The Odyssey by Homer has been around for almost three-thousand years. Many critics and analysists have given their opinions on his pieces. Throughout the reading of Howard W. Clarkes' article in Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, it was thought to be a comparison between a father and sons journeys. While many believe Telemachos' journey was to find out in sequence details that have taken part in his fathers' 20 year odyssey throughout Greece and partially throughout the underworld, some indeed believe that it was only Telemachos' journey to find his heroic self to carry on the traits of his warrior father (Clarke 281).
This essay will discuss the importance & significance of book 24 in the Homeric Epic, The Odyssey. Homer starts book XXIV in Hades as Agamemnon and Achilles greet the dead suitors. One of the suitors tells Agamemnon about Penelope staying pure and faithful to Odysseus. This dialogue between Agamemnon and the suitors connects to the story since Agamemnon was referred to in book 3 when Nester recounts the fall of Troy**. Book 6 involved the scene of Hades much throughout the story but yet
When authors write, they want to engage the reader. To achieve this, authors use various methods such as having an easy-to-follow storyline; likewise, they may apply many lessons between the lines of their words. Homer’s The Odyssey is an excellent case of the latter. Though the specific events that the characters go through differ from anything a person would go through in the twenty-first century, the messages that the author was conveying have the same impact on people today as they did when The Odyssey was written, c.800 BC.
Throughout Hesiod’s “Theogony”, the origin of the universe was established through the use of gods and goddesses forming the universe as the Greeks knew it. These gods and goddesses were portrayed as having a few human characteristics, despite their immense power. Upon further analysis of the poem, we begin to see that Hesiod’s work is very representative of the various Greek customs and reflective of the culture of his time, especially when analyzing the characters found within his poem. It is also important to recognize that all cultures have some fundamental parallels, as such, we can extract these timeless aspects of Hesiod’s work and apply them to a modern culture, such as our own.
During the third quarter, my English class was assigned a two-part book project on the epic poem we were reading, The Odyssey by Homer. This poem is about the ten-year struggle of a cunning, strong man named Odysseus to return home after the Trojan War. Odysseus battles mythical creatures and faces the wrath of the Greek gods, all while his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus try to stir away the suitors who want to marry Penelope and gain Ithaca's throne.
Ancient poems are a great primary source that can be used today to learn about an ancient world whose ideas and cultural beliefs have significantly influenced the modern world today. Arguably one of the most influential epic poems that can be used today to study the past about ancient Greece is The Iliad. The Iliad is an epic poem, composed through oral tradition around 800-725 B.C. and is credited to be written down by the poet Homer sometime between 725 and 675 B.C. (“Reading”). Because The Iliad was composed through oral narrative story telling before it was credited to one poet, it combined the history, legends, and religious beliefs of ancient Greece through many accounts of the epic. Specifically, The Iliad Book 1 reveals how
Both of my journals for the odyssey were similar, which is why I decided to write the journals together. I was very fortunate to have already read the odyssey and was able to obtain my notes from the first time reading. I will be discussing the teaching views and notes I have taken from both time periods.
Throughout The Iliad, Homer paints several poetically visceral scenes of violence that keep the reader engaged on a primal level and simultaneously appeals to our emotional side by recounting the dramatic triumphs in addition to the harrowing failures of its heroes. Identifying the traits that render these characters heroic allows the reader to internalize and understand the values that were most important to Homer, a member of Greek society between the eighth and seventh centuries BCE. In book ten, the author uses the night-raid undertaken by Diomedes and Odysseus as a way to develop two distinct types of heroic behaviour by contrasting the two heroes and their individual approaches taken when faced with a variety of situations that test their character. The epithets used to describe the characters, compounded with the techniques they utilize to deal with the enemy scout Dolon, and the different roles they fall into when raiding the Thracian camp all effectively contribute to the categorization of these two distinct types of heroes.
based on some parts of Homer’s famous Epic, the Odyssey, specifically on the second half of the