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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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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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Athena

- Athena The god to be the topic of discussion in this report is Athena. Athena was an important member of the Olympic pantheon. She was born fully armed from the forehead of Zeus, the chief god. Athena was Zeus's favorite child. He entrusted her with the Aegis, his breastplate, and with his thunderbolt. Athena's role as a goddess varied. She was a major warrior and most images depict her dressed in armor and holding a spear. In Homer's Iliad, she is described as a fierce battle goddess who continually intervened on the side of the Greeks....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: Odysseus as a Lonely Traveler

- Odysseus as a Lonely Traveler in Odyssey In Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus represents a traveler in life who is destined to make this journey alone, despite those who aid him, oppose him, or in some way interfered with his destiny. Gods and immortals alike aid him when it suits them, or fromsome feeling they have for him. Some gods and immortals also made Odysseuis's journey as difficult as possible. Some also switched loyalties and arn't very reliable. The Odyssey shows that even though some believe people can make it through life "goin at it alone," eventually people need the help of others....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey

- The Odyssey is a tale that has changed literature and storytelling. In this tale Odysseus is a Soldier from the battle of Troy trying to get home to his island of Ithaca, where he is king. His wife and son must wait ten years while he is trying to make his way home. In Odysseus’s absence wooer’s, or better known as suitors, learn of his absence and travel to Ithaca to win his wife’s hand in marriage. These men come every day feasting on Odysseus’s food and wine, and give his servant’s orders....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: The Gods

- The Gods of the Odyssey Do the Gods in the Odyssey represent the Good and Evil sides of everyone, are they actually there to either help the person, or make their life worse.             In the Odyssey, the Gods seem to have a very huge part in the play.  However, are the Gods actually real?  Or are they just their sub-conscious telling everyone what to do.  However if that’s true, then how could Odysseus’s and his “sub-conscious” spend 7 years on an island thinking that he was somewhere else....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey - Odysseus Defines a Hero

- Odysseus Defines a Hero in The Odyssey How do you define a hero. Some may define a hero as someone with great courage and bravery; to others a hero might be a strong warrior and leader who wins battles; others may define a hero as one who uses his brain as much as his brawn to win. In Homer's epic poem, Odyssey, Odysseus is portrayed as a hero by every definition. Courage and bravery are two things that Odysseus has a lot of. This is evident when he defies the god Poseidon, telling him that he is unstoppable....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Free Essay on Homer's Odyssey: Odyssey as Epic Poem

- The Odyssey as Epic Poem For thousands of years, people have enjoyed the entertainment of epic poems. The "Odyssey" is an epic poem. The "Odyssey" contains characteristics of an epic poem. The setting of the ""Odyssey" is immense. The gods and goddesses of ancient Greece intervene frequently in the "Odyssey". Odysseus exemplifies a special kind of pride. Throughout the "Odyssey", Odysseus undertakes a difficult journey. . The "Odyssey" has an big setting. Odysseus starts off by traveling to Troy, which is the known world....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey

- Ten years after the fall of Troy, the victorious Greek hero Odysseus has still not returned to his native Ithaka. A band of rowdy suitors, believing Odysseus to be dead, has overrun his palace, courting his faithful‹though weakening‹wife, Penelope, and going through his stock of food. With permission from Zeus, the goddess Athena, Odysseus' greatest immortal ally, appears in disguise and urges Odysseus' son Telemakhos to seek news of his father at Pylos and Sparta. However, the suitors, led by Antinoos, plan to ambush him upon his return....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Tale of Troy

- Book Report The Tale of Troy was written by Padraic Colum, it has 132 pages, and takes place in the ancient islands of Greece. The Tale of Troy is a fiction story. Even though Athena and Poseidon helped the Greeks during the Trojan War, Athena turns against the Greeks and convinces Poseidon to do the same. The Greeks are hit by storms on the way home and many ships are destroyed and the fleet is scattered. The war and his troubles at sea keep Odysseus away from Ithaka, for twenty years. While he was gone, his son, Telemachus, has grown into a man, and his wife, Penelope, is overwhelmed by wooers who think Odysseus is dead....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Where Is Atlantis

- ATLANTIS Where is it. Atlantis was an ancient civilization which was destroyed in one massive explosion. Many people have searched for Atlantis but it has still not been found. According to Plato, a Greek philosopher, Atlantis was located in the Atlantic Ocean past the pillars of Hercules, the Strait of Gibraltar. Plato has been credited with many scientific discoveries, but Atlantis’s existence is still unproved. “Plato, one of the fathers of western thought, is out sole direct source for the legend of Atlantis....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Odysseus The Creator in The Odyssey

- In every story there is a hero who at first seems useless and plays the role of the "victim" but he finds the way to become the "creator" and play that role really well. Odysseus plays the role of the creator very well in the odyssey. By creating instantaneous lies when encounters with people that question him or he gets in trouble. Odysseus is a creator in the Odyssey by getting his men out of rough situation and as his journey back to Ithaca become more challenging he find the courage and inner guide to get himself back home....   [tags: Homer]

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Free Essay on Homer's Odyssey: Role of the Gods

- Role of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey In "The Odyssey", the gods generally bring about mixed emotions. The humans in the poem are fearful of the gods because of their great power and influence in their lives-if they wanted you to fail, you would. They are like the puppet-masters of the world, they control what happens to each and every person. But, this can also come in handy when you are on the good side of the gods. If you were a favorite of a god, like Odysseus, you had the gods by your side, willing to help you whenever you have problems....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Story of Atlantis

- Story of Atlantis Plato was the first to mention the city of Atlantis around 300 BC. He was a Greek philosopher who had studied under Socrates in Greece. Plato gave detailed stories in the books Timeus and Critias about a land that was on the fringes of what we know as the Mediterranean Sea that occurred around 9,000 years from when it was written. Atlantis was said to be bigger than Libya and Asia combined. Critias was a book based on how Atlantis came to be and stories about Atlantis. Timeus was a book of teachings in which Plato wrote about morality....   [tags: Research Essays Papers]

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Greek Statues And the Olympics

- The time has come again for Olympics games to begin. Organizers of the Olympics must choose the finest statues from a certain time period; they chose to decorate with the Classical period. They believed that the Classical period would best decorate the course of the marathon because they believe that the Classical statues characterize both modern and ancient values the best. The three Classical statutes that would best signify both ancient and modern values would be: The Charioteer from Delphi, The Discus Thrower, and Zeus/Poseidon....   [tags: essays research papers]

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An Observation of Virgil's Aeneid, Book II

- An Observation of Virgil's Aeneid, Book II The Romans, unlike the Greeks were not gifted in abstract thought. They constructed no original system of philosophy, invented no major literary forms, and made no scientific discoveries. Yet, they excelled in the art of government and empire building, they created a workable world-state and developed skills in administration, law, and practical affairs. In the Punic Wars, the Roman republic defeated the Carthaginians in North Africa and Rome inherited the Pergamene Kingdom from the last of the Attalids in 133 B.C....   [tags: Virgil Aeneid Essays]

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The Odyssey

- The Odyssey The Odyssey is one of the two great epic poems written by the ancient Greek poet Homer. Due to its antiquity, it is not known when or where it was first written, nevertheless, the approximate date and place is 700 BC Greece. Later publications are widespread as the text is transcribed in modern English with no deviation from the original story. The story is set in the lands and seas in close proximity to Greece changing by books as Odysseus, the protagonist hero, recounts of his many fated adventures and misfortunes in a series of flashbacks....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Greek Mythology

- Greek Mythology Greek mythology has several distinguishing characteristics, in addition to its multiple versions. The Greek gods resembled human beings in their form and in their emotions, and they lived in a society that resembled human society in its levels of authority and power. However, a crucial difference existed between gods and human beings: Humans died, and gods were immortal. Heroes also played an important role in Greek mythology, and stories about them conveyed serious themes. The Greeks considered human heroes from the past closer to themselves than were the immortal gods....   [tags: Papers]

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Delphinus: A Constellation

- While looking in the sky at night, you try to point out the different constellation you see. Most people know the major constellations, but many do not know about the constellation Delphinus. There are many scientific and literary explanations for the constellation Delphinus. There are two known myths about delphinus. The first is about Arion. Arion was a known poet and musician. He was born on the island of Lesbos. He was known for playing the lyre. This made him famous during the seventh century B.C....   [tags: Astronomy, Mythology, Science]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Iliad

- The Iliad and The Odyssey are two epic poems with both similar and different styles to the structure of the poems, as well as each poem having the same gods incorporated into the stories intervening with the day to day lives of the mortals. Greek poetry before Homer was all composed orally; therefore it is assumed that Homer’s works are the first written works of art (Joachim Latacz, page 15). Scholars who have spent extensive time researching the origin of Homer’s work cannot verify a specific time the Iliad and the Odyssey were written (Latacz, 24)....   [tags: Greek, Odyssey, Gods]

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The Odyssey

- The Odyssey details Odysseus’ arduous return to his homeland. Ten years have passed since the end of the Trojan war and Odysseus, the “most cursed man alive”, has been missing and presumed dead by many. (10.79). Throughout the novel, gods play a significant role in the fate of Odysseus and other characters. The extent of the gods’ role though is not unqualified, contrary to Telemachus’ suggestion that, “Zeus is to blame./He deals to each and every/ laborer on this earth whatever doom he pleases” (1.401-403)....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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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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Greek Gods - The Historical Background

- Greek Gods - The Historical Background Greek gods were an essential part of Greek mythology. Our proper knowledge of the ancient Greek gods can be traced back to Homer who wrote The Iliad and The Odysse. It is also believed that the myths were heavily influenced by the Mycenaean culture that existed in Greece from 1700 to 1100 BC. However there is some evidence that the beginnings of Greek mythology and beliefs can be traced back to the ancient Middle Eastern cultures. There are many similarities between the mythology of these ancient Middle Eastern cultures and the ancient Greeks....   [tags: Classics]

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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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The Religion of Hellenistic Greece

- The Religion of Hellenistic Greece The religion of Greece in early times was polytheistic. The religion was incorporated into every aspect of the culture including art, and literature. This was the religion that was practiced during the "Golden Age" of Greece. The gods of Hellenistic Greece existed in every form and fashion. There were gods for everything in life like government, sex, month of birth, trade, and human traits (i.e. wisdom, love, war, birth, rain, etc.) The Greeks believed that the only answer to death was to be remembered in fantastic tales and heroic deeds....   [tags: Religion]

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Challenges in The Odyssey

- Challenges in The Odyssey There are many challenges throughout the Odyssey the most significant being his arrogance that Odysseus must overcome in order to reach home. In book 9, beginning with line 113 Odysseus and his men begin a journey in the land of the Kyklops. This set of challenges for Odysseus shows the reader the battle between arrogance and wisdom within Odysseus. The choices that Odysseus makes during this portion of his journey home will help him to realize his arrogance and the downfalls of yielding to it, which he must overcome to regain his kingdom and property from the suitors....   [tags: Papers]

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Zeus

- Zeus, in Greek mythology, is the god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian gods. Zeus corresponds to the Roman god Jupiter. Zeus was considered, according to Homer, the father of the gods and of mortals. He did not create either gods or mortals; he was their father in the sense of being the protector and ruler both of the Olympian family and of the human race. Zeus was lord of the sky, the rain god, and the cloud gatherer, who welded the thunderbolt - given to him by Cyclops (Tseligka 3)....   [tags: Papers]

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The Sea God : Poseidon

- The Sea God: Poseidon From the tales of Ancient Greece to the retellings of Ancient Rome, Poseidon remains one of the most mentioned, worshipped, and studied god in history. He is even mentioned today from the tales of Percy Jackson, being the father of the main character, Percy (Perseus). And to SpongeBob Squarepants, where he is renamed Neptune and is the King of the Sea and all of Bikini Bottom and onward. The Sea God still is part of our books and movies and influences others to question his immensity....   [tags: Greek mythology, Zeus, Poseidon, Hades]

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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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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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Poseidon 's Power And Its Impact On Ancient Greece

- Ancient Greece was overseen by many gods and goddesses, but there were few gods that held more power than other. Poseidon was one of those gods and he was the god of water, earthquakes and horses. Through his abilities he was capable of doing extraordinary things. We are fortunate enough to some of that power has been recorded and displayed through various art and stories. Poseidon’s power and will was very prominent in ancient Greece through various forms of art, epics, and other oral stories. There are many forms of art, but I will be focusing on the sculptures and architecture....   [tags: Parthenon, Athena, Iliad, Trojan War]

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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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Role Of A Goddess Of Great Guidance And Wisdom

- Important Roles of Important Gods Gods always play main roles in Greek culture. They are the creators of everything and without them most stories are not as entertaining. In The Odyssey there are a good amount of gods and goddesses in the tragedy, however three of these gods play key roles. Athena, Zeus, and Poseidon all have significant roles. Their role, depending on the situation, was to aid or bring certain characters to glory or destruction. Athena plays the role of a goddess of great guidance and wisdom....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Zeus, Poseidon]

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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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How Is Odysseus A Portrait Of Ideal Human Figure For The Greeks?

- Exam 1 4.) Discuss the specific arête of Odysseus. How is Odysseus a portrait of ideal human figure for the Greeks. How does his interaction with the divine realm (i.e. gods and goddesses) play a role in this portrait. In the Odyssey, Odysseus has many arête characteristics throughout the epic. He is considered a hero and has become the definition of arête in many ways. He exudes valor with the way that he faces danger during his ten year voyage; where he encounters many dangerous situations. He speaks to his men when they encounter another dangerous situation and says to them “Come on, men, this isn’t the first time we’ve run into trouble....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Cyclops, Poseidon]

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The Mythology Of The Odyssey

- In the Odyssey there is a distinct relationship that is shared between the mortals and the Gods. In the link with Christian faith, the Gods in the Odyssey are physically present. The Gods help, lend assistance, support and mentor the mortals. They can be ‘compared to that of a guardian angel’ (FORP). In comparison, the gods have their favourites which my result in the negativity towards a mortal from a particular God. As so the mortals are at the mercy of Gods. Majority of the time the mortals benefit greatly from the Gods and can be seen to transform for the better....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Poseidon, Telemachus]

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Fate Vs. Free Will

- People have been fascinated by the idea of fate for centuries. They are curious if circumstances originate from divine intervention, or decisions people have made. This concept can be summed up as fate versus free will. The characters in The Odyssey subscribe to the idea of fate; this can be seen through their interactions with the gods, specifically how the gods treat them and how the mortals respond. The Odyssey delves into this idea and makes it one of the main themes in the poem. In the poem, the gods and goddesses decide what happens to the mortal characters....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Poseidon, Circe]

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Odysseus Vs. Homer 's The Odyssey

- A person’s mental and physical attributes say a lot about a person. Personalities such as being intelligent and having muscle can have its downfalls. However, one of the main personality traits that can either help or hurt a person is a person’s pride. We see this in the Greek epic The Odyssey. In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus is well-known not only for his, muscle and physical attributes but also his intelligence, courage, and mental attributes and they are all equal when it becomes to the importance of Odysseus....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Poseidon]

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Athena As A Great Warrior

- Athena the daughter of Zeus, the goddess of wisdom and strategy and it comes out more clearly throughout the books. And in the book The Odyssey she has a huge role of bringing Odysseus’ back home, and she has a great desire to help him. Throughout Odysseus journey to return home to Troy she has an important role to help to guide him in the right directions. It seems like she is looking after him and trying to protect Odysseus and his son Telemachus. Throughout the books we see how Athena is using the power of disguise....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Poseidon]

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Analysis Of Disney 's ' The Odyssey '

- The theme of hospitality in The Odyssey is of extreme importance. The Odyssey is an anthem to one of the most honored ancient Greek society’s value, as was hospitality. Hospitality tended to bond Greek’s personal relationship, such as friendship and at the same time loyalty; it symbolizes respect, honor, and justices. Although most of the host from The Odyssey did honor their guesses, Odysseus and his son Telemachus, the most remarkable examples of genuine hospitality in the poem are three. Nestor of Pylos and Meneláos lord of Sparta, they gave a great welcome to Odysseus’s son Télemakhus....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Cyclops, Poseidon]

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Athen The Goddess Of Strategy And Civilization

- As the daughter of Zeus, the mightiest Olympian, and Metis, the embodiment of knowledge, it makes sense that the goddess Athena is known as the goddess of strategy and civilization. The role played by Athena in many myths is that of a counselor in times of battle, both internal and external, as well as the protector of cities, and the importance of her level headed and protecting role continues to have an impact on modern society. Zeus filled with the paranoia that one of his sons would overthrow him and not knowing that Metis was pregnant with Athena, a daughter, ate Metis....   [tags: Athena, Greek mythology, Poseidon]

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Odysseus, By Edith Hamilton

- Odysseus faced a hard battle in Troy and in Book IX, he narrates how he and his men travelled back home to Ithaca. When Odysseus and his men land in the Cyclopes’ land, they witness how fertile the giants’ untilled lands are, and how they have plentiful of sheep and goats. Odysseus knows the giants are “for they may be wild savages, and lawless, or hospitable and god fearing men” (Homer 150). However, the abundance of food and livestock was enough motivation for them to risk their lives. Edith Hamilton’s book—Mythology, analyzes the characters and themes of the mysticism of Greek epics....   [tags: Cyclops, Odyssey, Poseidon, Giant]

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Odysseus Vs. Homer 's Odyssey

- Throughout The Odyssey, there is a reoccurring theme of either Odysseus being helped by the gods, or being punished by them. There are certain gods or goddesses that like Odysseus and want to see him get home, and there are some that want nothing less than to see Odysseus die at sea. Some gods have a major impact on his journey, while others have a minor impact, but Odysseus needed both in order for him to get home. We could argue that with all of the gods help, they were the ones who determined the course of events....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Poseidon, Greek mythology]

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Analysis Of O Antinous 's ' The Phaeacian Games '

- 08 (020516) • They will depart in a black ship with 52 oarsmen. • The Phaeacian Games o Antinous proposes they perform a series of exercises to prove the Phaeacians cannot be beaten.  Running  Wrestling o Laodamas challenges Odysseus to a match; he says no, Laodamas insults him, “No: one can see you are no athlete.”  Antinous apologizes, for he does not want Odysseus to come home and speak badly of his people. • A gathering begins thereafter; Demodocus recites a story about Aphrodite’s adulterous behavior and the dishonor she has bestowed upon Hephaestus....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Poseidon, Cyclops]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- Odysseus, known as an iconic Greek king and warrior of Ithaca, has all of the traits that a mighty king would have. His tale and reputation are one that would continue to live on long after his passing. This fame and reputation is known as kleos. Kleos, in Greek, means renown or honor, it symbolizes what you hear about someone through another person. Kleos is a common theme in Homer 's epic, the Odyssey, the main example being that of Odysseus and his son Telemachus, who is concerned that his father may have died a pathetic and pitiable death at sea rather than a reputable and gracious one in battle....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Poseidon]

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The Odyssey By Homer, An Epic Tale Of A Hero

- The Odyssey by Homer, an epic tale of a hero’s journey as he suffers for years to return home to his kingdom his wife and his child. The Odyssey tells of Odysseus’ long and perilous journey following the end of the Trojan War, in which he goes through many trials that cause him indescribable pain, misery, and sorrow. The trials however, were by his own doing, he was the catalyst of his own misfortune. Odysseus was a man of many strengths, but his shortcomings were the cause of his struggles. Shortcomings such as his hubris, his inability to trust others, and his curiosity brought about his calamity....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Poseidon]

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Athena, Schemer And Plotter, Substitutes Reconciliation And Peace

- Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom, states: “Mortals, always blaming the gods for their own witlessness!”(Homer 333) The debate of whether or not man controls his destiny is eternal. Many of us spend our whole lives pondering whether it is our fate or our own free will to blame for how our lives turn out. However, Felson claims “Athena, schemer and plotter, substitutes reconciliation and peace.”(89-98) In The Odyssey, Homer uses Odysseus as an archetype to convey that mortals are helpless without the will and favor of the gods....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Poseidon]

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Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- The Ancient Greeks sought to define how humans should view their lives and how to create an existence dedicated to the basis of the “ideal” nature. This existence would be lived so as to create an “honorable” death upon their life’s end. Within their plays, both dramas and comedies, they sought to show the most extreme characteristics of human nature, those of the wise and worthy of Greek kleos along with the weak and greedy of mind, and how they were each entitled to a death but of varying significance....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Poseidon]

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Ancient Greece : An Oral And Literary Style Of Telling Myths

- Artists during Ancient Greece were presented with many various stories they could represent through sculpture and paintings. However, as many of these stories started out in an oral and literary format, painters and sculptors had to come up with designs for the various gods, goddesses and heroes to be represented in their artwork. The major problems artists encountered were making sure that the viewer knew who was who and what was being depicted, what myths and scenes from the myth would be chosen and how to represent the story in the artwork....   [tags: Greek mythology, Heracles, Poseidon, Zeus]

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Odysseus Is Worthy Of The Title Hero

- Odysseus is worthy of the title hero, proving that he can overcome any challenge that is thrown his way. Odysseus is a warrior that is on a mission to return to his family and hometown of Ithaca after defeating the Trojans at Troy. Throughout his journey home Odysseus is tempted with riches, pleasure, and even encounters certain death, but nothing can stop him from pursuing his ultimate goal to be reunited with his family. The reason Odysseus is able to prevail through all of the trials and tribulations he will face is because he is a man showing characteristics of courage, strength, ingenuity, patience, and most of all willpower....   [tags: Cyclops, Odyssey, Poseidon, Trojan War]

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Hospitality With Odysseus And Polyphemus

- Hospitality with Odysseus and Polyphemus In the 9th book of The Odyssey by Greek Writer Homer, you meet the great and terrible cyclops, Polyphemus. Between the interactions of Odysseus and Polyphemus you can see some of the ways both characters break the rules of hospitality. Both characters act in ways that would be frowned upon today, as well as, back in the time of the Greeks. In the beginning of book 9, Odysseus starts off by recounting part of his travels. Like on page 272, line 43 he says ‘In Ismaros....   [tags: Odyssey, Cyclops, Poseidon, Greek mythology]

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Analysis Of The Book ' The Odyssey '

- In all stories, a central conflict is paramount in creating an interesting narrative that keeps readers engaged throughout the totality of a tale. The different ways in which different writers can achieve this through literary devices while telling the same story speaks to the diversity of literature, and to the fickle nature of translation, as exemplified through The Odyssey. One great moment of contention is on Circe’s island. Shewring acknowledges Odysseus’s resistance to Circe’s magic, “…Never has any other man resisted this drug, once he has drunk it and let it pass his lips....   [tags: Odyssey, Athena, Odysseus, Poseidon]

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Clash Of The Titans : Hero 's Journey

- Clash of the Titans: Hero’s Journey The Hero’s Journey has been a staple of film and literature throughout the ages. It involves a soon to be hero following a defined narrative that will take him from the ordinary to the extraordinary as he answers his call to adventure. He will put common sense and self-doubt aside to find the hero inside of him. The 2010 film, the Clash of the Titans directed by Louis Leterrier, borrows from Greek mythology to tell the tale of Perseus, a lowly fisherman whose hero’s journey includes discovering his true nature, avenging his family and saving the city of Argos from the wrath of Hades....   [tags: Greek mythology, Zeus, Perseus, Poseidon]

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The Odyssey, By Odysseus And Odysseus

- Topic #5 Ancient Greeks practiced their religion very seriously and ultimately being accepted by a Greek god or goddess was crucial to a Greek mortals life. In Homer’s The Odyssey, the different relationships between Poseidon and Odysseus, Odysseus and Athena and Telemachus and Athena affect whether or not Odysseus’ will fulfill his nostos – his homecoming. When in trouble or doubt, one prays to a higher being. In Ancient Greece, when mortals were in need of answers, clarification or guidance they would pray to the appropriate Greek god or goddess....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Odysseus, Trojan War]

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Revenge

- Throughout history, revenge, or vengeance, has been altered by several cultures and even the American culture. This is shown throughout many ancient greek epics. Throughout these two epics, what is just revenge and what the action of revenge is are much different than what Revenge is seen through today’s society. Revenge is the main theme in The Iliad, with Achilles’ revenge on Agamemnon and Hector, and in The Odyssey, with Poseidon’s revenge on Odysseus and Odysseus’s revenge on the Suitors, and these epics define how revenge was seen in the ancient Greek world....   [tags: Literary Analysis, The Iliad]

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The King Of The Gods

- Back in the ages where the gods first started to roam the Earth, there were many feuds between the gods that harmed the Earth. Though few of these feuds threatened the existence of every living thing of all flesh. There were three brothers that stood out among the other gods, they were called Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. They were the only three gods that owned parts of the Earth. These three had many feuds amongst themselves, but they very rarely fought each other with their full strength. They knew that if all three of them were to fight....   [tags: English-language films, Life, Greek 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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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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Greek History : Ancient Gods And Goddesses

- Greek history began around 2000 BCE. The Greeks believed in many gods and goddesses. These gods and goddesses are known as the Olympians. Before the Olympians there were a group of elder gods known as the Titians. The Titians ruled the earth before the Olympians overthrew them. The ruler/king of the Titans was Cronus who was dethroned by his son Zeus. Most of the Titans fought with Cronus against Zeus and were punished by being banished to Tartarus. (Olympians. The Olympians) The Olympians are a group of 12 Greek gods....   [tags: Zeus, Greek mythology, Hera, Twelve Olympians]

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The Museum Curator Is An Important Title

- The museum curator is an important title; they pick and choose 5% of the total art being viewed by the public. The curator must be wise, they must include art pieces that flow with the theme of the exhibit, as well as educates the visitor. Curating this exhibit, I have chosen three works of ancient Greek art that will inform visitors about three of the most well-known Greek gods. A slab from the Parthenon frieze of Zeus and Hera, a Kylix of Hades and Persephone, and the Triumph of Poseidon with his wife Amphitrite....   [tags: Greek mythology, Zeus, Hades, Persephone]

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Zeus 's Weapon Of Choice

- Zeus/Jupiter The sky god, Zeus, is the king of all gods. He and his siblings Hades and Poseidon deposed his dad Cronus after which they held a lottery to find out who gets to be ruler - Zeus won. Zeus’s weapon of choice is the thunderbolt and he likes to use it against dishonest people. Ironically, he is notorious for cheating on his wife Hera. Zeus/Jupiter is used as a reference to strength and also self-righteousness. Usually headstrong, stubborn, bossy, popular, opportunistic, and power hungry, Zeus also tends to take family for granted....   [tags: Zeus, Hera, Greek mythology, Hades]

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The Tragedy Of Death And Destruction

- They say death and destruction is caused by a great evil. However, moral acts reflect on those whose future greatly depend on them. - Jeremiah There is a god that no one dares to mention. They say he is in the shadows of the mortals devouring the nightmares of children. He causes depression and suffering for mankind, however his doing only reflects from the actions of humans. His powers happen within seconds or years. His name is Leviath god of death and destruction. As Kronos was devouring his children, one escaped into a world of darkness....   [tags: Greek mythology, Zeus, God, Hades]

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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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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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- 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 Hero Of Odysseus From The Odyssey

- When telling a story, it is necessary for there to be a main character which is usually a hero. They try to find themselves or fulfill a task in order to be true to who they are. While they are trying to find who they are or fulfill a task to stay true they conquer obstacles that are standing in the way for them to succeed. Some heroes succeed some fail. Odysseus from the Odyssey is a good example of a hero who fulfills his tasks in order to be true to who he is by having a quest or a mission to get back home after the Trojan war to his dear wife and family....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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Greek Values Of Early Greek Society

- In The Iliad some central values of early Greek society are anger, honor, and love. The way The Iliad begins, with the "wrath of Achilles” sets the direction which the epic takes. Achilles anger is based of pride and honor. In The Odyssey some of the central values of early Greek society are honor, hospitality, faithfulness, and revenge. Honor continues to be an important element in epics as it is the most detrimental thing to strip from a man. As Odysseus voyages in attempt to reach Ithaca he is taken in by many foreigners he meets along the way, he doesn’t always remain consistent with his tasks and unfortunately allows a lot of time to pass during some of the hospitality he enjoys....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles, Odysseus]

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Odysseus By Homer 's The Odyssey

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The Odyssey And The Eventual Return Of Odysseus

- Agape, commonly known as parental love, is a driving force behind all conflict and relationships found throughout the tangled plot of the Odyssey. Agape is just one of the six Greek subdivisions of love, however its impact on Homer’s epic is far-reaching and solidifies bonds that perpetuate the plot. The feudal society governing relations in ancient Greece require unique bonds between the vast quantity of kings and lords. This boundless form of parental love progresses the flow of the plot by forming alliances, innating trust/distrust, and molding the reputation of key characters....   [tags: Odyssey, Athena, Zeus, Odysseus]

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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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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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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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