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  • Circe And Calypso
    453 words
    Although both Circe and Calypso from Homer's The Odyssey fulfill the archetypal theme of the witch who hinders the protagonist's return, they have several differences between them. One of the first differences is simply the way that each witch detains Odysseus. When Odysseus meets Circe, he subdues her with a plan given to him by Hermes, Zeus personal messenger: As soon as Circe gives you a tap with her long rod, draw your sword she will be terrified, and will invite you to come in with her. Do ...
  • Illiad Achilleus
    776 words
    Achilleus Heroism Thesis: Achilleus is the incarnation of hybris, the arrogance that almost automatically brings retribution and ruin, because he seems to think of himself as above all other mortals. Now they came beside the shelters and ships of the Myrmidons and they found Achilleus delighting his heart in a lyre, clear- sounding, splendidly and carefully wrought, with a bridge of silver upon it, which he won out of spoils when he ruined Ection's city. Illiad (Book IX, Lines 185-191, Page 203)...
  • Mankind For Prometheus Transgressions With Woman
    578 words
    Hesiod and Aeschylus both tell the tale of Prometheus, the god that stole fire from Olympus and gave it to man. Each author takes a different position on the matter: Hesiod condemns Prometheus and man, while Aeschylus celebrates them, which is evident in several characteristics of the myth. First, the role of the female in the relationship between man and gods in each myth is different. Hesiod, for example describes woman as 'an evil'; created by the gods to punish man for accepting fire. Woman ...
  • Greeks And Trojans
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    Theme Analysis In Homer's Iliad, war is depicted as horrible, bloody, and fruitless. There are no clear winners in The Iliad. Many people die in vain because of arrogant and emotional decisions made by men. Achilles directly causes the death of his friend by first refusing to fight, leaving the Greeks at a disadvantage, and then poorly advising his friend Patroclus to join the other fighters. Even the initial cause of the war, Paris' kidnapping of Helen, a Greek woman, is a rash and selfish act....
  • Immortal Sceptre Within The Iliad Homer
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    The Immortal Sceptre Within the Iliad Homer portrays through association and symbolism the sceptre as a representation of divine power. Agamemnon is the nominal owner of this sceptre, on which much emphasis is placed in the early stages of the poem. This relic, a sceptre once owned by Zeus, has a kingly and divine past and, as a result, is a symbol of authority, power, and recognition within the kingdom of Greece. Homer's discussion of the sceptre in Books I and II serves to elucidate these char...
  • Prometheus's Knowledge Of Zeus's Downfall
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    The authoritative presence in Aeschylus's Prometheus Bound was Fate. Some might argue that it was Zeus, but in fact it was very much Fate that had control, which Prometheus himself knew. Zeus, like his father, Chronos, knew his fate of demise and tried to save himself. It is apparent that despite Fate's inevitability, many Greek heroes chose to fight it rather than give up. Fate predicted in Oedipus the King that Oedipus would kill his father and marry his mother, but both he and his parents fou...

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