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Sappho's A Prayer To Aphrodite and Seizure - Sappho's A Prayer To Aphrodite and Seizure Sappho wrote poems about lust, longing, suffering, and their connections to love. Her poetry is vivid, to the point where the reader or listener can feel the sentiments rising from the core of his or her own being. The poetry truly depicts a realistic picture of the bonds of love. Through the subtle differences of the poems, "A Prayer To Aphrodite," and "Seizure," Sappho conveys the intensity of the longing and suffering of love. In "A Prayer To Aphrodite," Sappho is offering a prayer, of sorts, to the goddess of love....   [tags: Prayer To Aphrodite and Seizure Essays] 586 words
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Estivis and Aphrodite - Once, in a world filled with joy, there was a god named Estevis who gazed across the meadow filled with pink and yellow flowers yearning for the voice that belonged to the goddess of love, Aphrodite. Estevis was filled with great elation as he pursued Aphrodite, spying on her as she walked swiftly through the majestic and growing flower meadow. As she strolled through the meadow, she began to sing the most beautiful song. A song from her heart, filled with sweetness and love. Little did she know that Estevis was secretly admiring her and longed for her voice....   [tags: personal narrative] 600 words
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Clytemnestra and Aphrodite - Clytemnestra is one of Greek literature’s most famous villains while Aphrodite is seen as one of the most desirable women in literature. Greek Goddesses are celebrated for their manlike traits where as human females are thought to be undesirable for them. This relationship further proves that gods and goddesses are superior not only in power but also in social status. By comparing Aechylus’ Agamemnon with The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite we can see how in ancient Greece, literature taught women to be inferior by showing them consequences of female actions to keep women in their subordinate positions in society....   [tags: greek goddesses, the agamemnon]
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Hera and Aphrodite - Hera and Aphrodite. Two goddesses on two sides of the Trojan War. Both of them have their own personalities, and their own agendas. The two of them do have certain similarities. Both Hera and Aphrodite seem to believe in the cause they are fighting for. They do, however have very different ways about getting what they want. In The Illiad, both of these goddesses are on the opposing sides (as I stated before). Hera fights on the side of the Acheans, where Aphrodite has taken sides with the Trojans....   [tags: Greek Mythology ] 1931 words
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A Comparison of Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite - Mythology was very important to the men and women of ancient Greece. They worshipped the gods and goddesses, wrote poems about them, and based a great deal of art work off of them. The people of Greece looked to the gods and goddesses for help in all aspects of their lives; including health, agriculture, and war. Reading about Greek mythology can inform people about the society of Greece itself because the Greek gods were created by the people of Greece. Three main goddesses who were worshipped by the Greeks were Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite....   [tags: Greek Mythology]
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Aphrodite And Her Works - People of all ages and cultures seek a relatable figure for comparison. Individual cultures adopted varying myths in order to identify these figures. In Greek mythology, the most colorful and relatable figure was the goddess of love, Aphrodite. This goddess, although immortal, exhibited the behaviors of many mortals. She was portrayed as a beautiful goddess with an fiesty attitude consisting of imperfection. Aphrodite’s lack of self-control, promiscuous behavior, and manipulative maneuvers contribute to her relatability and perpetual influence on modern culture....   [tags: modern world, greek mythology]
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Aphrodite and Demeter - Aphrodite and Demeter Every culture has some form of higher being, to be a model for their behaviour, as well as to look up to. In Greek times, these were the gods and goddesses who made their home on Mount Olympus. Women identified with the goddesses because they shared some feminine attributes. Goddesses were a “symbol of motherhood and fertility, but also of strength, wisdom, caring, nuturing, temperance, chastity, cunning, trickery, jealousy, and lasciviousness” (Clarke, 1999). However, not all of the goddesses possessed all of these attributes....   [tags: Papers] 1488 words
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Hephaestus And Aphrodite - As Hephaestus was walking down Rhea Street on Mount Olympus, he noticed his wife, Aphrodite, kissing Hermes, the messenger-God, next to the area's one and only Burger God (very well-known for its char-broiled Whoppers). "Wait just a tootin' minute," he said aloud to himself. "Why is my wife kissing Hermes. She is supposed to be devoted to me!" He was furious. It was very rare when Hephaestus became angry for any reason, so he was certain to have taken notice of his odd and unusual reaction....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays] 1170 words
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Aphrodite - HEPHAESTUS AND APHRODITE APHRODITE Aphrodite is one of the most famous figures of Greek mythology. Because Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and sexual rapture,1 she was desired by nearly all of the Greek gods. Aphrodite was one of the twelve main gods on Mt. Olympus,2 and she was the most powerful goddess when it came to members of the opposite sex. THE BIRTH OF APHRODITE There are many origins to Aphrodite's birth. Some of them are: 1) She arose full-grown out of the foam of the sea, 2) She is the daughter of Zeus and Dionne, 3) She is the daughter of Uranus and Gaia, which would make her a Titaness, or 4) She is the daughter of Titans Oceanus and T...   [tags: essays research papers] 2164 words
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Aphrodite - Aphrodite The image that has been produced over time about the Goddess of Desire, the renowned Aphrodite, is one of a longhaired beauty, riding atop a scallop shell to bestow her beauteous wonders upon the mortal earth and Olympus. This is an icon of femininity and perfection, the most stunning of the already statuesque gods and goddesses. Doves and sparrows are her counterparts as is the sweet and playful Cupid in later Roman myths. However, this seemingly flawless picture of delicacy and sensual delights is far from perfect....   [tags: Papers] 1151 words
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Greek Mythology - Aphrodite - Aphrodite is one of the most famous figures of Greek mythology, because Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and sexual rapture. She was desired by nearly all of the Greek gods. Aphrodite was one of the twelve main gods on Mt. Olympus, and she was the most powerful goddess when it came to members of the opposite sex. There are many origins to Aphrodite's birth. Some of them are: She arose full-grown out of the foam of the sea, She is the daughter of Zeus and Dionne, She is the daughter of Uranus and Gaia, which would make her a Titaness, or She is the daughter of Titans Oceanus and Tethys, making her an Oceanid....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Aphrodite Invocation - Oh Muse. With visions Thou hast filled my soul, With visions overpowering, for Thou Hast shown me Golden Aphrodite; now The blaze emboldens me; like coal To brighter burning fanned by Breath Divine, The Cyprian enflameth me with words, Seductive sounds, which swiftly would entwine My soul, as lime-twigs trap unwary birds. An Ancient Poet* spake the truth; he said When Cypris cometh swift, high-spirited Just like a Hero -- irresistible Her onslaught, nor may anyone annul Her summons; flouting Her is arrogance, A failure to respect the difference `Tween Gods and Mortals; nor can even They Resist Her Power....   [tags: essays research papers] 1153 words
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Andrew Stewart and the Meaning Behind the Two Pieces, Doryphoros (Spearbearer) and Aphrodite of Knidos - The author talks about the meaning behind the two pieces, Doryphoros (Spearbearer) and Aphrodite of Knidos. He begins by going into the basic history of what men and women at the time were expected to do during their short lived lives. He paired these two pieces because of the masculinity and femininity that divides and unites the two classical Greek sculptures. Stewart talks about genders and the gender roles that were expected of men and women at the time the artwork was made in ancient Greece....   [tags: Sculptures, Classical] 1230 words
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Human Sexuality in Greek Poems - The birth of the goddess from the castrated genitals of Uranus is an obvious allegory for how ancient poets viewed the nature of human sexuality. The images the Greek poets used to represent the erotic experience, figured as a type of suffering, a violent and intense aggression, are emphasized in the myth. When I was staring hypnotically at the painting, feeling a bit uncomfortable with Venus’ nudity, but mesmerized at the same time, I started to think of Aphrodite’s dual nature. Hesiod’s poem makes evident that the Aphrodite I was looking at was Aphrodite Urania, “born from the male alone and not as the result of sexual union” (MLS 189)....   [tags: Hesiod Poems, Aphrodite, Literary Analysis]
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The Goddess of Love, Desire, and Beauty, Aphrodite, was Worshipped by Ancient Greece for Many More Reason - ... The Greeks believed she could be useful in many situations. This is most likely why she typically has multiple shrines within one city. The themes are mostly sexual, but could also pertain to marriage and fertility. Her shrines in Korinthos were known centers for “sacred prostitution” where young priestesses would worship Aphrodite by offering their bodies to men, who pay by leaving sacrifices to the goddess. Sometimes these men would “pay” by leaving her more women. This act of “sacred prostitution” is said to have been a fertility rite for young girls There is a hymn written by Pindar telling the tale of an Olympic athlete who promised Aphrodite 100 girls in exchange for victory at the...   [tags: olympian, sexual, power] 704 words
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Greek Myths - According to various accounts of the creation of the world. Hesoids version describes that in the beginning, there was only Erebus, or darkness, Nyx, or night, and Chaos, who has been interpreted as the opening form which the other ancient characters arose. Then appeared Gaea, or mother earth, personified as the solid foundation of the world. Next, was Tartarus who is usually confused with the residence Hades, but was depicted as the father of some of Gaea’s children. Also appearing after Chaos was Eros, the source of sexual love/attraction that brought beings together to produce more children....   [tags: Creation, Aphrodite, Zeus, Summary] 1033 words
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Women's Roles in Greek Society - The Iliad uncovers the truth behind what Greeks believed to be the role of women in society. The Greek goddesses and the mortal women represent two sides that women had in society. The Greek goddesses held power over the war, whereas, the mortal women are there as prizes or timé. Aphrodite is the prime example of a goddess who held a lot of power, mainly by using manipulation, in the Trojan War. Helen represents the quintessential idea of a woman representing timé. These two portrayals of women in Greek society depict how people recognized women’s role in society, with Aphrodite representing a woman with power as a manipulative goddess and Helen representing a woman who was merely timé, a pr...   [tags: Ancient Greece ]
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Goddess of Love or Goddess of Fertility - Love and Fertility are often interconnected, both being associated with feminine deities in Ancient Greek and Ancient Egyptian mythology. These ancient goddess are where we get the structural ideas for the Church of Aphrodite and the Fellowship of Isis. These are two neopagan religions that have developed in the last century. The Fellowship of Isis has flourished, while the Church of Aphrodite has seen little activity in the last few years. Both of these new religions worship the idea of the mother goddess, but they why has one not done so well....   [tags: Religion]
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Greek Mythology and the Seven Deadly Sins - The seven deadly sins can be tracked all the way back to the 4th century, when a monk named Evagrius Ponticus made a list of basically all the problems he saw in his time. His list consisted of gluttony, fornication, greed, pride, sadness, wrath, and dejection. Later on Pope Gregory I would edit this list and add in sloth and envy, and would also rename fornication to lust, this list of sins has not been changed since. Each of the seven deadly sins was associated with a punishment in Hell....   [tags: sloth, envy, gluttony, lust, greed, pride]
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The Differences of Greek Gods and Goddesses and the Christian God - ... Hera even punished the forest nymph, Echo, when Zeus wasn’t having an affair with her at all. She only suspected Zeus of having an affair with one of the forest nymphs and was distracted from her seeking by Echo’s chattering. Hera became angry and condemned her to never have the power to speak first. She must always be spoken to before she can speak. Hera’s unjustly punishment of women out of jealousy is human-like compared to the Christian God because, according to teachings, He is fair and forgiving and would never hand out an unjust punishment....   [tags: human emotions, religious beliefs] 699 words
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Ares, The Greatest Olympian Greek God - Ares Ares is one of the greatest olympian gods of Greek. Ares is the god of war , battles and weapons. He is the son of Zeus the almighty god of thunder and lightning, and Hera. It is said that Hera concieved Ares by taking a magical herb. ___ Since Zeus was not technically the father of Ares, he neglected him. Ares wasnt in a safe enviroment as a child, so Hera sent him to Priapus to live. Priapus raised Ares till he was a grown man. Ares had a sister named Athena, who was the diety of warfare....   [tags: God of War, Battles, Weapons, Son of Zeus]
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Change in Greek Art - Change in Greek Art Greece is famously known world widely for its spectacular artworks. People are familiarized with its sculptures, paintings, and mosaics, but not many know how its art has been transforming from time to time. An explicit example would be the drastic changes from Aphrodite of Knidos to The Old Market Woman. The Egyptians had influenced Early Greek art for several years; it was during the time of war (Archaic Period) and art was not their top priority. Most of their sculptures were similar to those in Egypt and there was no sense of personal style....   [tags: anatomy, artists, buildings] 704 words
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e Strife For a Straight Life: The Examination of Mortal and Divine Relations - The Strife For a Straight Life: The Examination of Mortal and Divine Relations "A straight and perfect life is not for man." - the Nurse in Hippolytus The idea that fate is rooted from the interconnection of divine beings whose will is played-out by mortals, is a highly enriched belief that is capitalized on by many Greek tragedians. Among those who suggest that there is an endless cycle of good will, revenge, uncertainty, and punishment is the Greek dramatist, Euripides. His work, Hippolytus, is an excellent example of a well-written Greek tragedy that informs readers of the intermingling of divine power and a mortal's free will....   [tags: Classics] 1638 words
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Mortal vs. Immortal: No One is Perfect and Everyone Worships False Gods - ... However Hera does something that not many women would do, she sticks by him, she also tries to kill the offspring of every child Zeus has, she may still love him on the other hand she may have lost her marbles. Not many gods have this type of relationship and that is why their devotion to one another is slightly mad. Aphrodite and Hephaestus however is mostly just a parody marriage. The other Olympians were making a cruel joke by marrying Hephaestus to Aphrodite. Aphrodite loathed her husband, mostly because he was a cripple and extremely ugly....   [tags: grudges, flaws, relationship] 702 words
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The Statue Titled Torso of Venus - The statue titled, Torso of Venus, was a replica of the original work by Praxiteles. The Romans made the sculpture in 1st or 2nd century AD during the time of the Late Antiquity period; more specifically known as the Pre-Constantine period. Like the original, the statue was made out of marble. The Torso of Venus is a statue of the goddess Venus, known commonly as the goddess of love and beauty. It was said that she was born, or emerged, from the sea foam. Venus, or Aphrodite to the Greeks, was the embodiment of beauty, sexuality, love and fertility....   [tags: Praxiteles, replica, Greek sculpture]
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Divine Intervention In The Iliad - Divine Intervention of The Iliad The Iliad is an epic novel about the war between the Greeks and Trojans that has many instances of the Greek Gods impacting the war in favor of one side or the other. While it seems like they have all-powerful powers like immortals should, many of the arguments they get in amongst themselves demonstrate their humanity. I believe Homer’s intent in this epic is to portray a theme of role-reversal, where the warriors are more like the gods and the gods are more like the warriors....   [tags: Greek Literature] 803 words
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Magic in The Descent of Innana and Sappho - Magic in The Descent of Innana and Sappho In the ancient text The Descent of Innana and the lyric poetry of Sappho, language is viewed as magic. Not only are the words themselves acting as magic, as in an invocation, but other things manifest themselves as magic throughout the works. The most common throughout the works of Sappho is that of love. Sappho also shows us the magic of everyday life in many of her poems. Finally, the writing down of the works performs a magic all of its own; the magic of continuation....   [tags: Descent Innana Sappho Essays Greek] 1239 words
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The Human-like Gods - Because of the under development of science, Ancient Greeks used mythologies and associated to the gods anything that they could not explain or understand, which also have revealed many aspects of their culture and society, including their views toward gods. Through the survived works of ancient Greeks, one can see that the concept of exchange plays a center role in the relationship between human beings and gods; and that the ancient Greeks had absolutely and undeniably respect for their gods, who are human-like and demand to be glorified....   [tags: Ancient Greece]
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Cupid and His Famous Arrow Shots - Here we have a first example of Greek bunkum that better belongs six feet under rather than on our bookshelves or in our libraries. We know Cupid as a delightful little fellow, who makes people fall in love by striking them with his arrows. Cupid, also known as Cupido, Cupidus or Amor, is the Roman clone of the Greek figure Eros and the god of love, or better yet, the god of uncontrollably falling in love, because he has no control over what comes thereafter. This story was at first constructed by the Greeks and the Romans – as they always did – have copied it from them....   [tags: cupid, love, amor, cupidus] 1669 words
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A Comparison of the Role of Women in Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad - The Role of Women in Odyssey and The Iliad The Iliad and Odyssey present different ideals of women, and the goddesses, who are presented as ideal women, differ between the two epics. The difference in roles is largely dependent on power, and relations to men, as well as sexual desirability and activity. The goddesses have a major role in both epics as Helpers of men. They have varied reasons for this.  One is a maternal instinct. This is displayed in the literal mother-son relationships of Aphrodite and Aeneas, Thetis and Achilles, and the protective instinct that Athene displays in Book 3 of the Iliad when Pandarus arrow shot an arrow at Menelaus and she "took her stand in front and ward...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Hermes of Praxiteles - So was Your Grandpa as Cool as Mine I recently discovered that I was the grandson of Praxiteles, one of the greatest Greek sculptors ever to pick up a chisel and hammer. During my grandfather’s time in Ancient Greece artists and sculptors used their work as a way to gain status and wealth within Greek society. I was surprised to learn that my grandfather was a pioneer and trendsetter in his art. He set himself above the rest by making his sculptures look as if they were almost human like. He is probably best known for being the first to sculpt a woman fully nude....   [tags: greek sculptors, romans]
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Mythology in Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" - Mythology is a key part of many of Zora Neale Hurston’s short stories and novels. She researched the stories of her home town and many other areas of the world. Hurston used this knowledge of myths and stories to help her carry them on to later generations in a form that almost everybody could relate to. Through out all of Zora Neale Hurston’s stories, mythology has been a crucial keystone. Her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, has been influenced by three different ancient myths: the myths of Ezili Freda, Osiris and Isis, and Aphrodite and Adonis....   [tags: Zora Neale Hurston, mythology, Their Eyes Were Wat] 1021 words
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Female Deception in Hippolytus: The Ruin of Men - Female Deception in Hippolytus: The Ruin of Men Works Cited Missing In Ancient Greece, deceit was considered to be part of a woman's nature and an inherent female characteristic. It was generally believed that a good woman was the result of the careful cultivation of her morals by her guardians, and if left to her own devices, a woman was apt to be wicked. The deceit of women is a theme that shows up often in Ancient Greek literature, and many Ancient Greek authors portray women as jealous, plotting, deceitful, and vengeful creatures capable of destroying the men affiliated with them....   [tags: Greek Deceit Essays] 1397 words
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The Story of Pygmalion and Galatea - The Story of Pygmalion and Galatea “If you gods can give all things, may I have as my wife, I pray… one like the ivory maiden.” ~Pygmalion Pygmalion, the mythical king of Cyprus, had many problems when dating women. He always seemed to accept dates from the wrong women. Some were rude, others were selfish; he was revolted by the faults nature had placed in these women. It left him feeling very depressed. He eventually came to despise the female gender so much that he decided he would never marry any maiden....   [tags: Cyprus Mythology] 436 words
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Ares: God of War - Being the god of manly courage, bloodlust, civil order, and warlike frenzy, Ares shouldn’t be considered a very powerful god. Even though he is the god over these things, he is no more powerful than the others. In fact he is actually weaker than the others due to his shear blood lust and blind rage allowing him to be easily overcome. Ares should not be considered anything other than the loser he is because he can never win a battle, is constantly getting in trouble, and has a very quick temper and enjoys bloodshed....   [tags: Mythology]
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The Illiad by Homer - Women have held many different roles in society throughout human history. Since the beginning of time men have always been viewed as superior. In Homer’s Iliad, a perfect example of the suppressive role of women is shown. Women are treated as property and are used for the mere purpose of reproduction within the household. Paralyzed by their unfortunate circumstances, they were taken and given as if they were material belongings. In Homer's Iliad, women are seen and introduce as rewards to the male heroines and usually the greatest fighters....   [tags: women's role, human history, creek]
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Diomedes in Agamemnon - Since Agamemnon refused to return the daughter of a priest of Apollo, Agamemnon agrees to release Helen only if Achilles gives him his prize of honor. This is when Achilles found it unfair and withdraws from the battle including all his soldiers. Achilles then asks the gods to grant him revenge. Agamemnon the had attacked because a dream had encouraged him to. Paris flees the battle with the help of a divinity and Menelaus rages on with his brother demanding the release of Helen. As the battle continues, Diomedes makes a heroic stand and kills many Trojans, bringing his Time', Kudos and Arete' up high....   [tags: essays research papers] 459 words
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The Impact of Women in The Iliad - Women have always been recognized for their strong influence on the actions of men. Because of his love for Delia, Samson told his secret of his power and ended up losing it. In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Lady Macbeth urged Macbeth to commit murder. More recently, Eleanor Roosevelt strongly influenced the decisions that Franklin D. Roosevelt made. Women of Homer's epic, The Iliad, were considered primary instigators of the Trojan war. The characteristics attributed to women in ancient Greek mythology may have been key to the outbreak of the war....   [tags: Role of Women in the Trojan War] 582 words
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The Role Of Women As Portrayed In Classical Mythology -      The Greco-Roman society was a very patriarchal society. This is reflected throughout the myths in classical mythology. By looking at the classic mythology we will see that the roles women portrayed are very different than women’s roles in today’s society. Although there are a few similarities to women’s roles in today’s society, their roles are more like those women in the past. We can see this by looking at the attributes of Greco-Roman female gods and looking at the roles women play in the myths....   [tags: essays research papers] 1477 words
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Two Types of Love in Plato's Symposium - Two Types of Love in Plato's Symposium I have always thought that there was only one type of love, which was that feeling of overwhelming liking to someone else. I am aware that Lust does exist and that it is separate from Love, being that the desire for someone's body rather their mind. In Plato's Symposium, Plato speaks of many different types of love, loves that can be taken as lust as well. He writes about seven different points of view on love coming from the speakers that attend the symposium in honor of Agathon....   [tags: Plato Symposium Essays] 1223 words
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Private Motivations for War in The Iliad - Private Motivations for War in The Iliad       Wars are often complex in nature and are fought for diverse reasons. In the Iliad, powerful gods, great nations, and heroic people all fight for different reasons.  Each has private motivations to fight the war.  These private motivations are of special interest, because they help define the consequences and outcomes of the war.  The universal war of the gods, social war of the Greeks and Trojans, and the war for Achilles' honor are private motivations of the Trojan war.  These private motivations seem to influence and shape each other in many distinct ways....   [tags: Iliad essays]
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Similarities and Differences of Cupid and Psyche - In the myth of Cupid and Psyche there are different versions which have similarities and differences. Three of the writers are Padraic Colum, Edith Hamilton, and W.H.D. Rouse. There are many similarities between the different versions of Cupid and Psyche. There was a king who had three daughters, but out of all three of them Psyche was the most beautiful person that seemed like a goddess. Her beauty spanned the earth and men from all over the earth wandered to admire her beauty. Venus’ temples were abandoned and no one gave a thought of her....   [tags: Cupid, Psyche, myths, ] 727 words
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Taking a Look at the Trojan War - Helen is also known as “the face that launched a thousand ships” (mareinic.blogspot.com). In this paper I will teach you about the war that she started. I will also talk about the start of the war, the tactics, weapons, archeological proof, the end of the war, and lastly I will talk about the after math. Godly start of the war The godly start of the war started with the marriage of Peleus and Thetis, a sea nymph. They did not invite Eris, the goddess of discord, to the wedding but they did invite all of the other gods....   [tags: the war that Helen started, ancient history]
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The Iliad and the Odyssey - The Iliad and the Odyssey are two classic stories told by Homer. Within these two stories the roles of the gods are very important to the story line and how they affect the characters throughout. In the Iliad, more gods are involved with the characters whereas in the Odyssey there are only two major gods that affect two major characters. The roles of the gods in the Iliad are through two different stances of immortal versus immortal and mortal versus immortal. The roles of the gods in the Odyssey are through two major gods and they affect the plot as Poseidon versus Odysseus and Athena versus Telemachus....   [tags: story and character analysis] 1521 words
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The Function of Desire in Relationships Between a Man and a Youth - The structure and function of different types of sexual relationships were an important part of Athenian culture, and many rules and traditions formed around these relationships based on the mores of society. The male citizens were considered the most important segment of the population, and many Greek writers address the cultural conventions, ideals, and beliefs that formed around these relationships. The three main types of sexual relationships that involved a male citizen are marriage, the relationship between a young man and an older mentor, and sexual encounters with prostitutes....   [tags: Athens Athenian Love Essays] 1630 words
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The Nature of Love Explored in Plato’s Symposium - The Nature of Love Explored in Plato’s Symposium In classical Greek literature the subject of love is commonly a prominent theme. However, throughout these varied texts the subject of Love becomes a multi-faceted being. From this common occurrence in literature we can assume that this subject had a large impact on day-to-day life. One text that explores the many faces of love in everyday life is Plato’s Symposium. In this text we hear a number of views on the subject of love and what the true nature of love is....   [tags: Plato Symposium] 1231 words
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