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The Interference of Zeus

- The god of mortals and immortals, Zeus, is mentioned on almost every single page in The Iliad. In the ancient society of the Greeks, they practiced polytheism, which means they worshipped more than one god (Speilvogel 364). Zeus was the son of the titan Cronus and he was basically the god of the weather. He had the ability to strike with lightning bolts. The Trojan War was between Greece and Troy. However, it was not only fought by mere mortals, but by immortals too, fighting for their own personal agendas....   [tags: god mortals and immortals, greeks]

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Hercules: A Greek Tale

- 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: Masculinity, Themes, Greek Heroes, Latin]

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Hercules: A Greek Tale

- 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: Heroes in Greek Mythology, demigods]

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The Odyssey Literary Analysis

- “The Odyssey” is an epic poem that tells the story of Odysseus and the story of his many travels and adventures. The Odyssey tells the main character’s tale of his journey home to the island of Ithaca after spending ten years fighting in the Trojan War, and his adventures when he returns home and he is reunited with his family and close friends. This literary analysis will examine the story and its characters, relationships, major events, symbols and motifs, and literary devices. There is a copious amount of major characters in the story....   [tags: Homer's Epic poem]

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Homer's Iliad Study Questions

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

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Athen The Greek Goddess

- Athena was the Greek goddess of wisdom who embodies power, victory and justice. She took part in battles that defended her country and helped her allies out greatly. Athena created many inventions that helped mankind. She created the bridle, the trumpet, the flute, and the ship. Athena was known for helping others with their quests. Athena improves heroes lives through guidance. A hero is somebody admired for their achievement and courage. The list is very long on who she helped. People she helped greatly in their journeys was Odysseus, Hercules, the Greeks and Perseus....   [tags: Trojan War, Greek mythology, Odysseus, Odyssey]

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Zeus, Zeus And Zeus

- There was a time long before Hera loathed other women and punished them with her wrath. When Zeus and Hera got married, their love blossomed. Everybody under the sky longed for a love like Zeus and Hera’s. Even the other Olympians wanted what they had. In the beginning, Zeus was loyal. He too loved Hera more than anything and would have never imagined cheating on her. When their relationship was new, the two could be seen laughing and holding hands up on Mount Olympus. However, like any relationship does, Zeus and Hera’s became normal....   [tags: Zeus, Hera, Twelve Olympians, Sexual intercourse]

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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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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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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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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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Theme of Justice in the Odyssey and the Bible

- Theme of Justice in the Odyssey and the Bible       Justice is a theme that differs in many different texts, and this also true in the Odyssey and the Bible.  Justice in Homeric texts was served to neutralize a situation and bring things back to the way they were, to a time of stability and respect for authority.  The bible has usually been interpreted, however, as serving justice on a moral basis, as a way to punish those who did not respect each other or act in God likeness.          The Greeks in the Odyssey viewed justice as only coming from the gods.  They believed the gods punished them because they have fallen out of their favor, and not because they had really done anything wrong...   [tags: comparison compare contrast 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 Role of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey

- The Role of the Gods in The Odyssey In the ancient world, the gods of the Greeks had been predominately confined to cosmological deeds prior to the works of Homer. "As Hesiod laid out the roles of the gods in his Theogony and the Works and Days, it is apparent that though the gods were active in the creation of the cosmos, natural phenomenon, and cyclical events such as seasons, they were not however, functioning in any historical way"(Bloom 36). This strictly cosmological view of the gods was in no way unusual to the ancient world....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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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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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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Rise of Odysseus

- Epics were originally oral and later became narratives. The basic guideline for epics is long narrative poems that are about a serious or worthy event. In this case the epic has to do with the events of a hero that represented an entire nation. The events of this hero are dramatic and tae place in a vast amount of area, which makes it more worthy. The epic poem also includes super natural human beings, another requirement for epics. In Homers The Odyssey Trans. Robert Fitzgerald. New York: Vintage Books, 1990 the use or these epic requirements employ the tale in a exceptional fashion....   [tags: Greek Literature]

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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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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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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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A Few Greek Gods

- The Ancient Greeks believed in a series of myths which explained nature, set up a moral code for the people, and were just folk lore of the people. In this paper, the beginnings of myths, the Greek gods themselves, and several myths concerning morals, nature, and old lore of the Ancients will be discussed. Because the myths and details about the gods were passed along by word of mouth, some myths or gods might be interchanged or different. The Greek myths started as folk lore until it began to explain nature and storytellers integrated a moral code into the myths....   [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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The Odyssesy

- Do gods and goddesses need to intervene for Odysseus or anyone. The gods and goddesses in the Odyssesy intervene often like a human parent on a child's life. The immortals intervened when sending Odysseus home, quenching the wrath of Poseidon, and settling the suitors' xenia abuse on Odysseus' house. Maybe it is the hamartia of humanity to have the gods and goddesses to show our own hubris. The gods and goddesses oftenly intervened in getting Odysseus home. Matthew Bolton points in a article to Great Neck Publishing that Athena petitions to Zeus in setting Odysseus free from the island nymph goddess Calypso....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Odyssesy

- Do gods and goddesses need to intervene for Odysseus or anyone. The gods and goddesses in the Odyssesy intervene often like a human parent in a child's life. The immortals intervened when sending Odysseus home, quenching the wrath of Poseidon, and the abuse of the xenia on Odysseus' house. Maybe it is the hamartia of humanity to have the gods and goddesses to show our own hubris. The gods and goddesses often intervened in getting Odysseus home. Matthew Bolton points out that Athena petitions Zeus to set Odysseus free from the island nymph goddess Calypso....   [tags: Literacy Analysis]

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The Odyssey

- Q1. What are the characteristics of a hero in Homer's poems. What attributes are valued. The Homeric epics describe a race of heroic men: these men are more powerful than ordinary men, and yet, they are not quite as glorious as gods. The heroes are characterized by their strength, warfare skill, intelligence, moral character, and favor of the gods. The Homeric heroes are strong and skillful warriors. Achilles is noted for being the greatest Greek warrior. He is known as “the great runner” (109)....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Who Needs God, By Harold Kushner, And The Poem ' First They Came For The Jews '

- “Overall, there have been well over a billion abortions performed around the world since 1980.” Isn’t murder unlawful. Aren’t you killing the fetus in you when you’re getting abortion. Isn’t it God’s decision to give or take life. However, many women still get abortion based on their situations. They aren’t doing something that is against the law, but still many people might not approve of it, because it may go against their golden rule or their “sense of injustice.” In the excerpt of “Who Needs God” by Harold Kushner, and the poem “First They Came for the Jews” by Martin Niemöller, both these authors talk about human nature, the golden rule and human “sense of injustice.” There are ma...   [tags: Religion, Morality, Human, Ethics]

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Analysis Of Homer 's Iliad, `` Trojan Women, And Pitre 's Fives And Twenty Fives All

- The concept of revenge is commonly portrayed in everyday life. Many find the need to inflict pain in different forms, whether it be physical or emotional, on another for wrong doings experienced at their hands. Homer’s “Iliad,” Euripides’ “Trojan Women,” and Pitre’s Fives and Twenty-fives all include some form of revenge. The most prominent concept of revenge occurs in the Iliad and stems from the wrath of Achilles. In the “Iliad”, The Achaeans seek revenge against the Trojans for taking Helen, the wife of Menelaus, the Greek king....   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Achilles, Greek mythology]

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Odysseus was the Hero in the Epic, The Odyssey, by Homer

- Odysseus is the hero in the Epic “The Odyssey” by Homer. He embodies many characteristics of a typical Epic hero, but he still strays from the norm in some ways, which makes him unique. He values Ithaca, his home, so much that he spends years getting back, struggling the whole way, and doing what it takes to protect his home. Throughout the whole story, Odysseus is trying to get home. Odysseus’s purpose is to get his men and himself back to Ithaca. On the way, he and his crew face many challenges meant to prevent them from getting home, such as harsh sailing conditions provided by Poseidon, a god who is mad at Odysseus for blinding his son, the Cyclops....   [tags: protector, wisdom, intelligence]

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Greek Mythology: A Look at Demeter, Goddess of the Harvest

- People always look for ways to explain the doings and phenomenon of nature (Daly vii). This is done for comfort, and as a way of finding a meaning in life. Demeter’s name derives from the Greek words for “earth” and “mother.” The two parts of her name “de” and “meter” are Greek for the words “earth” and “mother” respectively, so her name literally means “Earth Mother” (Webster). This title which Demeter holds is appropriate, given her area of rule. In Roman mythology, Demeter goes by the name of Ceres (Daly 39)....   [tags: World History]

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Oh My God: History of Mythology and its Influences Today

- Oh My God Mythology is defined as the collection or study of myths. As stated by David Abraham, since the beginning of time mankind has always wanted to know the answer of how we got here or what’s the meaning of life. Early mankind began to create different stories or myths to how it all began and how to explain things in nature like thunder or fire. Many cultures and religions were created due to these questions that have been past down from generation to generation. Many wars were started because of the different religions and beliefs....   [tags: religion, polytheism, beliefs]

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The Unheroic Traits of Odysseus in Homer's The Odyssey

- A true hero will go through immeasurable lengths to benefit not him or herself, but the people around them. Heroes are neither selfish nor uncaring. They seek every opportunity they get to help those in need. One must have also gone through the entire hero’s journey to be deemed a hero. He must start off naïve and inept and through his challenges, transform into someone worth calling a hero. Most importantly, a hero is not perfect. He must listen to other’s ideas and utilize them. However, in The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus disrespects his crew men and the gods’ advice, lets hubris interfere with his men’s lives, and is unfaithful to his wife Penelope....   [tags: odyssey]

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What Makes an Epic Hero in Homer´s The Odyssey

- A Greek epic hero is the main character of an epic poem that is typically strong and uses his or her strength to battle monsters throughout a long lasting journey. “The Odyssey” written by Homer is an epic poem about a captain who leads a group of soldiers back to their homeland of Ithaca. Odysseus is considered an epic hero because he travels to various lands, fights monsters, and the Gods interfere with the human world to make his journey more difficult. One of the traits that make Odysseus an epic hero is that he travels to many far-off lands....   [tags: travels, fights, journey, human]

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Odyssey by Homer: The Famous Arrow Shot Contained Therein

- The Greek mythology is – and always was – a synonym for incredibly silly gossip. Here is such a pathetic effort from the bottom drawer of the storage cabinet that houses antique junk. As a special annoyance to us archers, bow and arrow have been misused in the plot for a silly trick shot, as we learn from that insane story. The myth called ‘Odyssey’ is the second epic besides the ‘Iliad’ that is attributed to the poet Homer. Written down in the late 8th century, the Odyssey belongs to the oldest and most influential works of the cultural heritage of literature in the Occident....   [tags: greek mythology, odyssey, homer]

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Analysis Of ' Othello And Pride And Prejudice ``

- Change is an inevitable factor of life that many individuals experience on a daily basis, leading either to extraordinary transformations or deteriorating aspects of an individual’s character. In literature, change is a key element to the understanding of a character’s construction both physical and psychological. Throughout Captain Corelli’s Mandellis, Othello and Pride and Prejudice, transformation of characters explicitly portrays both the uncertainty of one’s true self being, progression or regression due to turbulent relationships....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Character, Novel]

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Conception and Birth of Heroes in Greek Mythology

- Hero, the word strikes a universal chord making us think of exceptional and spectacular stories or deeds that far surpass any common feat. To the Greeks and many other cultures, the birth of these heroes is important. The birth of a hero sets them, apart often even before birth, from common mortals in Greek mythology. Birth is the first of many major events in our lives, our entrance into the world (Leeming). For heroes, that entrance must be as special as their lives will prove to be. A mundane birth is simply not an option for a hero, whether by the machinations of the gods or prophecies from an oracle, even the events surrounding their conception must be spectacular....   [tags: Mythology ]

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The Trials of Odysseus Depicted in Homer's Odyssey

- Picture a water-logged, bearded man floundering about in the ocean, yet never failing nor drowning. This is Odysseus, King of Ithaka, trying to survive. In The Odyssey by Homer, characters in the story were impacted by significant events, and emerged either more joyful, or more depressed than before. Telemakhos journeyed on a long voyage to find his father, enduring much pain in the process that eventually lead to reunion with his father. His father, Odysseus himself, the great Greek hero, suffered practically all his life, yet he returned to his home as the rightful king....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Quest: An Archetype in Various Cultural Myths

- The Quest Archetype When examining various cultural myths, one archetype keeps repeating—the image of the quest. This archetype functions with various different mythologies as a method of learning about the world, both its external features and what is inside the self. The quest comes from ancient origins and is found in Classical Western culture, but has been fine tuned through the generations. In its most modern interpretations, there are continuing elements of the age old myth, where extenuating circumstances or hubris, place the hero in turmoil and needing to find an answer....   [tags: world history]

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The Contradictory Nature of Greek Gods and Godesses

- Many Greek gods were seen as both benefactors and tormentors, typically it depends on which god or goddess you are researching about. The seemingly contradictory behavior of the gods, acting as both benefactors and tormentors of man, can readily be explained when viewed in light of the prime directive for man, to worship the gods and not “overstep,” and the ensuing “Deus ex Mahina” which served to coerce man to fulfill his destiny as evidenced by the myths: “Pandora,” “Arachne, and “Odysseus.” Humankind and it’s range of vision over the gods beauty and power portrayed them to be benefactors but unseemingly it depicted their affliction towards humans....   [tags: benefactor, tormenter, power]

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Homer 's Odyssey : A Triumph Of Storytelling

- Homer’s Odyssey: A Triumph of Storytelling Few stories can stand the test of time the same way Homer’s Odyssey can. Despite the fact it was written all the way back sometime between 750 and 650 B.C. and takes place in culture very different from our own, the Odyssey is still a classic example of a triumph of storytelling. Homer successfully captivates our attention by using various techniques to pulls us into a reality full of danger and the supernatural, a story full of adventure, and characters we marvel at and can relate to....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Polyphemus, Achilles]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- When thinking about the Odyssey, you are either going to think about this book and how different things pop up into your mind about it. Such as you are going to think about this book and how either you hated reading it because you just aren’t that into mythology and reading overall, or how Homer was just a genius while writing it and put so much detail into where it actually made this a decent book. You could think about the romance and love that goes throughout the whole book with Odysseus and his wife Penelope, or when Odysseus is finally reunited with father....   [tags: Odyssey, Cyclops, Odysseus, Polyphemus]

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The Odyssey And O Brother Where Art Thou?

- “O muse. Sing in me, and through me tell the story...Of that man skilled in all the ways of contending...A wanderer, harried for years on end…” (Homer). These are the opening words of The Odyssey. This is also in the opening scene of O Brother Where Art Thou?. O Brother is a reception of the revered story of Odysseus’ journey with a bit of a twist. The works have similarities that only a person well informed of the Odyssey could see. The Odyssey and O Brother highlight the trials of the main character’s journeys....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Homer]

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The Ancient Greeks' Belief in the Underworld

- A dark, silent, formless void, a perpetual abyss without orientation, this is essentially what the Greeks believed was the origin of the world. The ancient Greeks while trying to further explain the world, invented beguiling myths (Evie). From these myths a world of human like gods and goddesses was formed (Evie). Through narratives, legends, and myths this world justified various abstract ideas, thus creating Greek mythology (Evie). A central element in Greek mythology is the underworld. The underworld is considered to be the place where one’s soul goes to after death....   [tags: Greek mythology, Greek Gods]

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Denied the Title of a True Hero

- In the epic poem, The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus goes on a harrowing journey to return home to Ithaka. Many people believe that throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus goes through a journey to become a hero. Odysseus does go through the stations of the hero’s journey, but he also does not have all the characteristics that would define someone as a true hero. Due to disrespect to the people affiliated with him, poor leadership, and cruelty, Odysseus does not earn the title of a true hero. Odysseus exhibits different forms of disrespect by being unfaithful, untrusting, and being neglectful to his peers....   [tags: Literary Characters]

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The Odyssey: A Summary by Alec Fields

- Odysseus was the king of Ithaca; he had a wife, and a new-born son Telemachus. While his son was still an infant, king Agamemnon declared war on the Troy, and Odysseus was drafted to fight in the Greek army. It was there that he did many heroic deeds, most notably his concoction of the Trojan Horse plan. But this story begins after all that after he offends the god Poseidon and is sent on his journey, his quest, his Odyssey.     Ismarus was sacked by Odysseus and his men. It was plentiful with money, food, and treasure....   [tags: Literary Review ]

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Atlantis: The Lost City, Culture, and Continent

- Everyone has heard the bedtime story of the golden lost city of Atlantis. It has been a child’s dream to discover it for decades, maybe centuries. This city has often been compared to the Garden of Eden. The birth of this fairytale lies with the Greek philosopher, Plato. Atlantis was modernly made popular by writer and U.S. Congressman, Ignatius Donnelly, in 1882 (Martin 12). According to Greek mythological history, Atlantis was founded by the god Poseidon and ruled by Atlas, a descendant of Poseidon’s ten sons of five pairs of twins, thus, the name Atlantis and Atlantic Ocean (McMullen 28; Martin 9)....   [tags: World History]

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The Importance of Hospitality in the Odyssey

- Xenia in The Odyssey Hospitality today is nothing like it was in Ancient Greece. Today, good hospitality is being friendly and respectful to a guest. In Ancient Greece, hospitality was something people had to do, or face the wrath of Zeus. Zeus’s law of hospitality is that any stranger that comes to your home, the host must be willing to feed, entertain, and maybe offer them a bath and anything else they might be in need of without question until those things had been given, and also give them a parting gift....   [tags: xenia, literary criticism, analytical]

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Greek Mythology and the Seven Deadly Sins

- The seven deadly sins can be tracked all the way back to the 4th century, when a monk named Evagrius Ponticus made a list of basically all the problems he saw in his time. His list consisted of gluttony, fornication, greed, pride, sadness, wrath, and dejection. Later on Pope Gregory I would edit this list and add in sloth and envy, and would also rename fornication to lust, this list of sins has not been changed since. Each of the seven deadly sins was associated with a punishment in Hell....   [tags: sloth, envy, gluttony, lust, greed, pride]

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Theseus of Greece and Romulus of Rome

- Bravery, strength, and leadership are just a few of the characteristics possessed by Theseus of Greece and Romulus of Rome. Plutarch, a Greek historian, explains lives each of these men. These men were different from any of the other men during Ancient Greece and Rome; according to Plutarch, they were descendants of the divine, which ultimately destined them for greatness. Throughout their lives, they would achieve power through various events and establish the societies and politics of two the greatest cities in history....   [tags: notorious ancient world leaders]

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Moral And Ethical Dilemmas Of The Ramayana

- In everyday life, we must overcome the challenges that test our strength and will as well as to accept the ramifications that come in handling the situation. These events are known as moral and ethical dilemmas and in certain reading selections, the main characters are faced with fulfilling a parent’s desire, putting your life at risk, challenged to explore who you really are, and choosing to whether or not disclosing or doing something is the right thing to do. To begin with, fulfilling a parent’s wish could not only put you in danger, but others as well....   [tags: Ramayana, Rama, Hanuman, Odyssey]

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The Beginning Of The Story Of Odysseus

- The beginning of the story takes place after the Trojan War. All of the Greek gods have returned home besides Odysseus. He was the only survivor of the Trojan War but now he has been taken captive by the nymph. Calypso has falling in love with him and won’t let him leave. But while this is happening his wife Penelope is watching his kingdom in Ithaca. Athena goes to her father Zeus and begs him to allow Odysseus to come home. She goes to Ithaca to talk to Telemachus. Athena believes that Odysseus is alive and tries to convince him to stand up and find more information about his father....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Trojan War, Odysseus]

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Greek Mythology : Greek And Indian Mythology

- Mythology in the dictionary is defined as a “collection of myths or the study of myths.” and while the mythologies originate from different places, they are alike in many aspects. They share similar themes, beliefs, and experts believe they are the same for many reasons. Greek and Indian mythology both share the same theme of the main character trying to avoid a prophecy only to succumb to their destiny. In Indian mythology, we have the story of King Kansa. Kansa was an evil ruler who was warned by AakashVani that he would be killed by his sisters, Devaki, eight sons....   [tags: Greek mythology, Zeus, Mythology, Hades]

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Water and Womanhood in Ancient Greece

- In the times of ancient Greece, there were ample tales, myths, and legends surrounding the realm of the sea; many of which included fearsome beasts, epic struggles, and angered gods. There are tales of vengeance, spite, cruelty, and rage, but there are also those of understanding, compassion, helpfulness, and benevolence. When one subjects many of the more malevolent (and sometimes disturbing) tales to closer inspection, it becomes fairly evident that a great number of these stories use a feminine force in order to display the wraith of the sea and the sea gods or goddesses....   [tags: Women in Marine Mythology, Ancient Mediterranean]

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Hades, an Influence on Greek Society

- Greek gods, the basis of Greek culture and religion, are the center of Greeks’ superstitions and ways to worship. These relate to the god’s origin and their deeds in their myths. Gods can either show jealousy, courage, or kindness to mortals and other gods, so Greeks label the gods based on their qualities. In most circumstances, the Greeks decide whether to worship or despise a god only by whom or what they rule over. For example, Greeks show reluctance in worshipping Hades, the Lord of the Underworld....   [tags: Negative Impact, Ancient Worship]

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Athenas: Greek Gods and Religious Practices

- Athena When people hear the words “Greek gods” they immediately think of Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. While those three play a big role in Greek mythology, there are many other gods and goddesses who are also very important and highly worshipped (C. Hemingway, S. Hemingway). Another highly worshipped goddess is the goddess of wisdom, Athena. Born from the head of Zeus, Athena is his favorite daughter and is highly respected by the other gods. She is one of three virgin goddesses and has many temples dedicated to her worship (“The Goddess Athena”)....   [tags: greek gods, mythology, religion]

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A Hero vs An Average Person

- What qualities does a hero have. Is it someone who inspires us, or someone who you simply admire. A hero to me is someone who is brave, a leader, intelligent, and strong. A hero has to be able to sacrifice himself for others. A hero is someone who doesn’t look down on others, but someone who encourages others to look up to them. Odysseus, man of many wiles, husband of Penelope, father of Telemachus, Son of Laertes and Anticlea has all the qualities of a hero, but also has some flaws. Odysseus seems to be more than the average person, therefore he is an average person with a mixture of good and bad qualities....   [tags: heroism, Odysseus, leadership]

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Gregos and Stephanos, Sons of Gods

- Once upon a time, in 79 A.D., there lived two great friends named Gregos and Stephanos, both were sons of Gods. They both lived in ancient Greece and considered themselves as brothers because they always played together. Stephanos was the son of the mighty Sun God and Gregos was the son of either creative Poseidon, powerful Zeus or gloomy Hades. Gregos was frustrated by this fact because he wanted to know who his real father was. However, evil eventually came to Stephanos mind and Gregos had turn against his friend....   [tags: personal narrative]

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Greek And Roman Gods And Goddesses

- Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses In Greek mythology, twelve Gods and Goddesses rule the universe from atop Greece 's Mount Olympus. These Olympians had come to power after their leader, Zeus, overthrew his father, Kronos, leader of the Titans. All the Olympians are related to one another. The Romans adopted most of these Greek Gods and Goddesses, but with new names. The Gods and Goddesses were a major part of everyday life in ancient Greece, and each had a particular role. The mythology is used to explain the universe and the things humans witness and endure....   [tags: Zeus, Greek mythology, Dionysus, Apollo]

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Historical Value Of Ancient Greek Culture

- Myths play an influential role in all cultures and societies. Back when communication was not easy, stories were told among family and friends to help spread lessons. Values to help children to learn about how to live a blessed life are made into these stories. One may not notice the same thing that happens today. Stories told of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and creatures alike who reward those for being balanced. Back in history when folk spoke of gods alike to parents talking about godlike beings watching a child’s decision making....   [tags: Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus]

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The Epic Of Gilgamesh And Odysseus

- From modern fiction to Greek myths there are heroes in most stories. Every hero follows, at least, one or more aspects of the hero motif. Throughout fictional history, there are some heroes that stood the test of time. Gilgamesh, from The Epic of Gilgamesh, and Odysseus, from The Odyssey, are two heroes that fallow the hero motif. While both Gilgamesh and Odysseus are traditional heroes, Odysseus fallows the traditional hero role more than Gilgamesh. Both Odysseus and Gilgamesh are heroes and share many common events during their story....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, Odyssey, Ishtar, Shamash]

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Athena And The Goddess Of Wisdom

- Athena was one of the twelve gods in Greek mythology that lived on Mount Olympus. She was the daughter of Zeus the ruler of all the gods and the god of the sky. Athena had many titles is Greek mythology but her two most influential were the goddess of war and the goddess of wisdom. Some of the stories that will be discussed in this paper have multiple versions to them depending on who is telling them or what culture is telling them. The story of Athena’s birth is a very interesting one, as her birth like most from older pathos is not a normal birth story like todays births....   [tags: Athena, Greek mythology, Zeus, Culture]

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Odysseus Is A True Epic Hero

- In Homer’s The Odyssey, the character of Odysseus is renowned as a noble epic hero. However, is Odysseus’ reputation truly justified by his intellect and cunning. Is he truly one “who for all craft am noted among men, and my renown reaches to heaven” (80). Or is he, as a mortal man, also susceptible to the temptation of pride and boastfulness. Nevertheless, while Odysseus shows instances of rashness and naivety during his journey, such as lingering in the cyclops’ cave and revealing his name to Polyphemus, he evidently matures as a character and epic hero throughout the journey, such as when he disguises himself when he returns to Ithaca and when he devises a plan to defeat the suitors....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Trojan War, Odysseus]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey

- The fall of Troy in the 12th or 13th century BCE and the pursuit of historical/documentation gave inspiration for the composition of Homer’s the Odyssey. Epic poetry is seen by many historical scholars as Homer’s forte. His use of Odysseus as a centralized heroic figure, the heavy involvement of the Greek Gods, plentiful examples of repetition/enumerations, and Homer’s invoking of Zeus’ nine daughters the Muses are all glaring characteristics of epic poetry. These characteristics incidentally make excellent mnemonic devices....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Homer, Epic poetry]

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The Gods of Greek Mythology

- In Greek Mythology, perhaps one of the most rudimental yet one of the most important elements are the Greek Gods and Goddesses. The ancient Greeks created the stories about the lives and journeys of the Greek Gods, known as myths, simply as an endeavor to elucidate nature and all phenomena which were difficult to explain using modern science and logic. These myths about the Gods were spread around the world by explorers and storytellers, and later merged with Greek religion. To this day, numerous myths survived through many writings and through much art....   [tags: Greek Mythology]

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Male Dominance In Greek Mythology

- As one begins to enter the Greek world of Mythology it cannot be helped but to notice the significant impact these works have had on this day and age. Seeing as how they have such profound impact on our everyday lives, it’s necessary to research and analyze this noteworthy topic. A constant recurring theme worth discussion as seen throughout Greek Mythology is that of men and their dominative status. Some examples of such men include: Hercules – renown for his 12 Great Labors, the cunning Odysseus in his return voyage home, and the ever-courageous Orestes....   [tags: Greek Mythology]

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Greek Mythology: Then and Now

- "A myth is a collective term denoting a symbolic narrative in religion, as distinguished from symbolic behavior (cult, ritual) and symbolic places or objects (temples, icons)". (The New Encyclopedia Britannica. Vol. 24)Mythology is a collection of myths meant to explain the universe. Mythological stories were told in many different cultures and civilizations. The existence of myths is known in every society. Many different myths were conceived to explain occurrences that happened in nature. One of these natural occurrences is the solar eclipse....   [tags: Mythology]

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The Facts on Hades' Impact

- The Facts of Hades’ Impact Hades has had a great influence on the Greek society throughout the years. He influenced the Greek society by providing them with a defined path of the afterlife. By doing so, he changed the Greeks’ way of thinking, as well as their behavior. Hades, along with Zeus and Poseidon, was the son of Cronus and Rhea. Cronus, in fear of a prophecy that stated he would be overthrown by his own son, devoured each of his children as soon as they were born. However, “Rhea managed to save the youngest, Zeus, by … [feeding] Cronus a stone wrapped in the… clothes of an infant [instead]” (Atsma “Cronus”)....   [tags: greek, afterlife, zeus, rhea]

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The Divinity of Ancient Greece

- ... Hera, Zeus’ sister and wife, was the goddess of the woman and marriage. Although she was the guardian of married women, she could not protect herself from the suffering that her husband caused to her. Hera’s marriage was founded in strife with Zeus and continued in strife (“The Greek Olympians”). The Olympian siblings were not the only the ones who had been specially gifted with powers; Zeus’ descendant also got their own abilities. Ares, son of Zeus and Hera both of whom detested him, was the god of war and considered murderous and bloodstained although strangely a coward (“The 12 Olympians”) Hephaestus, the god of fire and forge, was sometimes said to be the son of Zeus and Hera, somet...   [tags: Greek mythology, supernatural beings]

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Cosmic Irony in The Odyssey

- ... Poseidon, the god of earthquake, also shows fate at the end of book nine with his plans to destroy Odysseus’ journey home, “Zeus was still obsessed with plans to destroy/my entire oarswept fleet and loyal crew of comrades” (9.618-619). Poseidon tells Odysseus that he is not coming back to Ithaca, home, the same way it is when he leaves from there. Odysseus journey is planned to be tragic. Odysseus thinks that he can control anything but in reality, most of the time he cannot. The second feature of cosmic irony is false sense of freewill....   [tags: ancient Greek epic poems]

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The Illiad, Attributed to Homer

- The Iliad poem takes place in north western Turkey around the once mythical city of Troy. Troy was unearthed by a german archaeologist known by Heinrich Schliemann in 1865. Now with the actual city being found it started to bring the story into the realm of truth, but mystery behind the writer of the poem still lingered. The Iliad is believed by scholars to have an unknown author, but the poem’s authorship was ultimately given to a blind poet by the name of Homer. Homer as an individual is a mystery due to the lack of history following his life....   [tags: Troy, Mythology]

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The Greek Religious mythology Hellenism

- Throughout the many stories in the Greek religious mythology Hellenism, which meant to teach lessons and explain how the world works, there are a vast number of characters. One that has become quite known today through the media, and even teachings in school, is the gorgon Medusa. The name gorgon is derived from the Greek word gorgos, meaning “fierce”, “terrible” or “dreadful”. A gorgon is traditionally a repulsive creature with an innate hatred towards men and the ability to turn people to stone with a single look into their eyes....   [tags: greek, zeus, medusa]

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Zeus: King of the Gods

- Zeus: King of the Gods Zeus, Lord of the Skies, King of the Gods, was the last sibling of the Titan Kronos and the Titaness Rhea. He would have suffered the same fate as his other five Olympian siblings, Demeter, Hestia, Poseidon, Hades, and Hera, being swallowed alive, if it had not been for his mother hiding him and tricking Kronos into eating a large stone instead. He was raised in a cave with nine spirits, the Kouretes, and a goat, Amaltheia, that nursed him with her milk and the bees of the mountain provided honey....   [tags: Hera, tinaness rhea, olympia siblings]

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Women Of The Trojan War

- Women are designated scapegoats of societies throughout history. Women are blamed for using seduction to trick men or are used as prizes for men to fight over; consequently, this allows men to begin wars or arguments over a single woman. In the case of the Trojan War, as depicted through Homer’s Iliad, women are the outright reason for encouraging and causing the greatest heroes to fight for nothing. The Trojan War begins with the abduction of Helen (McAllister 8), which is described through previous mythology where Aphrodite awards her to Paris for judging that Aphrodite is the most beautiful goddess, thus beginning the cycle that women are made prizes....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Greek mythology, Achilles]

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Greek Mythology : Greek Gods

- They were the lords of heaven and earth and protectors of seas; the patrons of sexual pleasures, and instigators of war. They were the mighty Greek gods whom Greek mythology teaches had reigned over Mount Olympus, the highest peak in all of Greece. Their names are as familiar today, as they were thousands of years ago. The popular gods were Zeus, Poseidon, Apollo, and Aphrodite. In ancient times, these gods were woven into tales of adventure, heroism, and sexual conquests. Yet, without a permanent home in their own Bible or Koran, one may wonder whether these gods belonged to a lost religion or merely characters written into fables now known as Greek Mythology....   [tags: Greek mythology, Zeus, Demeter, Ancient Rome]

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Hubris And The Ancient Games

- The prompt that I have selected is the idea of hubris and the ancient games and comparing it to the modern world to see its similarities and differences. The text we will be looking at is Herodotus and we will also look at the sculpture The Diskobolos created by Myron. Off of these two we will discuss the idea of hubris and the Olympic games from Ancient Greece and compare it to the regular world. I wanted the ancient Greek games to our modern Olympic games which has changed from an event about honor to a commercialized event filled with cheating athletes....   [tags: Ancient Olympic Games, Olympic Games, Greece]

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Greek Mythology And Greek Gods

- Many religions and gods were around at the time of Paul, two of which are Greek and Roman religions. Even though these were two countries with separate religions, the Roman religion came from the Greek gods. There were aspects, such as the names, that were different, but they still originated from the Greek gods. Greek gods were an important part of Greek mythology. They were around all the way back before Christ. Most of them still existed at the time of Paul. The highest Greek god was Zeus. He was the “Lord of the sky and supreme ruler of the gods”1, only after he overthrew his father, Cronus....   [tags: Zeus, Greek mythology, Hera, Apollo]

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The Heart Of The Mediterranean

- In the heart of the Mediterranean, one of the most important civilizations in history was born. A wealth of culture, great thinkers, and advancements sprung forth from its mountainous peninsulas and islands. Ancient Greece would influence the whole of western civilization as we know it today. From the way we live our lives, to the ideals we hold for ourselves, to the buildings we live and function in. The Ancient Greek civilization flourished for over a thousand years, overcoming adversities of every kind and still somehow becoming home to some of the most famous people, ideas, and buildings of all time....   [tags: Ancient Greece, Sparta, Peloponnesian War, Greece]

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Comparing Odysseus And The Odyssey

- The Odyssey’s protagonist, Odysseus, King of Ithica, husband of Penelope and father of Telemachus was reknown for his craftiness. When Helen is abducted and Menelaus calls upon his allies to honour their oaths and help him to retrieve her. Odysseus tries to avoid going to war by feigning lunacy and starts sowing his fields with salt, as an oracle had prophesied a long-delayed return home for him if he went. However, Palamedes, sent by Menelaus’s brother Agamemnon places his infant son Telemachus in front of his plow....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Iliad, Trojan War]

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The Odyssey

- The Odyssey is a Greek word meaning 'the tale of Odysseus.'; Odysseus, the King of Ithaca; husband of Penelope; father of Telemachus; and son of Laertes was not able to return home after the war he was once in: the Trojan War. Stuck on an island, he is presumed dead. In his absence, suitors for his wife ruin his house with lavish feasts. This epic poem, by Homer, describes how Odysseus, with the help of the gods, gets home and regains his kingship. Justice is always harsh in the Odyssey; there is either no justice or a lot of it; the punishment however, is always severe....   [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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Deities of Greek Mythology

- Gods and goddesses in mythology are used in allusions and often referred to in our daily lives, but do we truly understand them. We may not understand how or why they look the way they do, how they behave, what they are capable of accomplishing, or how they interacted with humans. These super-beings of extremely high status were the heart and soul of prayers and explanations of natural phenomena. They had a variety of natures and were represented in a variety of ways, by different religions. To start, physical features and behaviours are crucial to the representations of gods and goddesses....   [tags: Greek Mythology]

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