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  • Telemakos In The Iliad By Hommer - 593 words
    A Homeric man can be defined as someone who journeys to different lands and is also skilled in battle and council. We have read the previous books in which Athena aids Telemakhos with his first step towards maturity. Book 18 offers us another view of his transformation from a boy to a man. Telemakhos conversations with the suitors and Penelope reveal his acknowledgement of his present situation and new responsibilities. The following will examine the ways in which Telemakhos actions and speech convey his growing into a man. When Athena enters the hall in Book 1 we are told that: Telemakhos was sitting there unhappy among the suitors, a boy, daydreaming(I.144-145) 1. This paints an image of a ...
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  • The Iliad By Homer - 709 words
    The poem The Iliad written by Homer is the story of the tenth year of the Trojan War. It depicts the nobility and honor given to a slayer in warfare and the humanity that warriors show to the slain. It also illustrates the Greek code of ethics, that was in that time honor. Warriors fought for honor to insure a reputation that would outlive them. Honor is given to the great warriors through gifts, rank, and valor. Ultimately, a hero's honor depended not upon how he saw himself but on how the world saw him. Achilleus, being the important warrior that he was, lived his life only for glory as he tried to portray the hero mentality, as did all the other warriors. He has a need to be accredited as ...
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  • Discuss Motherson Relationships In The Iliad - 1,166 words
    The Iliad deals primarily with human relationships. There is a preoccupation with life and death, pride, love (in its many guises) and honour and these traits are all shown through the interactions between the characters. One aspect of the relationships on offer in the work, which it is essential that we bear in mind, is the fact that the perspective is a wholly male one. Women, whether presented as peripheral to the story (as in the Iliad) or as essential to it (as in the Odyssey) are largely symbolic in Homers works and the society of the epics does not depict any one period or group of women due to it's method of construction. When exploring the nature of the mother-son relationship in th ...
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  • Discuss Motherson Relationships In The Iliad - 1,165 words
    ... ugh the nostrils of Patroklos she distilled ambrosia and red nectar, so that his One of the most important functions she performs as a mother in the story comes on her very last appearance in book twenty-four when she is sent by Zeus to persuade her son to return the body of Hektor to the Trojans. Once again she is used to facilitate the fate of Achilles and to bring about the conclusion to Homers tale. So it seems that Achilles and his mother have a very strong relationship, as Hera states "always his mother is near him night and day". Thetis loves Achilles with all her heart, however, there is a sense of guilt when it comes to his mortality, an anger that her son must die, which is und ...
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  • Honor In The Iliad - 1,214 words
    Throughout The Iliad, the heroic characters make decisions based on a definite set of principles, which are referred to as the "code of honor." The heroic code that Homer presents to the reader is an underlying cause for many of the events that take place, but many of the characters have different perceptions of how highly the code should be regarded. Hektor, the greatest of the Trojan warriors, begins the poem as the model of a Homeric hero. His dedication and strict belief in the code of honor is illustrated many times throughout the course of The Iliad. An example of this is presented in book three of the poem, where Hektor reprimands Paris for refusing to fight. He says to Paris, "Surely ...
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  • The Iliad - 1,278 words
    The scene opens on the last year of the Trojan war. The war had raged for ten years, with the invading Greeks fighting against Troy. Apollo has sent a plague to the Greeks because Agamemnon, king and leader of the Greeks, dishonored a daughter of Apollo's priest. When the reason for the plague is discovered, Agamemnon becomes angry and defiant, unhappy to give the daughter back to her father to appease Apollo. Achilles, a superior Greek warrior, challenges Agamemnon's arrogance, but Agamemnon turns his anger to Achilles, and demands that Achilles give a slave girl to him as a compensation. Achilles fills with rage, but Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, calms both men down so that they do not fight ...
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  • Why Does The Iliad Conclude With The Funeral Of Hektor? - 1,696 words
    Examine why the Iliad concludes with the funeral of Hektor. Could Hektors death be recognised as a major defining moment in the Trojan War? In this essay I will illustrate how the burial customs of the late bronze-age Greeks facilitated the way in which the Iliad was structured; additionally in what way the belief of the Greeks in 8th Century (BCE) may have been represented in the discussions which took place between the living and the dead. Through these points I expect to show how this has influenced the way in which Hektor death links the tragic development of the epic poem. Although we witness many deaths of Trojan and Achaian warriors we are only aware of the two funerals (held separate ...
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  • The Iliad - 1,496 words
    ter> Similes in the Iliad and What They Tell Us About Life in Homer's Greece "The Iliad", an epic tale told by the famous Greek author Homer, is focused primarily on the Trojan War between the Greeks, or Argives, and the Trojans. This war was filled with bloody battles and a massive loss of life. Homer tells stories about a duration of time during this fighting, and not the entire war. He uses his story-telling abilities to focus the audience on the garish and sometimes mundane drudgery of war. Due to his removal from the actual time of these battles, his stories may be embellished or not completely accurate descriptions of what did or did not happen. Overall, however, the Iliad is believed ...
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  • How Ethical Are The Gods In The Iliad? - 1,737 words
    Ethics and morality are synonymous terms, both meaning customs in their original languages, Greek and Latin respectively. However, the Greek term ethics also implies character as opposed to its Latin counterpart referring to social customs. Ethike is descended from ethikos which, in turn from ethos which means character or nature. Ethos is the fundamental and distinctive characteristic of a group within its social context or period of time, typically expressed in its attitudes, habits or beliefs. Thus the ethical nature of the gods can be explored in two ways, from an Ancient Greek perspective, and from a modern perspective. However, this exploration from two perspectives violates the term e ...
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  • Greek Heroes: The Iliad Vs. Todays Standards - 1,138 words
    In the Iliad, Homers heroes exhibit many symbolic attributes of heroism, maliciousness, and acquisition to the gods. To be a hero one has to be, quick in battle and always show courage. To honor the men who came before them and to keep his sons from being shamed by their fathers memory is to show true heroism. What disgrace! Look at you, carrying on in the armies muster just like boysfools! (2.400-401) In their heroism they show how they are vengeful against any and all enemies who oppose their family or their lives. These heroes are very malicious in nature on the battlefield. They lack pity or mercy, and have a very vicious ill will for the man who begs for his life, leaving the victim he ...
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  • How Does Homer Depict War In The Iliad? - 1,084 words
    How Does Homer Depict War in The Iliad? In The Iliad, war is the honorable thing to do. It seems glorified but on the other hand Homer shows the brutality and injustice of it. From the beginning of The Iliad we are immersed in the middle of a war that began nine years ago between the Greeks and the Trojans. Many things have happened previous to the start of The Iliad for example Homer alludes to the fact that Agamemnon has had to sacrifice his daughter in order for he Greeks to reach Troy. The war has caused a lot of pain and suffering to both the Greeks and the Trojans. It is shown in its harsh reality, it is not glossed over we see families loosing their loved ones and we see men die grues ...
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  • Transformation Of Achilles In The Iliad - 1,741 words
    (Essay E) Iliad 24: The Rough Road to Compassion. Homer, throughout The Iliad, illustrates that although it can be difficult to reach, the rough road to compassion is noble and ultimately superior to the easier paths of anger and rage. In Book 22, Achilles demonstrates mindless rage as he desecrates the body of the Trojan warrior and son of King Priam, Hector. This violates Greek funeral rites, which say that a warrior of Hectors status, like Patrokles before him, should receive a proper burial. Achilles rage over the death of Patrokles, however, prevents him from having compassion for a fellow warrior, namely Hector. Priam attempts to ransom his sons body and, in turn, reawaken a sense of c ...
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  • The Iliad: The Violent Mentality - 1,709 words
    The Birth of the Violent Mentality I must admit that Homer is a gifted writer. Homer?s selection of words and rhythmic poetry attract and take control of readers? minds. The attractiveness of Homer?s writing places his readers in a state of vulnerability. Readers may learn to accept principles that are not conducive to their intellectual or social well being. Should not this talent of writing be used to contribute to the progress or growth of worthwhile standards? In Homer?s epic The Iliad, war and death are littered throughout the entire piece. I believe that the Iliad is just another war story that promotes violence and has helped contribute to the violent and explosive social context that ...
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  • Achilles - 1,239 words
    The concept of heroism is a central theme in Greek mythology. Achilles, the main character in Homer's The Iliad, accurately depicts the concept of a tragic hero. Throughout his many experiences during the Trojan War, he reflects heroic qualities, and earns his name as the purest, the highest and "the best of the Achaians." Similar to Achilles, Socrates demonstrates several heroic characteristics, in Plato's work The Trial and Death of Socrates. Through his trial, apology and death, Socrates shows that his heroism and his commitment to his society are genuine. The Iliad confirms that a warrior lives and dies in the pursuit of honor and glory. Achilles place as a hero depended upon the underst ...
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  • Homer Comparison And Contrast Of The Gods In Homers Epics With The God Of The Hebrews - 1,505 words
    Tucker 1 Comparison and Contrast of the gods in Homers epics with the God of the Hebrews There are many similarities and differences between the Greek gods and the Hebrew God. These similarities and differences are revealed in the character and functionality of the gods. The revelation of similarities and differences can also be seen in mans relationship to his god or gods. Homer was instrumental in documenting the oral traditions of the Greek gods in his poetry. Moses, the Hebrew leader, is attributed with documenting what he witnessed from God in the Torah. The Greek and Hebrew belief systems were established for the purposes of explaining the world we live in, the phenomenon in nature, an ...
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  • Homer Comparison And Contrast Of The Gods In Homers Epics With The God Of The Hebrews - 1,459 words
    ... man. This did not occur suddenly. The Romans conquered the Greeks and adopted much of the Greek mythology adding their own embellishments to the traditions. History reveals that the Romans also abandoned these adopted traditions for Christianity. Christianity takes the Hebrew tradition and adds a second chapter so to speak. The Hebrews do not accept this Christian theology but both share the same original traditions. The Hebrew God passed down to man standards for righteous living. The Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20 are the first written standards of living righteous passed from God to man. The remainder of the book of Exodus reveals numerous other standards that God required from m ...
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  • Achilles - 1,239 words
    The concept of heroism is a central theme in Greek mythology. Achilles, the main character in Homer's The Iliad, accurately depicts the concept of a tragic hero. Throughout his many experiences during the Trojan War, he reflects heroic qualities, and earns his name as the purest, the highest and "the best of the Achaians." Similar to Achilles, Socrates demonstrates several heroic characteristics, in Plato's work The Trial and Death of Socrates. Through his trial, apology and death, Socrates shows that his heroism and his commitment to his society are genuine. The Iliad confirms that a warrior lives and dies in the pursuit of honor and glory. Achilles place as a hero depended upon the underst ...
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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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  • Troy - 1,393 words
    World Civilization to 1500 Research Paper When Heinrich Schliemann emerged from Turkey in June of 1873 with a hoard of treasure, the whole world took note. He claimed to have found the ruins of ancient Troy. Schliemann had rejected the prevailing scholarly doctrine that Homer was a mythmaker, not a historian or scholar. Even today, some people argue that the actual ruins of the historical city of Troy are in Croatia, not Hisarlik, Turkey, as Schliemann claimed. This position is outdated now, just as it was when Schliemann first made his great archaeological discovery. Evidence clearly shows that the majority of our present knowledge of the famous ancient city of Troy comes of Homers writing ...
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  • Greek Evolution And Its Decline - 755 words
    Among all the peoples of the ancient world, one whose culture most clearly exemplified the spirit of Western society was the Greek or Hellenic. No other people had so strong a devotion to freedom or so firm a belief in the nobility of human achievement. The Greeks glorified humanity as the most important creation in the universe and refused to submit to the dictates of priests or despots. The Greek view of the world was predominantly secular and rationalistic; it exalted the spirit of free inquiry and preferred knowledge to faith. With only a limited cultural inheritance from the past upon which to build the Greeks produced intellectual and artistic monuments that have serve ever since as st ...
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