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  • Odyssey

    Iliad and The Odyssey - the central pillars of Ancient Greek literature were written by legendary Greek author Homer. The Odyssey, the sequel to Iliad, follows the story of Odysseus who has not returned to his kingdom of Ithaca after fighting the war of Troy 10 years ago.

    The Plot

    In the absence of Odysseus, his palace in Ithaca has been cluttered by suitors of Odysseus’ wife Penelope. While Penelope faithfully waits for her husband’s return, Prince Telemachus mopes as he lacks the confidence to overthrow all those who are vying for the crown. Antinous plots to murder Telemachus to remove the last hurdle between the crown and himself.

    Backed by Athena's support, Telemachus sets sail to Pylos and Sparta where he learns that his father is still alive and trapped in an island by Calypso. As he plans to return home, Antinous is all set to ambush and assassinate Telemachus. Meanwhile, Zeus and Hermes decide to help Odysseus escape and convince Calypso to build him a ship. As the protagonist sets sail to go home, he is confronted by the angry sea god Poseidon who wants revenge from Odysseus for blinding his son. Athena helps Odysseus to reach safety, and guides him back to Ithaca disguised as a beggar. Odysseus reveals his true self to Telemachus and they plot to kill all those vying for the crown. The next day, Odysseus reaches the palace as a beggar only to be insulted by the suitors of Penelope. Suspecting that the beggar might be her husband in disguise, she organizes a competition where the winner would marry her. While all the suitors fail, Odysseus performs the task effortlessly and wins. He reveals his identity and the entire courtroom rejoices. Telemachus along with his trusted aides kill every last suitor.

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  • The Odyssey

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  • A Space Odyssey and The Odyssey

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    Metis in 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Odyssey The movie 2001: A Space Odyssey by Steven Kubrick and The Odyssey by Homer have underlying themes that have relationships to each respectively. However, Greek mythology often attributes strength as the ultimate virtue, and even current day movies do too. The attribute of being clever or cunning is seen during 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Odyssey seen by Odysseus and David Bowman as the dominate theme throughout both titles. Metis, the Greek word meaning

  • The Characteristics Of The Odyssey In The Odyssey

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    and similarly improves by becoming a great war hero. 2) Iron’s steadfast endurance is matched by its potential to act as an agent of destruction; Odysseus prepares for a battle at his homecoming and destroys the traitors in his home. Thesis: In The Odyssey, Odysseus displays many characteristics similar to that of iron, a powerful and dangerous material. Question 4 “Thesis Development A”: P1: Rama believes that an individual should not be concerned with the problems they encounter because they do not

  • Odyssey

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    through the physical and spiritual journey as his son did. Telemachus went through the spiritual journey with Athena mentoring him through adolescents. the physical journey obviously seeking his father. So the real hero that lives on in this book the Odyssey is actually Telemachus.

  • The Odyssey

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    The Odyssey The Odyssey is the story of the homecoming of another of the great Greek heroes at Troy, Odysseus. Unlike Achilles, Odysseus is not famous for his great strength or bravery, but for his ability to deceive and trick (it is Odysseus's idea to take Troy by offering the citizens a large wooden horse filled, unbeknownst to the Trojans, with Greek soldiers). He is the anthropos polytropos, the "man of many ways," or the "man of many tricks." His homecoming has been delayed for ten years

  • Odyssey

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    In Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, various aspects of the ancient Greeks are revealed through the actions, characters, plot, and wording. Homer uses his skill as a playwright, poet, and philosopher to inform the audience of the history, prides, and achievements of the ancient Greeks, and, also, to tell of the many values and the multi-faceted culture of the ancient Greek caste. The Greeks had numerous values and customs, of which the primary principles are the mental characteristics of an

  • The Odyssey

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    distractions to those Odysseus faced when he was lost. Although the great commitment Odysseus possesses does not occur today as much as it should, this quality is still admired, and those who have it are held in high prestige. With this in mind, Homer’s Odyssey still represents a similar journey that most college males must endure.

  • The Odyssey

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    Throughout vast journeys of many heroes, no other hero had a more complex journey than Odysseus. This journey is called The Odyssey, written by Homer. It is an epic poem or story told of a hero name Odysseus on a 20-year voyage trying to get back home from the Trojan War. The great epic poem known as The Odyssey and attributed to Homer was probably first written down around the eighth century BC, but the origins of the ancient story in myth, legend, and folklore and art appear to be much older.

  • The Odyssey

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    modern day literature and life. The Odyssey is an epic poem written by Homer, which tells the story of Odysseus's journey home after the Trojan War. Odysseus does not achieve his goal of reaching home so easily; monsters and gods come in his way and hinder him. The Odyssey expresses Greek values of hospitality from the customs of Ithaca, humility from Odysseus’s reform, and loyalty from Odysseus’s family. The Greek value of hospitality is exhibited in The Odyssey by Odysseus and Penelope. Odysseus