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The Humanization of Heracles - Through recent human history, there have been many plays in different aspects of literature. In Greek Mythology, the myth of Heracles can be inspected as to whether he is a hero or a murderer. One Greek writer, Euripides, writes about the tragic story of Heracles. It is a story about tragedy, madness, humanization of a hero and psychological natures. The story explores the interplay between if Heracles is sane or insane, and how he falls from all his glory and emerges from the dark, ember ashes as a changed, humble man through the phenomenon of friendship....   [tags: Greek Mythology, Play Analysis, Literature]
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Heracles - The Man of the Hour - ... Heracles deliberately went into a deadly situation to valiantly save Troy, and this alacrity enforces his willingness to be a hero. Lastly, the most beneficial heroic act that he voluntarily preforms was defending Olympus from the Giants that were created from the wrath of Gaea. When Zeus merely asks Heracles to “join forces with the Gods and defend Olympus” (Perseus.edu); Heracles readily complies to Zeus’s request. Heracles willingly risks his life to defend the Gods’ home,and this action shows the type of hero he is....   [tags: the son of Zeus, Greek mythology] 988 words
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The Destruction and Rebuilding of Heracles - The ancient Greeks were a civilization to whom respect was very important. They believed in serving guests no matter who they were; before even asking the guest their name, the host would clean their feet, offer them water and a place to rest. Strangers to a house are regarded with the utmost respect so a friendship to the Greeks would be a bond as strong as blood. In Euripides’ Heracles, Theseus poetically describes their friendship to Heracles in an attempt to pull him out of his distress. Friendship has a redemptive power that blood does not because family is expected to care for you....   [tags: Ancient Greeks, Civilixzation, History]
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Heracles: The New Jesus - ... Throughout the myth parallels are drawn to the Judea-Christian Genesis story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The similarities between the two myths lead to the conclusion that Heracles Eleventh Labor along with the second portion of Genesis are not typical creation myths. The myth itself is not so much a creation myth as it serves a greater purpose than to tell how the world and man came to exist. It's purpose is to demonstrate being and the relationship man has with mortality and his surroundings....   [tags: imagery, tree, serpent, myths] 1282 words
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Heracles: From the Myth to a Disney Movie - Since the days of mythological origin to the origin of pop culture, various mythological stories have been adopted and presented to newer generations. Some of these presented adaptations of mythological stories have significantly been modified in order to be deemed entertaining by audiences in a pop culture generation. Thus, my study will seek to compare mythological hero's during their time to how they have been depicted in modern day. Moreover, my study will analyze the similarities and differences between the Greek hero Heracles and his replica character, Hercules, depicted in Disney's adaptation of this myth....   [tags: Hercules, animation, Greek Mythology]
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Problems With Heracles - Problems With Heracles When we talk about something that is problematic, it is usually to do with time. Tales passed through time are often adapted for the societies to which they are being told. This could be in terms of added moral value or just generally adapted to suit the tastes of different cultures. Romans changed the name Heracles to ‘Hercules’ and altered some of his adventures, whereas in Greek the name ‘Heracles’ is often translated to mean ‘glory of Hera’....   [tags: Papers] 1198 words
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Heracles as a Paradox in Women of Trachis - Heracles as a Paradox in Women of Trachis Using the portrayal of Hercules in Sophocles' tragedy Women of Trachis, a puzzling image of the Greek hero emerges. Most of the myths of Heracles portray him as a fierce warrior, tamer of beasts and a master of everything he attempts. This myth however, shows honorable traits juxtaposed with very negative aspects of the same man. Heracles is a paradox because even though he is a very great man and ideal hero, in some ways he is savage, highly emotional and even vulnerable....   [tags: Women of Trachis Essays]
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Heracles: A Primary Example of Joseph’s Campbell’s Hero’s Journey - THESIS STATEMENT Heracles favorite of the Greeks is a primary example of Joseph’s Campbell’s hero’s journey, proven by all the actions that Heracles has done during the span of his Life. PURPOSE STATEMENT This paper is to show that Heracles is the prime example of a hero’s journey through his actions and the struggles that he faced during his life until he was about to die but instead of death, his father, Zeus, saved him and he conquered the mortal realm, to become a god. INTRODUCTION The story of Heracles that comes to people’s mind is not what Heracles had to do during his life....   [tags: The Hero’s Journey] 2103 words
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Paragraphs on THe Nemean Lion, Hydra, Ceryneia and Erymanthean Boar - ... The hydra lived in the marshes of Lerna consumed people as well as animals. The hydra was a female monster with large dog-like body and several serpentine heads. One of these heads was immortal. The hydra possessed poisonous breath that killed anyone who inhaled it. Heracles was accompanied by his nephew and charioteer Iolaus, who was the son of his twin brother Iphicles and Automedusa. They arrived at the Amynone Spring, where the monster lived in seclusion. Heracles forced the beast out by shooting flamed arrows into its lair....   [tags: heracles, nemea, eurystheus] 770 words
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Hercules and the Twelve Labors - ... Hercules was proof to Zeus’s wife Hera that he had been fooling around with other woman. Hera was very angry so she sent two snakes to kill Hercules when he was just days old but Hercules used them as toys after strangling one in each hand. Hera continued to make Hercules life leading him to going insane and killing his wife and many children that he had fathered. Hercules then went to find a clean slate by asking Oracle what he should do. Once again, Hera stepped in and told Oracle what to say which was impossible for anyone and intended to destroy Hercules with the twelve labors which lasted for much longer than what was initially Hera had planned under King Eurystheus The labours of...   [tags: alcides, greek culture, heracles] 553 words
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Hercules: The Greatest of the Greek Heroes - Hercules, or known in Latin as Heracles, was the greatest of the Greek heroes, a paragon of masculinity. In art, Hercules was portrayed as a powerful, muscular man wearing lion's skin and armed with a huge club. He was also described as being a macho man buffoon, who was very impulsive. Hercules’ home and birthing place is in Thebes, Greece. Thebes is a city in central Greece. It plays as an important setting in many Greek myths, such as the stories of Cadmus, Oedipus, Dionysus and many other important roles in Greek Mythology....   [tags: hercules, heracles, greek heroes, thebas]
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The 12 Labors: Hercules, the son of the Greek god Zeus and mortal Alcmene - Hercules, the son of the Greek god Zeus and mortal Alcmene, was one of the most famous hero in Greek mythology. He is known for his super strength and his many adventures he went on. When Hercules was born, Hera became furious that her husband had sired another child with a mortal. Hera punished Hercules by putting a spell on him that made him mad. While Hercules was under the spell, he slaughtered his own wife and six kids. After Hercules’s sanity returned, he deeply regretted the actions that he had taken....   [tags: greek, mythology] 1856 words
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Gender Politics and the Liminality of the Herculean Body - Sophocles’s Women of Trachis11, however, deals solely with the tragic drama occurring on the mortal realm, devoid of any cosmic underpinnings. The play, like Heracles, can be divided into two portions. Unlike Heracles, however, Heracles’s world is divided not so much into the microcosmic and the macrocosmic, but into the masculine and feminine. This division is causal, serving to highlight the tension between the domestic world which values emotion, empathy, and feeling and the heroic world which champions duty, honour, and glory....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles] 1529 words
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How Child Abuse Affects a Hero, a God, and a Monster in Greek Mythology - Abuse has always been a problem throughout the history of the world. Abuse is suffered in various forms such as physical, emotional, and verbal. But all abuse is very harmful, especially when it is experienced by a child. There are many stories in Greek mythology that show various types of abuse but most prevalent are the acts that target children. Three figures in Greek mythology that face child abuse are Heracles, Hephaestus, and the Minotaur. The first figure is the hero Heracles. He is one of the most known figures that faces abuse throughout his childhood and into adulthood....   [tags: jealous, parents, revenge]
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Sophocles' The Women of Tarchis - Sophocles' The Women of Tarchis Sophocles’s The Women of Tarchis tells the story of the desires that killed Heracles and Deianira, his wife. Heracles desires another woman, Iole, and, off stage, destroys her father’s kingdom so that he can have her and then sends Iole to his home. In response to this, Deianira, desiring Heracles to love her, and not keep another woman in their house, uses a deadly poison, which she believed was a love potion, hoping to make him love only her. Because of this, he dies, and she kills herself out of remorse....   [tags: Sophocles Women Tarchis Desire Essays] 1442 words
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Importance of Heroes to Society - Flames are coming out of every opening in a building and a firefighter runs in to save someone that is inside. A police officer is shot while trying to ensure that no innocent lives are taken of those being held hostage inside a bank. A lifeguard jumps into the deep end of the pool to save a drowning child. Firefighters, police officers, lifeguards or even the next door neighbor could be considered heroes. Why does society have a need for heroes. What traits should heroes have. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hero in the following ways: a) a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability b) an illustrious warrior c) a man admired...   [tags: Hero] 1483 words
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Jealousy in Ancient Greek Society - Jealousy in Ancient Greek Society Jealousy is one of the harsher and more passionate faces of Love in Ancient Greek Society. Societal norms for love and relationships dictate that older men are the lovers who pursue women and young boys. Love infects the pursuer and causes him to have intense feelings about the object of his desire, but not always vice versa. Consequently jealousy is seen more as the active partner’s disease and is commonly associated as a male emotion. Women also experience jealousy but they are not supposed to be the pursuers in relationships according to societal norms....   [tags: Greek History Studies] 1890 words
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Hercules and Syprus - Now Heracles had just finished his tweleveth labour when the king said that he has another labour.Hercales is now devistated and angry at the king but he does not show it.He looks up to the king and says "O your highness, haven't you put me into enough danger of your liking?""No!"The king shouted.Heracles was now ready to run away because the king was putting to much pressure on him but he decided to do this one last labour."You will have to go into the village of Athens and there you will ask many people about Syprus,the deadliest dragon ever" Said the king Zeus.Now the king was very satisfied that Heracles fullfilled all his demands but he was'nt satisfied with the quantity of labours."Thi...   [tags: essays research papers] 888 words
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Ancient Greek Idelologist for Heroism - Of the many conflicting philosophies, morality, when referring to one's sense of ethics, is the greatest and most intriguing disparity between the Ancient Greek ideologies of heroism and the contemporary views of today. By the standards of the Greeks, Achilles was a Hero. He was the embodiment of the individual, a man of unwavering principle, not only unwilling but incapable of allowing his values to become compromised. His credo and the actions determined though it, while certainly irreconcilable with present ethical standards, are strongly rooted in his own idea of justice....   [tags: Achilles and Hector, Plato, Socrates]
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What Makes a Hero? - Heroes are present in many stories, old and new. Many heroes also carry similar traits that establish them as a great hero. For instance, many times a hero can be seen as someone very strong in might or in will. They can also be seen as someone who is admired by many in a society. Many heroes also leave their homes for an extended period of time for a reason that is not so great. A Greek hero strictly follows a certain pattern as shown in William Doty’s Mythology. “Typically, they follow a common pattern: unnatural birth, return home…exploits against monsters to prove their manhood and subsequent kingship or glorious death” (99)....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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Pietro Francisci's Hercules - ... Hercules is drawn away to defend the city, however, when some of the king's subjects are killed by a lion. He is accompanied by Iphitus, who, when confronted by the beast during an argument with his teacher, is bucked from his horse and mauled. Although Hercules is able to kill the lion, he is too late to save the young man's life, and so brings the displeasure of the king upon his own head. Because of his perceived mistake, Hercules is ordered by the king to fight the Cretan Bull. Perhaps affected by the incident, he meets with the oracle Sybil and requests to have his immortality removed so that he can experience the joys of humanity more fully....   [tags: film review] 823 words
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Monsters: The Physical Embodiment of Fear - Monsters are the physical embodiment of fear. Monsters are the physical embodiment due to a wide variety of reasons. The most important being: Monsters’ apparent invulnerability/incredible strength, represent the bad part of society, most often look ugly, represent evil/nightmares itself, are intelligent, and some deviate from the norms are the reasons why monsters are the physical embodiment of fear. Monsters’ incredible characteristics are what strike fear into the hearts of others. In many myths, monsters are a weakness to societies....   [tags: Character Analysis] 868 words
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Cultural Heroes - The literature of a culture is a reflection of its beliefs. This is true of its mythology. In a fantasy setting, the qualities that a society exalts in a protagonist, here the hero of the myth, can be fully manifested, without being restricted by reality. Although these qualities differ, the principle remains the same throughout these cultures. Despite the differences chronologically and geographically between India, ancient Greece, and modern America, their heroes are similar in their superhuman abilities and courageousness....   [tags: Culture ]
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Aristophanes and Menander Preoccupations - The different preoccupations of Aristophanes and Menander may be found through exploring the plays. Aristophanes' main preoccupation was to entertain the people, and then to try to educate them about the politics of Athens at the time. Menander's main preoccupation was, like Aristophanes, to entertain the people, but also to try to teach them some sort of moral that they could hang on to at the end. The fact that Aristophanes set `Frogs' in `real time' in Athens in 405 BC shows that the play is a political comment on life in the city at that time....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1448 words
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Monsters of Mythology - Monsters of Mythology Myths are stories that establish moral laws and models of behavior for people of a society. They often feature characters who are gods or heroes with supernatural abilities. In mythology, these heroes must overcome great challenges in order reach a final goal which is identified by the hero in the beginning of the story. The ending goal usually leads to some kind of moral theme that can be applied to everyone. These heroes are generally characterized as being very gifted, physically appealing, and very popular in their society....   [tags: Mythology] 760 words
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Greek and Roman Monsters - A child’s mind is fuel for new ideas and creations because it is full of imagination. Their way of thinking is pure, uncorrupted by the adults of society. People may think that a child is irrational and immature in their thoughts, but the truth is that they are living in their world, the way they imagine it. Based on their experiences, they are able to design anything in their head, whether it is the shape of a cloud or a monster under the bed. When there is not an explanation for something, those who are innovative make one....   [tags: Mythology]
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Monsters Final Draft - Monsters are the physical embodiment of fear. Monsters are the physical embodiment of fear due to a wide variety of reasons. The most important being: Monsters’ apparent invulnerability/incredible strength, they represent the bad part of society, are most often ugly, they represent evil/nightmares, many monsters have the ability to shape shift, and those that deviate from the norms still maintain some monster-like characteristics. These six characteristics are the major reasons why monsters are the physical embodiment of fear....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Alexander's Attempt To Integrate the Greek and Persian People - The following gobbet is from Plutarch’s (C. 50 B.C.- C.120 A.D.) Alexander. It narrates Alexander’s journey to the Libyan Oracle of Siwah in 332 . The aim of this essay is to draw the possible reasons as to why Alexander went to this specific oracle its consequences and question the reliability of Plutarch’s account. Plutarch describes the conversation between the priest of Ammon and Alexander. Alexander inquired if all the murderers of his father were punished to which the priest replied that Alexander was not the son of a mortal....   [tags: Ancient Greece]
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Satire in the Tragedies of Euripides - The world of Euripides' tragedies was one that espoused ancient ideas of religion. The belief in ancient legends that formed subject material for the tragic drama had passed. The crowd that attended the theater at this time did so as a sort of religious celebration. It was under these circumstances that Euripides had to bury what might have been his true beliefs, and instead replace them with ideas that would relate to his audience. This did not mean that Euripides had to forgo his beliefs entirely....   [tags: Ancient Beliefs, Human Nature]
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The theatrical works of 5C Athens represent a very significant advance on Homer's Iliad - The theatrical works of 5C Athens represent a very significant advance on Homer's Iliad It is difficult to compare the works of Aristophanes and Homer, and make a decision as to whether or not Aristophanes' plays are more advanced than Homer's writing, as they serve a different purpose and are told conpletely differently. Aristophanes's stories are meant to be performed in the form of a play. Homer's Iliad is an epic, and through his language the reader can only picture the scene. They cannot be compared as such, but we may pass judgment on whether the works of Aristophanes has advanced in quality, in relation to Homer's Iliad....   [tags: Ancient Greece Greek History] 1148 words
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Sagitta, a Constellation - Sagitta, which means “the arrow” in Latin, is a constellation that can be found from all places on Earth, excluding the Antarctic Circle, at approximately +90° and -70°. It is located in the fourth quadrant of the northern hemisphere, inside the Milky Way, and can best be seen in the months of August and September at approximately 9:00 PM. Sagitta was first discovered by the renowned Greek astronomer, Ptolemy, in the second century. It is considered “ancient,” for it is one of the oldest recognized constellations....   [tags: Greek, Mythology, Arrow] 577 words
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Alcestis - Alcestis is a myth that is "the most touching of all the Greek dramas to a modern audience" (Lind 213). It is a tragicomedy by the playwright Euripides and it centers on the king and queen of Thessalia. Admetus, the king, has been fated to die yet, due to his alliance with Apollo, is given the chance to find a replacement. His wife, Alcestis, volunteers for the position claiming that she cannot imagine life without her husband. After Alcestis submits her life, Admetus discovers the pain of loss and even determines that Alcestis is the lucky one in dying....   [tags: essays research papers] 1884 words
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The Relationships Between Parents and Children in Greek and Roman Myths - Contrary to the present archetypes involving the relationships between parents and children, Greek and Roman myths show us that at one point in time, incest was considered socially acceptable. Many Greek and Roman myths contain twisted relationships between parents and children. These twisted relationships can be broken into three different categories: mothers and sons that have exceptionally strong bonds, parents that are threatened by their children, and the betrayal of parents or children. Greek and Roman Mythology often employs many themes that, in modern life, we consider to be taboo; one of the most widely used ideas is the distortion and dysfunction of parent and child relationships....   [tags: Mythology ]
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The Struggle between Hercules and Hera - ... Hercules married Megara, and brought five children into the world. Hera, again, messed with Hercules and put him to the point where he became so insane that he killed his family. He went to Apollo for advice in desperate measures. He was told to serve to his cousin "Eurystheus, the king of Mycenae, Tiryns, and Argos." (Hercules -- Ancient History Encyclopedia.) Hera bossed Eurystheus to set the hero to perform killer tasks know as the "The Famous Twelve Labours of Hercules." (Hercules -- Ancient History Encyclopedia.) To kill the Nemean Lion....   [tags: rule, family, throne, kill, capture] 1054 words
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Greek Mythology and the Bible - Studying Greek Mythology and the Bible separately in school, the students’ interest was the utmost importance for the professors. As students grow and mature, there is a greater understanding of how subjects interconnect and how they reflect each other. Greek Mythology may have had some influence on the Bible, and research shows connections between them. It is up to the readers of each to decide whether or not they intertwine, whether or not research proves them correct. Christians and Greeks may have had similar worldviews....   [tags: Mythology ]
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Trojan War: Fact or Fiction? - ... Once they overtook these countries, it was easier to invade Troy completely. The Greeks took many spoils of war, collected several new resources, and committed numerous atrocities. They enslaved, and raped almost all of the women from the countries they attacked ("History of the Trojan War"). Although Greece was victorious in areas that surrounded Troy, they were slowly losing the battle. After 9 long years of fighting, they had yet to penetrate the walls of Troy. These mythical walls were said to have been built by Poseidon and Apollo; they were believed to be impenetrable....   [tags: Peleus, Aeacus, Thetis, World History]
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Zeus: King of the Gods - Zeus: King of the Gods Zeus, Lord of the Skies, King of the Gods, was the last sibling of the Titan Kronos and the Titaness Rhea. He would have suffered the same fate as his other five Olympian siblings, Demeter, Hestia, Poseidon, Hades, and Hera, being swallowed alive, if it had not been for his mother hiding him and tricking Kronos into eating a large stone instead. He was raised in a cave with nine spirits, the Kouretes, and a goat, Amaltheia, that nursed him with her milk and the bees of the mountain provided honey....   [tags: Hera, tinaness rhea, olympia siblings]
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Mythology: Past and Present - Depending on who you ask to define myth, most times you will get something like, “Stories about fictitious Gods or people that were written a long time ago”. As common an answer as this may be, the real definition states that myth is, “a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, especially one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature.” What most people miss with the concept of a myth is the fact that these people were speaking these stories to their family and friends not only as a means of entertainment, but also as a way of...   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Herdotus's On the Scythians - Herodotus was born in 484 B.C. and is regarded today as the “Father of History.” Born and raised in ancient Greece, Herodotus, a very intelligent and sophisticated historian, went on expeditions all around the Mediterranean, observing the ways of other people and nations. His most renowned work entitled the Histories includes detailed information about the geography, religious practices, secular traditions, politics, and the most critical historic events of many different cultures and peoples in the Mediterranean and Asia, including the Scythians....   [tags: Ancient History, Persian Empire]
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The Art of Speaking - Great leaders have a strong sense of Character, a measure by morals, ethics, honesty, and positive reputable traits. Alexander the great is a man of character. The fame behind the name is the memories of all achievements and imprints left on mankind. Alexander is most certainly known for his war strategy and tactics. The more compelling aspect is his manner of speech. This powerful war crazed enthusiast speaks with great eloquence and logic; presents arguments in persuasive manners that win over stirring emotions....   [tags: Aristotle, Alexander the Great, leadership, ethos]
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Deception in Sophocles' Philoctetes and Hesiod's Theogony - Deception in Sophocles' Philoctetes and Hesiod's Theogony For many centuries, the art of deception has been a powerful tool for achieving goals, and it has spawned the ancient debate of the ends justifying the means. In the tragedy Philoctetes by Sophocles and in Hesiod's Theogony, there are many instances of deception, particularly on the part of men in the texts. For each of them, the deceit is justified as a means of building and maintaining a reputation or obtaining power. Ultimately, however, the use of deception results in putting the men in positions of further vulnerability....   [tags: Deception Sophocles Hesiod Essays] 1354 words
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Silence Is a Woman's Glory - "Silence is a woman's glory." Although this may have held true during the times of ancient Greeks, and although the un-silence of a woman is her glory today, one finds within Greek political theory, a critique of the idea. Regardless of that the ancient code for how women should be, especially exemplified in Athenian culture, philosophers, especially Euripides have questioned this idea in relation to the idea of Athenian democracy. I will use Aristotle's Politics, Suppliant Women and Children of Heracles by Euripides to show that although women weren't technically "citizens", they spoke and acted as if they were....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1092 words
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Women in Euripides' Alcestis, Medea, Andromache, and Bacchae - Euripides portrayal of women in his plays has been somewhat bizarre. His female characters kill out of revenge, kill out of jealousy and kill because a god possessed them too. In Alcestis and Andromache Euripides does produce classic heroic female characters. The women in Medea and The Bacchae are not your typical heroines but serve to show the same theme of female liberation as the women in Alcestis and Andromache. While Alcestis is straight forward with its message, the other three plays mask their true intentions from the people they are created to oppose....   [tags: Females Euripides Plays] 2893 words
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Harry Potter: An Ancient or Modern Hero? - What would you do if you awoke one morning to find that you were a living legend. That for the past twenty years your family has been known to all, as one of the most prominent wizarding families in the wizarding world. What would YOU do if you were regarded as ... a modern HERO. The only wizard ever to survive a powerful curse cast by Voldemort, the most powerful dark wizard; Harry was just a baby when he was attacked by the evil wizard. But he escaped the curse and had somehow managed to reverse it and take away Voldemort's power....   [tags: American Literature] 1019 words
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Beowulf - The Ideal Hero - Achilles, Beowulf, Gilgamesh, Samson and Heracles can all be characterized as heroes. However, each of these characters embodies different attributes that earn them the heroic distinction. This paper will seek to show that Beowulf is the “most” heroic figure based on his adherence to the heroic ethos. Also, the character of Gilgamesh will be used as a means of comparison to further showcase the heroic nature of Beowulf. The heroic ethos is a set of values that prioritize and glorify the valor of an individual....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essays] 1925 words
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Cyber Security - In Greek mythology, the Theogony recalls the lineage of Greek deities. Part of the story contains information about a monster named Orthrus. The beast is a two headed dog that was responsible for guarding the island. However, Orthrus was eventually slaughtered by the epic hero, Heracles. Obviously, a two headed, monster dog has potential to bring about catastrophe. But trained in the correct way, Orthrus could have been a valiant watchdog and become an honorable hero in Greek legend. Technology in the present is very much like Orthrus in that progress and advances can lead to a positive or negative impact on the world....   [tags: Internet, technology, cyberspace, abuse, Orthus]
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The Story of Medusa - There are many variations of the story of Medusa. Yet, I find this one more detailed and precise. Medusa is apart of the chain of Greek Mythology, these stories, or legends are not real and usually said to get a point across, or entertainment. Medusa also shows the relationship the society had with women at that time. Medusa was a Gorgon, The Gorgon's where three sisters, daughters of Phorcys and Ceto. Their names where Stethno, Euryale, and Medusa. Stethno and Euryale where immortal, however Medusa was a mortal....   [tags: essays research papers] 412 words
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