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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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The Bull : A Symbol Of Strength And Power

- Introduction In the ancient world the bull is considered to be a symbol of strength and power. The reoccurring motif of the bull aligns its representation with that of ritual and sacrifice. However, the archetype of the "wild and ferocious" bull is not prominent in Greek antiquity. In fact, the bull has been represented in art, architecture and myth to be a symbol of control and self-assertion. Arguably one might say that power is control; that the strength to defeat one 's enemy is the control that the bull represents....   [tags: Minoan civilization, Knossos, Minos, Crete]

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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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The Odyssey : A Story Of The Struggles

- The Odyssey is a story of the struggles of one Greek hero, Odysseus, who had to battle many gravital obstacles, whether created by the Gods or natural issues in order to return home. He is on his way back to Ithaca after being gone for 20 years, without his gilded kingdom. The first ten years he spent fighting in the Trojan War and the last ten years trying to travel home after encountering many difficulties along the way. Odysseus was the king of Ithaca who was married to a beautiful, smart wife Penelopeia and had teenage son Telemachus....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Marriage]

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Athena 's Role Model Of Intelligence And Prowess

- The role of the goddess Athena is vital in any survey of ancient Greek mythology. Her many skills and positive characteristics differentiate her from the average women of ancient societies and set her as a role model of intelligence and prowess. This essay will explain the background and growth of Athena, as well as her attributes and characteristics. Athena’s major role in ancient Greek literature and mythology will further explain her role in history and as a foundation of Greek culture. The goddess Athena is the child of the sea nymph Metis and Zeus....   [tags: Athena, Greek mythology, Zeus, Hera]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' The Odyssey '

- In Ancient Greece, the role of rhapsodes was the delivery of epic poems - long, narrative poems concerning heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or nation - to the population in oral tradition. The rhapsode’s recitation went beyond storytelling. Principally, they were performers whose delivery and accuracy were key components of their profession. One aid in the accuracy of a performance was the format of the poetry itself. Homer’s epic work, The Odyssey, is written in dactylic hexameter - a metrical pattern in which a line is broken into six feet (Struck)....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Epic poetry, Iliad]

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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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The Goddess Of The Greek Goddess

- The Greek goddess Athena is usually portrayed as one of the strongest gods in Olympia. As Greek civilization shapes gods that represent their desired identity, representing the god of war and the immortal spirit of wisdom, Athena is the goddess of the balance between intelligence and power. Through Athena 's existence, she embodies victory and judgment, while her influences on other gods and mortals demonstrate the power of intellect and civilization. By fusing characteristics of multiple gods to one body....   [tags: Athena, Greek mythology, Zeus, Odyssey]

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The Parthenon During The Persian War

- Cultures are often opaque due to its dense and rich nature as the collective foundation of a civilization. Due to the complexity of cultures, not every angle of ideologies of the society can possibly be clearly condensed into words, therefore visual representations are often times used to reflect the major sociocultural motifs. In Ancient Athens, the Parthenon was an architectural phenomenon built around mid 5th century that represented the integrity and cultural values of being an Athenian. Prior to the existence of the Parthenon, the Persians raided the acropolis and Pre-Parthenon in 480 BC, causing Athenians to pledge to defeat the Persians before rebuilding the fallen temple....   [tags: Parthenon, Athens, Athena, Gender role]

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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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The Greek Gods And Goddesses

- The Greek within My research topic is on the twelve Olympians and the minor gods and goddesses. These gods and goddesses are from the Greek mythology. The ancient Greek gods and goddesses are mythical being that rule over in this world. The ancient Greek gods and goddesses have always and will always have diversified meaning. The pondering of the Greek gods and goddesses that are in the myths, because twelve Olympians, Artemis, Athena, the big three, and personifying the life of the gods and goddesses....   [tags: Greek mythology, Zeus, Hera, Athena]

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The, No Social Institution Is More Appreciated More Respected, More Treasured By The Greeks Than Xenia

- Out of all the motifs in The Odyssey, no social institution is more appreciated, more respected, more treasured by the Greeks than xenia. In fact, xenia may be the closest moral axiom in the text, if not for the hypocrisy of the Greek pantheon. Ancient Grecian civilization was the most artful in seafaring and travelling, and the very essence of the Greek way of life was predicated on the host-guest relationship. Xenia entails proper meals, a made bed, clothing, and a rejuvenating bath but most importantly solidifies relationships between peoples, tribes, and nations....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Apollo, Athena]

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Odysseus ' Identity And Its Progression Throughout The Book ' The Odyssey '

- Homer’s famous work, The Odyssey, is the epic tale of Odysseus’ decade-long journey to return home from the Trojan War. It was during the finale of the war, Battle of Troy, that Odysseus employed his celebrated Wooden Horse stratagem. His treacherous journey home is marked by catastrophe after catastrophe, but Homer uses these challenges to develop Odysseus’ character, to humble him and to give him knowledge. This essay will examine Odysseus’ identity and its progression throughout the book; the explanation of the metaphor of “home”; ancient Greek society; and the character development of Penelope, Telemachus and the Suitors....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Homer, Odysseus]

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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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Ancient Texts Highlight Important Values Present During The Time Period

- Ancient texts highlight important values present during the time period. Some values may include honor, hospitality, respect, bravery, intelligence, and loyalty. Most importantly, ancient texts highlight the presence of God, in order to express their belief in God or Gods. As time progressed, the physical distance between Gods and humans has gradually diminished, whilst the Gods still maintained their control over human fate, which is clearly seen in The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Genesis, The Book of Job, and Antigone....   [tags: Odyssey, Epic poetry, Greek mythology, Oedipus]

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Analysis Of Virgil 's ' The Iliad And Odyssey '

- The songs of Homer and later ancient poets, like Virgil, focus on the difficult choices that humans make and the consequences of those choices. Over the course of the semester, we have learned about many different character that are placed in very precarious positions forced to make difficult choices. Often times their is an internal contest between what these heroes want to do and what they are destined to do. The purpose of Homer’s early works, the Iliad and Odyssey, is to show the importance of theological destiny and how one can attempt to run away from their destiny or delay it, but in the end the will of the Gods will occur....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Greek mythology, Achilles]

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Odysseus Is A Hero From The Trojan War

- A hero is a man or woman that has been recognized for an outstanding achievement. The generic definition of a hero that most people state is someone that does an action for a person out of the goodness of their heart. In The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus is a hero according to the definition, but not to most people’s thought of a hero. The only hero, Odysseus is a war hero from the Trojan War. Throughout the book, Odysseus does not do things that are out of the goodness of his heart. He is shown to be selfish and clueless to the needs and views of his crew and others....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Achilles]

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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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William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies

- For hundreds, even thousands of years, society has taught us at an early age to do what is “right”. If we didn’t do the right thing, we are faced with consequences such as imprisonment or even death. Three pieces of literary art, written in different eras couldn’t tell us better of Society’s teachings.The Odyssey by Homer tells Odysseus’s long, perilous journey home after the trojan war. Chapter two of The Aeneid by Virgil tells the story of the Trojan Horse from the perspective of Aeneas, a trojan who goes on to found Rome....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Aeneid, Odysseus]

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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

- Patronage Who commissioned the building. A brief period of Athenian prosperity rose to the occasion following the Peace of Nikias in 420BCE. When the city was at the height of her powers, the moment of optimistic opportunity allowed time for sufficient capital to accumulate. Her leader Pericles resolved to restructure the sacred rock and its associated monuments adjacent to an articulate proposal. The resources of the city accounted to a substantial proportion of building funds, with reinforcements provided by surplus from the war treasury of its allies in the Delian League....   [tags: peace of nikias]

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The Main Aspects Of Athenian Democracy

- Government: Athens was one of the first places to develop the idea of a democracy. They experimented with the idea of a direct democracy where instead of electing a representative who voted on the citizen’s behalf, all citizens were able to vote for themselves. However, not everyone was a citizen. To be a citizen one must be born in Athens, male, landowning, and free-born. After meeting all the requirements they were able to vote on all bills and legislation. The assembly was a main aspect of Athenian Democracy, they had many jobs such as making public announcements, and voting on the primary issues of Athens....   [tags: Parthenon, Athens, Athena, Athenian democracy]

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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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The Gods Of Greek Mythology

- The gods in Greek mythology played a significant role in the human lives. They were the strongest, the most fearsome, more troublesome but also the most compassionated figures. They were viewed as the most powerful beings on earth and nothing could stop them, aside from others Gods. Everything that happened on earth was a result the storms, thunders, floods, plague, diseases and drought caused by the gods. They also controlled positive things such as rain and prosperity. The Greeks had ultimate respect for the gods....   [tags: Greek mythology, Zeus, Oedipus, Hera]

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Architectural Model Of The Parthenon

- Architecture is one of the most emotive and complicated forms of art in the world. Even its conception and creation is singularly unique, being the third-dimensional reality of a plan made on a two dimensional plane. As such, my group and I wanted to base our work on something that had a deep rotted history in the subject and thus chose the Parthenon. As this 5th century B.C.E temple of Athena is the most recognizable example of ancient Western culture that stems from Greece and Rome, it seemed an apt inspiration for our project, which eventually became an expensive seafood restaurant dedicated to and named after Poseidon, Greek god of the sea....   [tags: Parthenon, Athena, Doric order, Greek mythology]

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The Iliad By Robert Fagles

- The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles, is the bloody story of the clash between the Trojans and the Achaeans. The epic poem narrates the brutal war as a test of heroism and manliness. Pride and misunderstanding are woven into the battle like the threads of a macabre tapestry. In the story of the Iliad, it seems that human beings are cruelly slaughtered for the sake of gore and glory. Fagles describes the senseless slaughter after a long battle in book four, line 629, “That day ranks of Trojans, ranks of Achaeans fighters sprawled there side by side, facedown in the dust.” Both the Achaeans and the Trojans suffered immensely....   [tags: Homer, Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles]

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The Twelve Main Olympian Gods

- Most people that learn about the twelve main Olympian gods might think that they are confusing, imperfect, and just down right weird. And they are. They have symbols to represent them but most of the symbols for them have no connection. However, let 's take Zeus for example, one of his symbols is the thunderbolt, Zeus 's most well known symbol. Zeus however is connected to the thunderbolt because he can throw them. Zeus is the god of the sky, lightning, thunder, and justice. Zeus is the king and father of all the gods....   [tags: Greek mythology, Zeus, Hera, Twelve Olympians]

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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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Odysseus, The Maestro Man

- Odysseus, The Maestro Man Throughout the epic poem of The Odyssey readers are exposed to the man that captures the interest of many, Odysseus. Odysseus is portrayed as a ‘godlike’ man as well being deemed a warrior of his own class, beyond all men in mind and in comparison, the Hugh Heffner of his time. He is everything men aspire to be in many ways as well as being profoundly in touch with his emotions when it comes to women. Odysseus shows this in many different ways from tears for his wife Penelope to the heartbreak for his long-dead mother, Antikleia....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Hermes]

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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 Odyssey `` : The Standard Practice Of The Host And Guest

- Xenia, at the ancient Greeks society, simply means hospitality: the standard practice of the host and the guest from various locales. Examples from providing food and drink, through offering bath and gift, and to protect and escort guests to their destination are extremely common and what seemed appropriate to expects from the host. Basic rules of xenia include how host should respect guest by not asking questions about one before one finish dining, and how guest should respect host by offering gift and to not to be a burden....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Trojan War]

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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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The Epic Of The Odyssey By Homer And Translated By Robert Fitzgerald

- The Odyssey, by Homer and translated by Robert Fitzgerald, is an epic poem written about 3000 years ago. It is essentially a sequel to the Iliad, as it tells of the story of a Greek man named Odysseus and his ten year journey back home to Ithaca, after the Trojan War. It also follows the story of his estate and his wife Penelope which are both being fought over by the suitors that have occupied his palace and are consuming his goods. Along with his son, Telemachus, who is set out on a journey to uncover the whereabouts of his father by the Greek goddess Athena....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Homer]

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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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The Divine Comedy, And Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

- Throughout the literary world there are very few books as renowned as Homer’s Odyssey, Dante 's Alighieri Divine Comedy, and Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. These works are from evidently different time periods; however all tell the same story of an epic spiritual and physical journey to find oneself in their respective times through atonement. This spiritual and physical redemption comes through their interactions with their respective cultural and religious customs. In all three epics each respective protagonist has ended up exiled and helped by a spiritual figure in some fashion....   [tags: Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Spirituality]

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Movie Analysis: The Mummy Can Be Compared to Odysseus

- What makes a person a hero. Is it strength and humility or is it simply the courage. In the movie The Mummy, Rick O’Connell can be compared to Odysseus in the movie The Odyssey. Rick and Odysseus have to face many challenges in order to survive. Rick and Odysseus face challenges in many different ways while being tested or simply fighting to the end. They do whatever they can so that they are able to survive. Rick and Odysseus have to sacrifice things like their family and money if they want to survive....   [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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Fate And Free Will : Honors World Literature

- Vy Vu Fate and Free Will Honors World Literature Dr. Sanderson Fate and Free Will Marilyn Monroe once said, “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they 're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” Is fate subjected to one’s actions or is there another force that intervenes. Two choices to pick from, but each decision will result in a different ending....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Homer, Vietnam War]

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The Odyssey : The Epic Journey Of Odysseus

- The Odyssey narrates the epic journey of Odysseus to get back home. The story is divided in 24 books that starts with the current situation in Ithaca among Telemachus, Penelope and their concern about whether the king of Ithaca is alive or dead, 10 years after the fall of Troy. Since there was not much information about Odysseus’s location, the king’s position was thought to be open between many suitors, who wanted to marry Penelope and rule Ithaca. At this point of the story is where Greek mythology takes place by the intervention of the god Zeus and Athena, discussing Odysseus’s faith....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Odysseus, Zeus]

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Comparison Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

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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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Analysis Of The Book ' Odysseus '

- Joshua.Sikarevich 1-20-14 Book 1: The narrator calls upon the Muse to avail him tell the story of Odysseus. We pick up ten years after the fall of Troy in the Trojan War (the subject of The Iliad). In endeavoring to return home, Odysseus and his shipmates had numerous adventures, but now Odysseus has been isolated on the island of Ogygia for the last eight years, captive of the resplendent goddess Kalypso. We are told that Poseidon, god of the sea, will make Odysseus ' journey home to Ithaka even more arduous (he is exasperated that Odysseus has visually impaired his son, the Cyclops Polyphemus), and trouble awaits the surmounting hero back in Ithaka, additionall...   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Greek mythology]

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Ancient Greek Mythology And The Religious Rituals

- My topic for this historical argumentative essay is Ancient Greek mythology and the religious rituals the Ancient Greek’s participated in and why. During their 2000-year survival in history, many religious rituals were performed, and many deities worshiped. Ancient Greek’s believed that by conducting these rituals, they would improve their relationships with the gods (Schultz 1), making their lives better; when they didn’t praise them as they should, the punishment was severe. I personally do not believe in Greek gods or the theory that they existed....   [tags: Greek mythology, Zeus, Dionysus, Ancient Greece]

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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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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey

- No man ever survived to tell the tale of his adventure through the monster plagued Mediterranean Sea, the exception to this was Odysseus. In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus a Trojan War hero is sent on a perilous journey throughout ancient Greece. Odysseus is the king of the kingdom of Ithaca who had to embark on a 20 year ocean voyage back to his home. “He seems very powerfully built; his thighs, calves, hands, and neck are of prodigious strength....” (Homer 98). Odysseus’ journey starts on an island that he has been trapped by Calypso for 10 years after the war....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- One of the most prominent reoccurring themes in The Odyssey is the concept of xenia, in other words, the Greek tradition of showing hospitality to those who are far away from home, or even strangers, since he or she can easily be a god in disguise. In The Odyssey xenia is often the force that seals the fate of specific characters. It is used as a way to show the fear (or lack of fear) of the gods in the characters’ hearts. It is also often tied into the idea of temptation, by showing whether or not a character’s intentions are pure....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Penelope]

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The Greek Gods And The Gods

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The First Stop On Our Tour

- The first stop on our tour is one of the oldest cities in the world is Athens, Greece. Athens is often referred to as the "cradle of civilization" because it was the birthplace of democracy, political science, literature, and theater, to name a few. Athens was known as the land of Gods. According to ancient Greek legend, this very city was the battleground where Athena fought with Poseidon. Athena won the battle, and the city was named after her. However, Poseidon had his revenge by making the area waterless....   [tags: Homer, Trojan War, Achilles, Greek mythology]

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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

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Homer's Odyssey: Settings and Themes of Book 13

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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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The Gods Of The Sea

- Ever wonder why Poseidon, god of the seas, was said to have such an unpredictable temper. Maybe the Greeks just simply chose to make him that way to make their myths filled with more drama, or maybe his personality is based on the element that he reigns over. Either way, since Poseidon ruled over the sea in Greek myth, he was the sole figure responsible for the sea’s natural events and their unpredictability. Knowing that myths accounted for natural events in ways like Poseidon’s personification of the seas is important because it gives some insight on how the people of Greece would explain such strange phenomena, for example, the changing seasons....   [tags: Zeus, Greek mythology, Demeter, Hades]

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Athen Greek Goddess Of Wisdom

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Book Report on Rick Riordan's "The Battle of The Labyrinth"

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Analysis Of ' Perseus And Andromeda '

- Love at First Sight A prominent actress once said, “I believe love at first sight is possible. Centuries of literature and art and beauty has been dedicated to that idea… (Maggie Grace)”. That precise idea is certainly grasped in numerous Greek works, and when it comes to the myth of Perseus and Andromeda, it is something that cannot be questioned nor defeated. It pertains to the legend of two strangers, who come across one another by coincidence, when Andromeda, a beautiful princess, sees herself in trouble, and Perseus, son of Zeus, intertwines with her magnificent looks, and helps in her liberation....   [tags: Greek mythology, Perseus, Andromeda, Pegasus]

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My Big, Fat, Greek Vacation

- My Big, Fat, Greek Vacation People have been living in Greece for more than 3,000 years. In that time, historical landmarks such as the Theatre of Dionysos, the Parthenon, the Ancient Agora, and the Acropolis have been built. It is the origin of democracy, the Olympic Games, drama, and Western civilization. The country is surrounded in mythology and legends, from Greek gods fighting over villages for power to towns rising out of the sunken, ancient city of Atlantis. One of its largest cities, Athens is Greece’s capital....   [tags: family, culture, streets]

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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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