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The Gods in Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey

- The Gods in Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey The stories told in the Iliad and Odyssey are based on stories handed down over several generations, for they preserve (as we have seen) memories of an already quiet far distant past. The two pomes show clear connection in their language and style, in the manner in which their incidents presented, and in the combination of agreement with level, which distinguish their creation. The work was written by one author but gave two diverse views on the nature of the Olympian Gods, their relationship to humankind, and the general lot of mortals throughout their all too brief lives....   [tags: Homer The Iliad The Odyssey]

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Honor as the Theme in Homer’s The Iliad

- There are different forms and examples of exemplary and classic literature which have been deemed as significant works that are highly esteemed worldwide. These examples of literature would awe the world with how much literary skill they entailed when they were composed and written: attention to details as to formation of characters, the most crafty of plots, the most eloquent speeches and lines, the most astounding of twists of scenes, and most of all, the most universal and meaningful of themes....   [tags: Honor, Homer, Iliad]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Iliad '

- ... This humanization of the enemy side is shown more profoundly through the characterization of Hector. By displaying the emotional interaction between Hector and his wife Andromaché (Book Six; 395-502) along with Hector’s numerous honorable actions throughout the story, Homer creates a sympathetic character that reminds the audience that there is no good or bad side during war and death does not discriminate based on morality. Homer uses ultra-violent depictions of death to show the audience that war is not beautiful....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Homer, Achilles]

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An Evaluation Of Three Types Of Violence While Looking At The Iliad By Homer

- Brutality of War (An Evaluation of three types of violence while looking at the Iliad by Homer.) Violence is something that seems to be simple. It is the process of hurting someone else, but how. Of course you see violence when people become physical, but in reality there are so many ways to look at the word violence. The way people speak to each other or treat the people around them is a form of violence. Every day teenage children go to a place, called high school. They enter an area meant to be used for learning, but instead find an environment filled with cruelty....   [tags: Achilles, Trojan War, Homer, Iliad]

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The Iliad By Homer, The Hero, Shame, And Fate

- ... But Homer paints his own portrait of a classic hero through the brave deeds as well as the human flaws of Hector and Achilles. Shame can be seen in the Iliad which has effect on the actions of the characters. The obvious effect to avoid the affects of shame on the social and moral values for the pursuit of glory and increase their reputation. In the Greeks view the greatest thing one could do and ensure they would live on and increase glory was to die fighting. In the Iliad even begins with the act of feeling shamed, when Agamemnon say he will return his prized girl to her father for Achilles girl Brises....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Homer]

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Hector as the True Hero of Homer’s Iliad

- Hector is the True Hero of Iliad        In today's society, a man's mind is his most important tool. In the past, however, a man's courage and strength is all that he had to keep him alive. In Homer's Iliad, courage is valued over honesty and even faithfulness to one's wife. If a hero is the most courageous man in the bunch, then Hector is more heroic than Achilles and King of the Myrmidons. Hector is the true hero of Homer's Iliad. Although Achilles and Hector are both leaders of men, Hector leads with a mature sense that gives his men reason to respect him....   [tags: Homer’s Iliad Essays]

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Deus Ex Machina And FaDeus ex Machina and Fate vs. Dutyin Homer's The Iliad and Virgil's The Aeneidte Vs. Duty

- Deus ex Machina and Fate vs. Dutyin Homer's The Iliad and Virgil's The Aeneid The actions taken by the gods in the works of Homer's The Iliad and Virgil's The Aeneid are numerous and important. Both works gain their momentum from the activities of the gods, and without these heavenly actors the two stories would quickly become stagnant and fizzle out into inaction. The central divine driving force in both of the works is the wrath of two female gods: Juno(Hera:Greek) and Minerva(Athena:Greek). These two are responsible for much of the driving force in the two stories as they settle their vendetta with the Paris and the Trojans....   [tags: Iliad Aeneid Homer Virgil]

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Family Dynamics in Homer's Iliad

- The relationships between parents and their sons in the Iliad are not relationships we expect to see in today’s society. The Iliad portrays the relationships between fathers and sons as something more than just physical and emotional. It is based on pride and respect for one another. The expectations of their son are more so to pass on their fathers reputable name and to follow in their father’s footsteps of being noble warriors. These relationships are the driving forces in the Iliad, making each son in the Iliad identifiable first by their father’s name....   [tags: Homer]

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The Iliad, By Homer

- Throughout Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad, the gods resemble and take on human characteristics. While it is assumed that gods are divine entities incapable of human transgression, they are portrayed with all the flaws of mortals in The Iliad. The gods are a manifestation of human emotions consequently helping to explain the behavior of the humans in The Iliad. The actions of the heroes are what determine their fate, not divine intervention. Ultimately, the humans in The Iliad have certain attributes that provide reason for their behavior, while the gods flow with this, allowing humans freely make their own choices....   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Hera, Zeus]

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The Iliad, By Homer

- The communist government in China has many of the Chinese citizens convinced that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is not controlling them. Some citizens believe that the CCP are honorable leaders, and the people who revolt against the government are foolish. In reality, the people who revolt are the heroes trying to save their country, and the leaders are corrupt, power-hungry, cruel people. The real hero does not always get the acknowledgement he deserves; sometimes the nemesis is mistakenly believed to be the hero....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Greek mythology, Apollo]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Iliad Of Homer '

- ... Latimore shows us here in lines 1-40: And Thetis came to the ships and carried with her the gifts of Hephaistos. She found her beloved son lying in the arms of Patroklos crying shrill, and his companions in their numbers about him mourned. She, shining among divinities, stood there beside them. She clung to her son’s hand and called him by name and spoke to him: “My child, now, though we grieve for him, we must let this man lie dead, in the way he first was killed through the gods’ designing....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Hector]

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The Tragedy Of The Homer 's Iliad

- ... With all that being said the Iliad will be a great piece of literature to dive into and examine this pure, raw emotion, with the diverse group of characters that which feel as if they had always been inexplicably animated. Rage/anger is one of the most apparent themes in Homer’s The Iliad and the fact that almost every character experiences this emotion in some way shape or form. The most notable character associated with this attribute would be Achilles especially considering the opening lines from Book I of The Iliad, “ Rage:/ Sing; Goddess, Achilles’ rage,/ Black and murderous, that cost the greeks/ incalculable pain...”(1.1-3) notates the stark, hefty emphasis on this characteristic...   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Trojan War, Hector]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' Iliad '

- ... However, Homer introduces Hecuba, Priam’s wife and mother of Hector and Paris, towards the end of the poem. In contrast to Thetis, the Trojan queen appears to be weeping and perturbed at her sons’ situation. As Hecuba bears her breast and wails “If he kills you now, / how can I ever mourn you on your deathbed?” to Hector, she portrays her powerlessness in aiding her son and preventing his death (B. XXII, p. 544, 102). Similarly, Helen of Troy and Andromache represents ideal women and partners to the heroes in the tale....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles, Greek mythology]

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The Tragic Heroes and their Effect on Humanity in Homer's "the Iliad" and "the Aeneid"

- During their reading of the Iliad and the Aeneid, scores of readers only see the two great poets commenting on the nature of war and destruction. What countless do not see, however, are there passionate outcries on behalf of the tragic heroes and humanity itself. The author of the Iliad, Homer, has been theorized by some to be a collection of writers working in collaboration. Nevertheless, this author had an immeasurable effect on ancient Greek culture. The Aeneid was written by Virgil, who was born in 70 BCE and had two other works in addition to his epic masterpiece....   [tags: Iliad, Aeneid, ]

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Comparing Homer 's The Iliad

- ... Hector is honored and venerated, Pandarus, Lycaon’s son, even stated “I marched my Trojans hard to your lovely town of Troy, to please Prince Hector” (5.36-37). The willingness of men to prove their loyalty to Hector is great, unlike Agamemnon whose men would “oppose him in his folly” (9.36). Or, as shown in Hector’s demise, when Hecuba chants “You were… a blessing to us all, the men and women of Troy… throughout the city they saluted you like a god” (22.509-511). The Trojans blatantly admired Hector as a prince and as a man of the people....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Ancient Greece, Achilles]

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The Role Of Zeus in Homer's Iliad

- The Role Of Zeus in Homer's Iliad In the era of Homer, divine intervention was thought to be typical, and one of his foremost works, The Iliad, reflects this. Nearly all of the Greek gods are involved in the outcome of the Trojan War, which happens to be the background story of this epic poem. The gods are used by Homer to add twists on an otherwise standard plot of war. I shall concentrate on Zeus, however, and reflect on his actions and their outcomes on the Trojan War, and more importantly, the story of The Iliad....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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The Lack of Credibility in Homer's Iliad

-     Much of the criticism of Homer's Iliad is focused on the events of the story: the significance of the images, symbols, the role of the Greek Gods, the characters of the story. It seems that many of the critics have forgotten the very important role of Homer as the narrator of the events. His narration undermines the story. He is the medium through which the story is told.  Perhaps the ambiguity of not knowing exactly who Homer is, and the fact that it was an oral story long before it was written in the form it is today, is the cause of oversight of the narrative qualities of Homer's Iliad by many critics....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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The Character Achilles in Homer's The Iliad

- The Character Achilles in Homer's The Iliad "The first book of The Iliad, appropriately titled the "Rage of Achilles," sets the scene for the remainder of the epic" (selu.edu/Academics/Depts/WritingCenter/The_Growth_of_Achilles.htm). "This rage is invoked by pride, a theme of pivotal importance for the Greeks. Pride is the source of the conflict between Achilles and Agamemnon in Book 1. The incident that provoked Achilles rage took place in the tenth and final year of the Achaean attack on Troy....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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The Role of the Gods in Homer's The Iliad

- The Role of the Gods in Homer's The Iliad "We everlasting gods....Ah what chilling blows we suffer-thanks to our own conflicting wills-whenever we show these mortal men some kindness." This exert clearly states what kind of authority Homer has bestowed on his Gods. John Porter said," their constant interference in the lives of the mortals, which seems to cast them in the role of malicious puppeteers, while reducing Homer's heroes to mere pawns in a selfish and often rather petty divine game of one-upmanship." I found it to be quite disturbing imagining these characters fighting in such a mercilous war, giving every ounce of strength they had, and in an instance, all of their efforts could...   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Homer's Iliad is an Anthropocentric Epic

-       "So the immortals spun our lives that we, wretched men / live on to bear such torments...." (The Iliad bk.24, ln.613-614)      This pessimistic explanation of the human condition was a tradition observed and preserved by the ancient Greeks through the composition of Homer's Iliad. This one statement, made by the godlike Achilles to King Priam in the last chapter of the work, provides the reader a contextual summary of what the Greeks believed was their role in the cosmos. Homer's Iliad, among many other themes contained in the poem, “is an anthropocentric epic exposing the ancient Greek's views about man and his relationships”(Clarke 129)....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Honor and Glory in Homer's Iliad

- Honor and Glory in Homer's Iliad        Mortality, by its very nature, causes men's lives to be cut short at their primes.The Fates cut our lives short at any time, so the Greeks must have an example, a model mortal, to follow so as to make the "most of their lives."A model mortal is one who lives his life accumulating the most honor and glory: "he pressed for battle now where men win glory" (4: 259).By strictly adhering to the honor/heroic code, a mortal can raise himself to become the model mortal....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Achilles' Honor in Homer's Iliad

- Achilles' Honor in Homer's Iliad   The Greeks placed great importance on personal honor. Why is this. Is it because to them man I nothing without honor. Or is it that the honor is more important than the man. "Honor to the Greeks is something that is won by a man's prowess, his ability to fight and be victorious on the battle field"(Schein 62). This is just one example of how honor is obtained. A second method of gaining honor is to be a great orator, one must posses the ability to speak in the assembly and express his ideas eloquently, and persuasively to the gathered body....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Homer's The Iliad

- Many great tales of brave men have always been told throughout history. Most famous stories that are known of brave men took place when wars were fought with swords, and bows, and halberds, and not with guns, and missiles. Although the best of stories of brave men didn’t always happen in real life but only in the thought of man. Even some great have been made into plays, movies and shows. In the book writing Homer has always been a great author, and story teller. Homer has always made stories feel so real, and one of homers best stories “The Iliad” has always been always been told because of it love aspect, its fighting as well as the involvement of the gods....   [tags: story and character analysis, ancient Greek epics]

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The True Hero of Homer's The Iliad

- The True Hero of Homer's The Iliad The Iliad is a story in which many men should be recognized as great war heroes. They all show a tremendous amount of courage to fight in such a barbaric battle. But this paper?s main focus is between two great leaders of opposing sides. Achilles, who represents the Achaians and Hector, who represents the Trojans. Though both show their bravery during many different instances in the poem, it?s quite obvious to the reader who the better of the two is....   [tags: Home Poetry Poem Iliad Essays]

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Homer's Iliad Study Questions

- The Iliad, Homer Review Questions 48) Three of the gift-offerings Agamemnon will make to the implacable Achilles are seven tripods never touched by fire, ten bars of gold, and twenty burnished cauldrons. He makes rather diverse and interesting offerings. The return of Briseus' daughter is perhaps the most significant. 49) Odysseus presents Agamemnon’s offer to Achilles, but Achilles immediately rejects it. Odysseus editorializes or puts a more positive spin on Agamemnon’s ostensible apology by speaking of even more gifts and reminding Achilles that he now can kill Hector....   [tags: ancient Greek epic poems]

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The Shield of Achilles in Homer's Iliad

- Throughout the Iliad the warriors' dream of peace is projected over and over again in elaborate similes developed against a background of violence and death. Homer is able to balance the celebration of war's tragic, heroic values with scenes of battle and those creative values of civilized life that war destroys. The shield of Achilles symbolically represents the two poles of human condition, war and peace, with their corresponding aspects of human nature, the destructive and creative, which are implicit in every situation and statement of the poem and are put before us in something approaching abstract form; its emblem is an image of human life as a whole....   [tags: Iliad Essays]

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Various Perspectives on War in Homer's Iliad

- Various Perspectives on War in Homer's Iliad         The Iliad is a story of rages of Achilles and the War of Troy. Thanks to the techniques of the author, Homer, The Iliad is very colorful, romantic, and it makes the readers imagine the ancient Greeks and their times of war. Homer is believed to be the author of epics other than the Iliad, although their authorship remains uncertain. Historian believes that Homer probably lived in the eighth century, B.C.1 (Discovering World History)....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Free Essays - The Message of Homer's Iliad

- The Message of Homer's Iliad In Homer's Iliad, Homer shows his views on heroes, villains, and war. He shows that heroes have great qualities to them and that villains have evil qualities to them. He also shows that even heroes have villainous qualities. Homer also tries to convey that all warriors have a choice between a life of war and a life of peace. Homer's view of a hero displays bravery, martial skills, and even friendship. Hector is portrayed as the perfect hero in The Iliad....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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The Horrors of War Exposed in Homer's Iliad

- The Horrors of War Exposed in Homer’s Iliad "There- Harpalion charged Menelaus - King Pylaemenes' son Who'd followed his father into war at Troy But he never reached his fatherland again. He closed on Atrides, spear stabbing his shield Right on the boss but the bronze could not drive through, So back he drew to his ranks, dodging death, glancing Left and right, fearing a lance would graze his flesh. But Meriones caught him in full retreat, he let fly With a bronze-tipped arrow, hitting his right buttock Up under the pelvic bone so the lance pierced the bladder....   [tags: Iliad Essays]

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Divine Providence and Destiny in Homer's Iliad

- Divine Providence and Destiny in Homer's The Iliad Destiny is defined as fate. One cannot escape destiny. Divine intervention on the other hand is much different. One can at least beg for mercy or help. Both destiny and divine intervention are intertwined in Homer's The Iliad. In book I Thetis asks a favor of Zeus in order to make her son look good. Zeus decides to help Achilles against the wishes of Hera. In Book II there are two gods trying to accomplish different tasks. In order to make Achilles look good, Zeus must give glory to the Achaeans....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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The Epic Education of Achilles in Homer's The Iliad

- The Epic Education of Achilles in Homer's The Iliad Dr. Fly’s comments: This paper was well-organized and developed; the thesis was argued in a logical fashion; material from primary and secondary sources was well-documented and integrated smoothly into the text; the author’s style was clear, with varied and sophisticated sentence structures and concrete vocabulary; and the paper demonstrated excellent command of grammar and mechanics.   Within the annals of epic literature, the celebrated role of "epic hero" has always been present, heralding the poem's themes through the actions of a single, extraordinary protagonist....   [tags: Iliad Essays]

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Essay on The Importance of Nestor in Homer's Iliad

- The Importance of Nestor in Homer's Iliad       The role of the character Nestor in Homer's Iliad is one often overlooked. Nestor is not only an Achaian counselor, respected and listened to due to his age, but he also “serves as a link between the peace of home the Achaians are leaving and the barbarism of war to which they are succumbing”(Richardson 24). Nestor incites action, instills values and motivates the characters to keep a balance between this peace and barbarism.   Nestor first appears in book one during an argument between Achilles and Agamemnon over Briseis, a war prize belonging to Achilles....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Importance of Male Relationships in Homer's Iliad

- Importance of Male Relationships in Homer's Iliad       The most significant relationship in Homer's Iliad is the friendship between Achilles and Patroclus. Other male relationships play major roles in the epic and can be directly related to that of Achilles and Patroclus. The brotherhood of Agamemnon and Menelaos, and of Hector and Paris demonstrate their loyalty. They fight because of love for each other throughout the war. Achilles, however, is not driven to fight or even bother with the war until his friendship with Patroclus is broken....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Who was the Real Hero in Homer's The Iliad?

- In Homer’s The Iliad he tells of the battles and events during the time of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles. This was just a small portion of the Trojan War that had lasted ten years. The Iliad shares the ideas of the glory of war, military values over family life, and the impermanence of human life and its creation. One thing that Homer does is characterize the two different warriors Achilles and Hector. These two great warriors both show different kinds of traits that shape the character they become throughout the The Iliad....   [tags: achilles, war, battle]

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The Iliad, by Homer

- The Iliad written by Homer in the days of Ancient Greece has become one of the most epic poems of all time. It is a poem that has been debated for centuries. Within the tale of Achilles and the wrath of war lies a magnificent object that is shortly mentioned in Book 18. The brief section in Book XVIII, lines 505-660, described the shield that Achilles would carry into battle. However, it also tells us something about the nature of Achilles and his heroic image full of rage and anger. In order to understand the significance of the Shield of Achilles, one must closely look within the different layers of the shield itself....   [tags: Shield of Achilles]

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The Iliad by Homer

- Many years ago in ancient Greece, Plato initiated a debate about the usefulness of literature by declaring that poetry had no place in the ideal society, mainly because it was full of lies and because it evoked undesirable emotions. His pupil Aristotle, however, took the opposing side of this dispute and argued that literature was, in fact, useful. Aristotle agreed with Plato that literature induces undesirable emotions, but he stated that it only does so in an attempt to purge us of these harmful sentiments, a process which he termed “catharsis”....   [tags: greece, plato, aristotle, achilleus]

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The Iliad, by Homer

- In Homer's epic Iliad, the poet emphasizes the control of the gods in the war he describes. He creates literary devices around these well-known deities to illustrate their role in the action, conveying to his audience that this war was not just a petty conflict between two men over a woman, but a turbulent, fiery altercation amongst the gods. To an audience which had likely lost their fathers, brothers, or husbands to the Trojan War, it would be a welcome relief to hear that the whole affair was orchestrated by the gods, and that the deaths of their loved ones were inevitable and honorable....   [tags: Role of Gods, Control]

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Femininity in Homer’s Iliad

- Femininity in Homer’s Iliad In Homer’s Iliad, predominant feminine presence inspires the events of the poem and the destinies of the men involved. This feminine presence is not a product of the actions and decisions of the women in the poem, but rather a conceptual, creative feminine force without which the poem and even human life would not exist. Homer personifies this presence in nature and maintains it through the voice of the Muse, his inspiration. There is a deeper essence of a feminine presence in the poem, however, which lies in the characteristics of life itself....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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An Analysis Of Homer 's Iliad And The Trojan War

- ... The traditional view presents her as the reason of the war happening was due to the reason being that she chooses to elope with Paris, leaving her husband behind knowing very well of the outcome, although Homer`s reflection present how genuine Helen really is. Helen really did have an enduring nature, she hated herself for causing this catastrophe. Helen was very well aware of the consequences of her presence in Troy when she knew she belonged in Sparta beside her husband. She is the only character seen in this myth to have a guilty conscience....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Greek mythology, Helen]

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Free College Essays - The Character of Achilles in Homer's Iliad

- The Character of Achilles in Homer's Iliad The story of Homer's Iliad actually centers around the "rage of Achilles, contrary to popular belief. At first thought or reading the epic poem seems like its main theme is utlimately the totality and gruesomness of war. In reality it is an ancient "Saving Private Ryan" in that it tells us of the raw details of war without any lack of description and information. However this ultimate devistation and emotion of the actual fighting and Trojan War is not the main focal point of this heroic tale....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Hector and Achilles as Classic Heroes of Homer's Iliad

- Hector and Achilles as Classic Heroes of Homer's Iliad Literary heroes have been important to stories and poems throughout history. Each author develops his hero through a unique writing style, combining conscious use of detail, diction, tone and other narrative techniques to outline a hero's personality. Homer, in his epic poem The Iliad, develops two classic heroes who are distinctly different at first glance, but upon closer inspection are very similar in terms of their basic characteristics....   [tags: Iliad Essays]

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Essay on Hector as the Ideal Homeric Man of Homer's Iliad

- Hector as the Ideal Homeric Man of Homer's Iliad        Homer's Iliad enthralls readers with its’ valiant heroes who fight for the glory of Greece. The Iliad, however, is not just a story of war; it is also a story of individuals. Through the characters' words and actions, Homer paints portraits of petulant Achilles and vain Agamemnon, doomed Paris and Helen, loyal Patroclus, tragic Priam, versatile Odysseus, and the whole cast of Gods. Ironically, the most complete character in the epic is Hector, enemy hero, and Prince of Troy....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice in Homer's Iliad

- Fate and Destiny in Homer’s Iliad The Iliad portrays fate and destiny as a supreme and ultimate force that is decided by each man’s actions and decisions. A man’s fate lies in the consequences of his actions and decisions. A man indirectly controls his destiny by his actions and decisions. One action or decision has a consequence that leads to another action or decision. A man is born with a web of many predetermined fates and one or more destinies. A man’s decisions control which course of fate he takes so that he indirectly controls his destiny.Since all mortals die, destiny is what you have done with the fates you have been dealt, and where you have taken your life....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Free Essays - Character of Achilles in Homer's Iliad

- Character of Achilles in Homer's Iliad The Iliad may be seen as an account of the circumstances that irrevocably alter the life of one man: Achilles, one of the greatest warriors. Throughout the course of the poem Achilles goes through many ordeals that change his character immensely. Starting with his quarrel with Agamemnon and withdrawal from battle, to the death of Patroklos, and with the slaying of Hektor.  Achilles emotions and actions decide the fate of many warriors on both sides. Achilles struggles with anger, honor, pride, loyalty and love make the poem more that just a gruesome war story....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Free Essays - Achilles' Moral Dilemma in Homer's Iliad

- Achilles' Moral Dilemma in Homer's Iliad The question "was Achilles' anger justified" brings up issues that seem to have little or no relevance to the war. In time of war I would expect the leaders to prioritize the groups interest for the sake of unity and cooperation rather than being entrenched in achieving their own personal goals. But my expectations are those of a modern day literature student, I'm inclined to think that the Greeks who first read this epic valued different things than myself....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Homer 's Iliad And Odyssey

- ... Irony of fate came crushing down severely on Troy (Vergados). 3.Blasphemy of fate also let Agamemnon and great warrior Achilles to be killed severely. Homer paints up every inches of the epic having been tinged with essential intricacies. Journey of Odysseus back to its native country, Ithaca from the battlefield of Troy after its fall is jotted down in Odyssey. 1.Surprising, the journey took around ten years. Telemachus’ approach of protecting the state and her mother Penelope from the hand of her suitors of the court, first let the plot of the epic to be developed....   [tags: Trojan War, Odyssey, Sophocles, Achilles]

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Iliad by Homer

- What is a hero, and what is a true hero. In the Greek society, as perceived in Homer’s Iliad, to be a hero is to be “publicly recognized for one's valour on the battlefield” and to have a prize with it (Sale). In other words, a hero is someone who fights for his own fame and glory. However, the modern perception of a hero is quite different. A hero is someone who do not endeavor to become a hero, but someone who act in admirable ways, often for the better of everyone else. The modern concept of heroism is what defines a true hero....   [tags: greek, hero, true hero]

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My Favorite Simile in "The Iliad" and other Personal Responses to "The Iliad"

- One of my favorite similes in The Iliad is in the beginning of Book Three when the armies are closing in on each other. Paris challenges the Achaeans to send their best warrior to fight him one-on-one. When Menelaus saw him “flaunting before the troops” (III: 25) he “thrilled like a lion lighting on some handsome carcass, lucky to find an antlered stag or wild goat just as hunger strikes--he rips it, bolts it down, even with running dogs and lusty hunters rushing him” (III: 25-29). This is an allusion to animal-like behavior, which shows up quite often in the poem....   [tags: Iliad, Homer, ]

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The Mysterious Homer, Author of The Odyssey and The Iliad

- The Mysterious Homer, Author of The Odyssey and The Iliad  A sketchy figure by the name of Homer is given credit for the two great epic poems of ancient Greece. The Odyssey and The Iliad influenced Greek culture, education, and morality. Little is known about Homer and many scholars question whether he existed at all. (Encarta) Some say two different unknown authors wrote the two poems. (Britannica) Others say that many oral poets were responsible for the finished products. (Britannica) In this report I will discuss the theories that support the existence of an author named Homer....   [tags: Homer]

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The Metamorphosis of Achilles in Homer’s The Iliad

- The Metamorphosis of Achilles in Homer’s The Iliad Dr. Frost’s comments: With his clear explanation, illustrative quotes, and logical organization, the student easily proves his thesis, recapped and affirmed very well in the final paragraph. From the first pages of Homer’s The Iliad, Achilles is portrayed as vengeful, proud, and petty. As the book progresses, the image of Achilles as a spiteful child is sharpened dramatically. Towards the end of the epic; however, Achilles begins to exhibit qualities that are considered heroic even in today’s society....   [tags: Iliad Essays]

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The Pursuit of Honor in Homer’s Iliad

- The Pursuit of Honor in Homer’s Iliad Throughout history, people have pondered the question of human mortality. In examining the issue, the Ancient Greeks, came to the conclusion that there are two spheres of immortality: that which is reserved for the Gods and that which can be attained by mere mortals. The Gods are destined to eternal youth and life; however, for humans who are predestined to die, this existence is impossible to attain. Rather, humans must strive to gain everlasting honor, the only form of immortality available to them....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Homer’s Iliad - The Shield of Achilles

- Homer’s Iliad - The Shield of Achilles Homer devotes the final passages of Book 18 of The Iliad to the description of the shield of Achilles. Only a quarter of the description concerns warfare, the essential grist of the epic. Instead, the bulk of the description presents a peaceful society and rural idylls, a curious choice for the most ferocious warrior of the Greeks, and an odd thing for both armies to fear. A narrative emerges from the scenes of the shield, and it is this that fits Achilles and repulses everyone else....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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The Immortal Heroes of Homer’s Iliad

- The Immortal Heroes of Homer’s Iliad In Homer’s Iliad, a warrior can only attain heroism and immortality by embracing an early death. Jean-Pierre Vernant describes this paradox in his essay, “A ‘Beautiful Death’ and the Disfigured Corpse in Homeric Epic.” According to Vernant, heroes accept the fact that life is short and “devote themselves completely and single-mindedly to war, adventure, glory, and death” (53). 1 Curiously, this is because heroes overcome death only when they embrace it (57)....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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The Paradox of Heroism in Homer’s Iliad

- The Paradox of Heroism in Homer’s Iliad The Iliad presents a full range of valorous warriors: the Achaians Diomedes, Odysseus, and the Aiantes; the Trojans Sarpedon, Aeneas, and Glaukos. These and many others are Homer’s models of virtue in arms. Excelling all of them, however, are the epic’s two central characters, Achilleus, the son of Peleus and, Hector, the son of Priam. In these two, one finds the physical strength, intense determination, and strenuous drive that give them first place within their respective armies....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Religion and Ethics in Homer’s Iliad

- The Importance of Religion and Ethics in The Iliad     Homer clearly and precisely depicts the religion and the ethics of the Achian and Trojan societies in The Iliad. During the time of the Trojan war, religion played an important role in the societies. Sacrifice, prayer, and rituals were all equally significant, and the superiority of the gods and the fates above humans was a standard of society. The gods were sacred deities to whom one had to bestow honor and respect. Within the society, honor, glory, and fame were desperately sought by warriors striving to achieve enduring notoriety....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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William Shakespeare 's The Iliad And The Death Of Ivan

- ... Achilles’ rage is the principal theme, but also his fate and the fate of others is a tool used to propel most of the events in the poem. It is not discussed how fate is set and fate does not determine every action taken in the course of a life, only the final outcomes. Zeus is often concerned with fate and sometimes even seems capable of altering fate, but chooses not to. “My cruel fate… my Sarpedon, the man I love the most, my own son–doomed to die at the hands of Menoetius’ son Patroclus. My heart is torn in two as I try to weigh all this....   [tags: Homer, Iliad, Trojan War, Achilles]

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Immense Heroism in Homer’s Iliad

- Immense Heroism in Homer’s Iliad The Iliad opens with "the anger of Peleus' son, Achilleus," (1.1) and closes with the "burial of Hektor, breaker of horses" (24.804).1 The bracketing of the poem with descriptions of these two men suggests both their importance and their connection to one another. They lead parallel lives as the top fighters in their respective armies, and, as the poem progresses, their lives and deaths become more and more closely linked. They each struggle to fulfill the heroic ideal, and they both grapple with temptations that lure them away from heroism....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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The Role of Women in Homer’s Iliad

- The Role of Women in Homer’s Iliad Homer’s Iliad is undoubtedly focused on its male characters: Achilles, primarily, but also Hector and Agamemnon. Nevertheless, it seems that the most crucial characters in the epic are female. Homer uses the characters of Thetis, Andromache, and Helen as a basis for comparison to the male characters. Homer wants his audience to see and understand the folly of his male characters in choosing war over peace, aggression over kindness, and honor over family. While the behavior of these characters clearly speaks for itself, the contrasting attitudes and behaviors of the female characters proffer an alternative; in comparison, the reader can hardly fail to conc...   [tags: Iliad Thetis Andromache Helen]

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Translations of Homer's "Iliad"

- From the four translations of Homer's Iliad that I have read, I can now determine what is a good or bad translation. What I believe is most important for a good translation of an epic is that it should be said in a vocabulary that is most understanding of the current time period. So the more recent the translation generally means it is more understandable to the reader. Another thing I determined that made a good translation of Homer's Iliad is for it to be interpreted like a story and not constructed over again into a poem....   [tags: World Literature]

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Similes in Homer's Iliad

- An Examination of Similes in the Iliad - and how Homer's Use of Them Affected the Story In the Iliad, Homer finds a great tool in the simile. Just by opening the book in a random place the reader is undoubtedly faced with one, or within a few pages. Homer seems to use everyday activities, at least for the audience, his fellow Greeks, in these similes nearly exclusively. When one is confronted with a situation that is familiar, one is more likely to put aside contemplating the topic and simply inject those known feelings....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Heroism in Homer's Iliad

- Every civilization throughout history has had its heroes, those who represent the values of their society to the highest degree. In today’s society, we think of heroes as super-humans who run faster than a speeding train and leap over buildings in a single bound. In ancient Greece, heroes were people who demonstrated great feats of strength and tremendous courage in battle. Greek heroes possessed wealth, power, and courage which earned them respect and honor in the community. In the Iliad, Homer tells the story of two warriors, Achilleus and Hektor, both of whom exhibit many of the qualities of a Greek hero....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Iliad And The Inferno

- The times are in constant motion, and as a result the times always changing. Not only do life styles change over time, but peoples worldviews change from generation to generation. Looking back to the past, as scholars of history, we can see these worldview changes. The Iliad and the Inferno represent both radically different and strikingly similar concepts of the world with different aspects, such as society and religion, at their respective times. By investigating these works, one can begin to gain deeper knowledge of the history of mankind....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles, Homer]

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The Iliad Of The Greek Army

- The iliad H.O.M.E.R Number of pages-297 Summary- after nine years of the Trojan War, the Greek army attacks a town that was allied with Troy. During the battle the Greek army captures a pair of beautiful maidens Chryseis and Briseis. The leader of the Greek forces takes Chryseis as his prize, and Achilles takes Briseis. Chryseis’s father, who serves as a priest of the god Apollo and pleads with Apollo for his daughter back from the Greeks, so he offers an enormous reward. but the Greek leader refuses to give back his prize....   [tags: Homer, Iliad, Trojan War, Achilles]

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Rhetorical Analysis Of Homer 's The Iliad, The Mortal And Semi Mortal Men

- ... Agamemnon follows his speech with the stylistic killing of a famed Trojan warrior thus exemplifying his own speech by enacting what it’s calling for. Homer uses this same notion within his characterization of Achilleus which exhibited later in The Iliad. He is instilled with godlike description as both a solider and a man as seen in his fight with Hektor. Homer narrates Achilleus as: As when a hawk in the mountains who moves lightest of things flying makes his effortless swoop for trembling doe, but she slips away from beneath and flies and he shrill screaming closer after her plunges for her again and again, heart furious to take her; so Achilleus went straight for him [Hektor] in fury...   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Achilles, Man]

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Heroic Heroes in Iliad by Homer

- The epic poem, The Iliad by Homer depicts the Trojan War and its Heroes. Heroism is the qualities of a character of a person that makes them great. Two characters seen as heroic are Achilles and Hector, however; Achilles is more heroic because of his audacity, allegiance, compassion. Heroism can be defined as the pursuit of good through warfare. Achilles is more heroic than Hector because more action occurs by the time Achilles engages in battle. Achilles is audacious because his recklessness drives him to the point of seeing the destructions of every last Achaean....   [tags: heroism, audacity, allegiance, compassion]

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The Historic Accuracy of Homer’s Iliad

- Homer’s Iliad has been a European myth for many millennia , the long poetic narrative written in the 8th century B.C. recounts a fearsome war fought over a beautiful woman. The reliability of Homers Iliad as a true historical document has been challenged for hundreds of years and only through archaeological studies can the truth be deciphered. The Iliad was written five centuries after the war, where the stories had been passed down through the oral tradition, therefore the type of society reflected within the poems resemble much more the time of Homer ....   [tags: Trojan War, Greek Mythology]

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Homer's Iliad

- Homer's Iliad The Iliad is an epic of death. It is a tale of conflict, batle, agony, and horific mutilation. Honor and glory are atained through warfare. The great shield of Achiles stands out in this context because it depicts the glories of an orderly, functioning, productive civilization. This depiction of life stands in stark contrast to the scenes of death that constitute a large portion of the narative. An examination of the shield of Achiles in Homer’s Iliad reveals many ideas in conflict: love and honor, the pleasures of life versus a heroic death, free wil and destiny....   [tags: Art Tool of Warfare Papers]

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Homer's Iliad

- " Yet if somewhere I could only get some word of Aias of the great war cry, we two might go, and keep the spirit of battle even in the face of divinity, if we might win the body for Pelid Achilleus. It would be out best among evils." Iliad Ch. 17 Ln.101-105 This is a quote from Homer's Iliad in which Menelaos and Aias are both fighting for the Greeks. This quote is talking about how Menelaos, a Greek warrior, called on Aias to stand firm in the face of a great fighting and danger....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Homer's Iliad

- In the excerpts we read from The Iliad, the characters continuously performed tasks that were considered to be courageous for the sake of honor. With the motive of the task being courage, the tasks were automatically regarded as noble, but there are underlining suggestions that the majority of the "honorable" tasks were selfish. This was especially intriguing to me because it differs from the Asian honor system that I am more familiar with. One example is when Hector, the mighty warrior of Troy, accepts the challenge of the goddess Pallas Athena to combat man-to-man one of Achea’s best....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Review Of ' The Iliad '

- ... The idea that one can attain honor and later become a hero, is what triggers the Trojan War in the first place; the men join the war so that they can have honor and be glorified by the Gods and the men around them only to, in the end, become heroes. Hektor exemplifies the men 's want for honor when he tells Achilles," Let me at least not die without a struggle, inglorious, but do some big thing first, that men to come shall know of it"(22.304-305). Not only does Hektor believe that, achieving something great in war will grant him honor and make him a hero, but almost all the men fighting in the war think so too....   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Achilles, Homer]

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Trojan War in Homer´s The Iliad

- Homer’s Heroes The epic poem called The Iliad written by Homer concerns the Trojan War. It shows Trojan and Achaean warriors’ courage, bravery and their attempt to become the best fighter to get fame, glory, and honor. The heroes in The Iliad follow Homer’s heroic code, striving for excellence. Hector and Achilles’ strength comes from their desire for fame, glory, honor and their acceptance of fate. These qualities are considered to be characteristics of Homer’s heroic code. However, the actions of Paris are not heroic causing trouble and conflict for many people....   [tags: fame, glory, hero, honor, fate, code]

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Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice in Homer's Iliad

- Fate and Destiny in The Iliad The Iliad portrays fate and destiny as supreme and ultimate forces. The Iliad presents the question of who or what is finally responsible for a man's destiny, yet the answers to this question are not quite clear. In many instances, it seems that man has no control over his fate and destiny, but at other points, it seems as if a man's fate lies in the consequences of his actions and decisions. Therefore, The Iliad reveals a man sometimes controls his destiny....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Use of Epithets In Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

- Use of Epithets In Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey Throughout The Iliad and The Odyssey, Homer’s use of the epithet in describing Odysseus becomes essential as a means of characterizing the hero. Homer uses several epithets, or nicknames, along with the name “Odysseus” as the story unfolds in both tales. Three of these include the descriptive epithet “wily Odysseus,” the laudative epithet “Odysseus, the great tactician,” and the patronymic epithet “Odysseus Laertiades.” Besides their obvious descriptive qualities, each of these epithets function to amplify, enhance, or characterize the hero....   [tags: Iliad Essays]

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Homer’s Iliad – Searching for Meaning in Tragedy

- Homer’s Iliad – Searching for Meaning in Tragedy The past does not inevitably exist in the present. The creative processes of remembering and telling stories allow our histories to remain with us. Memory and story negate the possibility of existing independently of the past by connecting humans across time to the actions and value systems of their predecessors. Humans are forced to live amidst and confront a complex and multi-dimensional reality in which their every action affects people and events outside of their immediate context....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Essay on Achilles as the Hero of Homer’s Iliad

- Achilles as the Hero of Homer’s Iliad       When Homer lived, the stature of a hero was measured by the yardstick of fighting ability. In Homer's Iliad, the character of Achilles represents the epitome of the Greek 'heroic code'. Only Achilles fights for pure heroics, while the characters of Diomedes and Hector provide good contrasts. "Prowess on the battlefield was ranked supreme, high above any considerations of morality"(Martin 26). Nestor, for example, tells Agamemnon and Achilles that he has known much "better men than them" meaning men who are better at fighting....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Essay on Diomedes, the True Hero of Homer’s Iliad

- Diomedes, the True Hero of The Iliad In The Iliad, written in a 3rd person omniscient point of view, Homer gives a very serious account of the tenth and last year of the Trojan War.  It was in Homer's account that the very idea of becoming a legendary hero reached its pinnacle; the choice of the better hero was not decided on the events they participated in, but rather by their characteristics.  The ancient Greeks had strict criteria for individuals to follow if they were to be seen as heroes....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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The Iliad By Robert Fagles

- ... Paris feels that he can make himself more of a man by stealing an innocent girl away from her home, causing the war. Achilles sense of pride is insulted when Agamemnon steals Briseis, and the war is drawn out for years. Even a god such as Ares feels the sting of wounded pride when he is insulted by Athena. The scene in which Poseidon calls his men weaklings is important because the idea of masculinity throughout the Iliad is the reason behind the writing of the entire poem. Without their hubris, the men of the Iliad would have never had a war....   [tags: Homer, Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles]

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Expression of Self-worth in Homer’s Iliad

- Expression of Self-worth in Homer’s Iliad The story of the Trojan War as played out in the Iliad is perhaps most gripping for the focus on the role of the individual; the soul is struck by the very concept of a decade-long war and a city-state razed to the ground for one man’s crime and one woman’s beauty. As such, the dynamic between Helen, Paris, and the Trojan people they have doomed is a fascinating one. For while Prince Paris is hated by all of Troy, his right to keep Helen is challenged by none....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Aristotle's Perspective of Friendship in Homer's Iliad

- An Aristotelian Examination of Friendship in Homer's Iliad It is strange to label any friendship a success or a failure; it is stranger still to call the friendship between Achilleus and Patroklos a failure, especially when it has long been celebrated as one of the greatest friendships in antiquity. After all, friendship is called a success when friends remain just that, and a failure when they part ways with diffidence. How else could we possibly judge friendship. I suggest, however, that the good of the friend is the end of true friendship, and that this principle can guide critical inquiry into the nature of friendship....   [tags: Philosophy Essays]

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Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer

- ... This continued up until Heinrich Schliemann’s discovery of Troy in the early 1870s. Determined to find the lost city of Troy on the Greek mainland where the conquerors of Troy lived but without any previous experience in archaeology, Schliemann used the Homeric poems as guides to pinpoint the location of the cities. Homer’s description of the springs at Troy led Schliemann to choose Hissarliik located in Turkey as the site where he would begin excavation. His crew dug trenches, some going down as low as 50 feet, and uncovered seven major levels each with several strata....   [tags: trojan war, achilles, heroic deeds]

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