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The Meaning of Home in The Seafarer - The Meaning of Home in The Seafarer                 It is important to consider the meaning of home when analyzing The Seafarer. The narrator of this poem seems to feel a sense of belonging while traveling the sea despite the fact that he is obviously disillusioned with its hardships .The main character undergoes a transformation in what he considers home and this dramatically affects his life and lifestyle. Towards the end of The Seafarer the poet forces us to consider our mortality, and seems to push the notion that life is just a journey and that we will not truly be at home until we are with God....   [tags: The Seafarer Essays]
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The Seafarer's Internal Conflict - One of the greatest conflicts that every human must face is a conflict within his or her self. These sorts of internal conflicts are created and fought within our minds. The Seafarer, one of the oldest surviving Old English poems, depicts a man, who, despite being wise, is still desperate to find meaning to his existence. He is in exile, and because of this, his mind is in a state of desolation. He has conflicts within his own psyche seemingly questioning his very existence. He is desperate to find meaning in his life, which is full of despair and sorrow....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 1015 words
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The Two Voices of The Seafarer - The Two Voices of The Seafarer There is much argument in the literary field as to whether there is more than one speaker in the Old English poem The Seafarer. In this brief essay we will look at some of the previous criticisms of the last two centuries, and through them attempt to prove that the speaker of the poem is the same one throughout. The author of The Seafarer is unknown. Its manuscript is untitled and unique, and is thought to have been inscribed around 975 AD. It survives on four pages of the Exeter Anthology which was given to the Exeter Cathedral in England, by the Archbishop Leofric, who died in 1072 AD....   [tags: Papers] 1355 words
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A Comparison of the Sea in Beowulf and The Seafarer - The Sea in Beowulf and The Seafarer         The characters in the Old English poem Beowulf certainly delighted in the seas. This essay seeks to compare their attitude toward the sea with that expressed in another Old English poem, The Seafarer.   In Beowulf there is one reference after another to the sea. When Scyld died, “his people caried him to the sea, which was his last request,” where he drifted out into the beyond on a “death ship.” In the Geat land Beowulf, a “crafty sailor,” and his men “shoved the well-braced ship out on the journey they’d dreamed of,” to rescue the Danes from Grendel....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Jonathan A. Glenn's The Seafarer - The Anglo-Saxon society was a combination of the Jutes, the Anglos, and the Saxons. It was through this combination that the values of this one culture evolved. Anglo-Saxons lived their lives according to values such as masculine orientation, transience of life, and love for glory. Contradictory to the belief that the Anglo-Saxons’ values are outdated, one will find when taking a closer look that most of the values are, in fact, still present in today’s society. Most of the literature from that time period, lasting from 449-1066, is by unknown authors....   [tags: essays research papers] 2398 words
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Free Essays: Comparison of Beowulf and The Seafarer - A Comparison of Beowulf and The Seafarer Beowulf and The Seafarer In a comparison between “Beowulf” and “The Seafarer” one finds two contrasting beliefs in fate and the sea from the story’s main characters. Beowulf is resigned to fate and is humble before the force of the sea, while The Seafarer is fearful of the powers of fate and the sea and is unwilling to accept them. Though the actions and thoughts of Beowulf give him a god-like appearance in the story he believes that God and fate work together....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 579 words
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Faith Versus Fate in the Poems "The Seafarer", "The Wanderer", and "The Wife's Lament" - The Seafarer, The Wanderer, and The Wife’s Lament all contains faith verses fate. The three poems are very similar and very different. The three poems ranging from a lonely man, to a lost soldier, to a wife’s bedrail. The medieval poems show hurt, confusion, and loneliness. The Seafarer, The Wanderer, and The Wife’s Lament all contain keening in the personalized poems, in many lines. The Wanderer is a poem based on a soldier who went into exile because of the death of his dear lord. In line twenty three, a keening is shown, “gold-lord.” In this keening the soldier is looking for a great lord who will treat he as is past lord did....   [tags: Poetry Analysis, Compare/Contrast] 649 words
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Loneliness in The Seafarer by Bradley and The Wife's Lament by Stanford - When exiled from society, loneliness becomes apparent within a person. The poems The Seafarer translated by S.A.J. Bradley and The Wife?s Lament translated by Ann Stanford have a mournful and forlorn mood. Throughout each poem exists immense passion and emotion. In the two elegiac poems there is hardship, loneliness and uncertainty for each character to live with. The Wife?s Lament speaks movingly about loneliness, due to the speaker projecting the lonesomeness of the women who was exiled from society....   [tags: essays research papers] 362 words
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The Anglo-Saxon poems, The Wanderer, The Seafarer, and The Wife’s Lament - The Anglo-Saxon poems, “The Wanderer,” “The Seafarer,” and “The Wife’s Lament” The Old English, or Anglo-Saxon, era of England lasted from about 450-1066 A.D. The tribes from Germany that conquered Britain in the fifth century carried with them both the Old English language and a detailed poetic tradition. The tradition included alliteration, stressed and unstressed syllables, but more importantly, the poetry was usually mournful, reflecting on suffering and loss.1These sorrowful poems from the Anglo Saxon time period are mimetic to the Anglo-Saxons themselves; they reflect the often burdened and miserable lives and times of the people who created them....   [tags: Wanderer Essays]
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Comparison B/w The Wanderer And The Seafarer - Throughout the history of British Literature, there have always been the themes of loneliness, torment or exile. Many times authors speak from their experiences and at times those experiences have to do with misery and discomfort with their lifestyles. In the Renaissance age, times were not always happy and people chose to pass on stories generation to generation to reveal their feelings and experiences. Poems made a great impact in easing the pain. In the poems, "The Seafarer" and "The Wanderer", the themes of loneliness and exile exist throughout both of the poems....   [tags: essays research papers] 670 words
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International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers(STCW) - Introduction Maritime trade and transport can be construed to be the oldest forms of globalisation and has since then grown into an industry. Currently over 90% of the world trade has been done by the maritime industry. Nations such as UK, US, China, Greece and the like have thrived on their maritime strength to become world powers. In order to make the industry, with its large scale and complexity, as efficient as possible there is a necessity for policy and governance. The industry spans over multiple jurisdictions where each jurisdiction have their own impact on the industry....   [tags: Maritime Industry, Rules & Regulations]
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Duties and Responsibilities from the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers - ... 28).Guidelines for the Authorization of Organizations Acting on Behalf of the Administration, IMO Resolution A.739 (18), 1993, and subsequent related resolutions should be followed • Body When considering the on-board application of the STCW Convention you must also consider the requirements of the international safety management code (ISM) and the provisions within the ILO maritime labour convention 2006 (MLC). Whilst the STCW applies to watch-keepers and crew with environmental and security duties the MLC and ISM apply to the master, chief engineer, officers, ratings and any other crew member on board ships of any tonnage, from a coaster to a very large tanker....   [tags: safety, maritime, procedures] 1840 words
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Hope Via Religion - In a world filled to the brim with alienation, despair, and loneliness one could assume that there is no allotted room for hope. During the Oral Tradition, 5th-11th Centuries, many Anglo-Saxon poems contained common themes of isolation and characters who led wretched lifestyles. Two of the most legendary poems descending from the Oral Tradition, “The Seafarer” and “The Wanderer,” contain these elegiac elements. Similarly, both the seafarer and the wanderer reside in worlds of continuous exile and turmoil....   [tags: Poetry] 877 words
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Epic of Beowulf - There was a huge influence of both paganism and christianity that can be noticed in Old English Poetry. To better understand these two values, let us explain what paganism and christianity mean. Christianity is a monotheistic religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. As presented in New Thestament, Christians believe Jesus to be the Son of God and the Messiah prophesied in The Old Testament. Christianity began in the 1st century AD as a Jewish sect, and shares many religious texts with Judaism, specifically the Hebrew Bible, known to Christians as the Old Testament....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essays] 1716 words
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Anglo-Saxon Values - Throughout the Anglo-Saxon and Middle Age periods the main characters always had a similar established value; honor. This value is prominent in Beowulf, “The Seafarer”, and The Canterbury Tales. Each of the main characters portray honor either to himself, his followers, his king, and/or his God. These poems are the different aspects of honor intertwined together to form the most prevailing value during this time frame. Beowulf is a story of a brave warrior who fights Grendel in the timeless battle of good versus evil....   [tags: essays research papers] 482 words
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Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad - One should always remember that a coin has two sides. This saying reminds us about the fact that most things in life have a flipside to them; be it a person, object or even a story for that matter. It has been seen that every story, be it a part of history or modern age society, has had at least two sides to it. Observing one side as being the perspective of the narrator and the other being the reality or the truth. The hero of the novel Lord Jim, written by Joseph Conrad, is undoubtedly Jim himself....   [tags: patna incident, novel, sea]
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The Theme of Women in The Odyssey by Homer - The Theme of Women in The Odyssey by Homer In the Homer's epic poem the Odyssey, there are many themes that serve to make a comment about the meanings of the story. The theme of women in the poem serves to make these comments but also establishes a point of view on women in the reader. From this point of view, a perspective is developed into the "best" and "worst" in women. Achievement of this is through the characterization of many women with single notable evil qualities. Similar to the biblical story of Adam and Eve, Eve like the many women in the Odyssey brings about pain and suffering for mankind....   [tags: Papers] 1329 words
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anglo saxons essay - William Butler Yeats stated that, “Supreme are is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truths, passed on from age to age….” When he said this, he is most definitely talking about the Anglo-Saxon era and their style of writing. The Anglo-Saxons were very into warriors and heroes and how heir stories are handed down from generation to generation. When these stories were written down, monks wrote them down. The monks then added parts about God and the heavens, and about all the religious facts they could....   [tags: essays research papers] 504 words
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Comparison of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116 - Comparison of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116      William Shakespeare, in his Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116, sets forth his vision of the unchanging, persistent and immovable nature of true love. According to Shakespeare, love is truly   "till death do us part," and possibly beyond.  Physical infirmity, the ravages of age, or even  one's partner's inconstancy have no effect upon the affections of one who sincerely loves.  His notion of love is not a romantic one in which an idealized vision of a lover is embraced.  Instead he recognizes the weaknesses to which we, as humans, are subject, but still asserts that love conquers all....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Exile And Pain In Three Elegiac Poems - There is a great similarity between the three elegiac poems, The Wanderer, The Wife of Lament, and The Seafarer. This similarity is the theme of exile. Exile means separation, or banishment from ones native country, region, or home. During the Anglo Saxon period, exile caused a great amount of pain and grief. The theme is shown to have put great sadness into literature of this time period. The majority of the world's literature from the past contains the theme of exile. The Wife of Lament is another perfect example of literature with exile, and was written by an unknown author....   [tags: essays research papers] 907 words
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Examples of Authors Who Wrote Elegies - "Fixed Line spacing" An elegy is a poem that reflects upon death. It is a very good way for people to release stress. It makes others think. An elegy to some people, is very depressing to read. Most of thge time it tells the truth about a side of a persons life, that no one knows about. An elegy could be a real breath taker, if taken the right way. There are many well known elegy authors. One of them is Thomas Gray. Gray wrote the elegy “Written in a Country Churchyard.';In Gray’s poem, he compares the life of a human with a day....   [tags: essays research papers] 615 words
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Impact of Olaudah Equiano on the New World - In what ways did the interactions of Africans and Europeans create a “New World”. meaning what kind of impact did Olaudah Equiano make towards his surrounding and vice versa. Olaudoh Equiano projected a new world where both Africans and Europeans could advance if they would rid of racial prejudice and just honestly work together. But before we get into how the interactions of Africans and Europeans created a “New World”, we must first learn what kind of person Olaudoh Equiano was. Olaudoh Equiano was born in 1745, he was also known as Gustavus Vassa (his slave name)....   [tags: slaves, culture, liberation]
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Appeal to Aesthetics in Death in Venice - In the late 19th century decadence was a tremendously popular theme in European literature. In addition, the degeneracy of the individual and society at large was represented in numerous contemporary works by Mann. In Death in Venice, the theme of decadence caused by aestheticism appears through Gustav von Achenbach’s eccentric, specifically homoerotic, feelings towards a Polish boy named Tadzio. Although his feelings spring from a sound source, the boy’s aesthetic beauty, Aschenbach becomes decadent in how excessively zealous his feelings are, and his obsession ultimately leads to his literal and existential destruction....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Time of Change - Time of Change The amount of bravery and courage displayed by Beowulf in his fights with three different fiends surpasses that of most. Victories over his enemies demand massive power and strength, traits only evident in Beowulf. Each battle appears similar to the others in that Beowulf succeeds in killing his enemy, yet differences exist between the three confrontations. Each of the three battles differs from one another in the preparation leading in to the fight, the means of warfare, and its effect on Beowulf....   [tags: Papers] 936 words
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Rime of Ancient Mariner - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a complex tale of an old seafarer, was written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and published in 1798. According to the Longman Anthology of British Literature, the work first appeared in “Lyrical Ballads”, a publication co-authored with William Wordsworth (557). The ancient mariner’s journey provides for such a supernatural tale, that all who must hear it, specifically the wedding guest in the poem, are enthralled. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the mariner’s tale is the obvious themes of sin and redemption....   [tags: Literature]
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Exploring The Anglo-Saxon Hero - What is a hero. Perhaps it should be rephrased: who is a hero. Of course, it now becomes easy to answer – we can say Odysseus, as he didn’t just assist in the victory at Troy, but fought the gods with his longing for his home; or Beowulf, who fought of the terrible monsters in Hrothgar’s kingdom as well as his own; or Byrhtnoth, who died while defending the land he loved. Clearly, it is easy to list off the heroes in these ancient poems. However, why is this so, why can we so easily identify heroes without consciously recognizing the clues that lead us to those conclusions....   [tags: Beowulf, Byrhtnoth]
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The Sea in Beowulf and in Other Anglo-Saxon Poems - The Sea in Beowulf and in Other Anglo-Saxon Poems             Is the sea mentioned only in Beowulf or is it a common element in all Anglo-Saxon poetry. Is the sea described the same way as in Beowulf. In Beowulf there is one reference after another to the sea. When Scyld died, “his people caried him to the sea, which was his last request,” where he drifted out into the beyond on a “death ship.” In the Geat land Beowulf, a “crafty sailor,” and his men “shoved the well-braced ship out on the journey they’d dreamed of,” to rescue the Danes from Grendel....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essay]
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The Movie Jaws - The Movie Jaws During the summer of 1975, North American beaches were quieter than usual. This wasn’t the result of concern over the damaging damaging the environment. Beaches were poorly attended because people were scared....   [tags: Free Essays] 409 words
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The Effects of Beat Writers and Experimental Poetry on Edwin Morgan's Work - The Effects of Beat Writers and Experimental Poetry on Edwin Morgan's Work Discussing influences that in some way or other cause an author to change his work usually presents some difficulties, for example, why do we think a particular influence more important than another, and which one do we choose when there are many different ones. In Edwin Morgan's case there are quite a number of influences, all of them worth discussing: There are authors he translated like Vladimir Mayakovsky, Francesco Petrarca, Sándor Weöres, Eugenio Montale, Andrei Voznesensky, Attila József, and others; there are also William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, G.M....   [tags: Edwin Morgan Poetry Beat Writers Essays]
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Epic of Beowulf Essay - The Conflicts in Beowulf - The Conflicts in Beowulf              Brian Wilkie and James Hurt in Literature of the Western World discuss what is perhaps the overriding or central conflict in the poem Beowulf, namely the struggle between good and evil, and how the monsters are representative of the evil side: Ker was answered in 1936 by the critic and novelist J.R.R. Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings, who argued that “the monsters are not an inexplicable blunder of taste; they are essential, fundamentally allied to the underlying ideas of the poem, which give it its lofty tone and high seriousness.” For Tolkien, the monsters were symbolic of eternal forces of evil while remaining real monsters (1273)....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essay]
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Epic of Beowulf - The Conflicts of Beowulf - The Conflicts of Beowulf              George Clark in “The Hero and the Theme” make reference to an interior conflict within the Beowulf hero himself, and how the hero appears to lose this conflict:   Although a strong critical movement followed Klaeber in taking Beowulf as a Christian hero or even Christ figure, the most numerous and influential body of postwar critics, including Margaret Goldsmith (1960, 1962, 1970), read the poem as faulting the hero for moral filures according to one or another Christian standard of judgment (see also Bolton 1978)....   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays]
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Unferth in Beowulf and Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey - Unferth in Beowulf and Odysseus in the Odyssey           Kemp Malone in  his essay “Beowulf” comments that the hero’s swimming match with Breca, an episode of more than 100 lines, is “not told as such,” but set in a frame: “the flitting between Unferth and Beowulf” (Malone 144). This contention or challenge between the hero and a rude challenger appears not only in Beowulf but in other heroic poetry like the Odyssey.   When Beowulf and his crew of brave Geat warriors arrive to the court of King Hrothgar of Denmark, one of the king’s retainers, Unferth by name, has been drinking too heavily of the mead....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Portrayal of Women in Homer's Odyssey - Does Homer exhibit gender bias in the Odyssey?  Is the nature of woman as depicted in the Odyssey in any way revealing. Upon examining the text of the Odyssey for differential treatment on men and women, it becomes necessary to distinguish between three possible conclusions.  One, differences in treatment reflect the underlying Homeric thesis that  women are "different but equal in nature,"  Two, different treatment  of men and women in the text reflect a thesis that women are "different and unequal in nature" -- arguments about misogyny fall in here but a host of other interpretive possibilities are possible too....   [tags: The Odyssey by Homer]
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The Role of Women in the Odyssey - The Role of Women in The Odyssey Homer wrote the classic epic The Odyssey more than 2,500 years ago. At that time in ancient Greek society, as well as in the whole of the ancient world, the dominant role was played by men. Society was organized, directed, and controlled by men, and it was accepted that women occupied a subservient and inferior position. Women, of course, were valued, but were expected to possess certain traits and perform certain tasks that men demanded of them. Does Homer's writing in The Odyssey support or refute the common belief of his time regarding women....   [tags: Homer Classic Epics Greek Society Essays] 1228 words
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Christianity in rime of the Ancient Mariner - Christianity in rime of the Ancient Mariner The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, penned by Samuel Coleridge, and published for the first time in 1798 in the co-authored “Lyrical Ballads” with William Wordsworth, is a poem in which an old sailor recounts his tales to a young wedding guest. The tale of the old seafarer was so unbelievable and supernatural, that the wedding guest and all others who hear the tale are captivated and, as Coleridge suggests, listen “like a three years’ child” (15). Embedded through the Mariner’s tale is a story that resembles the Christianesque path from sin to salvation....   [tags: English Literature] 1080 words
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The Exeter Book - The Exeter Book The Exeter Book is the largest existing collection of Old English poetry. The manuscript was given to the library of Exeter Cathedral by its first bishop, Leofric, at the end of the tenth century. The book consists of 131 parchment leaves which measure approximately 12.5 by 8.6 inches. The most famous works contained in the Exeter Book include “The Wanderer,” “The Wife’s Lament,” “The Seafarer,” and “Wulf and Eadwacer.” In addition to the 31 major poems, 96 riddles are also included in the collection....   [tags: Old English Poetry Literature Essays]
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Sharks Do Not Deserve Their Reputation - ... In earlier times, the ocean was a source of mystery and adventure, and many seafarers dreamed up legends about all of the strange and wonderful creatures they encountered. Sharks did not do anything to deserve their reputation; their appearance just frightened sailors. Since the beginning of our race, humans have been fascinated by the ocean: deep and mysterious, far and different from the familiar land that we know. Among the likes of other animals, sharks have been the subject of mythology by nearly every civilization that had contact with the ocean and the creatures it harbors....   [tags: fishermen, ocean, devour] 553 words
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How Geography Impacted Ancient Rome - ... The source of the Tiber is the Etruscan Apennines, in central Italy. it is 251 miles long or 404 kilometers. Tributaries of the river are in Paglia, Nera, and Aniene. And the outlet of the river is in the Tyrrhenian Sea. “Behind the Po and the Arno, the Tiber River is the third-longest river in Italy” (Penn 285). As the legend goes the river used to be called the Albula but the river was renamed after a king of Alba, Tiberinus (Bunson 538). He later drowned in the river after being pulled into its strong current....   [tags: the Roman empire, the ancient world]
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Taking a Look at Greece - ... After the military campaign of Alexander the Great, a lot more intense trade routes were opened across Asia. These trade routes extended as far as Afghanistan and the Indus River Valley (“Ancient Greek Colonization..”). Not only did these trade routes help with trading goods, it always helped in introducing Greece to new cultures and in spreading Greek culture throughout Europe.The spread of these cultures can be known as cultural diffusion which was widely spread along these trade routes. Trade along the Mediterranean sea was very important, but also important were watersprings, caves and rivers....   [tags: mediterranean countries] 537 words
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