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  • Women In Greek Art - 1,151 words
    Women in Greek history have had many roles. In Ancient Greece the mythological stories tell of very powerful women. Some archeological finds hint at the same suggestion. Women also represent some of the most powerful of deities. In the Classical Age women were subservient and primarily homebound. Women did the sewing, cooking, cleaning and raising of the children. In Hellenistic times women were becoming more a part of society yet still played the part of the subservient wife and mother. Women played an even greater role in Greek Art throughout Greek history by inspiring the artist. Women were depicted in statues, pottery, vases, tempera, ceramic, poetry, writing, plays and even mythology. T ...
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  • Odyssey - 1,046 words
    The most admired classical hero is most certainly Odysseus, the mythological Grecian subject of Homer's epic tale, The Odyssey. This legendary figure displays excessive amounts of brains and muscle, seeming almost superhuman at times. He embodies the ideals Homeric Greeks aspired to: manly valor, loyalty, piety, and intelligence. The popularity of Odysseus transcends time. To this day he remains greatly admired as both a hero and an ordinary man who must deal with great adventures and retrieving the life he once had. For twenty years Odysseus overcame each obstacle the gods handed to him. He was always respectful to the gods, acknowledging their control of fate and realizing that he needed h ...
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  • Odyssey - 1,032 words
    ... that at times could overcome even his strongest heroic qualities. Calypso would often observe Odysseus, sitting in his usual place on the stone, wearing out his soul with lamentation and tears. (63). Being held prisoner on an island made Odysseus very upset. Feelings of helplessness and missing his family drained him of any heroism and left him very much an ordinary man, giving in to his emotions. There were times when Odysseus wanted to give up. Before arriving in the lad of the Phaecians, he tossed about for two nights and two days on the rolling waves, always looking for death. (70). The physical pain he was experiencing under the direction of Poseidon was too great for even this stro ...
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  • Fate And Free Will In The Odyssey - 1,354 words
    When we look at Greek Mythology we often run into the gods of that era. Sometimes they are merely backdrops to the human element of the story but in stories such as The Odyssey the gods play a prominent if not vital role to the central themes of the story. Fate has a place in the Greek world but its place is not the same as it is in other scenarios or worlds. It is important to understand the word before we discuss it. Fate as far as Greek mythology goes is not just fate. By most standards fate means that things occur for an unknown reason that no one has any control over. However, in the world of Greek Mythology fate does not just happen. The gods engineer fate and they interfere to make th ...
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  • Greeks - 865 words
    People from all different regions of the earth talk about the Greek miracle. A period in time when a new outlook on the world came about. A common phrase in used to describe this Old things are passed away; behold all things are become new(Hamilton 78). Why it happened, or when, people have no idea. The only conclusion people can make from this would be a new point of view dawned; new ideas were brought forth never thought of before them. With this new miracle mankind became the center of the universe the most important thing it(Osborne134). In Greece man first realized what mankind was People do not know when Greek dramas and myths were first told in their present shape, but whenever it wa ...
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  • Volcanoes - 1,488 words
    Which are the biggest (tallest and largest volume) and smallest volcanoes on Earth? The island of Hawaii is probably the largest volcano on earth. From its base (on the floor of the Pacific Ocean) to the summit of Mauna Kea (about 13 000ft) is some 30 000ft i.e. higher than Everest. The island comprises several coalescing volcanoes including Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and Kilauea. Mauna Loa alone has an estimated volume of 40 000km**3. It is impossible to say which is the smallest volcano since there are thousands of small eruptions on the ocean floor and around already established volcanoes only a few yards across. Volcanoes are caused when molten rock from within the mantle breaks through the cr ...
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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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  • Great Depression - 1,562 words
    The Great Depression took place from 1930 to 1939. During this time the prices of stock fell 40%. 9,000 banks went out of business and 9 million savings accounts were wiped out. 86,000 businesses failed, and wages were decreased by an average of 60%. The unemployment rate went from 9% all the way to 25%, about 15 million jobless Economic Indicators of the Great Depression Indicator 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 (in millions) 2.0 1.6 4.3 8.0 12.1 12.8 production workers (constant $) $27.00 $28.55 $25.84 $22.62 $17.05 $17.71 financial difficulties 499 659 1,352 2,294 1,456 4,004 (in billions of $'s) $2.9 $3.1 $3.3 $3.6 $4.7 $4.6 (in billions of $'s) $5.8 $5.4 $4.0 $2.9 $2.3 $2.1 The end of Wor ...
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  • Greek Religion - 873 words
    In its simplest form Greek religion means the worship of the Mount Olympian deities (gods or goddess) whose king Zeus resided among the peaks of Mount Olympus. Each deity had several different attributes. Thus Apollo was the god of light and music; Athena was the goddess of wisdom and war, and also patroness of Athens. The reality of Greek religion was, however, more complicated, since many other deities also existed, many of whom became identified with the Olympians. Greek religion for people of long ago was the worship of a god or gods. Religion in itself played a very important role in the lives of Greek people and had many different styles in which the worshipers could practice. This was ...
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  • Atlantis Fact Or Fiction - 1,011 words
    Thesis Statement: Many world renowned historical philosophers, explorers, and premonitionists have made many credible theories about the lost continent which have historical documentation to make them believable. IV. Atlantis and the Earths Shifting Crust Do you believe in the lost continent of Atlantis? Or do you believe that it is merely a fairy tale for a misrepresentation in history? Many of these glitches in history have been exploited as absurd accounts of a lost continent once destroyed. However, many world renowned historical philosophers, explorers, and premonitionists have made many credible theories about the lost continent which have historical documentation to make This is proba ...
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  • Rainbow Science - 1,015 words
    "Rainbowsthe Mythology and the Magic" A rainbow can be classified as an extraordinary and attractive natural phenomenon that has fascinated humans throughout the ages. There have been numerous observations of rainbows and many different definitions passed out through the cultures. Descriptions such as " A rainbow is seven colors in the sky. It is a phenomenon which makes its appearance when it is raining at the same time when the sun is shining." (Irwin, 32) have been transmitted verbally through cultures. There are many different aspects to a rainbow; from the technical issues such as the refraction of light, to the mythology which includes the Irish stories of leprechauns. All of these com ...
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  • Praise Of Folly - 1,420 words
    The Praise of Folly takes on a very diverse form of life during sixteenth century Europe. In 1509 the author, Desiderius Erasmus, turned his literary talents to the ridicule and denunciation of monastic vice, immorality, and wickedness. He was considered the "Prince of Humanists" [1] because he was one of the most important men in Europe during the period of the Reformation, The historical and cultural references in his book proves that the Praise of Folly could not have been written during any other time period except sixteenth century Europe. Erasmus is one of the most fascinating and inscrutable characters in history. There is no doubt that he was a genius, He was also a bon vivant, but h ...
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  • Olympics - 1,212 words
    Today, the Olympic Games are the world's largest pageant of athletic skill and competitive spirit. They are also displays of nationalism, commerce, and politics. These two opposing elements of the Olympics are not a modern invention. The conflict between the Olympic movement's high ideals and the commercialism or political acts which accompany the Game. The ancient Olympics were rather different from the modern Games. There were fewer events and only free men who spoke Greek could compete, instead of athletes from any country. Also, the games were always held at Olympia instead of moving around to different sites every time. Like our Olympics, though, winning athletes were heroes who put the ...
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  • Mythology - 708 words
    The Muses are the Greek goddesses who preside over the arts and sciences and inspire those who excel at these pursuits. Daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne ("memory"), they were born in Pieria on the foot of Mount Olympus. Their nurse, Eupheme, raised them along with her son, Crotus the hunter , who was transported into the sky as Sagittarius upon his death. Their name denotes 'memory' or 'a reminder', since in earlier times poets having no books to read from, The original number of muses and their names vary. At first, three muses were worshipped on Mount Helicon in Boeotia: Melete ("meditation"), Mneme ("memory"), and Aoede ("song"). Another three were worshipped at Delphi and their names repr ...
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  • The Solar System - 1,168 words
    ... eld, it is so week that no instrument has been able to detect it. Mars like the Earth is tilted on its rotational axis. Liquid water cannot exist on Mars's surface because of the low temperature and pressure' water exists only as ice deposited at the poles and perhaps trapped below the surface and as vapor in the atmosphere. Mars is very desolate and barren and is covered in craters and are prone to violent sandstorms. The UV radiation of Mars would kill any known life. Mars has the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons, at a height of 17 miles, the volcano is three times higher than Earth's Mount Everest. Valk Marineris, a 2,000-mile canyon that is three times deeper than th ...
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  • Hephaestus - 1,018 words
    Hephaestus was one of the 12 Olympian gods, he was the god of fire and divine smith. With Athena, he was the patron of handicrafts. He was the creator of all beautiful and mechanically wonderful in Olympus, especially arms and armor for the gods. In general, he was a beneficent god. He was much loved by mortals and gods alike for his kindness and his skill in peaceful arts. Some say that Hepheastus was the son of Hera alone, that he had no father. They say that Hera produced him alone after Athena was born from the head of Zeus to show that she too could have a child without anyones help. But they also say that Zeus was his father. When he was born he was ugly, he alone of the ideally beauti ...
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  • The Red Planet - 1,502 words
    Named after the Roman God of war, Mars has sparked and sustained curiosity than any other planet in our solar system. Astronomers and Geologist have studied the surface of Mars dating back to 1965 when Mariner 4 swept by the planet. Photographs of the planet showed a barren surface scarred by numerous craters. It wasnt until 1976 that scientist got their first glimpse of the Martian Landscape from its surface. As we take a closer look at Mars we may find many similarities as well as differences compared to our planet earth. Mars may be considered one of the smallest terrestrial planets, but it has some of the largest volcanic and tectonic features in the solar system. The largest volcano on ...
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  • Zeus - 1,966 words
    Zeus constantly battles with the godly virtues, while continuing to have all the Zeus in Greek mythology was chief and father of all Gods and mortals.He corresponds to the Roman god Jupiter.He lived atop Mt.Olympus, at the center of the earth where all the gods lived and held court.Sometimes Olympus was thought of as an actual mountain in Greece, but more often as a lofty reign in the heavens.Zeus was pictured as a kingly, bearded figure who supposedly hurled thunderbolts from the mountain to announce his anger.His bird was the eagle and his tree the oak.He became the father of all who populated the heavens and earth.His promiscuous behavior was legend. Zeus was the youngest son of the Titan ...
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  • Gods - 1,662 words
    The Division of Honors and Journeying Among the Gods In this midterm essay I will discuss why Gods Journey. journey for two reasons. One reason is to seek out honor for themselves. The other reason is to regain honors they have lost. To demonstrate this I will first discuss the journeys of Hades in the Homeric hymn "To Demeter" comparing it to the journey of Hermes in "To Hermes". I fell that both of these companion journeys were attempts by these Gods to win honors they did not already have. Next I will look at the companion journeys of Demeter and Apollo. I think that both of these Gods journeyed to regain honors they'd previously had, but lost. Lastly I will conclude by showing how all fo ...
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  • Diynysos - 1,488 words
    Winter squalls are drained out of the sky. The violet season of flowering spring smiles. The black earth glitters under green lawns. Swelling plants pop open with tiny petals. Meadows laugh and suck the morning dew, while the rose unfolds. The shepherd in the hills happily blows the top notes of his pipe. The gathered gloats over his white kids. Sailors race across the thrashing waves. Their canvas full of the harmless breeze. Drinkers acclaim the grape-giver Dionysus, capping their hair with flowering ivy. (Bernard). Dionysus, in Greek mythology is a god of wine and vegetation, who showed mortals how to cultivate grapevines and make wine. He was good and gentle to those who honored him, but ...
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