Odysseus And His Men

Who is more heroic Odysseus or Achilles
Who is more heroic Odysseus or Achilles
Who is more heroic, Odysseus or Achilles? In Webster's Dictionary, a hero is defined as a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of purpose, especially if this individual has risked or sacrificed his life. It can also be used in reference to a mythological or legendary figure, often of divine ancestry, who is favored by the gods, endowed with great courage and strength, and celebrated for his bold exploits. War or dangerous adventure is the hero's normal occupation. In my opinion, Odysseu
DID THE WOMEN OF HOMER'S EPICS DIRECT THE ACTIONS OF MENThroughout the
DID THE WOMEN OF HOMER'S EPICS DIRECT THE ACTIONS OF MENThroughout the
DID THE WOMEN OF HOMER'S EPICS DIRECT THE ACTIONS OF MEN?Throughout the Common Era, women have been recognized as a strong influence on the actions of men. For example, Eleanor Roosevelt influenced the decisions that Franklin D. Roosevelt made, and in literature, Lady Macbeth urged Macbeth to commit murder. Did the women of Homer's epics, The Odyssey and The Iliad emulate the women of the Common Era? The Iliad is an epic about the Trojan War and Achilles' role as an Achaean warring against the
Mystical Caves Used Throughout Mythology
Mystical Caves Used Throughout Mythology
Mystical Caves Used Throughout Mythology The use of caves in mythology to depict darkness and abandonment has branded it as a symbol of chaos. From this perception other associations are made which connect the cave to prejudices, malevolent spirits, burial sites, sadness, resurrection and intimacy. It is a world to which only few venture, and yet its mysticism has attracted the interest of philosophers, religious figures and thinkers throughout history. These myths are exemplified in Homer’s 
The Golden Age of Greece
The Golden Age of Greece
The Golden Age of Greece The ancient statues and pottery of the Golden Stone Age of Greece were much advanced in spectacular ways. The true facts of Zeus’s main reason for his statue. The great styles of the Kouros and the Kore. The story of The Blinding of Polphemus, along with the story of Cyclops. The Dori and Ionic column stone temples that were built in Greece that had an distinctive look. The true colors of the vase, Aryballos. The vase that carried liquids from one place to another. The
Odysseus Is Not A Hero
Odysseus Is Not A Hero
Odysseus Is Not A Hero A hero is a man noted for his special achievements according to the dictionary, but if you ask most people what a hero is, you will get the same general response. They will probably say someone who does something for other people out of the goodness of his heart. Odysseus, who is the main character of the book The Odyssey written by Homer, would fit the dictionary's definition of a hero; but if you go deeper, looking at what people feel a hero is, he doesn't even co
How does the Ancient Greek beliefs of religion and death differ with t
How does the Ancient Greek beliefs of religion and death differ with t
How does the Ancient Greek beliefs of religion and death differ with the view of other cultural groups? Death, the way it is represented in Homers book, The Odyssey, is always caused by human error. Whether their death was caused by greed, selfishness, or just being curious, many people died in The Odyssey. Still, the question of what happens after we die remains. Many religions have different beliefs of religious ideas from the Ancient Greeks. Afterlife, is a belief where the comparisons amon
The Development of Desire
The Development of Desire
The Development of Desire The development of the male warrior, throughout literature, has a direct relationship with the development of western civilization. The attributes a warrior holds, fall respectively with the attributes that each society held as valuable. These characteristics, started by societies ideals, become the warriors only reasons for continuing their heroics. The ideals however do change with each warrior. At the beginning we have a warrior with one mission, which later the wa
An Examination of Similes in the Iliad - and how homers use of them
An Examination of Similes in the Iliad - and how homers use of them
An Examination of Similes in the Iliad - and how homers use of them affected the story In the Iliad, Homer finds a great tool in the simile. Just by opening the book in a random place the reader is undoubtedly faced with one, or within a few pages. Homer seems to use everyday activities, at least for the audience, his fellow Greeks, in these similes nearly exclusively. When one is confronted with a situation that is familiar, one is more likely to put aside contemplating the topic and simply inj
Odysseus Is Not A Hero
Odysseus Is Not A Hero
Odysseus Is Not A Hero A hero is a man noted for his special achievements according to the dictionary, but if you ask most people what a hero is, you will get the same general response. They will probably say someone who does something for other people out of the goodness of his heart. Odysseus, who is the main character of the book The Odyssey written by Homer, would fit the dictionarys definition of a hero; but if you go deeper, looking at what people feel a hero is, he doesnt even co
The Golden Sock
The Golden Sock
The Golden Sock Years after Odysseus came from his twenty year trip, Odysseus began to feel restless; he wanted to go on an adventure. He knew that his wife, Penelope would not agree to his decision to go seek the long stolen, golden sock. To many people, this may be any ordinary sock, but to Ithica, it was different. It was the sock worn on the first person to set foot on the land of Ithica. Odysseus finally decided to go on the journey to seek the golden sock. He snuck away leaving Penelo
The story The Odyssey was written by Homer and translated to English v
The story The Odyssey was written by Homer and translated to English v
The story, The Odyssey, was written by Homer and translated to English version by Samuel Butler. The main character in Odyssey was Odysseus, Kind of Ithaca, who after 20 years of wanderings returned home from the Trojan War and a long difficult journey which the powerful gave to him. He found himself recognized only by his faithful dog and a nurse. With the help of his son Telemachus he destroys the importunate suitors of his wife Penelope and reestablishes himself in his kingdom. Athena appeal
February 21 1997
February 21 1997
February 21, 1997 Epic Works Epics by definition are long narrative poems, that are grand in both theme and style (Webster 417). They usually involve actions of great glory and are typically centered around historical or legendary events of universal significance. Most epics deal with the deeds of a single individual, however, it is not uncommon to have more than one main character. Epics embody several main features including: supernatural forces, sometimes the deity of the time, that shape th
Greek literature
Greek literature
Greek literature GREEK LITERATURE. The great British philosopher-mathematician Alfred North Whitehead once commented that all philosophy is but a footnote to Plato . A similar point can be made regarding Greek literature as a whole. Over a period of more than ten centuries, the ancient Greeks created a literature of such brilliance that it has rarely been equaled and never surpassed. In poetry, tragedy, comedy, and history, Greek writers created masterpieces that have inspired, influenced, and
Heroism was not an invention of the Greeks Yet through the first hundr
Heroism was not an invention of the Greeks Yet through the first hundr
Heroism was not an invention of the Greeks. Yet, through the first hundreds years of their civilization, the Greek literature has already given birth to highly polished and complex long epics that revolved around heroes. These literature works gave many possibilities of definition of heroism. The Greeks illustrated heroism to obey the rules laid down by the gods and goddesses, and those who obey the rules would gain honor and fame. The Greeks regarded intelligence as one of the highest gifts th
The masculine dismissal of a women's quest
The masculine dismissal of a women's quest
The masculine dismissal of a women's quest A quest is a tale that celebrates how one can cleverly and resolutely rise superior to all opposition. Yet as fresh prospectives on history now suggest, in this search for freedom and order, the masculine craving for adventure, demanded restrictions upon women, forcing her into deeper confinement, even within her limited province. Thus the rights of a man are separated by the expectancies of a woman. Each subsequent story deals with a search for truth
Loyalty to another person or to a cause may be an admirable trait but
Loyalty to another person or to a cause may be an admirable trait but
Loyalty to another person or to a cause may be an admirable trait, but it can lead to either positive or negative consequences. In Homers epic The Odyssey and John Steinbeck's novel The Pearl there are characters that show great examples of this trait. Penelope in The Odyssey and Juana in The Pearl are the most obvious, although there are many. Penelope stayed loyal to Odysseus while he was on his twenty-year journey and Juana stayed by her husband through his time of distress. Penelope stayed
In The Odyssey Odysseus had to face many challenges during his travels
In The Odyssey Odysseus had to face many challenges during his travels
In The Odyssey, Odysseus had to face many challenges during his travels; a few of these difficulties were a cannibalistic Cyclops, huge whirlpools, determined suitors, along with many hardships. Odysseus fought constantly to return to his homeland of Ithaca, but to accomplish this Odysseus had to be clever, resourceful, and have great leadership qualities. Odysseus proved throughout the story that he was very clever. When he was faced with having to get out of Polyphemus's cave, Odysseus first
Heroes
Heroes
Heroes A hero is a brave and strong person, who is also very human. A hero feels fear and every other emotion that we do. A true hero is a person who does something great and does not expect to be given any thing in return. A hero does something that effects a large number of people. A hero thinks more of others than he or she thinks of him or her self. The characters in the poem, Women, and The Odyssey are both epic heroes. Odysseus is a strong and brave man, but I think he lacks one of the
The Odyssey Report
The Odyssey Report
The Odyssey Report In The Odyssey , Homer uses guest-host relationships as an ethical norm against which behavior is measured. When the ritual is preformed correctly by guest-host, good results ensue. In contrast, the violations of this ethical norm results in misfortune. This idea was taken very seriously by people of that time and it can be found throughout the story. A great example of a guest host relationship where both the guest and the host behave properly is the relationship between Tel
THE ODYSSEY
THE ODYSSEY
THE ODYSSEY The Odyssey was full of wonder, power, and surprises. It is packed with epic heroes, creatures, gods, and goddesses. The gods, goddesses, and creatures had supernatural powers that effected the lives of Odysseus, his crew, and his family. Their actions proved to be powerful, benificial, and deadly. The gods, godesses, and creatures in The Odyssey on many occations proved to be powerful. Zeus, leader of the gods, was a prime example of this. When, Zeus the lord of cloud roused in th
How Is The Greek Idea of a Sound
How Is The Greek Idea of a Sound
How Is The Greek Idea of a Sound Mind and Body Essential for The Successful Characters of The Odyssey? If one were to only have a very fit and strong body, lacking mental ability, to the Greeks it would not suffice. If a man were merely smart and intelligent, without much physical capability, the Greeks would feel that he is not complete. They believed an individual must have have both, a well developed mind and a fit body, not only one or the other, to be ideal. This is the Greek concept of a
GotMilk
GotMilk
GotMilk How did people revere their gods differently among three civilizations? Did they worship with the same general intent? What were gods� role(s) in people�s lives? A brief exploration into the religions of Egypt, Greece, and the Hebrew people may bring insight to these questions. Although the main idea of higher beings remains constant throughout societies� religion, their form of presence in people�s lives varies. I will present the relationship between the leaders and the gods, a
Odysseus and his crew were just leaving the Land of the Dead on their
Odysseus and his crew were just leaving the Land of the Dead on their
Odysseus and his crew were just leaving the Land of the Dead on their way to Kirkes island to bury Elpenor as Dawns finger tips of rose slowly crept over the morning sky. Odysseus was telling his men the stories and prophesies he had just learned when the sky started to darken. A storm was upon them. The wind started to pick up as waves crashed harder and harder against the side of the boat until finally the men no longer could grip the oars and they lost control. All they could do was pray t
Essay on Telemachos
Essay on Telemachos
Essay on Telemachos Becoming a man. The goal attempted by all young boys, but achieved by few. Around the age of fifteen the dream of going on some adventure and risking death to prove bravery is envisioned in our heads and we go crazy. We scan every moment of our teenage lives for a chance at manhood and in some form or other we all get one. Usually it isn't an extravagant adventure as we'd like, but some menial task we have to settle for. For Telemachos, on the other hand, it's the quest of a
Aeneas as Fated Hero
Aeneas as Fated Hero
Aeneas as Fated Hero Essay # 3 Virgils The Aeneid is a story of true heroism in the face of war. A hero often proves himself through war. Many of the characters in the Aeneid throw themselves into warfare enthusiastically for the glory and honor of their names. Aeneas, however, has a sense of responsibility toward his people and their destiny rather than a wish for his name to be honored after his death, which makes him more of a modern epic hero, unlike the earlier Greek heroes such as Homers
Mortal Life Under Chains
Mortal Life Under Chains
Mortal Life Under Chains Composition and Literature February 17, 2004 Beings of supernatural powers or attributes, believed in and worshipped by a people. The single most important aspect of Greek mythology is the gods involved in each story. Gods are immortal, anamorphic beings with divine powers that none other than the gods themselves possess. The relationship between the Greek Gods and humankind throughout Greek mythology seems to be a give-and-take relationship. The Greeks believed that i
Homers Epic Heroes
Homers Epic Heroes
Homers Epic Heroes Homers characters are real human beings with all the strengths and weaknesses. They live, they breathe, they love, they hate. They are subject to fear and they tend, on occasion, to rise to heroic greatness. His most explored stories The Illiad and The Odyssey both have characters that exert these characteristics. Although the stories are different, both heroes share similar backgrounds, plights, and triumphs. The heroes of the novels, thanks to the literary prowess of Homer,
Odyssesus
Odyssesus
Odyssesus 1185 B.C. Dear Penelope, Hello my love, it is me your husband Odysseus. I regret not being home with you and Telemachus. But there is a lot you have to understand. I care for you from the depths of my soul. But I have done wrong these 20 some years ago. Ive slept with other women, disappointed and shame the name of our family. All of my men are gone and I am confused. But I know I need to get home and it has to happen right now. There so much more I have to get off my chest and I figu
Greek Life
Greek Life
Greek Life It was a fine day, as I sat outside of my house on some of the rolling hills in Athens. I sat and pondered of worldly things, when I finally came to thinking of my own life. I was almost as inquisitive about my life as a complete stranger would be. It is a relatively simple life where most common men, as for me not being rich or poor, are usually quite modest, and most often times are made of stone, clay, and wood. My house is a mid-size house consisting of seven rooms. I have a kitch
The Odyssey
The Odyssey
The Odyssey English Tuesday, December 07, 1999 Odyssey Thesis Paper The Odyssey by Homer, written in the late eighth or early seventh century B. C., was the first epic poem. In telling the story of a man named Odysseus, the narrative also describes his ten-year Odyssey home from the Trojan War. In the Greek culture, the god and goddesses ruled and created the destiny of all creatures, although they were very human-like in their actions. Throughout Homers epic, the gods and goddesses showed an
The Odyssey
The Odyssey
The Odyssey Friday, September 29, 2000 English 10 How can one learn about a society which has long ceased to exist? How can one learn about the things that were important to them once their bodies have been interred for centuries? The bodies have long since been part of the earth, yet the voices of many of the ancients still waif clearly through time throughout the art, the music, and the literature they left as their legacy. A mans lifestyle, beliefs and habits as revealed in their art mirror t
Odysseus the Hero
Odysseus the Hero
Odysseus the Hero In The Odyssey, Homers main character, Odysseus, shows many great traits of a hero. What exactly is a hero? Is it someone who has reasonable beliefs? Or is it a person whose actions speak louder than their beliefs? Odysseus combines both beliefs and action into one astonishing package, which really makes him stand out to be an epic hero. Homer proves Odysseus to be an amazing hero by having him consider his consequences, think of all his men as one, and use courage to help him
The comparison of the Achaian Achilles and the Trojan general Hektor i
The comparison of the Achaian Achilles and the Trojan general Hektor i
The comparison of the Achaian Achilles and the Trojan general Hektor is, in my opinion, a very close relationship. Both men are honored beyond any other man in their armies. Both are the fiercest warriors and the biggest fighters, too. Each man is handsome and a born athlete. The two were the best warriors out there, hands down. Hektor seemed to be an older man whos more mature. He had a wife, Andromache, and a son, Astyanax. He was well admired and a prince of his city, Troy. His brother is al
Why do they call our heel our Achilles Tendon They call it that becaus
Why do they call our heel our Achilles Tendon They call it that becaus
Why do they call our heel our Achilles Tendon ? They call it that because of the Greek Hero Achilles the Great Warrior. They name it after him because of his only weak spot at the back of his heel. That is where they got the name of it from. In the story of Achilles, they talk about all of the stuff like how he was in the Trojan War and all of that good things, but not here. The story of Achilles is all of the specifics like his family and background, his characteristics, and all of his enemies
Summer Campbell
Summer Campbell
Summer Campbell Writing Sample English Literature AP Grade 12 Writing Sample- The Odyssey The most admired classical hero is most certainly Odysseus, the mythological Grecian subject of Homers 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 ad
Odyssey Essay
Odyssey Essay
Odyssey Essay In the epic the Odyssey by Homer (translated by Robert Fitzgerald) one of the most descriptive and best written passages in the entire epic is The Slaying of the Suitors (book 23 lines1-62). This is a good passage for many reasons, one of these is that it is a part of the story that has been built up and anticipated by all. Another is the vivid imagery used by Homer. There is one more reason, this being the tone of the passage. The tone of this passage is very important to it an
The theme of The Odyssey is one of homecoming and reunion with loved o
The theme of The Odyssey is one of homecoming and reunion with loved o
The theme of The Odyssey is one of homecoming and reunion with loved ones. Though the proem of the epic states that Odysseus own purpose is simply the fight to save his own life and return his shipmates home safely, the gods of Olympus are the unknown captains of this journey. It is an epic story of the making of men, mainly Odysseus and Telemakhos. Homer methodically details the struggles set forth by the gods. The contests of Odysseus wisdom, honor, piety and prudence. These tests of will p
Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus The Book of Exodus is considered to be an epic poem as by definition. An epic poem as defined by Funk and Wagnalls is a poem celebrating in stately, formal verse the achievements of heroes, gods, and demigods (426). The Book of Exodus as well as the entire Bible was written in the form of an epic poem. Major characteristics of epic poems are that there is always a heroic figure. Moses is indeed comparable to Odysseus, the heroic figure in the Odyssey. Although both men had differ
The Positive Influence of Gods in the
The Positive Influence of Gods in the
The Positive Influence of Gods in the Odyssey The almighty, powerful, feared beings in Greek mythology are the gods! They have many powers and the ability to take the life of anyone in an instant. But many of them also have another side. What many people don't know is that they are not all horrible creatures. Many times, gods help and even befriend the mortals. Many of the gods, like Ino who saved Odysseus, Hermes who aided Odysseus, and Athena who assisted Odysseus, are a positive interference
A Modern Day Odysseus
A Modern Day Odysseus
A Modern Day Odysseus I wanted to strengthen democracy, to ensure that Americans could protect their privacy. Philip R. Zimmermann, a modern day hero, started with one powerful goal - to create easy to use, publicly available e-mail encryption software. With patience, strong will, and the idea that privacy is a right of the people, he did just that, and in doing so held up a mirror to the world, showing it that it had permanently changed. The life of Phil Zimmermann is full of epic grandeur,
Author of the Odyssey Woman
Author of the Odyssey Woman
Author of the Odyssey = Woman? Odysseus, the greatest epic hero out of all the others. He journey was told to many people. Which made into a story called The Odyssey by Homer. Homer is a very special name. It can't identify the author's sex. When we wonder who write this interesting storyThe answer is no one knows. People started to question: Can the author of the Odyssey be a woman? Woman authors always wanted what it was best for their female character. In the old timed, Greek stories lik
Homer name traditionally assigned to the author of the Iliad and the O
Homer name traditionally assigned to the author of the Iliad and the O
Homer, name traditionally assigned to the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the two major epics of Greek antiquity. Nothing is known of Homer as an individual, and in fact the question of whether a single person can be said to be responsible for the creation of the two epics is highly controversial. Linguistic and historical evidence, however, allows the supposition that the poems were composed in the Greek settlements on the west coast of Asia Minor sometime in the 9th century BC. Both epic
The Odyssey
The Odyssey
The Odyssey In reading the Odyssey there were a couple of things that struck me about out hero Odysseus. Odysseus is the hero of a time period and as such there is nothing that he can do wrong. I understand this all to well. We in our everyday live have constructed hero that are on a pedestal that is so high that they can commit crimes that would be very serious and not be punished by us. It is easy for us to excuse them for these deeds that they have done which have wronged others in some way,
The Odyssey
The Odyssey
The Odyssey The Greeks have been known for their hospitality and politeness, especially when treating guests- whether strangers or not. This is demonstrated near the beginning of the Odyssey when Telemachus went to Pylos to visit Nestor. Nestor, not knowing who he was taking into his home as guests, treated them with great honor and respect. Now is the time, he said, for a few questions, now that our young guests have enjoyed their dinner. Who are you, strangers? Where are you sailing from,
Character Analysis - Odysseus
Character Analysis - Odysseus
Character Analysis - Odysseus In The Odyssey, Odysseus demonstrates a wide array of characteristics. The King of Ithaca shows many good qualities as well as some flaws. When Odysseus is faced with a challenge, he uses his ingenuity to devise a plan to escape. However, when Odysseus is distracted from his goal of reaching home, his pride gets in the way. Sometimes, Odysseus lets his pride get out of control, thus putting his men in danger. At first glance, Odysseus may seem to be the epitome of
Greek and Roman heroes
Greek and Roman heroes
Greek and Roman heroes: Odysseus and Aeneas Throughout history many heroes have come and gone. Every culture has their own view of what constitutes a hero. In the epic the Odyssey, Odysseus is the famed hero. In the Aeneid Aeneas is the hero. The cultures from which these stories came, Greek and Roman respectively, have many similar and different views on what they believe a hero should be. Odysseus and Aeneas are both kind to enemies and brave. The two heroes are different in their personaliti
Before it was written The Iliad was a poem told orally by the Greeks T
Before it was written The Iliad was a poem told orally by the Greeks T
Before it was written, The Iliad was a poem told orally by the Greeks. The Iliad presents modern day readers with information about the Greek society many years ago in the B.C. time period. This poem portrays the important values of the Greek society during a heroic age. This heroic age is conveyed by one main character, Achilles. Achilles represents the tragic Greek hero in The Iliad, tragic because he chose his own death. Achilles knew (because of his mother Thetis), that he could either lead
Odysseus king of Ithaca encountered the greatest obstacles of all the
Odysseus king of Ithaca encountered the greatest obstacles of all the
Odysseus, king of Ithaca encountered the greatest obstacles of all the victors of the Trojan War. For ten years he and his men wandered from place to place unable to return home. (They were turned into pigs by the sorceress Circe; tempted in the land of the Lotus-Eaters and the songs of the Sirens; barely survived the dangers of passing between Scylla and Charybdis, and ran into Polyphemus the one-eyed giant and still survived). From the travels of Odysseus we can see certain things about the s
Burial Practices of the Ancient Egyptian and Greco-Roman Cultures
Burial Practices of the Ancient Egyptian and Greco-Roman Cultures
Burial Practices of the Ancient Egyptian and Greco-Roman Cultures Mythology Ancient Egyptian and Greco-Roman practices of preparing the dead for the next cradle of humanity are very intriguing. These two cultures differ in a multitude of ways yet similarities can be noted in the domain of funerary services. In the realm of Egyptian afterlife, The Book of the Dead can provide one with vital information concerning ritual entombment practices and myths of the afterlife. The additional handouts I re
Loyalty Devotion Fortitude
Loyalty Devotion Fortitude
Loyalty, Devotion, Fortitude Hillary Johnson 12/13/1998 English P.7 (Ruff-draft) The ancient Greeks believed that everyone should live by a certain set of rules. Some of these included: 1) obedience of the gods, 2) the ideal of a strong intellect and strong body, and 3) loyalty, devotion, and fortitude. The theme Ive chosen for this paper is loyalty, devotion, and fortitude. I think Penelope, Odysseus crew, and Odysseus all showed one, if not more of these traits. Penelope for example showed a