How Is the Greek Idea of a Sound Mind and Body Essential for the Succe

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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 sound mind and body. In Homer 's Odyssey, Odysseus and Telemachos, had to have and/or achieve a sound mind and body, to be the successful and outstanding characters of the epic. The ones who lacked these quality suffered and paid for it in the
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The ones that suffer most for the flaw of missing a sound mind and a sound body, are the suitors. The suitors are greedy, selfish, wretched and scheming men, who have tormented Penelope for three years. The suitors were slowly eating Penelope, Odysseus and Telemachos out of house and home. They took all the food and board they pleased, in a home that did not belong to them.
Penelope hated them very much as did the gods. "Bright-Eyed" Athena tells
Telemachos to "collect your wits and make a good plan to kill these hangers- on(suitors), either by craft or open fight"{page 17}. In the end this is exactly what Telemachos and Odysseus do. They struck down the "Dogs!Who never thought that (Odysseus) would return from Troy."{page 243}. The "Poor fools! they did not know that the cords of death were made fast about them all,"{page 245} now were in their rightful place, in the land of the dead. They trespassed into another man 's home, all the time being absent of a sound mind and body, and now had to pay with their lives. Odysseus returns to the Underworld where he is confronted by Antinoos, the leader of the suitors, who says "My friends, here is a monstrous thing this man (Odysseus) has done against our nation!"{page 269} to invoke pity from Odysseus and others. Sorrow is felt for Antinoos, but all knew that "(Antinoos ') own faults have brought this

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