"Trojan War" Essays and Research Papers

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The Odysseus: The Epic Hero

brave by never giving up, but rather determined to fulfill his accomplishments as a young and adventurous man. Odysseus was also very cunning, knowing how to create and form the ideal way to sabotage the Trojans. Such a bold hero and great father that seeks to win the 10 year war with the Trojans and succeeds. Although, weaknesses lye in every man as a human necessity and even this 'Hero' has one. To include, Odysseus bravely faced many trials by battling a giant, man eating, Cyclops that no...

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Divine Intervention in 'the Iliad'

glory if he waits. ATHENE's intervention alters the course of the story line. If Achilles had attacked Agamemnon, by winning he would have disrupted the chain of command and by losing he would have ended the story line. Without Agamemnon there is no war, without Achilles there is no hero and no rage. Here another divine intervention occured when Achilles appeals for help to his divine mother THETIS.He laments to his divine mother,who is a sea nymph, that Agamemnon has dishonored him .Achilles asks...

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Bronze Age. Two nations (Trojans and Greeks) begin to clash after Paris, the Trojan prince, convinces Helen, Queen of Sparta, to leave her husband, Menelaus, and sail with him back to Troy. After Menelaus finds out that the Trojans took his wife, he asks his brother Agamemnon to help him get her back. Agamemnon sees this as an opportunity for power. So they set off with 1,000 ships holding 50,000 Greeks to Troy. With the help of Achilles, the Greeks are able to fight the Trojans. Achilles at first doesn’t...

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Helen of Troy

Helen is the daughter of Zeus and Leda , Zeus came to Leda and mated with her disguised as a swan and Helen was born from an egg. She was the sister of Castor, Polydeuces and Clytemnestra; Wife of Menelaus; lover to Paris and the reason of the Trojan War. It is noted that Helen is the daughter of Tyndareus and Zeus because Leda was believed to have had intercourse with Tyndareus and Zeus the night Helen was conceived. When Helen was around seven years of age , Athenians ; Thesus and Pirithous...

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Theme of Honor in the Illad

events surrounding the Trojan War. In the war the Greek soldiers fought against the Trojan soldiers. The Greeks were retaliating against the Trojan prince Paris who stole the Greek king Menelaus’ wife Helen. Agamemnon the brave and supercilious brother of Menelaus is a prominent Greek leader in the war. Agamemnon demonstrates the theme of honor through his desire for most booty and the finest spoils gained in the war. Hektor is also a brave warrior, however; he is a Trojan Prince, the son of King...

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Barry Strauss

In Barry Strauss’, “The Trojan War: A New History”, he discusses a topic that has been talked about for thousands of years, yet is able to bring new interpretations and arguments about it. While Strauss shows that many of the accepted ideas about the Trojan War can be disproved, he also fails to support his claims with adequate historical references and analyzes. To begin the book, Strauss introduces Helen of Troy. Helen was the wife of King Menelaus and had attracted the attention of the Prince...

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Hector and Achilles

while Hector defends the Trojans. Though the names Achilles and Hector have different meanings, the actual characters may be similar. When the adventures of Hector and Achilles collide, there is little distinction between their outward appearances; however, they have different identities. The model of the chivalrous warrior is Homer’s Hector, prince of the Trojans. He is faithful to Troy during war when he exclaims, “I would die of shame to face the men of Troy and the Trojan women trailing their long...

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The Roles of the Gods in Greek Myth

Zeus wins the war against the Titans, he plans to destroy humans completely and create another race (Aesch. Pro. 229-237). Since Prometheus opposes Zeus and shows excessive stubbornness and pride, Zeus demands that his servants, Strength and Violence, chain Prometheus to a mountain to show his power. Gods also communicate with human beings. For example, in Iliad, Athena comes down and tries to make peace between Agamemnon and Achilles. During the war between the Achaeans and Trojans, Achilles, one...

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Aphrodite In Greek Mythology

In life, love and war are polar opposites. However, when it comes to Aphrodite, they are what make her the most well known goddess in Greek Mythology. When people think about Aphrodite, the image of a beautiful and gentle woman comes to mind. In spite of that, she has another side to her, as shown in the Trojan War. Her role as the goddess of love and beauty, and her fighting in the Trojan War proves that she is not only the most well known and diverse goddesses, but the best out of them all. The...

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Achilles Changes

The Iliad, a book by Homer about the Trojan War, focuses a lot on Achilles and his internal struggle with his personal desires. In the time of the Trojan War, there was an unspoken code of morals and how warriors of honor should follow. If they did not fight or acted cowardly it not only brought them shame but their family name was looked down on. Warriors that were defeated weren't always killed because they were sometimes taken prisoner to be used for ransom money or gifts. However, in the...

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