baumann S06/07 6 March 2014 Iliad: How does Homer define heroism in the Iliad? Homer's Definition of Heroism in the Iliad is the subject we will be discussing in this paper. I believe Homer's view of a hero or of heroism is displayed by the hero showing bravery, compassion, and even friendship. While our particular heroes in the Iliad have what seems to be god-like qualities they both still have very real and human failings that...
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  • The Odyssey at a Glance by Homer - 439 Words
    Elijah Kisivuli Mrs connely 15 January 2013 The Odyssey My book the odyssey is an epic poem that is written by Homer. Its about this man called Odysseus and his journey back home from the war in troy, and the obstacles he faces, hw he learns from his mistakes and how his personality changes. In the Odyssey, Odysseus has too much pride in himself. He thinks he’s unstoppable and that no one can beat him. Even though he’s won so many battles and has the wisdom, and strength of the goddess...
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  • The Iliad and the Odyssey: Why Homer?
    Marcel Lessard Mrs. Poliquin EAE 4U June 21st 2011 The Iliad and the Odyssey: Why Homer? The heart of a classical education is the cumulative study of Latin and the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome. In the Western tradition, education has always been synonymous with classical education. It began with the Greeks and Romans, was preserved and expanded by Christians during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and continued unabated until well into the twentieth century. Why study the...
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  • Homer vs. Virgil - 969 Words
    In ancient Greece numerous forms of entertainment existed, the most popular being listening to the tales sung by the many rhapsodists throughout the great country. The epic poetry they recited enthused many Greek civilians. The people of Greece loved the tales written by the famous poet Homer the most. He captured the attention of his listeners with his detailed writings of several heroes of the day. Two of his writings include The Iliad and The Odyssey. After the great Homer, multiple writers...
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  • Homer in Book 9 of the Odyssey
    The Duality of Odysseus: an Odyssey of the Mind As William Makepeace Thackeray once said, "bravery never goes out of fashion." This theme is evident both in modern day life and ancient literature. As America found out this past August, men will go to all ends to prove their masculinity. William Lawson, of Louisiana, is among the more recent examples of this. Years after leaving the Marine Corps as a grunt, without fighting experience, he masqueraded as a Marine Corps General. His...
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  • Homer vs. Hollywood - 1017 Words
    HOMER VS. HOLLYWOOD “The film ‘Troy’ is based on Homer’s ‘Iliad’. Homer’s estate should sue.” Using the film and other sources assess this statement. The 2004 film ‘Troy’ directed by Wolfgang Peterson claims to have been inspired by the famous Iliad, written by ancient Greek poet, Homer. It has been suggested that due to these claims, Homer’s estate has the right to begin legal proceedings against the film’s producers in the name of copyright. While the concept of the statement “The film...
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  • Odysseus, the Hero, Homer
    Odysseus, The Hero In today*s eclectic society, everybody*s heroes are different. However, during the era Homer*s The Odyssey was created all heroes had same characteristics. Heroes were the people who saved people, they were courageous wise and had fighting spirit. Odysseus, the main character in Homer*s epic poem was clever brave and a great strategist.Ê Although he has these strengths, he has some negative qualities, but most of his heroic qualities still hold true today. Odysseus...
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  • Troy: Evidence of Homer - 1552 Words
    The role that Homer played in our understanding of the Trojan War by his writing the Iliad has been one of great significance. The turn of the 8th Century saw the writing of the Iliad from the Ancient Greek writer, Homer, which was roughly 3,000 years ago. Heinrich Schliemann, a wealthy German business, dedicated his energy and considerable fortune to discovering the Troy Homer describes in the Iliad. By using the writings, Schliemann was able to locate the site of the Ancient city of Troy....
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  • To Homer by John Keats - 325 Words
    The Poem “To Homer”(1818), by John Keats (1795-1821) published in 1818, leads us to think in a praise of Homer, and adapt in turn to the myth of the Goddess Diana, Queen of Earth and Heaven and Hell, so as to express the search in the Real World of Love, perhaps ideal. Within the Mythological Criticism approach, Keats illustrates the use of different archetypes, including the archetype character; example of this is illustrated in the verse "So thou wast blind! – but then the veil was rent,"...
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  • Virgil vs. Homer in Underworld
     How does Virgil deviate from Homer in the underworld, and why? When comparing “The Aeneid” to “The Odyssey”, it is impossible not to notice the similarity between Homer and Virgil's poems. Both heroes leave Troy, granted one barely escapes and the other leaves victoriously, and both in one sense or the other are trying to reach their home, whether it is the old or future home. The adventures of the two heroes are incredibly similar on a number of accounts with the trip to the underworld...
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  • Kleos in The Odyssey by Homer - 953 Words
    CONCEPT OF KLEOS IN THE ODYSSEY Heroic glory occupies a very crucial place in the Indo-European epic tradition, because the Greek society is a shame culture, in which being honoured is one of the primary purposes of people's lives. Hence, the concept of kleos formed an essential part of the bardic tradition which helped the people to maintain the heroic stature of the mythical heroes from generation to generation. This is why, it has got an important place in the Greek epics also. In The...
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  • Homer the Greek poet - 521 Words
    Homer the Greek Poet “The Greeks recognized Homer as the educator of all Greece”. Two long epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey were written by Homer. The Iliad and the Odyssey set the start of all Greek literature. The setting of the Iliad and the Odyssey is in ancient Greece in the time frame at around 1200 B.C, up to 500 years after the Trojan War took place. In Homer’s poem he sometimes mentioned the name of some Greek gods. “The Olympian gods as Homer represented them became accepted all...
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  • The Suitors in the Odyssey, by Homer
    The SuitorsIn Homer's Odyssey, it has been sixteen years since Odysseus left his home in Ithaca for war. Many men from other lands thinking Odysseus is dead, intrude his kingdom and try to take power. The suitors steal and plunder Odysseus' hall, feast on his food, take his maids to bed and all the while, each trying to take Penelope's hand in marriage.1 When Odysseus returns, he knows all about the suitors, and schematically kills all of them with no mercy. One may judge Odysseus' actions as...
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  • Homer and Correct Answer - 791 Words
    1. This is the Greek word for "city," used to designate the independent city-states of ancient Greece. A) polis B) aulos C) ethos D) hubris Points Earned: 4.0/4.0 Correct Answer(s):A 2. This is a type of standing male statue, always shown nude. A) kouros B) paean C) kythara D) kore Points Earned: 4.0/4.0 Correct Answer(s):A 3. One of the Greek orders of architecture, elaborate and graceful in style, it features columns that have capitals decorated with volutes. A) Ionic...
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  • Homer His Life and His Works
    Homer: His Life and His Works Greeks had used writing since c. 1400 BC, but it was not until the late 8th century BC that their literature was first written down. Greek literature began in Ionia with the brilliant epics of Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey. These mature products of a long tradition of oral poetry brought together a vast body of divine and heroic myths and sagas that served as a foundation for much subsequent Greek literature. The epic view of humankind had a lasting...
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  • The Characteristics of Greek Women in "The Odyssey" by Homer
    In Homers masterpiece, The Odyssey, women are depicted in a certain way. They each display some part of three characteristics: Loyalty, wisdom, and beauty. Two women that represent these three qualities are Penelope and Athena. The Greeks value loyalty very high in women. You can tell throughout the book that its just fine for men to run off and be with whomever they please, but women must be loyal to their husbands. That is just the Greek culture. Right from the start, anyone can tell that...
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  • Comparison of Homer and Virgil’s Tragic Hero
    Comparison of Homer and Virgil’s Tragic Hero Homer, an ancient Greek epic poet, influenced many writers in the ancient Greek and Roman culture, particularly Virgil. Virgil, most famous for his epic poem The Aeneid demonstrates Homer’s influence through similar characters, mythology, and ideals. Homer in both his most famous works the Iliad and The Odyssey weaves poetry based on centuries worth of oral stories handed down and uses a sophisticated style of writing that is still recognized...
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  • The Odyssey: Homer and His Narrative Structure
    The Odyssey- Homer and his narrative structure The structure of the Odyssey renders Homer’s epic an interesting perspective of the tale he tells. One of the first things that may strike many readers about the Odyssey, especially in contrast to the Old Testament or even much of the Iliad, is that we are clearly in the presence of a very clever story teller who is manipulating certain conventions of literature in remarkable ways. The story can be split easily into three threads. The first...
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  • A Comparison between the Poetry of Homer and Ovid
    Homer and Ovid are two of the oldest, most influential poets that have ever lived. Although they are both poets, they have several differences in their writings. Homer, a Greek poet, is most famous for his epic poems Iliad and Odyssey. Ovid, a Roman poet, is most famous for Metamorphoses a 15 book poem containing over 250 myths. To compare and contrast these two poets and their writing styles, I will use Achilles’ battle with Hector in Homer’s Iliad book 22 and compare it with Achilles’...
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  • Homer and his impact on the Greek Culture
    HOMER First seeds of poetry were born among the Greeks even before writing was invented. Poets were bards, chanting gripping narrative epic war poems and emotional ballads. Homer was a Greek poet, to whom are attributed the great epics, the Iliad, the story of the siege of Troy, and the Odyssey, the tale of Ulysses' wanderings. The place of his birth is doubtful, probably a Greek colony on the coast of Asia Minor, traditionally is described as blind and is believed to have lived in Ionia...
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  • Discussion: Virgil Merely Copying Homer
    Is Virgil merely copying Homer? Discuss Homer and Virgil are both astounding writers of epic poetry. Homer with his Iliad and Virgil with his Aeneid. However when you look below the surface the Aeneid and the Iliad are startlingly similar, in particular that of Aeneid Book 5 and Iliad book 23 which both focus on the funeral games. However though there are structurally similar, ultimately the narratives of both books are very different, so in effect Virgil is not simply copying Homer. This is...
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  • Literary Analysis of the Poem, Odyssey by Homer, 700 B.C.
    Is someone considered intelligent if they use cheats and deceptions to weave through adversity? The Odyssey, an epic poem written by Homer around 700 B.C., tells of a man named Odysseus conquering trials and tribulations with both disguises and deceptions. This man was definitely considered intelligent by those he encountered. Odysseus' heroic trait is his mētis, or "cunning...
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  • Comparison of the Oddyessy by Homer and Night by Elie Weisel
    The Odyssey/Night Elie Wiesel is a famous writer, the author of 57 books, the best known of which is “Night”, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps. The events took place in 1941 in Germany. In 1944 German and Hungarian police set up ghettos where all the Jews and other religious and ethnic people were kept, and Elie and his family were kept captive in this area by the Gestapo. When Elie and his family arrived at...
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  • Changing perception of God : from Homer to Prometheus and Plato
    958120744 The presentation of the gods given in Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey, Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound , and Plato’s The Republic changed as man’s perception of the gods changed. Man’s perception of the gods is inseparable from his perception of himself, and, thus, man’s perception of himself also changed. Though these works could be analyzed in the order in which they take place, it is more enlightening instead to analyze them in the order in which they were written. If my...
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  • The Underworld and How It Reflects the Goals and Realities of Virgil and Homer
    The Underworld and How it Reflects the Goals and Realities of Virgil and Homer Two epic poems from two great civilizations depict their authors' varying views of the Underworld: The Odyssey and The Aeneid. The Greek poet Homer describes the hardships of Odysseus and his struggle to return home to his beloved wife and family after the Trojan War in The Odyssey. The Roman poet Virgil composed The Aeneid for the first emperor of the Roman Empire, Caesar Augustus, in order to rebuild Rome...
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  • Thucydides And Schliemann The Historical Accuracy Of Homer S Writings
    Clas 121 Day 1 What strikes you as interesting or surprising about Thucydides’ approach or attitude to the distant past in comparison with Schliemann’s and/or Evans’? Although their methods of gathering evidence differed greatly, Thucydides and Schliemann both had similar opinions over the historical accuracy of Homer’s writings. Thucydides sought out to believe in the history of the past by acknowledging the events that occurred at the time period and correlating it with the oral accounts of...
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  • Compare and contrast Joseph fomr the Bible, and Homer from the Odyssey
    There are two great heroes from history, one from the bible, and one from Homer's book The Odyssey. They both relied on a higher power to give them the abilities to do many things. More specifically they relied on the higher powers to confront family members that they have been separated from for many years. They also had to do something for the good of their families. Both men had a point in their lives that they had to reveal their true identity to their family, but each situation is very...
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  • Homer begins the Odyssey with the Telemacheia to add drama, colour and epic significance to the story
    Homer begins the Odyssey with the Telemacheia to add drama, colour and epic significance to the story. The first four books establish the desperate situation in Ithaca and at the same time we witness Telemachus’ coming of age. Homer also uses retardation of Odysseus’ character to build anticipation. Many other elements of the Telemacheia are important to the plot including the different themes, foreshadowing of vital events yet to transpire, the fact that the book begins in Medias Res and the...
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  • How Do the Literary Features That Homer Use Build Up the Plot at the Island of Thrinacia?
    How do the literary features that Homer use build up the plot at the Island of Thrinacia? This essay will talk about a particular section from Book 12 of The Odyssey, written by Homer around 750 – 650 B.C, and translated by Robert Fagles. This passage entails the distressing time that Odysseus and his crew spend on an island called Thrinacia. It is significant to the epic as it generates excitement through the tension between goals and obstacles, which eventually leave Odysseus to endeavour...
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  • Compare and Contrast the Poem "Father and Son" by Mary Nagy and the Excerpt "Father and Son" from the Odessey by Homer
    Ben Cooke 10-1-12 Period 7 For as long as fathers have had sons the bond has been a strong and awesome one. Its no wonder two authors from totally different periods of time have chosen this bond as their topic. After reading “Father and Son,” by both Homer and Mary Nagy the reader would be able to pick out a lot of differences and some similarities. The two stories tell about a father and son's relationship towards each other. The stories are very different from one another yet some what...
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  • Odysseus is able to survive due to his amazing personal qualities displayed throughout the Odyssey, by Homer
    Odysseus, the hero of The Odyssey, has found himself in many interesting, as well as dangerous, predicaments. Although these predicaments were extremely challenging, Odysseus always found a way to survive. His survival depended on his mind and body combined. Without this important balance of thought and strength, it is obvious that Odysseus would not have made it home safely, or he may have not even made it home at all. Throughout The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus showed amazing personal qualities...
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  • The Kingdom of Ahhiyawa and the Dispersed Kernels of Truth Which Have Cumulatively Been Recorded by Homer as the Trojan War
    The Kingdom of Ahhiyawa and the Dispersed Kernels of Truth Which Have Cumulatively Been Recorded by Homer as the Trojan War Any historical or archaeological investigation of the Trojan War will most likely begin with a close reading of Homer's Iliad which unfortunately only records a few days of the colossal clash said to have lasted for ten years . This conflict involved a coalition of Greek states sailing to Asia Minor to lay siege to Troy. . According to Homer, the aforementioned coalition...
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  • Good Stuff - 765 Words
    Derek Hudson Matt Fox Eng 112 DEK 15 May 2013 The Illiad: Ancient Origin of Gender Base In The Illiad, written by Homer, is an epic poem that chronicles the Trojan War, which lasted ten years. It is the oldest piece of European literature and was written in the 8th or 9th century B.C. It covers the last year of the war. The war is fought over Helen of Troy between the Trojans and Greeks (referred to as Achaeans). There are historical and Greek mythological elements contained....
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  • Archaeological Site of Troy - 2712 Words
    Archaeological Site of Troy Brief Description Troy, with its 4,000 years of history, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. The first excavations at the site were undertaken by the famous archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann in 1870. In scientific terms, its extensive remains are the most significant demonstration of the first contact between the civilizations of Anatolia and the Mediterranean world. Moreover, the siege of Troy by Spartan and Achaean warriors from Greece in...
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  • The Grecian Hero Archetype - 1899 Words
    Everyone knows the hero or heroine as the most important character in a story, but the ancient Grecian hero takes an even bigger role throughout the literature and culture of his age. In Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey Achilles and Odysseus represent typical Grecian heroes. Theseus, Persius and Oedipus, three other famous heroes also represent the Greek heroic archetype. These heroic tales were well known to Grecians of the time and had a great impact on the Greek culture. When speaking of...
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  • Troy Essay - 803 Words
    Further information: Homeric Question, Historicity of the Iliad, and Troy VII Portion of the legendary walls of Troy (VII), identified as the site of the Trojan War (ca. 1200 BC). Ancient Greek historians variously placed the Trojan War in the 12th, 13th, or 14th centuries BC: Eratosthenes to 1184 BC, Herodotus to 1250 BC, Duris of Samos to 1334 BC. Modern archaeologists associate Homeric Troy with archaeological Troy VII.[8] In the Iliad, the Achaeans set up their camp near...
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  • Medieval Characteristics - 1363 Words
    Medieval Characteristics ENG/106 Survey of Literary Masterpieces Eva Harvey March 25, 2013 Comparison and Contrast Paper: Medieval Characteristics Heroes The early epic poem may have served to reinforce shared cultural values within a nation and provide a mythic history for a people. Ancient classical epics contain references to gods and magic and often feature a hero beset by mystical forces. Many later epics imitate these earlier works and may use similar literary...
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  • through suffering comes knowledge
    Through Suffering Comes Knowledge There’s a universal knowledge that through pain comes the strength to prevail. One must endure suffering to appreciate the joys and wisdoms of life. This same view is believed by the Greeks that one shall suffer to gain knowledge and wisdom. The trials the characters in the Iliad, Odyssey, and Oedipus, the King faced are what led Greek society to stand where it does today. The heroes all agonized in some form for their people to build their community and...
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  • Research and Report on the Battle of Troy as It Relates to the Ancient Mycenaeans and to Homer’s Epics About the Trojan War
    The Homeric epics, Iliad and Odyssey respectively are two of the most significant works in the history of ancient literature. The following analysis seeks to examine these works in light of the Trojan War and the Mycenaean People, relying on scholarly journal articles and texts for support. The quest to examine a piece of ancient literature is daunting enough, but the process is further complicated when so little is known about its creator. This is the case with the ancient poet Homer’s...
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  • The Iliad Comparison Paper - 873 Words
    The Iliad Paper "Polonius, ‘What do you read my Lord?' Hamlet, ‘Words, words, words.'" -Shakespeare, Hamlet, II, ii, 193-4. Reading, writing, speaking, these are the things that define our humanity. Without words or the ability of speech we would once again be equal to the animals we preside over. In the scheme of time we have perfected this human ability above all else; we teach it, correct it, and embellish it to no end. Even so stories may be told in many different ways, simply by...
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  • Virgil’s Prevailing Hero - 882 Words
    Virgil’s Prevailing Hero The heroic characteristics introduced in Virgil’s Aeneid are different in comparison to the Homeric epic characteristics. Unlike Homeric epics the Iliad and the Odyssey, Virgil depicts Aeneas, the Aeneid epic hero, in a modern way, making Aeneas more relatable and better understood by the audience. The three major differences between Virgil’s epic hero, Aeneas, and Homer’s epic heroes, Achilleus and Odysseus, from the Iliad and the Odyssey are the use of inner...
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  • Troy and the Iliad - 508 Words
     The movie Troy and the epic poem, the Iliad, reveal distinct differences and similarities in several scenes such as when Achilles learns of his fate but still decides to go to war; which is a similarity, and two other scenes which are differences that concern the length of the war and the other is the role of the gods in the story. In both the movie and the book Thetis, Achilles' mother tells him of his fate which is that if he sails for Troy he will earn glory and fame but his life will be...
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  • Notes on Epic Poetry - 352 Words
    Notes on Epic Poetry An epic or heroic poem falls into one of two patterns, both established by Homer: the structure (and allegory to life) may be either war or journey, and the hero may be on a quest (as Odysseus is) or pursuing conquest (as Achilles is). Features of legend building evident in epic include the following: 1. the hero's near-invulnerability (Achilles' heel, the spot on Seigfried's back); 2. the hero's fighting without conventional weapons (as in Beowulf's wrestling Grendel);...
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  • Comparing Homeric Heroes - 742 Words
    During the Homeric era there was a distinct type of hero that was consistently used in his epics. The Homeric hero consisted of an individual with two main qualities: a doer of deeds and a speaker of words. A doer of deeds was someone who was strong, brave, and skilled in fighting. A speaker of words was someone who was persuasive, clever, and reflected intelligence behind their worlds. A hero in the Dark Ages was not necessarily someone with supernatural powers, but rather someone with...
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  • Trojan War - 1118 Words
    Did the Trojan War occur? The existence of a war in Troy is undeniable; however it is not the Trojan war of Homer’s Iliad. It is believed that Homer’s account may have been based on a real event therefore having some truth but due to the mythological nature of the source, the unreliability of oral transmission and the exaggerated romantic theme, the account is not a valid source for historians. Written evidence such as the Hittite records and the different theories presented by archaeologists...
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  • Comparison and Contrast: Achilles and Hector
    Comparison and Contrast: Achilles and Hector In Homer's epic poem, The Iliad, the subject is war. The Greek army has traveled to Troy to battle the Trojan army, resulting in a war that rages on for the better part of a ten year time span. The men of both armies fight not only for their prospective sides, but also for their own personal glory, which is consistent with the heroic warrior code of ancient Greece. Two of the main characters, Achilles and Hector, both continuously display a...
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  • The Classical World - 557 Words
    The Classical World The Classical World made many contributions to the development of science, literature, and ethics. These contributions have influenced the modern world today. Many mathematicians, astronomers, and scientists contributed to the development of many of the luxuries we enjoy today. Homer, author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, made contributions to the field of literature through his writing. In the field of ethics, many philosophers from the Classical World contributed to...
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  • Rape of the Lock as Mock Heroic Epic
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