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The Head of Poseidon

- The Head of Poseidon Greek mythology is thought to be very fascinating to many people; I personally wanted to learn more about it and the Hellenistic period. A new cultural age was led by Alexander the Great when he took over Egypt and the Near East, historians refer to this period as Hellenistic. The Hellenistic period started when Alexander died in about 320 BCE and continued approximately three eras, pending the dual killing of Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and her Roman partner Mark Antony in 30 BCE after their pivotal overthrow at the combat of Actium by Antony’s opponent Augustus....   [tags: greek mythology, hellenistic period]

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The History and Life of Poseidon

- Poseidon is one of the strongest gods in Greek mythology. Poseidon was the god of water, horses, and earthquakes. He was thought to be the reason for boat wrecks, and drowning’s. Cronus and Rhea are the parents of Poseidon in Greek mythology. Poseidon is one of the 3 sons; the others are Hades and Zeus. And their three sisters were Demeter, Hestia, Hera, and while Cronus was the horrible father who feared his own children so he ate them at birth. He continued to eat the newborns until his wife tricked him by giving him stones instead to save Zeus....   [tags: god of water, zeus, greek mythology, cronus]

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A Short Myth on Poseidon

- “Man, that was easy. You would think it would be harder considering that this is Poseidon’s,” he said, as he descended the marble stairs, brandishing the three-pronged weapon. He stabbed the air several times with the trident triumphantly before handing it to Eddie who was impatiently waiting to see it himself. Meanwhile, high above Eddie and Hermetune, Poseidon sat on his throne in Olympus. He had been napping when he had been woken by the noisy celebrations of two unidentified mortals. Mortals could be so annoying at times....   [tags: personal narrative]

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The Wrath of Poseidon in Odyssey

- Throughout the Odyssey, the struggles of Odysseus are revealed to the reader through the well written epic. His journey is very difficult and he is haunted with the loss of his entire crew and seemingly impossible task of getting home to his family. While journeying homewards, Odysseus makes the mistake of harming the Cyclops, who happens to be Poseidon's son. Poseidon is so angry at Odysseus for the harm he inflicted on the Cyclops, that through the influence of all powerful Zeus, he punishes Odysseus along with his other children, the Phaeacians, who can be seen to parallel as well as contrast with the Cyclops....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Poseidon

- Poseidon is the Greek God of Oceans. He is Lord of the Seas, the Earth-shaker, Rain-maker and the Cloud-Gatherer. To the Romans, he is Neptune, the Great Sea God. Poseidon is the brother of Zeus and Hades. Together, they overthrew their father Cronus and the Titans and thereby became the ruling Greek Deities. During the long battle against the Titans, the brothers had help from many others but one of the most renowned was the Cyclops. The Cyclops bestowed thunderbolts upon Zeus, a cloak of invisibility to Hades and a trident to Poseidon The weapons become symbols of the three Gods....   [tags: Greek Mythology]

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Poseidon: God of Sea

- Poseidon:God of the Sea. Poseidon, the great Greek ruler of the sea , horses and the earthquakes. His ancestry comes from the family of the Olympians that roamed the world in 2200 B.C . With the father of Cronus and mother of Rhea and having the famous brother of Zeus. Who fortunately saved him from being ate by his notable father ,Cronus. He was saved when Rhea,” the mother of all gods”, had deceived Cronus into eating a rock instead of eating another one of his offspring (“Rhea”) .Similar to what Cronus he did to Hestia , Pluto , Hera and Demeter....   [tags: Greek Ruler, Sea, Horses, Earthquakes]

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The Story of Poseidon

- The Story of Poseidon (Roman - Neptune) Poseidon was the ruler of the sea, and a powerful god in Greek mythology who was often called the "Earth-shaker." His father was the Titan Cronus, who at the time was ruler of the Universe, and his mother was Rhea. Cronus was a paranoid ruler, because it had been prophesized that one of his own sons would dethrone him, just as Cronus had done to his father, Uranus. Thus, Cronus would swallow the children whom Rhea bore him. He figured that it was the safest way to ensure that none of his offspring overthrew him....   [tags: History Greek Gods Mythology Essays]

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Greek Mythology: Poseidon

- Ποσειδών (Poseidon) Poseidon is one of the strongest gods in Greek mythology. Poseidon was the god of water, horses, and earthquakes. He was thought to be the reason for boat wrecks, and drowning’s. Cronus and Rhea are the parents of Poseidon in Greek mythology. Poseidon is one of the 3 sons; the others are Hades and Zeus. And there three sisters were Demeter, Hestia, Hera, and while Cronus was the horrible father who feared his own children so he ate them at birth. He continued to eat the newborns until his wife tricked him by giving him stones instead to save Zeus....   [tags: god of water, mermaid Amphitrite]

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The Mastery of Poseidon, Athena, and Calypso in The Odyssey, by Homer

- “A god is a difficult thing to master.” Homer means that gods can be mastered. Homer does not say that gods cannot be mastered. Basically, Homer says that although it is difficult, it is possible to master a god. Odysseus masters certain gods like Athena and Calypso, but he fails to even be friendly with other gods like Poseidon. Mastery is different for each God. Mastery of Athena is to receive her help, while the mastery of Calypso is to talk with her so there will be no future problems, but it seems Odysseus does not master Poseidon because Poseidon forces Odysseus to voyage for a long time....   [tags: classic, homer]

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Poseidon

- Greek mythology has always been a very fascinating subject to talk about. The belief that gods and goddesses once ruled the Earth is an interesting idea. To think that the land and sea were once looked upon by one of the strongest and fiercest gods that ever lived. Poseidon or Neptune was known to be one of the strongest gods that ever walked on the planet. Poseidon is best known for protecting and watching over the ocean. In the beginning, it all started with the gods and goddesses Cronus (God of the Sky) and Rhea (Goddess of the Earth)....   [tags: World Literature]

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The Roles of Zeus, Poseidon, and Circe in The Odyssey by Homer

- Zeus, Poseidon, and Circe The odyssey, the oldest written story in the world passed on through oral tradition by a blind man named Homer. It is a long tale a about a man name Odysseus trying to get back home from Troy. He encounters many obstacles, most of them being gods. He met many gods on his journey but the ones that had some of the biggest impacts were Zeus king of the gods, Poseidon king of the sea, and Calpso a goddess of the sea. Zeus, is the king of all gods and the most powerful of them all....   [tags: gods, sea, powerful]

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Film Review of Poseidon

- Poseidon, directed by Wolfgang Petersen, is an action-packed adventure thriller that is loosely the remake of the 1970s movie The Poseidon Adventure. It has the same basic story idea, but has completely different characters. And although the characters end up being dull and seemingly useless, the movie is very fun and exciting to watch. It takes place on New Year’s Eve aboard the cruise ship “Poseidon.” As the guests are counting down the seconds until midnight, a very large rogue wave is spotted....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Characters of Percy Jackson, The Last Olympian

- The Last Olympian Setting : The two main cities this book takes place in is mount Olympus and new York. Olympus in this book is actually at the top of a building and has been moved there. Its in the 600th floor. Mount Olympus is where they fight to save the it in the end. Percy Jackson also goes to poseidons palace which his huge and has lots of scenery. The underworld in the story is in central park and the kids are sent by Percys mom over there. Characters: Percy Jackson again is the main character throughout the series....   [tags: poseidon, gods, battle]

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Greek Mythology in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

- Greek Mythology in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Rick Riordan’s ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ focuses on Greek mythology and interprets this into a children’s story. Throughout the story, there are many references and adaptations to mythological tales, and each one is portrayed in a different way. Riordan writes this story as though Hercules, Zeus and Poseidon were still around today, and this would be the effect they would have on people in this day and age. Percy Jackson is the main character in this story, who is a demi god, who mortals are after....   [tags: Hercules, Zeus and Poseidon ]

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The Gods, and Zeus Especially, as Spectators in the Iliad

- As spectators we are normally passive onlookers of the action taking place. The only influence we can have over the outcome is by making the participants aware of our support by cheering, or of our anger and frustration at an action by chanting and booing. We place our trust in the officials and referees to ensure that strict guidelines and rules are adhered to throughout the action. As spectators we are also commentators expressing our opinions regarding the actions of the participants and the officials....   [tags: trojans, zeus, poseidon]

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Greek Mythology: Fear of the Unknown

- Title Greek Mythology: Fear of the Unknown The ancient Greeks lived in an influential and creative time. Music filled the streets, sculptures towered over the city and masterpieces hung on walls everywhere. Children were being educated which led to great philosophers in the future. This city-state was flourishing and is now known today as one of the most advanced ancient civilizations. As progressive as these people were sadly, they were held back by their own beliefs. The fear of a raging hurricane controlled by Poseidon or one of Zeus’s deadly lightning bolts left people scared that these awful things could happen to them which made following the lessons of the stories a lot easier th...   [tags: Ancient Greeks, Zeus, Poseidon]

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Life Lessons Learned by Odysseus: Homer

- People learn lessons every day. They can either learn them the easy way, or they can learn them the hard way. Homer documented Odysseus’ journey back to Ithaca in The Odyssey. In this journey, Odysseus learns several life lessons that applied to our lives. At one time in our lives, Odysseus and I have learned how vital using self-control can be. When Odysseus wanted to listen to the Sirens after the goddess Circe told him he shouldn’t, that was a lack of self-control on his part. Consequently, in order to not stray toward the Siren’s beautiful island, he needed to be tied to the mast of his ship....   [tags: zeus, poseidon, ithaca]

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The Odyssey: Is It Real or Fiction?

- Imagine how it was to live in ancient Greece. Every aspect of their lives back then was different from today. This includes everything from their food, to their culture, and to their language. The life of the ancient Greeks can be seen in the epic poem The Odyssey by Homer. Homer was a bard from Greece. The Odyssey is about an epic hero, Odysseus, and his journey home. It is believed that The Odyssey was written after the time period it is set in yet it is still very accurate. The Ancient Greeks’ travel methods started ours and their athletics were the beginning of them all....   [tags: poseidon, homer, odysseus, ancient greeks]

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Ancient Greek Mythology: Hellas The Oppressive

- ... While Maxites laboured outside, Adara (the future wife of Maxites) gave him water and brought him food as he worked, showing the role of each gender of this time; the man does the labour and the woman serves the man, and makes sure he is as comfortable as possible. The roles of Maxites and Adara were one hundred percent non-interchangeable. This is a violation of Human Rights, humans have the right to do what they want, as long as it is not illegal, and if this right is stripped from them, they are being afflicted and unjustly forced into doing things that they might not even want to do....   [tags: poseidon, Hera, Athena, Arphrodite, Zeus]

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Greek Mythology and a Roman Emperor

- How fascinating arts. Greek and Roman art history are significant mystery of each person exploring the distinctive of their culture and belief system. The piece of “head of Poseidon” from MFAH (Museum of Fine Art Houston) itself is an Olympian god of the sea known as (Greek mythology) that Greek believed in the power of gods and goddesses as part of the role and purpose of it created. The “Constantine the Great” also called Flavius Valerius Constantinus Augustus is the first Roman emperor led domination throughout the history, and he was a great Christian leader of the time....   [tags: Constantine, Christianity]

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Major Greek Gods and Goddesses

- Unlike religious gods today, the Greek gods resembled human being in their form and their emotions, and suffered from the same dilemmas humans throughout time have faced. The Greeks believe in many gods and think they are very much like people. They have both supernatural powers and human weaknesses. The gods would fight, play on each other, gets angry or jealous, and steal from each other. The Olympian Gods live atop Mt. Olympus in Greece behind a gate of clouds. They watch the mortals down on earth which they can visit any time, and are responsible for the success or failure of human life....   [tags: Mythology ]

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The Odyssey, by Homer, is an Epic

- An epic is a long, episodic narrative poem that recounts the adventures of a historical or mystical hero. Episodic narratives have a larger story broken down into closely connected, but individual and separate sections. Some important qualities that distinguish an epic are unrealistic antagonists, the Gods and Goddesses playing important roles, and a story involving the re-establishment of a proper leader. “The Odyssey”, by Homer, is an epic because Odysseus (the hero) faces supernatural antagonists, the gods and goddesses play an important role, and Odysseus is being restored as a rightful leader....   [tags: Epic Narrative]

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The Role of the Gods in the Odyssey

- Religion was deeply intertwined the culture of the ancient Greeks. In their stories, they prayed to the gods to satisfy their needs and offer assistance in their endeavors, and the gods would occasionally appear to select Greeks to give counsel, gifts, or other forms of aid. Alternatively, if the desires or endeavors of a mortal or mortals displeased one or more of the gods, they would also interfere with the fulfillment of their goals. In Homer’s Odyssey, the gods appear to or interfere with both Telemachus and Odysseus, either to help or hinder them in their journeys....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Theme of Revenge in Homer's Odyssey

- Homer’s The Odyssey is not just a tale of a man’s struggle on his journey home from the Trojan War, but of his struggle from the consequences of revenge. The Odyssey weaves in different characters’ tales of revenge from the gods and what impact revenge actually had on those characters. Revenge is an important underlying theme in The Odyssey because, in essence, it explains why Odysseus’ journey was so prolonged and treacherous. A few examples of revenge in the poem include Orestes’ revenge on Aegisthus, Zeus’ revenge on Odysseus and his men, and Poseidon’s revenge on Odysseus....   [tags: The Odyssey, Literary Analysis]

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Suffering and Hope

- Most people think that suffering is a random, natural part of life but in actuality suffering is a mechanism used by the gods to either teach humanity a less, or use it for their own selfish needs. Throughout the book of Job God, or Yahweh used suffering to prove to the Accuser that he was loyal to Him, and not only because God had given Job a blessed life. The Roman pagan gods used suffer for their own personal vendetta such as when Odysseus blinded the Cyclops, who was the son of the Roman god Poseidon, and to get back at Odysseus Poseidon created a storm so he could not get home to make him suffer his homesickness further....   [tags: Purpose, God, Book of Job]

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Greek and Roman Gods

- “Mythology is a body of stories told to explain the world and its mysteries,” Doctor Scott A. Leonard explains in his article, “Mythology”. Before the knowledge to provide scientific reasoning towards the world’s events, people told myths about heroes, gods and goddesses to explain natural events. (Leonard, “Mythology”). In mythology, most stories are connected and explain another myth, (Stapleton 42). According to the article “Roman Gods”, the twelve greatest gods and goddess of Rome were parallel to the twelve Olympian gods in Greek Mythology....   [tags: Ancient Religions, War Strategy]

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Who Started The Great Chicago Fire?

- As we all know the Chicago Fire was supposedly started by the O’Leary cow. However new evidence from an anonymous source states that it was actually the ruler of Mt. Olympus who began the Great Chicago Fire. The fire that ruined millions of homes and killed many people may have actually been started by Zeus. According to information that was given to us, we have learned that in recent years before the Chicago Fire mortals of the city had been refusing to worship the Olympian God. Furthermore, one careless mortal had even crashed his horse into a statue of the great ruler....   [tags: Creative Writing Examples]

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Vengence In the Odyssey

- Vengance in the Odyssey      Vengeance is the main theme in the Odyssey, it is what all the conflict in the story is for every conflict in the story is caused because of each characters thirst for vengance. The three characters that show this most greatly are as follows. Poseidon through his constant punishment of Odysseus throughout the story. Secondly Telemachus' need to make the suitors pay for disrespecting his house as well as his mother and the lack of his ability to become or even be seen as a possible heir to his fathers thrown....   [tags: Odyssey Essays]

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The Theme of Revenge Throughout Odyssey

- Revenge is a reoccurring theme throughout the Odyssey. Nearly every motivation for conflict within the Odyssey is because one of the characters is craving revenge. The three main areas of revenge in the first twelve books are as follows. Initially, Zeus prevents Odysseus and his men from returning home. Poseidon also continually chastises Odysseus throughout the entire story. Finally, the key account of revenge the reader sees in the story is from Telemachus in that he feels the need to make the suitors compensate for their impudence to his house as well as his mother....   [tags: Homer, Literary Analysis]

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Buy Essay Online: Odysseus’ Struggle Against the Sea in Homer's Odyssey

- Odysseus’ Struggle Against the Sea in Homer's Odyssey     The Greek’s conception of the universe was anchored in the ever presence of the sea and they imagined the farthest limits of the earth to be a wide expanse of water. While enabling them to be a sea-faring people, the ocean also forced them to face the constant threat of becoming shipwrecked and dying at sea. In face of the threat posed by the sea, the Greeks sought to demonstrate that the forces of nature must be endured by man, and more importantly, that these forces must also be overcome by his efforts, his action, and his intelligence....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: Importance of the Gods

- Importance of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey In Ancient Greek Culture, there were countless gods. They ranged from all mighty Zeus, king of the gods, to Eris, Goddess of discord, and Dionysos God of wine and revelry. Some Gods and Goddesses, like Zeus and Athena, favored Odysseus and Telemachius, helping them on their journey. While others, like Poseidon, gave them serious trouble along the way. The causes of some of these feelings towards the protagonist may be clear, but others aren't so clear....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Deception in Homer's The Odyssey

- Hiding behind a false identity or a false story is sometimes the easiest way to face difficult decisions. Some believe that, if they make others think something other than the truth, they will have an advantage and, in turn, be superior. Stephen Porter and John C. Yuille acknowledge that “deception is the deliberate misrepresentation of facts through words or actions” (450). Deception is a form of disguise used by humans to hide who they are, what they feel, or even what they have done. In the Bible, it states that “even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light,” showing that, not only mortals use falsehood to achieve what they strive for, but that deities also utilize these methods of d...   [tags: Ancient Greek epic poems]

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Greek Gods of Mount Olympus

- Greek Gods of Mount Olympus The Greek gods of Mount Olympus were more human than we realize. They had super human powers, but suffered from the same dilemmas humans throughout time have faced. The gods were put through deceit, rivalry, and breaking the rules they enforced on others. Zeus was the god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian gods. He had two brothers, Poseidon and Hades. Zeus is lord of the sky, the rain god, and the gatherer of clouds. His weapon is a thunderbolt, which he hurls at those who displease him....   [tags: Papers]

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Fate in Homer’s Odyssey

- Humans, and sometimes immortals, blame gods for the ill fate of men until kleos is introduced to be a factor in the direction of fate, which leads to the realization by some that the individual’s intentions cause fate when given the ability to make their own choices. Humans and gods accuse dieties of causing bad luck in the beginning of the novel. When Odysseus meets Elpenor in the Underworld, the shade tells him: “‘Son of great Laertes, Odysseus, master mariner and soldier, bad luck shadowed me, and no kindly power; ignoble death I drank with so much wine’” (XI, 64-67) Elpenor blames his shameful death on “bad luck” and “no kindly power”, which means he died because he had no control o...   [tags: Homer, Odyssey]

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Odysseus: The Flawed Hero

- " Odysseus: The Flawed Hero “Oh for shame, how the mortals put the blame on us gods, for they say evils come from us, but it is they, rather, who by their own recklessness win sorrow beyond what is given,” (1.32-34) is a simple quote reminding us the entities in charge of all characters in the poem The Odyssey – the gods. Hubris, or excessive human pride, is most detested by the gods and likewise is most punishable by them. The Odyssey is a story about Odysseus and Telemachus, two heroes who throughout their adventures meet new people and face death many times....   [tags: Homer, ancient Greek literature]

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HORSES IN MYTHOLOGY

- Gods and goddesses were used in most civilizations. The Greeks and Romans had the same gods and goddesses, but with different names. The Romans used planet names for most. Poseidon is the Greek name and Neptune is the Roman name. Zeus is Greek and Jupiter is Roman. Hades is Greek and Pluto is Roman. Selene and Helios are Greek and Luan and Sol are Roman. The main reason for myths is to explain things that the people couldn’t. They were depicted in mythology as providing transportation, companions to the gods and goddesses, and to defeat monsters....   [tags: Mythology ]

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Different Notions of Home Obtained in The Odyssey by Homer

- ... As a result, Poseidon curses Odysseus never to return home. Due to this curse set on Odysseus by Poseidon, Odysseus faces many obstacles and challenges that impede him from ever reaching home, which is what he deeply longs for. Throughout this fantastic journey, Odysseus constantly refers to his deep desire to return home to his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus. Several of times Odysseus repeats this extreme desire to return home however, it takes him about twenty years to be able to accomplish this....   [tags: journey, film, spaceship]

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Is the City of Atlantis a Myth or Real?

- Believed to be literally swallowed by the sea, Atlantis is a mysterious, advanced society that seems to have just vanished. Although some say Atlantis is a myth, there is reliable proof that Atlantis is a myth, there is reliable proof that Atlantis really did exist, and is more than just a myth. The idea of this “vanishing city” first came from Plato, who began discussing this legendary civilization in 355 B.C. Atlantis was a powerful and somewhat greedy civilization established by Poseidon (the god of the sea)....   [tags: location, destruction, phycisal evidence]

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Similarities and Differences between Greek and Roman Gods

- Have you ever wondered where things in our everyday lives get their names from. Well the answer could be from Greek or Roman gods. So many things are indeed named after the gods. Like the car company Mercury or the shoe company Nike. There are many gods in both mythologies but this essay will talk about 12 of them, six gods from Greek mythology and six gods from Roman mythology. Each god will have their own corresponding god from the other mythology. Although they might be from different mythologies in essence they are all very similar....   [tags: ancient world mythology]

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The Greeks' Fears in The Odyssey by Homer

- In The Odyssey the ancient Greeks had a sense of explorations, independence and love life. They were skillful and wise men and women. They are depicted as courageous and adventurous heroes and warriors. Under all those beautiful characteristic illustrated in The Odyssey, under that shell that it portrayed, the ancient Greeks had many fears. They feared the sea, Cyclops, scared of scandals, death and people with different cultures. Ancient Greeks had all these fear because it turns out that they fear everything that could take their life....   [tags: ocean, death, gods]

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Transforming The Man of Twists and Turns

- Life is unpredictable. We make friends and enemies. We live through separation from our beloveds and rejoice in the reunions. We know the joy of new life and the sorrow of death. Yet, these events do not leave use the same as we were before. With every surprise or event, be it foreseen or unforeseen, our perspectives are altered in some way or another. The Odyssey, a centuries-old epic told by the blind Greek poet, Homer, tells the tale of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, and his incredible transformation as he journeys home from the battlegrounds of Troy....   [tags: Homer's The Odyssey]

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Godly Intervention in Homer's The Odyssey

- Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, centers on Odysseus’s long and arduous voyage home and depicts a world in which the lives of humans and gods are intertwined, with gods often having influence in the fates of humans. Zeus, the king of gods, argues that humans wrongly blame the gods for their troubles and that when the gods intervene, it is only to try and help humans. From his standpoint, any misfortune is the sole responsibility of men and the gods are not to be held accountable. Zeus’s argument about human versus divine responsibility holds some truth, but is inadequate as he is biased towards himself and his fellow gods and only references one specific situation....   [tags: epic, voyage, humans, gods]

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Atlantis, The Lost City

- Atlantis ~ The Lost City Atlantis is known to most people as a legend or myth written by the Greek poet Plato, but is it possible that this lost continent really existed. Is it all legend or could there be some fact to it. Contrary to common belief there have been numerous geological and historical findings that actually give proof to the existence of this lost city. In the book Imagining Atlantis it tells us the story written by Plato. "According to ancient Egyptian temple records the Athenians fought an aggressive war against the rulers of Atlantis some nine thousand years earlier and won....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Olympian Gods of Greek Mythology

- Greek mythology is the myths and legends the ancient Greeks centred their lives around. The ancient Greeks used it to explain the events and components of the world around them. Their religion included gods and heroes, creation stories, and the origins of their civilisations and rituals. It is topic that had been studied and examined in great depth for thousands of years. This fascinating religion's messages and influences are reflected in today’s modern society, and many similarities can be found between Greek mythology and modern religions, such as Christianity....   [tags: Greek Mythology]

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An Epic Odyssey

- The stories of epic heroes remain important to many cultures, the Greeks in particular. These tales of heroic men not only entertain, but they teach people about morals and values that most epic heroes exemplify, such as intelligence and bravery. To be an epic hero, characters are usually highly born, favored by the gods, perform great deeds, and have flaws. These tales are told in heightened style and occur in grand settings. Odysseus, the King of Ithaca, meets these traits and is considered a prime example of an epic hero....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Atlantis Intrigues a Teen

- ... In battles they even used “10,000 war-chariots and 1,200 ships from allotments” (Plato). Atlantis had laws as well. Quite different from today, most laws “in one kings own portion” and throughout “his own city punishing and putting to death whoever (Plato). Atlanteans were not completely good and full of light, the kings held strong authority to show who was in line. Granted the authority “over one another was governed by Poseidon” to keep the kings in line (Plato). The kings gave pledges to one another before judgment, and assembled “every fifth, and alternatively every sixth year” (Plato)....   [tags: Critias, Plato]

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Literary Term Odyssey Essay

- There are many examples of conflict in this poem. The Odyssey is full of conflict and that it is part of what makes it such an appealing story. Odysseus faces many struggles on his long journey home. Some are external conflicts. It seems as if every time something good happens to him, that is when disaster strikes. Not only does Odysseus face conflict, but so do his wife and son back home. Odysseus also faces several internal conflicts as well. These conflicts cause the reader to sympathize with the characters as well as feel better about the conflicts in their own lives....   [tags: Homer's epic poem]

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Odysseus' Bad Decisions

- Every day people make decisions. Some are more important than others, but all decisions have consequences, no matter how small. The decisions that you make, and the decisions others make could affect your life. They may have positive effects, but they may also have negatives effects like in The Odyssey by Homer. In general, Odysseus and his men made some decisions that lead to some very negative effects. The first bad decision that Odysseus made was poking Polyphemus’ eye out. Even though it was necessary to escape, poking the sea god’s son’s eye out is never a good idea....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Greek Religion: Polytheistic

- The gods are a major part of the Polytheistic Greek religion. There were many different gods of Greece. The Olympian gods led by Zeus and there were also other gods in the epic poem known as the Iliad. The Gods were called upon a lot. The purpose for them was to have an advantage or to have a better way of completing task in the easiest way possible. Each god had his or her own distinct personality and domain. For example Ares the Ancient Greek god of war. The greek militia may sometimes if not always pray to him for extra help in a battle....   [tags: Sacrifice, Gods, Temples]

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I am About to Write a Bomb Paper on Athena

- I AM ABOUT TO WRITE A BOMB PAPER ON ATHENA. One of the people regarded to be the most wise said regarding issues with someone, “To praise is not enough, I should have praise myself, not suffer my divinity to be despised unscathed” (Kolphone) proved to also be incredibly arrogant and quick to anger. This person was the Goddess Athena. Many of the greek gods could cause problems both with the people they protected and with each other. Their conflicts, whether won or lost, are part of what formed greek culture....   [tags: Greek goddesses]

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Justice System in Ancient Greece as Portrayed in Homer's Odyssey

- ... Odysseus then mocks him, “Cyclops ¬– if any man on the face of the earth should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so –say Odysseus” (9.558-560). This action shows that Odysseus is a just a man; he doesn’t let his people die without avenging their death. On the hand we see Odysseus as a prey of justice as he suffers Poseidon’s retribution for blinding his son, Cyclops. Cyclops prays to his father “Hear me –Poseidon, god of the sea-blue man who rocks the earth!”(9.585-586). He asked his father to punish Odysseus not to reach his home, or if he is to reach his home it should take a while....   [tags: revenge, disrespect, gods]

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Why Was the Parthenon Dedicated to Athena?

- The Parthenon was an amazing and important temple. Dedicated to Athena, the goddess of war and wisdom, it was a very important temple to the Greeks. Greeks worshiped all of their gods by building temples for them and giving sacrifices. Most of the sacrifices were sacred tiles designed especially for the gods, not many were human. What was the Parthenon. Dedicated to Athena Parthenos (Athena the virgin) goddess of war and wisdom. Every god and goddess had worship temples to assure everything went well and nothing bad happened....   [tags: temple, sacrifices, tiles, gods, humans]

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Maslow's Higherarchy of Needs Character Analysis

- In Stephen Stondheim’s musical, Sweeny Todd, Sweeny Todd says, “These are desperate times, Mrs. Lovett, and they call for desperate measures.” Todd and Lovett decide to make and market meat pies. The catch to their plan is the meat will be human. Sweeny Todd focuses on the decisions people make in desperate times. While normally no mentally stable individual would consider making pies out of human meat, the characters feel they will be unable to conquer their financial situation by any other means....   [tags: Character Analysis ]

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Athenian Fortunes Throughout the Peloponnesian War

- ... What does the building say about the client’s beliefs and aspirations. The Erechtheum is built on the northern end of the Acropolis of Athens, and is believed to be the location where Athena and Poseidon fought for the authority of the city. This marble complex belongs to the Ionic order and represents a temple with multiple functions. These include housing cults and ‘sacred tokens’, such as the marks formed by Poseidon’s trident and Athena’s gift of an olive tree. The building’s unusual proportions can be accredited to the irregular terrain upon which it is situated, where a three-metre difference in height intersects the eastern and western extremities....   [tags: peace of nikias]

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Odysseus' Character as Genuine Hero

- Odysseus was a very robust individual who was obligated to leave his kingdom of Ithaca to embark on a journey to fight the battles of Greek and win over Troy. To do this, he was required to leave behind his newborn son Telemachus, and his wife Penelope the Queen. The war lasted 10 years, and once the battle was over Odysseus and his fleet split and attempted to sail back to Ithaca. There, he was favored by Athena, goddess of handicrafts, learning, and the arts, and despised by Poseidon, god of the sea....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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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]

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Chapter Analysis: Odysseus by Homer

- 1) Odysseus leaves for war in Troy and has trouble coming back, because Poseidon is upset with Odysseus. Athena goes to Ithica to try to help Telemachus (Odysseus’s son). Telemachus’s mother has so many suitors at her palace wanting to marry her. Telemachus and Athena (disguised) go to an old family friends house and asks for help. Athena tells Telemachus to go find his dad. (2-3) There was an assembly for the suitors and everyone. They are making Penelope marry someone. She says she will pick someone after she is done weaving something....   [tags: war, gods, prophet]

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Atlantis the Lost City

- About 11,000 years ago, in the somewhere in the Atlantic ocean, was an island called Atlantis. In atlantis there resided a race of people with great technologies far more advanced than any other (“Lost Civilizations:The Story of Atlantis”). According to Greek mythology, Atlantis was home of the Greek god, Poseidon. Poseidon fell in love with a mortal woman and built her a home in the middle of the island and surrounded it with water and land to keep her protected (“Lost Civilization:The Story of Atlantis”)....   [tags: mythical places]

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The Odyssey by Homer

- When The Odyssey was first written by Homer, everything in it was believed to be true. But, 700 B.C.E. was a time of uncertainty and it was thought that the gods and creatures were real, that Odysseus’ trip was amazing and that he was a living hero, rather than just a made up story and character. Clearly, Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, is not believable today because of the mythical creatures, many unlikely events occur, and the gods interact with the mortals. Obviously, The Odyssey is not a credible story because there are mythical creatures involved....   [tags: trip, creatures, gods]

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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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Free Will of the Gods in "The Odyssey"

- In life, human nature is the only thing that never changes, even as humans progress and evolve. Humans all have the same wants and needs. We need love, compassion, and we want to be happy. In Homer's the Odyssey, the characters have strong opinions and act out of their own free will, but at the same time, the will of the gods keeps coming up as a force that directs events. Although the gods have power against the mortal's, free will is a force much greater then any other power known to mortals and even the gods....   [tags: World Literature]

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The Hero’s Journey in Homer's The Odyssey

-      The Hero’s Journey is never an easy one. This particular journey, as detailed in Homer’s The Odyssey, is one of struggle, loss, heartache, pain, growth and triumph. It is comprised of many steps that Odysseus has to overcome and battle through in order to achieve his final goal of reaching his home and his loved ones. From the Call to Adventure to the Freedom or Gift of living, Odysseus conquered them all. The story begins in the middle of the story, as many of the oral Greek traditions did, with the Journey of Telemachus to find his father....   [tags: Hero, Homer, Odyssey, Odysseus]

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Small Victories

- Poseidon has always been a bit... iffy. Always wants to try new things. In fact, his newest intuitive grasp of genius told him to get a change of scenery. After chatting with his advisers, they had agreed (because if they didn't, they would be fish fry). So after some fancy hocus-pocus, the sea god changed the sea to more or less an underwater snowfield. Poseidon had always liked snow. He had even made fake snowfall that was timed to float down every few hours. Lol explaining things with MAGIC....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays]

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The Myth of the Matador and Theseus and The Iliad by Homer

- There are many lost civilizations that are still being excavated all over the world. Along with these lost civilizations comes an ancient story that describes each civilization. These stories describe a civilization that excited many years ago; however the challenge is to see if these stories describe a mythical civilization or a real civilization. 3 civilizations that are described in the ancient myths are the Minoan, the Mycenaean, and the Trojan civilization. The myth of the Minotaur and Theseus describes a great civilization known as the Minoan civilization....   [tags: Ancient History, Literature]

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Analysis of The Famous Sculpture, Laocoön and his Two Sons

- The piece I decided to analyze is the famous sculpture, Laocoön and his two sons. I decided on this particular piece for a few reasons, one being the emotion we see on the subjects’ faces, and the other being the importance for future art. When I began this research I could not have possibly understood the relevance this piece had on the art that was yet to come. The Hellenistic period of Greek art spans from the time of Alexander the Great’s death in 323 to 30 B.C.E. (“Hellenistic Period” 1). However there have been controversies of precisely how long the Hellenistic period lasted....   [tags: hellenistic period, trojan horse, greek]

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Spongebob Square Pants has Many Attributes of the Greek Gods

- ... SpongeBob fits the characteristics of the Greek god Triton. Next, Patrick Star has a complex personality that will work only with both Koalemos and Philotes. The more blunt side to Patrick relates to “The god of silliness and stupidity” (Greek Mythology). If Patrick Star has an I.Q. it is a negative number. Also, Patrick is the reason for all of the problems SpongeBob has to solve for him. Patrick creates mayhem for his friends just like Koalemos creates mayhem for his fellow gods (Theoi Koalemos)....   [tags: mythology, greed, personalities]

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Movie Analysis: The Mummy Can Be Compared to Odysseus

- ... Odysseus has to fight for his life and he needs to sacrifice many things like his wife and not being able to see her. Odysseus is put through many tests to see if he can survive them. For example when Odysseus was in the ocean, with only with a piece of wood to keep him from going under, Poseidon was creating waves that were unbelievably big so Odysseus was having to fight for his life. Poseidon was putting him trough a test because Poseidon was talking to him and saying he needs a pay back....   [tags: hero, rick, odysseus]

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The Cohen Brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou

- O Brother, Where Art Thou, a film written and directed by the Coen brothers, is a modern day interpretation of Homer’s ancient epic the Odyssey. The opening credits of the movie quote the invocation of the Muse from the first lines of the epic: “Oh Muse sing in me, and through me tell the story of the man skilled in all the ways of contending, A wanderer, harried for years on end”. The film follows Ulysses Everett McGill (portrayed by George Clooney), a depression era Odysseus, and his men Delmar O’Donnell (Tim Nelson), and Pete Hogwallop (John Turturro)....   [tags: film analysis, cinematography]

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The Effects of Kleos on Greek Mythology

- Odysseus, Telemachus, Penelope, and the suitors all showed jurassic developments in their lifelong journey to achieve kleos or to be living amongst their society. Odysseus, Telemachus, and Penelope,all based their journeys on kleos; however, Penelope did not think hers was ineffective without Odysseus. Telemachus spent all of his life in the palace and up until his early twenty’s, he had not started his journey to earning his kleos. Telemachus tries to find his true father and become a man of importance, “...So he can make inquires about his father’s return and win for himself a name among men”(1.101-102)....   [tags: odysseus, telemachus, penelope]

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Hercules: The Greatest of the Greek Heroes

- Hercules, or known in Latin as Heracles, was the greatest of the Greek heroes, a paragon of masculinity. In art, Hercules was portrayed as a powerful, muscular man wearing lion's skin and armed with a huge club. He was also described as being a macho man buffoon, who was very impulsive. Hercules’ home and birthing place is in Thebes, Greece. Thebes is a city in central Greece. It plays as an important setting in many Greek myths, such as the stories of Cadmus, Oedipus, Dionysus and many other important roles in Greek Mythology....   [tags: hercules, heracles, greek heroes, thebas]

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The Effects of Kleos over 2 Decades

- Throughout the two decades of Odysseus’ journey, there have been jurassic developments in his society and there needs compared to his need for kleos. Odysseus, Telemachus, and Penelope,all based their journeys on kleos, however Penelope did not think hers was ineffective without Odysseus. Telemachus spent all of his life in the palace and up until his early twenty’s, he had not started his journey to earning his kleos. Telemachus has not achieved anything great or important, “...So he can make inquires about his father’s return and win for himself a name among men”(1.101-102)....   [tags: Odysseus Journey, Society, Developments]

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Odysseus: An Interesting Hero in Greek Mythology

- There are many ways that Odysseus showed that he is smart. Odysseus showed that he can solve problems using his intelligence when he defeated the cyclops Polyphemus, defeated Troy with the Trojan Horse, and disguised himself as a beggar in order to sneak into his own castle. He proved himself in Troy by devising a plan to sneak inside the city in a giant wooden horse. He showed he was intelligent when battling the cyclops by feeding him wine to cause him to fall asleep and then stabbing him in the eye....   [tags: odysseus, trojans, cyclopes, polyphemus]

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Personal Success in Homer´s The Odessey

- Many man have the desire to achieve personal success in the things they desire to do. As this is the case, many of them deem to obtain failure instead of success. Therefore there is something more than just desire that makes a man successful in his personal journey, which is the capability to belief in himself to succeed in the things that he desires to do with his life. Man throughout history have seen this quality as a quality of importance and tho is shows literature. Homer story about “ The Odyssey” is a prime example as how mans self belief can even be more powerful than the curse of a God....   [tags: belief, struggle, journey, failure]

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Summary of The Odysssey Book XI

- ... After, Elpenor asks for a proper burial because he did not receive one. Odysseus accepts and promises that he will carry out this task. Odysseus then sees his mom, Anticlea. He is surprised that she is a shade, but they do not talk just yet. Tereisias of Thebes, the dead blind prophet, shows up. He warns Odysseus of Helios' cattle and that he will die if he eats it. He tells Odysseus that he will be the only one to survive getting back to Ithaca and his companions will die. He warns him that even when he gets home, he will have to deal with troubling suitors and most likely, have to kill them all....   [tags: journey, survive, underworld]

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The Inacurate Representation of the Cyclops

- ... The three media I picked that I picked for the representation of Cyclopes are film, TV Mini-series, and paintings. Those three media suggest that there is not a single good Cyclops, and audience responses vary on which medium they chose to focus more on and what Cyclopes they classified to be good or bad. The painting, “The Cyclops” is a painting by French symbolist painter Odilon Redon. Redon depicted a myth starring Naiad Galatea, loved by Polyphemus, the most famous Cyclops. The painting is about Odilon Redon remaking or rebranding Polyphemus from the villainous Cyclops who would hunt down his victims before consuming them....   [tags: monster, violent, media]

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Myths and Characteristics of Greek Gods

- According to the articles in Greek Mythology, Gods and Monsters Mount Olympus was home to some of the 12 Olympian gods and goddesses. It was also a place where they will meet to hold court. It was said to be a delight located beyond the clouds. No mortals or humans were allowed to enter, as it was a haven for gods. Another place where gods had influence was called the Underworld. The Underworld was the realm of the dead and controlled by Hades. It also contains five rivers: the Acheron, Cocytus, Phlegethon, Styx, and Lethe....   [tags: underworld, power, jealous]

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Destiny, Fate and Free Will in Homer's Odyssey - Odysseus’s Fulfills His Destiny

- Odysseus’s Fulfills his Destiny in The Odyssey During Odysseus’s journey in The Odyssey, his own guile, the gods’ obstacles and their assistance for him affected his destiny. Odysseus uses his crafty sense of trickery and guile to get out of situations, which allow him to reach his destiny of returning home. Many times in The Odyssey the gods who dislike Odysseus set obstacles to try to stop him from returning home. However, there are gods who favor him and give him assistance to reach his homeland of Ithaca....   [tags: Homer Odyssey fatody]

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Compare and Contrast the Portrayal of the Gods in Virgil's Aeneid and Metamorphoses

- COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE PORTRAYAL OF THE GODS IN VIRGIL'S AENEID AND OVID'S METAMORPHOSES. There is a significant difference in the treatment of the gods in the Aeneid and the Metamorphoses, even though both authors were writing in the epic tradition. Virgil wrote his Aeneid in the last ten years of his life, between 29BC and 19BC, after the Battle of Actium, in 31BC, which was significant, as it established Octavian as the sole emperor, Augustus, of Rome. The Aeneid is a celebration of Augustus' achievements and rejoices in the development of Rome....   [tags: Classics]

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Homer's Odyssey: Settings and Themes of Book 13

- Book 13 of the Odyssey begins with Odysseus finishing his tale in the King Alcinous' palace. It is King Alicinous that tells Odysseus he will give him a safe passage home to Ithaca. Odysseus is not surprisingly grateful and hopes that Alcinous and his people and island are blessed by the gods. The king then gave Odysseus a great black ship with a crew and more treasure then he could have ever gotten from Troy. The men sail Odysseus and his treasure home to Ithaca. When they arrive at Ithaca, they place Odysseus on a beach while he is sound asleep....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Odysseus the Epic by Homer

- Ever since the beginning of time men and women have told countless stories of adventure, discovery, and conquest. These stories often divulge the grand adventures of epic heroes. An epic hero is someone with abundant importance whose actions involve perilous journeys and marvelous warrior skills in war or battle (Abram). In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus, the king of the great island of Ithaca, is called to fight alongside the Greeks in the Trojan War. The Greeks defeated the Trojans with the help of clever Odysseus’ Trojan horse....   [tags: ephic heroes, zeus, poliphemus]

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