"Homer" Essays and Research Papers


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 the Presocratics

PHIL 171 19 September 2013 Homer and the Presocratics Throughout time, philosophy and it's philosophers have evolved and changed. Just like anything else in the world, it started off as just a mere thought. Philosophy is the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. Everyone throughout history has had a different view on things, though. Homer and the Presocratics weren't any different. They, like many others, had differences in the way they thought about life and how things...

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Homer and the Illiad

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 hero...

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Homer Outline

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 sticks...

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The Iliad Homer

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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Troy: Evidence of Homer

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. Manfred...

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Homer vs. Virgil

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 tried to emulate the stories he created, but none could compare. Then came Virgil, a roman poet hired by Augustus Caesar to create a tale...

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Homer defining heroism

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 eventually...

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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 being...

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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 Greeks...

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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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Kleos in The Odyssey by Homer

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 Odyssey by Homer also, we find indirect references to the kleos of the eponymous hero Oddyseus and his son Telemachus. In the words of Nagy, “Kleos is the formal word which the singer himself used to designate the songs which he sang in praises of God and man or...

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Roles of the Greek Gods in the Odyssey of Homer

Throughout the epic of The Odyssey of Homer, Odysseus, the main protagonist, receives help, and is frowned upon by the gods. There are many gods, and goddesses who play significant roles in Odysseus’ journey back to his homeland of Ithaca. Athena, the gray-eyed goddess, or the daughter of Zeus, is the most predominant goddess in the epic. One of Athena’s roles is to act as a guardian towards Telemachus. In the beginning, Athena travels to Ithaca in the guise of Mentes, and states to Telemachus...

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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 today...

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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 influence...

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Family as a Social Institution in Odyssey by Homer

Family as a social institution in Odyssey by Homer One of the social institutions that play a very important role in the Odyssey by homer is the family. The importance of the family and home are highly extrapolated in this work of art, the main character, Odysseus really demonstrates the role of home and the family. Even before the reader goes deep into the text, there are certain facts that are established about the family and its role in this book. Although most critics and readers focus on...

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John Keats "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer"

“On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” by John Keats “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” by John Keats is a poem widely recognised by critics as a pivotal moment in his development as a poet; this work is evidence of his complete mastery of the sonnet form (of which he wrote 64 in total). This poem was a key evolutionary process which would help him construct the development of his own poetic legacy: the Great Odes. Keats was enthralled by the sonnet form because it presented a...

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Tennyson vs Homer Ulysses Vs Oddyseus

Although Ulysses and Odysseus share similar traits, Homer would not agree with Tennyson's portrayal of Odysseus in the poem "Ulysses". Whereas Odysseus wishes to complete his journey and find relief, Ulysses seeks to continue on a never-ending one. Homer's Odyssey and Tennyson's "Ulysses" have different desires and their desires lead them on contrasting quests. The hero in Homer's depicts Odysseus as a hero in the process of completing a journey home. The portrayal of Ulysses is a hero that has...

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Sundiata and the Odyssey of Homer

A quest is the act or instance of seeking or pursuing something. In the books "Sundiata" and "The Odyssey of Homer", both of the main characters venture out on quests. Throughout each characters quest, they have goals they would like to achieve, obstacles that get in their way, and enemies they must face. Sundiata and Odysseus also receive some assistance along the way. Both characters also have a common goal to return to their homes after their quests are over. If their quests are successful they...

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A reflection of Odysseus and Modern Day Heroes "The Odyssey" by Homer

the head grooves he drew to the middle grip, and from the very chair where he sat, bending the bow before him, let the arrow fly, nor missed any axes from the first handle on, but the bronze-weighted arrow passed through all, and out the other end" (Homer, 319 - 320). Odysseus's ability to string the incredibly stiff bow and to shoot it through twelve axe heads when not a single other suitor could do it depicts his sheer strength and athleticism. This ability is also apparent with Neo from the movie...

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Thucydides And Schliemann The Historical Accuracy Of Homer S Writings

writing, Schliemann wasn’t reluctant to believe in the distant past. Through the evidence that Schliemann located, it is valid that he believed in the history that was written by Homer. Since Schleimann was able to actually find the sites where the events occurred I think that it is reasonable to think that history written by Homer actually occurred. Schleimann seems to be more credible than Thucydides since Schleimann acquired evidence that proved some of the events to be true. Although both, Thucydides...

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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 help...

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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 unnecesary...

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On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer

General Comments Keats was so moved by the power and aliveness of Chapman's translation of Homer that he wrote this sonnet--after spending all night reading Homer with a friend. The poem expresses the intensity of Keats's experience; it also reveals how passionately he cared about poetry. To communicate how profoundly the revelation of Homer's genius affected him, Keats uses imagery of exploration and discovery. In a sense, the reading experience itself becomes a Homeric voyage, both for the...

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In What Ways Is the Telemachy Important to the Odyssey as a Whole

battle of Troy, yet we do not truly get to the hero in action until after we are drawn through the story of his son life in the absence of his father in Ithaka. In the first four books, we see how Telemachos, Odysseus’ son, matures and through his eyes Homer shows us the unrest and troubles of Ithaka without Odysseus’ presence. The Telemachy proves its importance to Odyssey showing the audience the characters and setting the scene for the Odysseus’ tale whilst foreshadowing the events in order to heighten...

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The Iliad's Ending

harsh aftermath of it. We see that war not only brings great glory, but also much suffering and anguish. Homer puts his anti-war views on display. Homer drives home the bleakness and hopelessness of war with his final book. When thinking of a war, the first thought to pop into one's head is most likely death and suffering, not great triumph and glory. For a great majority of the Iliad, however, Homer writes about the winning of glory, and the pride taken in killing a foe. This gives war an entertainment...

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Tomorrow When the War Began

Tomorrow When the War Began In the book “Tomorrow When the War Began” written by John Marsden, an important character who made a change was Homer. You could se him changing throughout the story in the beginning, middle and end. He became more mature, developed feelings for certain people, and also took lead of the group. ‘Tomorrow When the War Began’ is a book about seven teenagers who go on a camping trip in the bush to a place called “Hell”. They go on this trip to get away from their busy...

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Loyalty in Odyssey

all I'd done" (Homer, Book XIX ,p 431 ,167 ). The fact that she devises schemes to keep the suitors distracted shows her intention to remain true to Odysseus. The author uses this scenario this to prove her complete loyalty to her beloved husband. Homer repetitively portraits Penelope as the embodiment of true loyalty. She remains faithful to her husband, even when she is clearly told by her own son, "..of strong, enduring Odysseus, dead or alive, he's heard no news" . (Homer, Book XVII, 122...

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The Greeks' Perspective of a Hero

his justification of good and evil. But what really makes a hero? The Greeks had a well-specified idea of what attributes a hero needs. In the epic poem, The Odyssey, Homer provides insight in the Ancient Greek civilization’s concept of a hero as one who possesses bravery and intelligence, yet also flaws. Primarily, Homer does an amazing job demonstrating the bravery of heroes that the Greeks praised. The main character, Odysseus, has an established reputation as a well-experienced warrior...

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The Trojan War - Fact or Fiction?

send an army in a thousand ships to attack and lay siege to Troy for 10 years. Historians have long doubted the credibility of Homer as a reliable historical source. However evidence has been uncovered by archaeologists to suggest that The Iliad has some basis in truth within the epic saga and that although the Trojan War occurred, it may not have occurred as according to Homer. Evidence such as the excavation of Hissarlik, Troy VI and the Hittite tablets has proven the existence of Troy as well as the...

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Dicuss similarities and differences between Homer's Iliad and the movie Troy with reference to what the movie has brought to modern day western culture

a secondary source of evidence. The texts differ greatly from one another but contribute to pass on valuable tales to Western culture; all that is left of Greek history. As for the site of Troy itself, researchers have found that descriptions in Homers "Iliad" coincide with their findings, which is more than the film's representation can say. Troy, or Ilium, existed on the West Coast of what is modern day Turkey, around 1200 BC. There are many layers of strata and evidence suggesting that Ilium...

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The Power of Perception

the filthy suitors and greeting Athena, who is an imperative benefactor throughout the epic. The perceptions of hospitality become the most key aspect of the characters amongst the palace, and the intimacy or lack there of, is key to attitude that Homer creates towards the characters in the epic. The importance of hospitality is the point of view given in the excerpt. In Odysseus’ absence, Telemachus has remained a weak and aloof character as suitors crowd and abuse the place. Telemachus conducts...

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The Odyssey Books 1-4: Notes

questions, and this assignment is the first time for me to be asking myself most of the questions. Key Features of the Odyssey Books 1-4: Stock Epithets: A descriptive word or phrase which an author uses to regularly describe a person or an object. Homer is known for his use of stock epithets in the Iliad and the Odyssey. Write one about yourself: Greek Values and Beliefs: Honoring the gods Hubris was considered one of the gravest sins of the Greek world – believing oneself to be above the gods...

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Odysseus as a Hero

sleeping Cyclops that ate his men but instead he thought to himself, “My heart beat high now at the chance of action,/ and dawning the sharp sword from my hip…I had touched the spot/ when sudden fear stayed me: if I kill him/ we perish there as well” (Homer 990). In this passage, it is evident that Odysseus has self-control; he had the best chance to take it upon himself to get vengeance for his crew that was eaten by the Cyclopes, but instead he thought ahead of what will become of them if he did kill...

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Trojan War

many historians around the world. Although some research and studies may display the war as a myth, stronger physical evidence proves otherwise. Through Heinrich Schliemann, an archaeologist, and other valued archaeologists, the work of a poet named Homer, who revealed the great mystery of the Trojan War, was discovered. Homer’s literary evidence, as well as linguistic and historic evidence from the Homeric Greek language and the Hittite documentary strongly supports the existence of the Trojan War...

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Aeneid Analysis

Aeneid By Virgil Written 19 B.C.E Translated by John Dryden Analysis Jazymn Talley SNHU Analysis The intention of Virgil's poem, Aeneid, is to romanticize the origins of the Roman Empire. Aeneid shares many characteristic to Grecian writer Homer 's Epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. Much of Roman culture is modeled after or inspired by the Greeks, especially the arts. Roman art, writings, religion, and celebrations were on the rise as they experienced a time of rest, enabling them to develop...

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Greek Mythology

1) Aeschylus, Oresteia, trans. C. Collard (Oxford World's Classics) 2) Euripides, Bacchae, trans. Paul Woodruff (Hackett) 3) Hesiod, Works and Days and Theogony, trans. Stanley Lombardo (Hackett) 4) Homer, The Iliad, trans. Robert Fitzgerald (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) 5) Homer, The Odyssey, trans. Robert Fitzgerald (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) 6) Virgil, The Aeneid, trans. R. Fitzgerald (Vintage, 1990) Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays CLH L 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m...

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Iliad Analysis: why are the gods in bliss when the men go to war?

such a competition due to the desire of the gods to be deemed better than their fellow gods. [Athena: “Diomedes, dear to my heart: no matter what I said, you are excused from it.; you must not shrink from Ares or any other god while I am with you…” (Homer; Book 5, Lines 942-946)] Their sense of self-appraisal is what they hold blissful for themselves; such a liking that results to the decisions they make in the future. Such was the case in the Judgment of Paris, when in return of having the Trojan Prince’s...

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the portrayal of women in the Odyssey

weaving and farming. In homer’s epic, she plays the role of the guardian of Odysseus and Telemachus, saving Odysseus and helping him through many difficult situations, including his shipwreck caused by Poseidon (homer 5) and the encouraging him through the one-sided battle with the suitors (Homer 22). She does not merely impart sense and safety to her passive charge, however. She takes an interest in Odysseus for the talents he already has and actively demonstrates. She also often helps Telemachus—as...

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Hospitality in the Odyssey

that those of high status are the main givers of hospitality, but they were not the only ones commanded to offer hospitality. Homer emphasizes hospitality from everyone during Telemachus’ and Odysseus’ journeys, using a man’s xenos, host/guest relationships, with his guest to infer his integrity and character. If a man isn’t pure, then he doesn’t show hospitality and Homer makes sure that man is put in his proper place through the vengeance of those he has wronged. As far as integrity goes...

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Odyssey vs. Finding Nemo

recognized than others. The most commonly used motif of all is the quest for something of importance. In the Odyssey, Odysseus was away from home for twenty years and could not wait to see his faithful wife, Penelope, and loyal son, Telemachus (Homer). Odysseus is on his journey home to see his family and reclaim his throne as king of Ithaca. Just like Odysseus, in Finding Nemo, Marlin, a clownfish, swims across the ocean in a desperate search for his son, Nemo, after he was captured by a scuba...

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Hector vs. Achilles A Contrast and Comparison Essay

offer me mellow wine, mother, not now-you'd sap my limbs, I'd lose my nerve for war.' (VI, 179-180) Like all the other men of their time and culture, both Hector and Achilles knew that their most important duty was to fight wars. In the Iliad, by Homer, war was of the utmost importance, and the Greeks felt that dying in battle was the noblest way to die. Outside of war, men made their own decisions as to what else would be important in their lives. Hector valued his family, was able to control his...

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Quiz: Odyssey Background

each made up of dactyls. Dactylic Hexameter is a very important meter in Greek and Latin poetry. It is especially associated with epic poetry, and so is referred to as "heroic". The very words "dactylic hexameter" often stand for epic poetry.(From Homer, Odyssey background) 3.     (5 pts) What is the difference between Ancient Greek meter and English meter? Unlike stress-based English meter, Latin and Greek meter depends on the length of the vowels in the syllables. A long vowel (_) is twice...

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Views on Greek Lifestyle by the Trojans and the Greeks Themselves

of cleverness for which Greek warriors consider themselves great. The Greeks are proud of smart people and see the gift that intellect provides. “‘Son of Laertes, I delight to hear your council!’ . . . Odysseus, cool tactician, tried to calm him” (Homer 494, 495). Odysseus, otherwise known as Ulyssus, makes battle strategies that are a great advantage in war, especially if the army is lacking in vicious warriors and needs tactics. Undoubtedly, if two Greeks are in line for a prize, the one with skillful...

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The Odyssey

his voyage was when he had his encounter with the Cyclops, Polyphemus. “My men came pressing around me, pleading: take the cheeses, get them stowed, come back, throw open all the pens, and make a run for it? Ah, how sound that was! Yet I refused” (Homer II.166-169; 957-958). Odysseus’ men were ready to grab all of the Cyclopes possessions and make a run for it, but Odysseus’ curiosity got the best of him. By making that one decision to stay in the cave, two of his men got eaten alive that night. “One...

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The Iliad Herioc Code

the ships, “Zeus decrees, from youth to old age, must wind down our brutal wars to the bitter end until we drop and die, down to the last man.” (Homer, Iliad 14. 105-107) Odysseus is reaffirming that death is the ultimate end even as decreed by the Gods; so why would they give up and leave Troy- a place that has “cost [their] comrades so much grief.” (Homer, Iliad 14. 108) The people of this time viewed death and constant struggle as certainties, so the memory of a person becomes personified because...

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The Portrayal of Heroism in the Iliad

Discuss the Portrayal of Heroism from the Books of the Iliad Studied So Far Throughout the Iliad, Homer portrays heroism in a variety of ways. Heroism is not just the heroic code, the set of guidelines that heros follow, but is a reflection of what actions are acceptable in a certain context. In addition, heroism must be portrayed through a medium of a hero, thus the portrayal of a hero is essentially a portrayal of heroism. I will explore some themes within the Iliad and discuss how they portray...

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Ancient History

book called the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer. He followed this book and used it as a guide because he believed it to be true. Schliemann travelled all around the world doing research to help him with his excavation on Troy. Schliemann did all this before the age of 45. Schliemann found the original site of Troy on his own, at Hisarlik, a tell in Turkey. A tell is a hill created from many generations of people living and rebuilding on the same spot. Homers odyssey and Iliad has some historical truth...

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Good Stuff

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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Importance of Greek Mythology

epic poem, “The Odyssey.” Homer does an excellent job in relating this message through various characters, adventures, and obstacles throughout the book. In the epic poem, “The Odyssey,” Homer shows the importance of spiritual growth through many instances. Odysseus begins on Calypso’s island and he has been led to believe he owns everything, except for the most important thing, happiness. Odysseus’ becomes depressed because he realizes how much he misses his home land. Homer introduces Odysseus at...

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The Development of the Epic

changed from the time of Homer and Virgil, who were the greatest exemplars, to the present times. The Historical Development of the Epic Homer, who probably existed in the 10th or 9th century is said to be the father of the epic and regarded with reverence and used, particularly as the author of the Iliad, as the model of all subsequent attempts. The oldest and in many ways the worlds greatest epic poems and the best of Greek literature are the Iliad and Odyssey of Homer. In these poems are depicted...

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The Role of Zeus in Homer's Iliad

The Role Of Zeus in Homer's Iliad   In the era of Homer, divine intervention was thought to be typical, and one of his foremost works, The Iliad, reflects this. Nearly all of the Greek gods are involved in the outcome of the Trojan War, which happens to be the background story of this epic poem. The gods are used by Homer to add twists on an otherwise standard plot of war. I shall concentrate on Zeus, however, and reflect on his actions and their outcomes on the Trojan War, and more importantly...

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The Odyssey 'Telemachia'

the gang of suitors. He is always the first to speak. Antinous leads the campaign to have Telemachus killed. Unlike the other suitors, he is never portrayed sympathetically, and he will be the first to die when Odysseus returns. Through Antinous, Homer portrays the behaviour of the suitors at its ugliest aspect. Eurymachus: He is the second most important suitor. He is a manipulative, deceitful suitor. Eurymachus' charisma and duplicity allows him to exercise some influence over the other suitors...

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Tomorrow When the War Began

In the book “tomorrow when the war began” author John Marsden. The character Homer grows and matures throughout the story line. This essay will explore how Homer’s maturity and growth is displayed through his ability to start making decisions and leading members of the group. In the beginning he was always in trouble but towards the end he grew into a strong leader who considered his friends and their safety. The first incident ...

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Gender Roles in The Odyssey

Eng. 221 5 February 2014 The Powerful Role of Women in Ancient Greek Society Although The Odyssey, written by the Greek poet Homer, is an epic tale of a man’s quest for home, women also play a large role. The role of each gender within The Odyssey is made extremely evident, and on multiple occasions Homer makes reference to the expectations of each sex. Throughout the epic, presentations of women are somewhat limited, unless they appear as mothers, servants, deities, seductresses, or a combination...

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The Making of a Hero The Odyssey an epic poem by Homer (translated by Robert Fitzgerald) has many various themes woven throughout the story. One of my personal favorites is: falling into temptation will take you farther back than your starting point. You can see this theme portrayed as Odysseus struggles to find his home but when tempted stays to long with Circe. Or as they are almost home to Ithika and Odysseus’s crew opens the sack of winds. Also when they land on the island of the sun god...

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Telemachus-Odysseus Father Son Relationship

Like Father, Like Son: The Evolution Of A Family Tie Throughout the last few books of the Odyssey, Homer explains to the reader how Odysseus reestablishes his relationships with his family and friends of Ithaka. It’s possible the restoration of his relationship with his son, Telemachus, is the most significant event of all. This reconnection carries out three main purposes. First, it serves to characterize Telemachus' likeness to his father in the virtues of wisdom, humility, patience, and organization...

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Click on the following link and read to answer the questions which follow  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homer.     1. Who is the author of The Odyssey? Homer  2. The Epic Poem of Homer belong to an ancient tradition known as the Class Western  Tradition.  3. Scroll down to the “Identity and Authorship” section on the page, read the first full  paragraph of the section and identify at least three beliefs scholars hold about Homer.  A. They support that Homer is a real person     B. Some believe a young Sicilian woman wrote The Odyssey...

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Homer's Odyssey Xenia

or Xenia. The significance of these values is shown quite clearly in The Odyssey of Homer. In the first five books of the epic, Telemachos is shown great hospitality by the kings, Nestor, and Menelaos. As Homer writes in description of Nestor’s reception of Telemachos and Athena, “These men, when they sighted the strangers, all came down together and gave them greeting with their hands and offered them places (Homer.3.34-35)”. The significance in this is that Nestor took a break from his celebration...

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Achilles in the Iliad

Greek warrior of the Trojan War, is focused on his awesome power and destructive capabilities. The opening line of The Iliad begs, “Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus’ son Achilles and its devastation” as if his exploits needed an introduction (Homer 1.1-2). However, there lies a deeper story within the epic poem, which I found to be more impactful than any account of Achilles’ talent. Evidently, many artists and poets share my opinion, having responded to this aspect of the myth both in ancient...

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