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  • Oedipusthe Tragic Hero - 402 words
    In "Oedipus the King," Sophocles concocts one of the most famous and intricate characters of Greek drama. A tragic hero, Oedipus' desire for self-discovery and understanding inevitably leads to his tragic downfall. In the end, it can be seen that Oedipus' tragic flaw is his own determination and persistence. Oedipus is a leader. He thrives on power and thirsts for control. It is interesting to note, however, that Oedipus does not abuse his power. Rather, Oedipus strives to better Thebes at all costs...including the cost of his own power. From the opening of the drama, Oedipus' determination is quite obvious. As king, he promises his subjects that he will rid Thebes of all pestilence and fami ...
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  • The Cultural Diversity In The Euuropean Union - 1,419 words
    02 jun 2000 RESEARCH PAPER The European Union and its cultural diversity Meike Berns Int 305 City-University The European Union and its cultural diversity I would like to discuss that a sense of community which is necessary in business and in daily life is not achieved yet. Even with opening the borders between the member states and establishing a common currency the work is not done yet. The question often asked is how to achieve a sense of community in the different member states with their different cultures. Is it even possible? How can the goal of feeling as an European be achieved? Should people give up their national pride? To make Europe one unit is it necessary to have one language? ...
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  • Christianity In Constantinople - 1,192 words
    The Emperor Constantine I was the sole ruler of the Roman world between 324 and 337 C.E. His reign was likely the most crucial of all the Roman emperors in determining the future course of western civilization. Constantine began the process of making Christianity the religious foundation of Europe. Also, his Constantinople replaced the city of Rome as the center of imperial power. This set the stage for the occurrences of the Middle Ages. His philosophical view of monarchy became the foundation for the concept of the divine right of kings, which prevailed in Medieval Europe. In 324, after his defeat of Licinius, Constantine decided to rename Byzantium after himself and make it a governmental ...
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  • Trojan War - 1,276 words
    The Trojan War took place in approximately the 13th century. The ancient Greeks defeated the City of Troy. The Trojan War started after an incident at the wedding feast of Peleus, the king of Thessaly, and Thetis, a sea goddess. All the gods and goddesses of Mt. Olympus had been invited except Eris, the goddess of discord. Eris was offended and tried to stir up trouble among the guests at the feast. She sent a golden apple inscribed For the most beautiful. Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite each claimed the apple as their own. Paris judged the quarrel and awarded the apple to Aphrodite because she had promised him Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world. Helen was already married to Kin Menela ...
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  • Student - 2,461 words
    ... the Willow Tea Rooms. Mackintosh was essentially an artist who did not fit into a specific genre, but instead implemented all forms of art and architecture into a truly unique style of architecture. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Filename: RAglasg.wps Is Our Age a Contemporary Renaissance? A 6 page research paper that argues that our contemporary age is similar to that of the Renaissance. The writer compares the two times on numerous levels, but finds them most similar in that both the Renaissance and contemporary modern times have undergone an "information revolution." Bibliography lists 5 sources. Filename: 90renais.wps African American Literature / Harlem Renaissance In 5 pages, the au ...
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  • Platos Views On Women - 945 words
    Plato and Socrates View of Womens Roles In studying Greek philosophy, one particular remains consistent. When referring to an ideal person, be it a citizen, a political leader, a philosopher, or a soldier, a man is used for the model. And the aspiration of all men, virtue, is derived from the root for man, "vir." These examples alone would lead the attentive observer to ask, "what about the women?" Traditionally, Greek life in general was not in tune with the rights of women. Many philosophers, such as Aristotle, were particularly opposed to women having any sort of role in society outside of child bearing. Plato and Socrates, however, where pioneers in pushing for equality of qualified wome ...
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  • The Life Of St Thomas More - 892 words
    St. Thomas More was born on February 7th, either 1477 or 1478. The exact year is unknown. He was born to John and Agnes More in Milk Street, London. John More, Thomass father, was a lawyer of London and born around 1450. His father was William More. He was a citizen and baker of London and married Johanna. She was the daughter and heiress of John Joye who was a citizen and brewer of London. Mores relatives were all from London and Thomas lived there for 45 years before moving. At the age of 7, Thomas attended St. Anthonys School in London. He went there for 5 years and then 2 years later became a student at Oxford University. More enjoyed his studies there so much that his dad got scared and ...
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  • Plato - 1,212 words
    Throughout history there have been many philosophers that have made great impacts on the students for many years. One philosopher in particular that has made a tremendous impact on the youth of the world is a man named Plato. Plato is one of the worlds most famous writers, and is still being taught to this day. People ask why this man is so important and why he should be still studied today when he is something of the past; well I will help them see in my paper just why he is so important to this nation. This argument will be supported by three different categories; one a biography showing how important he was to man and number two is about how something or someone during the time in which h ...
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  • Parmemides And Heraclitus On Change - 748 words
    Heraclitus argued there was a single divine law of the universe, which rules and guides the cosmos. This is the Logos. He said that the logos both underlies and governs change. Heraclitus compares the logos to fire an element that is always changing yet always the same. For example he said, "The sun is new each day."(Curd Pg. 38 88) His view was that "all things are derived from a single arche or starting point and that as now constituted all things are organized within a single world structure or Kosmos". (5.17 Robinson) In other words all things are one. In Heraclitean cosmology the components turn into one another according to certain rules. The struggle between the opposites will always ...
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  • Anaxagoras - 1,089 words
    Greek philosophy was first born in Ionia, where the main place of study, which produced the first great thinkers, was Miletus. The school of Miletus spawned the three first philosophers of the time. Anaxagoras was a philosopher from approximately 500 to 428. He used ideas from past philosophers to come up with ideas that contradicted as well as complemented views of philosophers from the past. These early philosophers had one thing on their minds, Overarching Principle. There was understanding the world on one hand, and how to live life as the second overall idea of philosophy. These thoughts have come to be some of the most prominent ideas that philosophy has accepted to this day. Many thin ...
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  • H E I D E G G E R S Metaphysics - 2,065 words
    ... e has to value his rarity. Because he is indeed, valuable. Mans skill and mind will stagnate, rot and die if one do not put it in good use but just submit himself to others. Man has unlimited potentials. But only a small portion of this potential is felt because only little effort is exerted. Men are here for a purpose, and that purpose is to grow. Growth means applications of all effort to become somebody not to rely ones development to others. Man should not be deceived of what he sees but has to be keen to see what is in his inside and realize that he is the natures greatest miracle. Although many studies had already been done about Filipinos nationalism and patriotism, the author sti ...
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  • Odyssey - 1,161 words
    In the epic poem Odyssey, Homer delineates the homecoming of a great warrior and the hero of the epic Odysseus from the Trojan War. Though seemingly, it might sound like a male-dominated ancient myth, women pull the strings in the Odyssey, whether it may be Helen of Troy who inflicted upon the spears and arrows thirst for blood or may it be Circumspect Penelope who motivated Odysseus to come home. Also goddess Athene, nymph Kalypso and Circe, mortals Nausikaa and Klytaimestra serve as strings of the harp for Odyssey. Odyssey, by giving a significant and a dynamic role to the women, thrusts a pinnacle change in the ancient regard of women as mere instruments of pleasures. Athene in Odyssey is ...
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  • Expression Of Renaissance Ideals Throught The Art Of The Period - 472 words
    The humanist and secularist beliefs of religion, individuality, and antiquity were evident in the style and illustration of Italian paintings and sculptures in the High Renaissance era. A deep sense of piety, Greek and Roman philosophy, and secularism, can be found in nearly all Renaissance paintings and sculptures, and the school of thought in Renaissance society that regarded the artist as genius contributed to all of these items. Historically, religion is the defining factor of nearly all paintings in modern and medieval European history. The Last Supper by Leonardo, The School of Athens by Raphael, Michelangelos huge sculpture of the ancient Hebrew king David, Giottos paintings of the Vi ...
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  • Outline Socrates Earlier Charges. Why Did He Need To Deal With These Charges Before The Actual Ones - 966 words
    At the age of seventy Socrates was before five hundred Athenians in the court of law. Over his seventy years this was his first appearance in court. However, Socrates had allegations against him earlier in his life of being a Sophist. According to The Concise Oxford Dictionary, Sophist is defined as; a paid teacher of the Ancient-Greek philosophy and rhetoric (public speaking); meaning a human being who interrogates others tending to discover imperfection and formulate insignificant and extreme criticism . Two other earlier charges Socrates was accused of was aggravating citizens with his continuous cross examination of people who thought they held wisdom, to establish their ignorance and te ...
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  • Self-interest - 1,062 words
    Self-interest, or selfish; two different words with two different meanings often used synonymously in the English language. The Oxford American Dictionary defines self-interest as looking towards ones own personal advantage, whereas selfishness is defined as acting or doing according to ones own interests and needs without regard for those of others, keeping good things for oneself and not sharing ( Oxford 824 ). By definition both words imply thought or action of an individual directed toward personal benefit. However similar these two words are not the same. The word selfish has negative connotations of self-gratification with disregard for others; and is therefore looked down on by societ ...
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  • Christianity - 495 words
    Another way in which the great Greek philosophers served Christianity was to call the attention of the Greeks of their day to a reality that was greater than what they experienced everyday. Both Socrates and Plato in the fifth century B.C. Taught that this present world of the senses is only a shadow of something else, and where the highest ideals are such intellectual abstractins as the good, the beautiful, and the true. They insisted that reality was not temportal and material but spiritual and eternal. Christianity offered to those who accepted Socrates' and Plato's philosophy the historical revelation of the good, the beautiful, and the true in the personification of a God-man, Jesus Chr ...
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