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The Modern Day Oracle of Delphi - In modern day society, people don’t journey to the Oracle of Delphi to find out about their future. They go to a bank to protect their money or an economist to track which stocks are on the rise. And people don’t conduct sacrifices to prevent disease; they get vaccinations and routine testing at a doctor’s office. No longer does society rely on stars; it relies on science. While the Greeks believed in the power of oracles and stars, humanity now looks to science to foresee its fate. And as long as people have tried to find out their destinies, they have also tried to evade them....   [tags: Attempting to Escape Fate] 1010 words
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Research Methodology: Delphi Technique - The Delphi technique is a tool that is used in many areas of study. According to (Nworie, 2011) the Delphi Technique is a research methodology which is used to extract, collect, and determine the opinions of a panel of experts from a given field. This tool is used to seek consensus from the experts and then be able to make predictions or decisions based on the experts’ opinions of the panelists involved in the study. This research methodology is considered to be of importance as it is based on the premise that the collective opinions of efforts panelists are of richer quality than the limited view of an individual....   [tags: experts, panelists, strongest arguments]
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Revisiting Delphi Technique in Fire Safety - Introduction In this article, Shields, T. J., Silocock, W.G, & Donegan, A. H (1990) towards the development of fire safety systems evaluation for public assembly with regards to the delphi technique. According to the Delphi technique, introducing the analytical hierarchal process was a major breakthrough in the fire safety world especially in evaluating its schemes. After its proper investigation it was keenly noted that the analytical hierarchal process (AHP) was a tool that was of for fire safety in buildings which seemed effective any general fire safety....   [tags: Article Analysis ]
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Delphi - History of Delphi ?Zeus according to the Greek legend once wished to determine the exact centre of the earth.. So he released two eagles from opposite ends of the world.. Flying towards each other they met precisely over Delphi.?[1]. So, according to this legend and historians, Delphi was known as the center of the world to the Ancient Greeks, starting in the 6th century BCE.. . Excavations have shown that the Mycenaeans (in Greece from 1600-1200 BCE) were probably the first to inhabit Delphi in the 14th BCE, and it has continuously been inhabited since then.[2]....   [tags: Greek History Historical Papers]
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Examination of Delphi and Quasi-experimental Research Designs - Research plays a vital role in more deeply understanding library science. Thoughtful consideration of how evidence-based research is conducted is essential to its effective use. Research helps professionals identify and explore areas of concern or interest in addition to providing possible solutions for known problems. The Delphi and quasi-experimental studies provide examples of research performed in library science. The Delphi Study The Delphi study was developed by The RAND Corporation in the 1950s for the Air Force and was primarily used to forecast future events based on expert opinions (Wildemuth, 2009)....   [tags: Research Analysis]
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Human Resource Management at Delphi - Human Resource Management at Delphi Human Resource Management is the utilization of human resources to achieve organizational objectives. Various studies have concluded that an organization?s human resources is its people. It can be a significant source of competitive advantage. Achieving competitive success through people requires a fundamental change in how managers think about an organization workforce and how they view the work relationship. It's a new approach within the framework of organizational, behavior that goes beyond the role of just personnel administration....   [tags: HR HRM] 2524 words
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Positive Effects Due to the Building of a Smelter in Delphi - Positive Effects Due to the Building of a Smelter in Delphi I think that the building of a smelter in Delphi is a positive addition to this area because it will create many new jobs but also, it will make up a great percentage of the income in that area. This smelter will make the cooperation between Greece, Poland and Russia stronger. This is important for our international ties and our economy. We also hope that further cooperation will result from these countries or even other countries and that we will therefore, earn even more money....   [tags: Papers] 727 words
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Temples and Economics in the Archaic and Classical Period - Temples and Economics in the Archaic and Classical Period During the Archaic and Classical periods in Ancient Greece, the technique and scheme of arts had dramatically developed, and temple buildings became more decorative and more complex. The development of the temple buildings, such as the painting and crafting skills, and the change in construction technique and building materials, indicated an increase of the local economy. Nearly all ancient complex societies built some forms of monumental architecture, for these buildings were not only religiously important, but also served the purpose as a deliberate symbol of power and wealth of the rulers and their poleis....   [tags: ancient greece, hera, delphi, olympia]
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Methods of Technology Forecasting and Analysis for Firms - Methods of Technology Forecasting and Analysis for Firms There is a great need for firms to consider the future. Given the rate of technological innovation and the scope and impact of disruptive technologies, if firms are to predict and exploit their future markets, the role for technological forecasting and analysis is likely to become more prominent. In this paper, two methods (Delphi & Scenario Writing) will be examined in terms of their relative merits and use. The attention will then turn to the nature of use within the firm of both techniques in a technological forecasting context....   [tags: Papers] 2454 words
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The Meaning of Oracles in Ancient Greece - “Oracles (or prophecies) themselves are messages from the gods in human language concerning the future or the unknown and are usually received in response to specific inquiries, often through the agency of inspired mediums” (Aune). For the people of Ancient Greece, Oracles were intermediaries between man and the G-ds. People would ask the Oracle questions about the future and/or ask for advice. Because the Oracles’ responses were always ambiguous, the answers could never be wrong. Regardless of the ambiguousness of the answers, the Ancient Greeks still relied heavily on the Oracles to make important life decisions....   [tags: oracles, apollo, pythia] 579 words
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Greece and Their Gods Zeus and Apollo - The origins of Ancient Greece can be found back as far as 3000 BCE (Fiero 76). This was the time there is a lot of art and religion that defines the Greek period. This is only because there is a lot of prosperity and peace which causes a surplus of goods within the Greek city-state. This surplus allowed a more time for people to participate in such frivolous activities. Though the art is very representative of its time the stories behind the art are much more prominent. The religion is the story behind the art this is because of the Greek mythology....   [tags: Greek mythology]
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The Genre of Cyberpunk - The Genre of Cyberpunk Cyberpunk is, as its authors would have it, a revolutionary new genre. The Movement is made up of radical new authors breaking from traditional SF ideology and prose. The style evokes a sense of fear and paranoia while overloading the reader with information. Aside from these indefinable feelings evoked by the genre, cyberpunk contains several concrete, identifiable themes in every story. The central theme is about fringe characters -- outsiders -- living in a grimy, seedy world ruled over by huge, all-encompassing megacorporations....   [tags: Literature Science Fiction Essays]
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Adept Ralphael Palmatus - Adept Ralphael Palmatus Adept Ralphael Palmatus stepped off the crew ramp of his shuttle and squinted in the harsh glare of evening sunlight. The air was hot and stagnant, not a breath of wind stirred and he could feel sweat prickling on his brow. A shadow fell across him as the giant figure of captain Taelos of the Imperial fists joined him on the lading platform. The captain seemed untroubled by the heat; despite the heavy armour and ceremonial fur cape he wore....   [tags: Papers] 436 words
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Who Is to Blame? - “My parents are really well intended, and I think their way of dealing with things is denial and guilt. Nobody wanted to talk about it. But all I did was blame myself.” This quote, said by actress Teri Hatcher about her own childhood relates to Oedipus’s situation from Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. Sophocles‘ Oedipus Rex tells the story of a monarch named Oedipus who becomes the unfortunate victim of circumstances beyond his control. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus‘ downfall is not a result of excessive hubris or his actions, but rather his parents’ disgraceful actions and uncontrollable aspects of fate....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles - “My parents are really well intended, and I think their way of dealing with things is denial and guilt. Nobody wanted to talk about it. But all I did was blame myself.” This quote, from actress Teri Hatcher about her own childhood also relates to Oedipus’s situation from Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. Sophocles‘ Oedipus Rex tells the story of a monarch named Oedipus whowho becomes the unfortunate victim of circumstances beyond his control. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus‘ downfall is not a result of excessive hubris or his actions, but rather his parents’ disgraceful actions and uncontrollable aspects of fate....   [tags: Summary, Fate, Character Actions]
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Effectiveness of Alternative Schools At Modifying Disruptive Behavior and Improving Academic Performance - CHAPTER THREE RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY The purpose of this study is to explore how effective alternative school are at modifying disruptive behavior and improving academic performance in middle and high school. The study will track students sent to alternative school for a period of one year and study the change of improvement in the student through school records, observation and grades. The study will also test if there are any correlations between student nonsuccess in the classroom and teachers lack of classroom management skills, perception and stereotyping of the teacher....   [tags: Education] 876 words
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Various Ways Ancient Greeks Used to Communicate with Gods - Religion was an integral part of ancient Greek society and there were various ways in which the people could communicate directly or indirectly with the Olympian gods. Ancient Greeks could receive messages from the gods though a medium of a priestess or priest at oracles such as Delphi, Asclepius and Dodona. One of the biggest and most widespread ways to communicate indirectly with the gods was to sacrifice a valuable part of the harvest or a healthy animal such as an ox or sheep. Home rituals were also important to an ancient Greek household, as they were a way of communicating directly with the gods and they were performed in many aspects of life such as birth and marriage....   [tags: olympians gods, greek society, oracles]
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Oracle in Greek Religion - Oracle in Greek Religion oracle in Greek religion, priest or priestess who imparted the response of a god to a human questioner. The word is also used to refer to the response itself and to the shrine of a god. Every oracular shrine had a fixed method of divination. Many observed signs, such as the motion of objects dropped into a spring, the movement of birds, or the rustle of leaves. Often dreams were interpreted. A later and popular method involved the use of entranced persons whose ecstatic cries were interpreted by trained attendants....   [tags: Papers] 773 words
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Business Forecast - Business Forecast This Paper examines and compares various forecasting techniques used for qualitative and quantitative business forecasting and their use in Firstlogic Inc., to forecast the demand under conditions of uncertainty. Time series and Delphi forecasting methods are considered for this research to evaluate their ability to make effective decisions regarding the future. Business Forecasting Business forecasting is the process of studying historical performance for the purpose of using the knowledge gained to project future business conditions so that decisions can be made today that will aid in the achievement of established goals....   [tags: Business Forecasting Research Essays]
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Forecasting Methods for Companies - Abstract Companies forecast in different ways and for different reasons. For the sake of my current employer, some of the reasons to why they forecast is to ensure that there are plenty of cellular phones in stock or even to make sure that the company has enough numbers to assign to customers when they purchase wireless service from us. The following paper will compare and contrast various forecasting methods while also elaborating on the method that my current employer use for forecasting sales and mobile identification number (MDN) requirements....   [tags: Compare Contrast Statistics Forecasting] 1449 words
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Everything About Apollo - Apollo Apollo's Appearance: A young man with curly golden hair. Symbol or Attribute: The Sun itself, the lyre (a type of musical instrument), the bow, and the chariot he drives across the sky daily. Apollo's Strengths: Creative, handsome, supportive of all the arts of civilization. Weaknesses: Like his father Zeus, Apollo is all too happy to enjoy the charms of nymphs, as well as the occasional youth, and his conquests number in the dozens. Birthplace of Apollo: On the sunny Greek island of Delos, where he was born along with his twin sister, Artemis....   [tags: Greek Mythology God] 1904 words
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The Risk Management Process - Risk Management Process Identify Risk Risk identification, focuses on identifying which risks will affect a project, by looking at the project plan, the work breakdown structure, the project charter and other project related documents (PMBOK, 2008). Broad risk categories are human resources, technology changes, quality and performance issues, customers, vendors, management, funding, political, legal, market forces and environmental issues (PMBOK, 2008). Risk identification involves forward and creative thinking by project stakeholders (Hilson, 2003)....   [tags: Business Administration]
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Modern Popular Culture: Katabasis - My example of a katabasis in modern popular culture is from the (2004) Sci-Fi television series Battlestar Galactica, created by David Eick and Ronald D. Moore. The basic premise of the series is that a civilization of humans is nearly, brought to extinction after a surprise attack from a cybernetic race known as the Cylons and subsequently the survivors set out on a voyage to find a fabled lost homeland. I thought this series would be a good example because of all the motifs it borrows from Greek and Roman mythology....   [tags: Pop Culture, Battlestar Galaactica] 1155 words
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Greek Statues And the Olympics - The time has come again for Olympics games to begin. Organizers of the Olympics must choose the finest statues from a certain time period; they chose to decorate with the Classical period. They believed that the Classical period would best decorate the course of the marathon because they believe that the Classical statues characterize both modern and ancient values the best. The three Classical statutes that would best signify both ancient and modern values would be: The Charioteer from Delphi, The Discus Thrower, and Zeus/Poseidon....   [tags: essays research papers] 450 words
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Tragedy in Oedipus the King by Sophocles - The play, “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles will show the tragic destiny of Oedipus; the King of Thebes. In the beginning, the play slowly starts to unfold until Oedipus realizes a mistake, and downwards spiral begins. The play will convey how “tragic power resides in human failing” (Walton). Although Oedipus did not intentional kill, his father and marry his mother. The author’s view of a tragic hero as seen in the play, “Oedipus the King” will exemplify Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero....   [tags: Destiny, Downfall, Greek]
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Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice in Oedipus the King - Impact of Fate - Oedipus The King and His Fate Oedipus The King, by Sophocles, is a play about how Oedipus lives up his fate that he will kill his father and marry his mother, both of which are extremely bad in the Greek society, even though he thinks he is getting away from it. Despite the Greek notions of supreme power of the gods and fate, Oedipus' downfall is primarily the result of King Laius' and his own actions and attempts to defy the gods, consequently Sophocles says that prophecies from the gods of someone's fate should not be ignored....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 873 words
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Information Technology Project Risk Factors - The failure of Information Technology projects has always been a hurtful problem for many organizations. With tons of new technologies coming out throughout the year, new IT, projects continue to grow by the year. Unfortunately, the success rates of the projects are very low and have actually lowered since its last estimate. Project risk factors are important to know and avoid in making of a success project. This paper is going to explain risks in knowledge areas, how to identify risks, and explain the risk register....   [tags: Information Technology]
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We Cannot Escape Fate - Not knowing who you are can put many hard strains on your life. For many, it can lead to a path of failure and ruin, but knowing who you are, and where you came from often helps you decide where you want to go. For Oedipus, the journey of finding out who he was lead him to his destruction. The play depicts the working of the inner layers of the subconscious mind through the words and the actions of Oedipus and his parents. When king Laius and queen Jocasta of Thebes, have a son, the God Apollo prophesizes that he will kill his father, then marry and have children with his mother....   [tags: Greek Literature] 895 words
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Oedipus: Destiny and Fate - Although it is widely alleged that destiny is by choice, there are a vast number of people who believed that it is by fate. Those who believed it is by choice follow the directions and guidance of their elders. For example, they will try to hold on to the values that their parents instilled in them and use them to guide their entire lives. Others who believed that destiny is by fate, believe that the outcome of their lives is determined by luck, and that no matter what they do or how careful they are, whatever has to happen to them must happen....   [tags: Oedipus, fate, free will]
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The History of Bioterrorism - Throughout the progression of mankind, there has always been a need to become superior in tactics and technology over an opponent. It did not take long for man to discover the effective and deadly tactic of Bioterrorism, which is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria or other germs used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. As time passes, everything about bioterrorism becomes more and more sophisticated, making it very difficult to combat with. By examining the history of bioterrorism, one can learn how military forces utilize this deadly weapon....   [tags: Terrorism ] 1232 words
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Realism in Oedipus the King - Realism in Oedipus Rex              This essay will examine a feature of Sophocles’ tragedy which causes the reader to doubt the realism underlying the literary work. Specifically, the essay will consider the feasability of the belief at that time – that the Delphi oracle possessed credibility with the people.   At the outset of the drama the priest of Zeus and the crowd of citizens of Thebes are gathered before the royal palace of Thebes talking to King Oedipus about the plague which is ravaging the city....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Hera and Hercules: The Detrimental Relationship Between the Goddess and the Hero - Hercules is best known for his twelve labours. That said, few people actually know why Hercules had to perform these labours. He is the man of everyone’s dreams – men and women alike. He had the physique, the complexion, the heritage, and the romance. Because of Hercules’ ancestry, he is automatically considered a hero. This is because of the globally accepted equation: God + Mortal = Hero (Rouse, 1957, p. 55). Greek mythology tells us that Hercules’ birth was actually a result of rape. Zeus had come down to Alcmene, the mortal wife of king Amphityron, disguised as her husband, and made love with her....   [tags: Greek Mythology]
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The Importance of Good Leadership Expressed in The Histories of Polybius - In The Histories of Polybius, Polybius suggests to the audience that it is absolutely necessary for a city to have a well-respected leader in power in order to make progress within the city. In asserting this idea, Polybius specifically refers to the city of Athens. His defense consists of a well fitting metaphor comparing Athens to “a ship without a commander” in which “fear . . . or danger . . . induces the mariners to be sensible and attend to the orders of the skipper,” but when there is no danger or fear, the mariners are likely to, instead, disrespect their superiors and fight with one another (Polybius 6.44)....   [tags: The Histories of Polybius]
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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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Aristophanes’ Clouds a Satyr Play Written in 419 BCE - Aristophanes’ Clouds, if read hastily, can be interpreted as a mindless satyr play written in 419 BCE. Yet the chorus warns the reader not to expect the play to have farcical ploys like “a hanging phallus stitched on” the actors to evoke a laugh, but to take note of underlying seriousness as “she [the play] comes in trusting only her words” (Clouds 538-44). Even if the play does use some low devices, the play’s message is sophisticated and can be read as a warning to Socrates. Aristophanes is a “friendly critic” of Socrates and warns Socrates to change his ways for Athens and for the good of himself (Whidden)....   [tags: apology, socrates, youth in athens] 1147 words
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Oedipus: Do Not Try to Control Your Fate - “Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.” In other words, the connotation of this anonymous quote states that despite whatever one chooses to decide, the outcome of their choices and decisions will still result to their predetermined fate. Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus the King, demonstrates this statement throughout the play in the role of his tragic hero Oedipus. In the course of Oedipus’ actions of trying to escape his predestined fortune, his fate and flaws of being human played major roles to bring about his downfall....   [tags: Sophocles] 1063 words
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Oedipus Rex: Significant Writing from the Ancient World - Oedipus Rex: Significant Writing from the Ancient World One source of momentous stories of Western culture comes from Ancient Greece. Numerous generations of students study these imperative works of genius. Sophocles, who created many of these significant tragic plays, thrives in the four hundreds B.C.E. Oedipus Rex, also known as Oedipus the King, is one of the notable tragedies written by Sophocles. The overall message of the play is to be not full of pride and arrogance. The reason for choosing Oedipus Rex is that I read this play before, and I have study this tragedy in school previously....   [tags: Western Culture, Ancient Greece, Sophocles]
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The Failure of Xerxes’ Invasion of Greece - Xerxes was a man of power. The Great King of Persia, his empire encompassed the majority of the known world. On his invasion of Greece in the spring of 480BCE, he reportedly commanded a horde of over two million men. Even the Greek oracle at Delphi encouraged prudence in face of such an overwhelming force (7.140). Thus the question arises of why such an army failed to compel Greece into submission. I will explore this with focus on the key battles and the important factors, most notably the timing of the attack, the quality of his expeditionary force and Xerxes’ personal faults....   [tags: Ancient Greece Essays] 2119 words
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The Role of Fate in Greek History - The Greek believed strongly in knowing yourself, retributive justice and being able to see things as a whole. They also arranged their social life to provide them with a maximum degree of freedom; freedom form political and religious domination. Despite their strong beliefs in freedom , they always had the belief on fate and usually consult the gods regarding their fate, so that they may live according to their fate. Fate is the inevitable force that controlled the lives of human. Before the birth of Oedipus, he was destined to "kill his father and mate with his mother"....   [tags: world history] 731 words
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Sophocles' Oedipus Rex: Oedipus, the Tragic Hero - The play Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles, tells a horrendous tale about one man's quest for the truth. In the play, King Oedipus was burdened with the task of finding his predecessor's murderer so that order may be restored to his kingdom. While his conscious mind was seeking the murderer, his unconscious mind was retarding his progress in order to conceal the truth. Tiresias prophesies the truth to Oedipus, but Oedipus's unconscious mind would not hear it. Thus, when the awful truth is finally revealed, Oedipus is overwhelmed by it....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays] 726 words
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The Nature of Shame in Greek Tragedy - The sentiment of shame establishes the principles and morals which govern the Greek kingdom of Trozen. Shameful emotions also determine individuals’ actions and reactions as per their adherence to the ethics of the domain. The notably deplorable act of incestuous relationships flout the accepted values of this Greek society. According to Ira Mark Milne, editor of Drama for Students, “Although there are many stories of incestuous relationships (between family members) in Greek mythology, such tales are focused primarily on establishing rules and beliefs that make such relationships unacceptable” (155)....   [tags: principles, morals]
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Seeking Truth in "Oedipus Rex" - A man goes to the doctors for an ordinary physical; after several tests were performed the doctors want to share some tragic information with the man. One of the tests diagnosed the man with a disease that will result in him dying. The man’s first reaction is that he wants to know how much longer he has to live. The question is does one really want to put a timer on the amount of time they have left. In this society there are many people who seek the truth to matters that can have tremendous effect on their lives....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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True Character of a Man - Oedipus is a great King, and an even greater man, as Sophocles presents Oedipus in the play Oedipus the King. Oedipus originally comes to Thebes as a young man avoiding an awful fate and finds himself rescuing the people of Thebes from the Sphinx. Oedipus is wise as he speaks with her and deciphers her riddle, “What goes on four legs in the morning, two at noon, and three at evening?” giving the answer of “man”. Little did Oedipus know this riddle would be an analogy of his life as King in Thebes....   [tags: Oedipus, Play Analysis] 1026 words
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Managing Quality Improvement in Healthcare - Managing Quality Improvement in Healthcare Healthcare providers strive to improve service quality by implementing various quality management programs. Customers tend to seek for higher quality of care when choosing treatments, providers, and health plans. For healthcare organizations that desire to provide high quality care and compete in the global market, choosing a quality management program to implement is critical for performance and efficiency. Many studies have been conducted to analyze the effectiveness of such programs....   [tags: qualitative studies, healthcare facilities]
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Socrates, Guilty Or Not - Socrates, Guilty Or Not Ancient Athens was the site of a growing culture. Philosophy was among the many improvements and discoveries being made. With these improvements and discoveries, great thinkers were able to stretch out their knowledge to new heights. The society they lived in, both welcomed and shunned their ideals. Socrates was one of these thinkers. It was because of Socrates open-mindedness that he was sentenced to death by two charges brought against him. One, Socrates corrupted the youth and two, Socrates believed in ‘false gods’....   [tags: Phiosophy] 931 words
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Life of Oedipus Rex - Oedipus Rex suffered a strange, confusing, awkward, and sometimes embarrassing childhood. His trauma as a child, wretched beginning, strange fetish for older women, and unfavorable standing with the gods left him with no alternative but to suffer a terrible life. But what really drove the man to become what he will forever be remembered as. Little to nothing is truly known about his early life before his ascension to the throne and triumph over the Sphinx. After countless years of research and dedication one specialist has finally gathered enough information to show us the mystery behind the man, these are his stories....   [tags: Character Analysis] 913 words
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Morality in Oedipus Rex - In both the current era and the time of the ancient Greeks Sophocles’ play Oedipus Tyrannus is seen as the quintessential model of Greek Tragedy. This is due to the intricate questions of morality that are masterfully woven into the literature and the fact that “perhaps no classical Greek play that has stimulated as much critical discussion” (Harris and Platzner Classical Mythology: Images and Insights, p.648). One of the dominant arguments the tragedy generates is whether Oedipus is responsible for the abhorrent crimes of patricide and incest....   [tags: Classics, Literary Analysis, Greek Literature] 1782 words
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Morality in Oedipus Tyrannus - In both modern times and the time of the ancient Greeks Sophocles’ play Oedipus Tyrannus is seen as the quintessential model of Greek Tragedy. The literature masterfully incorporates intricate questions of morality and “perhaps no classical Greek play has stimulated as much critical discussion” (Harris and Platzner, Classical Mythology: Images and Insights, p.648). One of the dominant arguments the tragedy generates is whether Oedipus is responsible for the abhorrent crimes of patricide and incest....   [tags: Classics, Philosphy, Greek] 1680 words
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Socrates’ Speech in Apology - Aristophanes’ Clouds, if read hastily, can be interpreted as a mindless satyr play written in 419 BCE. Yet the chorus warns the reader not to expect the play to have farcical ploys like “a hanging phallus stitched on” the actors to evoke a laugh, but has underlying seriousness as “she [the play] comes in trusting only her words” (Clouds 538-44). Even if the play does use some low devices, the play’s message is sophisticated and can be read as a warning to Socrates. Aristophanes is a “friendly critic” of Socrates and warns Socrates to change his ways for Athens and for the good of himself (Whidden)....   [tags: warnings, aristophanes, pheidippides] 968 words
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