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Homers Iliad - General Plot Summary of Homer\'s Iliad The Iliad is a lengthy poem of some 15,693 lines, divided into 24 books (cantos) and has as its theme the anger (menis) of the Greek hero Achilles, the greatest of the heroes to sail to Troy. In the tenth year of the war, Achilles quarrels with the leader of the expedition, Agamemnon, over a slight to Achilles\' honor. In his anger, Achilles withdraws from the fighting and wins the aid of Zeus, the king of the gods, to see to it that the war turns against the Greeks....   [tags: essays research papers] 733 words
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Homer's Iliad - The Iliad is a poem divided into twenty-four books, about Troy, written in the late eighth or early seventh century B. C. by Homer. The saga is about the tenth year of a war between the Greeks and the Trojans, around 1200 B. C. , and takes place before the city of Troy. While the Greeks are stood by the walls of Troy, the King, Agamemnon, does not want to return his captive Chryseis to the priest of Apollo, her father. As the Greeks persevere in their demand, Agamemnon finally agrees, but takes Briseis from Achilleus in her place....   [tags: essays research papers] 1787 words
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Homer's Iliad - The Iliad is an epic that tells the story of how Achilles avenges the death of his friend Petrocolus. Many of the events that took place were influenced by the God’s. The God either had control of the situation or took control of the situation at some point in time, not allowing the free will of the mortals to interfere with what was destined to happen. In the beginning of the Iliad, Agamemnon who the commander-in-chief of the Achaean forces, takes a liking to the Chryseis and takes her away from the her father....   [tags: essays research papers] 985 words
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Achilles: The Tragic Hero - The Iliad, the Greek epic documented by Homer that describes the battles and events of the ten year siege on Troy by the Greek army. Both Trojans and Greeks had their fair share of heroes and warriors, but none could match the skill and strength of the swift runner, Achilles. Achilles had the attributes of a perfect warrior with his god-like speed and combat abilities. However, even though he was Greek’s greatest warrior, he still possessed several flaws that made him fit the role of the Tragic Hero impeccably....   [tags: The Iliad Essays]
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Comparative Analysis of the Aeneid, Odyssey, and Iliad - Comparative Analysis of the Aeneid, Odyssey, and Iliad The Iliad and the Odyssey are two of the best Greek epics written by Homer. Despite their popularity, almost nothing is known about the author beyond the existence of his masterpieces. Surprisingly enough no concrete evidence of his existence is available; not even to confirm the same person created the two works. The authorship of the Iliad and the Odyssey were debated even in the times of the ancient Greeks. Many scholars have argued that Homer did not compose the Iliad and the Odyssey; only compiled over the centuries by many different storytellers....   [tags: Papers] 964 words
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A Comparison of Homeric Formalism in The Iliad and The Odyssey - Homeric Formalism in The Iliad and The Odyssey "Much that is terrible takes place in the Homeric poems, but it seldom takes place wordlessly... no speech is so filled with anger or scorn that the particles which express logical and grammatical connections are lacking or out of place." (from "Odysseus' Scar" by Erich Auerbach)   In his immaculately detailed study comparing the narrative styles of Homer to those of the Bible, Erich Auerbach hits upon one of the most notable intrigues of reading Homer, namely his unrelenting sense of epic form and rhythm....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Importance of Iliad as Modern Teaching Tool - Importance of Iliad as a Modern Teaching Tool The passing of works from generation to generation is not an uncommon thing, nor is it a new practice. For centuries, even since the beginning of time, scholars have recorded and passed on historical accounts, works of art, poetry, and great literary works as a means of transcending the culture from one generation to the next. In doing so, these works were not merely used for leisurely purposes, rather as a way to teach and educate different lessons, morals, and values....   [tags: Papers] 1452 words
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Pride Fueled Rage: Achilles - Achilles, the hero and great warrior of the Trojan War, is son of the goddess Thetis and mortal Peleus. He is extremely courageous and has tremendous honor, within his character however, is a juxtaposing inherent flaw of pride entwined with anger. Is it a necessary pride. Do all heroes have this character flaw. In The Iliad, the anger of Achilles is presented from the first line, “ Rage: / Sing Goddess, Achilles’ rage / Black and murderous…” (Line 1-3; p. 107). Here Achilles’ anger is described as rage, a term suitable to describe the anger of a God....   [tags: The Iliad Essays]
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The Mysterious Homer, Author of The Odyssey and The Iliad - The Mysterious Homer, Author of The Odyssey and The Iliad  A sketchy figure by the name of Homer is given credit for the two great epic poems of ancient Greece. The Odyssey and The Iliad influenced Greek culture, education, and morality. Little is known about Homer and many scholars question whether he existed at all. (Encarta) Some say two different unknown authors wrote the two poems. (Britannica) Others say that many oral poets were responsible for the finished products. (Britannica) In this report I will discuss the theories that support the existence of an author named Homer....   [tags: Homer]
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Essay on Women in Iliad, Odyssey, and the Bible - Role of Women in Iliad, Odyssey, and the Bible Much is known of men in ancient civilizations, from the famous philosophers and mathematicians of Greece to the patriarchs and subsequent kings of the nation of Israel. It would seem, however, that history has forgotten the women of these times. What of the famous female thinkers of Ancient Greece, the distinguished stateswomen of Rome. What power did they hold. What was their position in societies of the distant past. A glimpse into the roles and influence of women in antiquity can be discovered in such ancient masterpieces as the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Hebrew Bible....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Comparing the Immature Males of the Iliad and Lysistrata - The Immature Males of the Iliad and Lysistrata   Both Homer's Iliad and Aristophanes' Lysistrata explore the nature and character of men. In their respective portrayals of male characters, both works reveal a fundamental flaw in that nature. This underlying flaw, immaturity, results in a variety of childish behaviors that are not only inappropriate but potentially quite dangerous and destructive. Reliance on women, inability to exert self-control, and resorting to violence as an easy solution to any problem or perceived threat are typical traits of young boys....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Concluding Homer's Iliad - The last three books of The Iliad provide three different endings, but together they work to present a more encompassing conclusion than any one of these books provides alone. Book XXII and XXIV discuss the events of Hector's death and burial emphasized by Achilles actions, while Book XXIII provides a transition between the two. Together, these books emphasize the dilution of Achilles rage as is contrasted by the fall of Hector and the subsequent fall of Troy. Book XXII of The Iliad is a crucial book to the final ending of the epic, as it signifies the fall of Hector and the eventual fall of Troy....   [tags: World Literature] 660 words
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The Relationships of Fate, the Gods, and Man in "The Iliad" - One of the most compelling topics The Iliad raises is that of the intricate affiliations between fate, man and the gods. Many events related by Homer in his epic poem exhibit how these three connections interweave and eventually determine the very lives of the men and women involved in the war. Homer leaves these complex relationships slightly unclear throughout the epic, never spelling out the exact bonds connecting men's fate to the gods and what can be considered the power of fate. The motivation for the ambiguousness present in The Iliad is not easily understood, but it is a question that enriches and helps weave an even greater significance of the results into Homer's masterpiece....   [tags: World Literature] 1440 words
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A Comparison of Fate in Iliad and Oedipus Rex - Fate in Iliad and Oedipus Rex In the stories The Iliad and Oedipus Rex, Oedipus and Achilles exemplified the portrayal of how a personal characters' fate may lay in their own hands. The egotistical mindset Oedipus held triggered one of the most tragic turns in his future, resembling Achilles. As for his excess pride, it resulted in the loss of his good friend Patroclus. Oedipus' boastful ways were the initiation of his disastrous downfall. A few years before Oedipus took reign of king, he was requested to step aside while a group of men passed....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 407 words
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Aristotle's Perspective of Friendship in Homer's Iliad - An Aristotelian Examination of Friendship in Homer's Iliad It is strange to label any friendship a success or a failure; it is stranger still to call the friendship between Achilleus and Patroklos a failure, especially when it has long been celebrated as one of the greatest friendships in antiquity. After all, friendship is called a success when friends remain just that, and a failure when they part ways with diffidence. How else could we possibly judge friendship. I suggest, however, that the good of the friend is the end of true friendship, and that this principle can guide critical inquiry into the nature of friendship....   [tags: Philosophy Essays]
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A Comparison of Aneas of Aeneid and Turnus of Iliad - A Comparison of Aneas of Aeneid and Turnus of Iliad         The subtlety in the differences between Aneas and Turnus, reflect the subtlety in the differences between the Aeneid and the Iliad.  Although both characters are devout and noble,  Aneas does not possess the ardent passion of Turnus.  Unlike Turnus, Aneas is able to place his beliefs in the fated establishment of Latium before his personal interests. Although Turnus is not a bad person, the gods favor Aneas in their schemes.  The roles of Aneas and Turnus are reversed as the Aeneid progresses.  The erasure of Aneas' free will accounts for his triumph and success....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Exploring Homer's Iliad as a Source of Information about the Ancient City of Troy - Homer was the ancient Greek poet said to have lived between around the 8th and 9th century B.C. Some believe that he was born on the island of Chios and others say he was in Ionia. He was said to be a court singer and a storyteller. He is famous for the writings of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. While there is controversy weather or not Homer alone wrote these pieces or many other people wrote it over a period of time and even if Homer was an actual person. Homer also wrote Homeric Hymns which are short poems celebrating various Gods....   [tags: Ancient Greece, Greek History, Trojan war] 1148 words
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Tying Homer's Iliad to Virgil's Aeneid Through the Theme of Warfare - Warfare is a common thread that ties Homer's Iliad to Virgil's Aeneid. However, the way warfare is treated in the two epics is different. This can be attributed to many factors including the time between the composition of the pieces, the fact that pieces were written by different authors, and the fact that the pieces were written in different places. We can use these pieces to get a view of what the society that produced them thought about war and how the view of war changed as time went on in the ancient world....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1491 words
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Qualities of a Hero Illustrated in Homer’s Epic Poem, The Iliad - The Ancient Greeks idealized and worshiped their heroes, this is portrayed in Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad. To become a hero in ancient Greece, one would have to live and die in pursuit of glory and honor. Both Achilles and Hector seek victory in battle to become the “true hero.” Although both characters possess many hero-like qualities, Hector proved to be the genuine hero. Heroes are viewed differently today as the average person who is admired for courage or outstanding achievements such as firemen and police officers....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism] 620 words
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Philosophy of Death in The Epic of Gilgamesh, Apology, The Satyricon, The Iliad, and The Martyrdom of Perpetua - The only things in life that cannot be avoided are taxes and death. In fact, death is the only way one can avoid taxes. Since it has such finality to it, what perspectives do people have regarding death. What are the images and attitudes they have. The documents The Epic of Gilgamesh, Apology, The Satyricon, The Iliad, and The Martyrdom of Perpetua are the most important documents of the Ancient world concerning Western philosophy on death. These documents are significant because the attitudes and images associated with each work are primarily influenced by the genre it which they were written....   [tags: death, gilgamesh, the liad, satan] 2136 words
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Homer's Honor Culture - Honor or having an honor culture is a hallmark trait of many cultures both ancient and modern. While many would go to Homer’s The Iliad for clear indications of honor culture within Ancient Greek culture, The Odyssey also provides clear indications of an honor culture. Before honor culture within The Odyssey can be explored, honor and honor culture must first be defined. The most common and relatable explanation for honor culture in our modern day world is a prevailing culture in the southern United States of America especially within the Appalachian communities....   [tags: The Iliad, The Odyssey ] 1143 words
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Examining Family Relationships in Literature: Examining Antigone, The Odyssey, and The Iliad - The human relationship can be interpreted as interpersonal or intimate; stemming from these two classifications are many of the reasons for characteristic development within human nature. By studying literary works we can glimpse into human behavior and learn what actually causes a person’s actions and downfalls. Many of these works have shown the effects a dominant and inferior relationship may cause, ranging from self-independence to parental influence. We’ve seen the defiance of rulers, the mimicking actions of father and son, the comparison of siblings, and the rebellion of a son....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Analytical Essay] 876 words
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Perdurable Power in a Perpetual War - Homer’s Iliad can be used as a lens through which to view Rambo: First Blood. The use of the Iliad’s protagonist Achilles as a comparison to Rambo further illuminates the complexities in the character struggle of Rambo. Whereas Achilles has eternal kleos glorified through Homer’s song to gain by taking vengeance and fighting, Rambo will never be seen as an honorable heroic veteran of war. Rambo is an ostracized and disillusioned man who struggles not for honor but for survival in the “civilized” United States just as he did in war torn Vietnam....   [tags: Homer, Iliad, Rambo] 932 words
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Essay About Love in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey - The Importance of Love in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey   Homer’s Iliad was a tragedy illustrating the despair and useless suffering associated with war.    Homer's Odyssey was an epic tale of long suffering resolving in triumph.    Though there were a great many differences between the two works, there was an underlying theme of love which ran through both.     Not just the physical manifestation of infatuation, but the kind of love that makes one willing to die for another             The events portrayed in the Iliad were set in motion by love.    Paris' love for Helen and her love for Paris, resulting in Helen deserting Menelaus and leaving with Paris for Troy.    Helen, consumed by h...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 859 words
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Comparing the Role of the Noble Lie in the Iliad and the Republic - The Role of the Noble Lie in the Iliad and the Republic Lie – 2 : something that misleads or deceives Noble – 5 : possessing, characterized by, or arising from superiority of mind or character or of ideals or morals (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) The very thought of a noble lie is contradictory, yet Plato uses it as the basis for stability within his perfect republic. The concept that a lie so deeply ingrained in society will allow it to remain peaceful is generally thought to be unique to Plato....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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A Comparison of the Role of Women in Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad - The Role of Women in Odyssey and The Iliad The Iliad and Odyssey present different ideals of women, and the goddesses, who are presented as ideal women, differ between the two epics. The difference in roles is largely dependent on power, and relations to men, as well as sexual desirability and activity. The goddesses have a major role in both epics as Helpers of men. They have varied reasons for this.  One is a maternal instinct. This is displayed in the literal mother-son relationships of Aphrodite and Aeneas, Thetis and Achilles, and the protective instinct that Athene displays in Book 3 of the Iliad when Pandarus arrow shot an arrow at Menelaus and she "took her stand in front and ward...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Path to True Happiness: Choosing Love over Desire - Motivation is the reason why people behave the way they do. It is the driving force behind human behavior and is what compels actions toward a desired goal. There are copious amounts of varying motivating forces. In Homer’s Iliad, it is honor and glory, whereas, love drives Augustine’s actions in The Confessions. In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius holds that the transient nature of life be the incentive behind human action. Despite the differences in reasoning and motivation, all four texts demonstrate the natural tendency of humans to give into desire in pursuit of happiness....   [tags: Homer's Iliad, Augustine's Confessions] 686 words
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The Implied Metaphysics of "bitterness" in Homer's Iliad - Homer's Iliad is replete with "bitterness," a term employed for its absolutist depictions of the ferocity and prolonged spite of ancient Greek warriors. The weight of this term is made apparent in the opening passage: "What god was it then set [Achilleus and Agamemnon] in bitter collision?" (I. 8). The seeds of bitterness have been planted and this story--an epical account of the Greeks pillaging the land of Troy in the final year of the Trojan War--is narrated not to recreate history, but to furnish a backdrop of wartime valor that brings to fore the struggles of pride entertained by Achilleus vis-à-vis Agamemnon....   [tags: World Literature] 892 words
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The Great Athena: Manipulation of Odysseus - The Wayne family returns from the theater on a rainy night, unfortunately though, the shortcut they take is Gotham’s notorious “Crime Alley.” A stray mugger holds up the Wayne Family and takes all of their money, but feeling that it is not enough, he shoots and kills both Dr. Thomas and Martha Wayne. That night, Bruce vows to avenge his parents and wage war against crime. However, unbeknownst to Bruce, his very own father pulls the strings. Thomas connects him with Officer Gordon and Alfred Pennyworth, supplies him with the necessary tools and fabricates his own death in order to harden his son into a crime fighting machine....   [tags: Batman, Iliad, Odyssey]
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Virigil's Influence on Dante's Divine Comedy - There are many heroes in Homer’s epic poem The Iliad. Most are mortal, some immortal and some are demigods. The classic hero that may come to mind when someone has read this story might be Achilles or Odysseus. However, the greatest hero within the play is Hector. Hector is loyal to his family, the bravest Trojan warrior, and a martyr to his people. Loyalty to one’s family is not always easy, especially when ones brother brings home a wife that creates a war for two countries for several years....   [tags: Homer's The Iliad, The Eneid, Hector]
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Comparing the Hero in Epic of Gilgamesh and Homer's Iliad - The Hero in Epic of Gilgamesh and the Iliad   'One and the same lot for the man who hangs back and the man who battles hard. The same honor waits for the coward and the brave. They both go down to Death, the fighter who shirks, the one who works to exhaustion.' (IX,385-88) Thus muses Achilles, one of epic poetry's greatest heroes. Epic poetry, one of the earliest forms of literature, began as an oral narration describing a series of mythical or historic events. Eventually, these stories were written down and read aloud to an audience....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Funeral Games of Patroklos in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey - The Funeral Games of Patroklos in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey        Coming towards the end of a war which has consumed an entire decade and laid waste the lives of many, the Greek warriors in Troy choose to take the time and energy to hold funeral games.  This sequence of events leaves the reader feeling confused because it's not something one would expect and seems highly out of place.  Throughout the epic Homer tries to describe what it is to be mortal and often contrasts it with what it means to be immortal.  Homer uses the funeral games of Patroklos to show crucial differences about the lives of mortals and the lives of gods....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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How does Ignorance and Pride Play a Part in Man’s Destruction? - The choices we make define the destiny of our lives. Since the beginning of time, man has always been an imperfect being full of flaws. Man is faced with different situations that can end up bringing disgrace to himself and his family if the situations are not well handled. In the texts Book II of the Aeneid by Virgil, Antigone by Sophocles, Oedipus the king by Sophocles, and Book XXII from the Iliad by Homer; Creon, the Trojan people, Hector, Achilles, and Oedipus embody what can lead to a man’s downfall through their own choices....   [tags: iliad, antigone, sophocles, homer]
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Comparing Fate in Virgil's Aeneid and Homer's Iliad - Fate in Virgil's Aeneid and Homer's Iliad         In Virgil's Aeneid and Homer's Iliad, a picture of the supernatural and its workings was created.  In both works, there is a concept of a fixed order of events which is called fate.  Fate involves two parts.  First, there are laws that govern certain parts of mens' lives, such as human mortality and an afterlife.  Second, fate deals with the inevitable outcome of certain events, outcomes that cannot be changed by men or gods.       Both Homer and Virgil allude to the existence of unchangeable laws, one of which is the mortality of human beings.  This can be seen by the fact that character after character dies during wa...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1067 words
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Main Characters in Homer's The Iliad, Achilles and Hector - Two of the main characters in Homer&#8217;s The Iliad, Achilles and Hector, compare very differently in many ways. Although they were both war heroes, they came from different sides of the battle and fought each other under different beliefs. These two brave warriors fought to the death in Book 22, where Hector eventually lost to Achilles. Even though Hector lost the fight, the war still raged on, even less merciful than before. These two warriors were similar in a few ways, but mostly very different....   [tags: essays research papers] 604 words
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The Trojan War and its Heroic Heroes - The epic poem, The Iliad by Homer depicts the Trojan War and its Heroic Heroes. Heroism is the qualities of a character of a person that makes them great. Two Characters seen as heroic are Achilles and Hector, however; Hector is more heroic because he is decisive, his perseverance and personality. In the course of the Trojan War, Paris, who initiated the war by stealing Helen from her husband, Menelaus, challenged the Achaeans to single combat with any warrior. Paris is a Trojan warrior and a prince while Menelaus is an Achaean or Greek warrior and a king....   [tags: The Iliad by Homer, epic poems] 594 words
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Is Achilles right when, in the Iliad XVIII and subsequently, he - Is Achilles right when, in the Iliad XVIII and subsequently, he bitterly blames himself for the death of Patroklos. The main theme of the poem, which is declared at the very beginning is the ‘wrath’ of Achilles. From this we are taken on a journey of human and divine responses. This central theme empowers a magnificently ‘articulated composition out of confusion of battle’.[1] Events that take place during this journey allow Homer to display and develop, within the social framework of heroic honour, the ideas of conflict, isolation, and reconciliation....   [tags: Classics] 1665 words
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Significance of the Hands of Achilleus - Significance of the Hands of Achilleus Achilleus' hands are a prevalent image in Homer's Iliad. By focusing on Achilleus' hands, we as the audience, gain insight on not only the character of Achilleus but also the customs of the society in which he lived. Much of this insight is not directly conveyed to the reader but a deeper look into the reasoning behind why the hands were focused on will reveal the insight mentioned before. In many cases Achilleus' hands are a direct representation of himself and whatever happens to Achilleus is shown through his hands....   [tags: The Iliad Essays] 435 words
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The Character of Achilles in Homer's Illiad - For centuries now, the character of Achilleus, the great Achaean warrior, has been a subject of major debate among those studying Homer's classic epic The Iliad. Ironically, though there is very little physical description of Achilleus in The Iliad, he is perhaps the most thoroughly developed character in the epic. It seems as though Achilleus has a tendency to make a very strong impression on the reader, and often a bad one at that. Those who dislike Achilleus in particular attack his overpowering sense of personal pride, or hubris, in Greek terminology, as demonstrated fully in his actions thought the epic....   [tags: The Iliad Essays] 1505 words
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The Good in Achilles - Achilles was in search for glory. He wanted his name to last throughout the centuries. And his prayers to the mighty Olympus gods were answered. The evidence is that we strangers to him and to his world still chant his name. Previously, his name was preserved for the intellects, however with the 21st century technology the buzz of his name will be heard for many years to come. Now, step outside the York boundaries and ask any commoner be it a fifteen year old illiterate to classics and say who was Achilles and they will say he is the great Greek warrior portrayed by Brad Pitt....   [tags: The Iliad Essays] 1015 words
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Achilles: a Tragic Hero - Achilles as Tragic Hero In his classic work "Poetics" Aristotle provided a model of the tragic hero. According to Aristotle, the tragic hero is more admirable than the average person. This results in the tragic hero being admired by the audience. For the audience to accept a tragic ending as just, it is crucial that the tragic hero be responsible for their undoing. At the same time though, they must remain admired and respected. This is achieved by the tragic hero having a fatal flaw that leads to their undoing....   [tags: The Iliad Essays] 1170 words
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The Trojan War - Assess the Trojan War, comparing the myth of the Iliad and other primary sources with the archeological evidence provided supporting the story of the sack of Troy. Focus Questions: 1. Where is it believed Troy is located. 2. When is it believed that Troy fell. 3. What was the importance of Troy in the ancient world. 4. What do we learn of the fall of Troy through the Iliad. 5. Which archeologist found the alleged site of Troy. 6. When was the alleged site of Troy discovered. 7. What is the importance of the discovery of Troy....   [tags: Myth, Iliad, Archeological Evidence]
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Achilles vs. Hector - Achilles vs. Hector In the Iliad is a very interesting epic with features two main central characters that are similar in some ways but totally different in other ways. In this epic you will be introduced to Hector and Achilles. Two men from each side in the great Trojan-Greek war. They were both heroes to their people despite their clearly different contrast in their personalities. In this paper I will highlight the life of both of these two leaders of the Greek and Trojans in this epic the Iliad....   [tags: The Iliad Essays] 688 words
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Achilles the Hero - Achilles the Hero I have chosen Achilles to write my paper on because his character is the central story line in the Iliad. Although it may seem that the main theme is about the totality and gruesomeness of when the poem is first read, this is not the main focus. The actual fighting and Trojan War could be compared to “Saving Private Ryan.” We get raw details of the war without missing any of the descriptive details. Achilles is the character I was most interested in because he was an extraordinary fighter, man, and hero....   [tags: The Iliad Essays] 541 words
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The theatrical works of 5C Athens represent a very significant advance on Homer's Iliad - The theatrical works of 5C Athens represent a very significant advance on Homer's Iliad It is difficult to compare the works of Aristophanes and Homer, and make a decision as to whether or not Aristophanes' plays are more advanced than Homer's writing, as they serve a different purpose and are told conpletely differently. Aristophanes's stories are meant to be performed in the form of a play. Homer's Iliad is an epic, and through his language the reader can only picture the scene. They cannot be compared as such, but we may pass judgment on whether the works of Aristophanes has advanced in quality, in relation to Homer's Iliad....   [tags: Ancient Greece Greek History] 1148 words
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Free Essays: The Weak Gods of Iliad, Odyssey and Epic of Gilgamesh - The Weak Gods of The Iliad, Odyssey and Gilgamesh   The Oxford English Dictionary defines god as Ò1. A being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient ruler and originator of the universe, the principal object of faith and worship in monotheist religions. 2. A being of supernatural powers, believed in and worshipped by a people.Ó The first definition reflects Modern AmericaÕs connotation of the word god. The latter recalls the Ancient Greco-Sumerian ideal of a being greater than man....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1406 words
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The Act of Sacrifice from Achilles and Gilgamesh - The Act of Sacrifice from Achilles and Gilgamesh The act of sacrifice is a very important event in literature. Often, it can define and shape a character’s life and personality. The ancient texts discussed in class contain many diverse, yet equally meaningful examples of sacrifice. Even though these acts of sacrifice can occur for different reasons, each one has a similar purpose. The characters that perform such sacrifices are required to give up something they love, cherish or own in order to serve a greater purpose....   [tags: The Iliad Greek Literature Essays] 1370 words
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The Mortal Deity: Helen and the God-like Trait - The relationship between the gods and mortals of ancient Greece is one of the most interesting topics to analyze. These gods watch over their favorite mortals, meddle in their business, and have love affairs with them. At times selfish and conniving, the gods often appear to be as flawed as the humans who worship them are. There is, however, still a distinct separation between deity and mortal. From the evidence I have seen in The Iliad, I believe that this distinction is based on something I call a god-like trait....   [tags: Iliad Greek Gods Greece Essays] 1682 words
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Paris in The Iliad by Homer - Paris: Magnificent Hero or Spoiled Child. Homer uses tone, imagery, epithets, and similes to describe Paris’ character. Outwardly, Paris is a brave person, but inwardly, he is full of doubts and fears. He is like a stallion that has been pampered too much, a child who is allowed to get everything he wants. Because of his attitude, he starts the Trojan War and brings on the fall of Troy. Paris is portrayed in this passage as being a walking contradiction. He appears to be a hero, but is one of the causes of the war because he kidnapped Helen for his own selfish interests....   [tags: essays research papers] 586 words
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funeral games of Patroclus(iliad) from a different perspective - The Funeral Games of Patroclus Narrated by Meriones Hey, I’m Meriones, the son of Molus and the comrade and squire of Idomeneus. Today I found that some “great warrior” was killed. His name was Patroclus or something. Everyone was acting ridiculous in my opinion. First Achilles called everyone outside so we could drive our chariots around his body. Wow, what a great way to show we care for someone…not. While I was driving my chariot everyone around me was weeping and mourning for the loss of Patroclus....   [tags: essays research papers] 1146 words
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Achilles - Achilles Achilles was the half god, half mortal who was the hero of the Trojan War. His mother was the Nereid Thetis, who is known for her many interventions in the affairs of both gods and mortals. His Father was Peleus, a mortal, but it took a while for his mother and father to get together. Nereid had many offers from the gods Zeus and Poseidon, who were brothers, but she refused both of them. Some say she refused Zeus because Hera had raised Thetis when she was a child, but this angered Zeus and to punish Thetis he commanded that she would not marry a god but a mortal....   [tags: The Iliad Essays] 851 words
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Homer: The Most Famous Greek Poet - ... It was based on the Trojan War and it described the tenth year of the war” (p.1-2). According to Www.hubpages.com (2010) , “The Odyssey was about a guy named Odysseus who went on many adventures as he tried to get home to his wife and son” (p.2) Not only did Homer write The Iliad and the Odyssey, but he also wrote the Homeric Hymns. According to www.ancienthistory.about.com (2014), “The Homeric Hymns consist of 34 poems to the ancient Greek gods and goddesses, which include legends involving the gods, and are written, in epic hexameter....   [tags: Illiad, Oddysseus, Poems] 766 words
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The Classical Mythology - The Classical mythology contains tales and epics of the ancient Greek and roman literatures and myths. On the other hand, Homer’s two epic poems, the Iliad relates to the events of the Trojan War while the Odyssey details Odysseus expedition after the war. Homer’s epic poems, the Odyssey and the Iliad present a major part of ancient history as modern fictional heroic stories. In ancient Greek, heroes were humans who were depicted to possess superhuman abilities. A key example in the classical mythology is Akhilles who is later known in Homer’s Iliad as Achilles....   [tags: ancient greek, trojan war, homer]
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The Illiad by Homer: Homer The Ancient Inspiration - ... Next, because of Homer’s puzzling background, there are many theories as to who Homer really was. One classicist mentioned, “Beyond a few fragments of information, historians and classicists can only speculate about the life of a man who composed The Iliad and The Odyssey” (Gregory 88). Some people assume that Homer was a Babylonian who was held hostage by the Greeks. They infer this because in some dialects of Greek, the name “Homer” translates to “hostage”. Others believe that he was a blind man from Ithaca; however some scholars have suggested that he was only a transmitter and never actually existed....   [tags: classic, greek, odyssey]
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Homer: Blind or Captive - ... He is most famous for composing The Iliad and The Odyssey. The Iliad is about the Trojan war and The Battle of Troy. In the beginning of the book Achilles fights with the chief king whose name is Agamemon, about a female slave, the soldiers gave her to him as a prize. The chief king takes the female slave and Achilles leaves the war. Achilles starts fighting again when Patroclus, Achilles close friend, is killed. Achilles kills the person who killed Patroclus. The Iliad ends there before Achilles dies from an arrow shot into his heel, and before the trojan horse is sent into Troy....   [tags: The Odyssey, ancient Greek poets]
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Women's Roles in Greek Society - The Iliad uncovers the truth behind what Greeks believed to be the role of women in society. The Greek goddesses and the mortal women represent two sides that women had in society. The Greek goddesses held power over the war, whereas, the mortal women are there as prizes or timé. Aphrodite is the prime example of a goddess who held a lot of power, mainly by using manipulation, in the Trojan War. Helen represents the quintessential idea of a woman representing timé. These two portrayals of women in Greek society depict how people recognized women’s role in society, with Aphrodite representing a woman with power as a manipulative goddess and Helen representing a woman who was merely timé, a pr...   [tags: Ancient Greece ]
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A Review of the Movie Troy - With its beautiful actors, breathtaking scenery and costumes, the movie Troy is a movie for Hollywood that is sure to be a box office hit. Troy, based on the Iliad, has proven to be a very loose adaptation of Homer's classic and one cannot help noticing the major differences between the book and the movie. One of the most noticeable differences between the book and the movie is the absence of the Gods. In Homer's Iliad, the Gods played a major part in the Trojan War. Though the viewers are made aware that the characters believe in the Gods, the only God we see in the movie is Thetis, Achilles' mother....   [tags: Film] 802 words
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Differences in the Quest for Fame Between Modern Society and The Illiad by Homer - While dignity, pride, honor, glory, fame, and revenge are still important in today’s society, these conditions are not nearly as important as they once were. People of modern times still seek fame to the same degree that the characters in The Iliad once did, but our means of receiving it have changed. In the times of The Iliad, lasting fame was more valuable to a person because they considered their name all that was left behind of them when they journeyed to the underworld. Today, we have more means of being remembered once we pass, such as pictures and even school records....   [tags: honor, revenge, dignity]
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Varying Cultural Structures in Homer's The Illiad and The Odyssey - ... Furthermore, the notion of “The two men rushed before these [The Elders], and took turns speaking their cases” (Iliad 18.508) supports the presence of a judicial system based on laws. While in the Odyssey, Odysseus starts by accusing the Cyclops of being “Lawless outrageous” (Odyssey 9.105) this account foreshadows one of the aspects of the Cyclops culture, which is the lack of laws. Therefore, this lack of laws indicates the absence of an ordered structure of the culture, unlike the city displayed on Hephaestus’ shield....   [tags: judicial, agriculture, economics]
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The Nature of Honour in Virgil and Homer - In the epics of both Homer and Virgil, the meaning and politics of honour play a significant role in the decisions and actions of the characters. Honour involves arbitrary set of rules, so just what is is and why did people need to maintain these rules at all. In these poems, honour is linked to a hero’s possessions, identity, and deed. All three are important, but one’s deeds seem to matter the most and without performing great deeds, honour cannot be had the other two ways. Honour is often represented by possessions, and, in a way, the possessions are honour itself....   [tags: Literary Elements]
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Source Analysis: The Death of Hector - The Death of Hector is actually just one part of a larger work. The Iliad was written during the Dark Ages of Greece by a blind poet named Homer. It was mainly entertainment, but today has turned into a significant, though unrealistic History of the Dark ages of Greece. The Iliad was written and performed for a bunch of drunk, barbaric nobles who were the soldiers of the time. That’s the reason Homer put so much descriptive battle scenes and gory details. This is what they wanted; lots of blood, to go with the drinking and war....   [tags: essays research papers] 383 words
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Monomyths within Ancient Societies - Have you ever wondered what the seemingly different societies of the Anglo-Saxons, ancient Greeks, and ancient Indians have in common. All three of these societies wrote epics that use the concept of a monomyth in the various stages through their stories. According to the American mythologist Joseph Campbell “The standard path of the mythological of the hero is a magnification of the formula represented in the rights of passage…” (Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth) is a monomyth. Different parts of a monomyth that describe a series of events in a character throughout a story include the ordinary world (what life was like before the story), crossing the threshold (the character leaving for a battle,...   [tags: Anglo-Saxons, ancent Greeks, Indians]
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Homer His Life And His Works - Homer: His Life and His Works Greeks had used writing since c. 1400 BC, but it was not until the late 8th century BC that their literature was first written down. Greek literature began in Ionia with the brilliant epics of Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey. These mature products of a long tradition of oral poetry brought together a vast body of divine and heroic myths and sagas that served as a foundation for much subsequent Greek literature. The epic view of humankind had a lasting influence on Greek thought; indeed, it has been said that later Greek literature is but a series of footnotes to Homer....   [tags: essays research papers] 1015 words
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