The Iliad by Homer The Iliad was a really good representation of the chaotic war-torn times of the area surrounding the Mediterranean Sea; this includes the countries Rome and Greece. It was a time where nations were trying to expand their power and influence and warriors were claiming their spoils of war. I mean the beginning of book I of The Iliad, Achilles and Agamemnon are arguing over the rewards and the spoils of war. Agamemnon didn’t want to give up his prize girl Chryses in order to please the God Apollo and stop the plague and the rain of arrow falling from Olympus.
Creon had many reason too next in line to rule Thebes. His motivation was just and honorable; therefore, making him the protagonist. Creon’s law is justified by reason. Since Thebes had two rulers, the people must have been divided on who was the best fit ruler just as the people of the United States compare the Presidential candidates. However, when the brothers go to war with each other the people also go to war, creating tension even after
(lines 190-194)”. Both Achilles and Beowulf were very set towards getting glory. Achilles' only reason for going to Troy is to enhance his own glory. Beowulf is not as direct about this, but the value of glory and fame in his society suggests that glory was very important for him as well. Beowulf is more selfless, in that he is also helping out his own kingdom.
I am most thankful for all my family members, especially my Mom and Dad. They earn the most “thank you’s” of all. They are the ones who provide all the things I require to have a comfortable and fulfilling life. Our house provides the shelter we need to sleep and enjoy ourselves. We also need food.
The real reason that Alexander wanted to conquer the Persian Empire was not only retaliation or revenge, but also as a test of his true abilities. In addition to this, Alexander also wanted to commence the invasion because it was what his father had been planning to do for quite a while. Arrian shows that Alexander thought of his invasion not as a personal grudge but purely business as usual. This act doesn’t fit with the motto of revenge especially since it’s shown that Alexander has extremely little respect for Darius. Arrian said “They think Darius is dead and they are mourning him.’
They both consisted of separate alliances in the pursuit of a common purpose. These hegemonies were capable of a remarkable unity of action which made them effective offensive and defensive alliances (Fliess 1961). The powers formally allied with Sparta for a vast majority of the conflict were not weak (Hanson 2005). Sparta began the war with the support of its entire peninsula, support that increasingly expanded as a result of the growing dislike of Athens. It became increasingly known across Greece that Athens’ only goal was to help themselves and to further the glory of Athens.
Throughout the story, Brutus was one of the few characters that understood the way power could change a man. He feared that Caesar would become a tyrant with all his new power and that Rome would suffer from his rule. He states this multiple times in the story. During Caesar’s funeral, Brutus states “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more,” (JC 3.2.23). It is clear to see here that Brutus was justified in killing Caesar because his intentions are good.
Their whole goal while staying at the palace was to be able to marry Penelope, but they were not able to do that. When Odysseus returned and heard of how the suitors has treated his family he was outraged, so he took Telemachus and they went after the suitors slaughtering them one by one. In this story the suitors received Xenia very well, but they did not give it back, so they were punished just like the god Zeus said he
An epic hero is someone who is characterized commonly on their nobility and bravery. However ,there are more attributes epic heros can posses. For example Odysseus, the protagonist in Homer's retelling of “The Odyssey”, shows many forms of excessive arrogance and pomposity. After conquering Troy, Odysseus and his men set off on their way home.
Athenians appointed Draco to create laws which established equity and stability. But his laws were harsh and started an economic crisis. Therfore, the Athenians appointed Solon who made reforms. Then Peisistratos seized Athens and it became ruled under tyranny and then he gave his sons his position after he died. Then the Athenians drove the tyrants out with the leadership of Cleisthenes and Isidoros.
King Phillip II of Macedonia was held as a hostage while he was young in the leading city of Greece at the time, Thebes. While being held hostage there Philip received both a military and diplomatic education. Philip returned to Macedonia in 364 BC and took the throne due to the deaths of his older brothers in 359 BC. Philip’s great military skills allowed him to use diplomacy to push back the Paionians and Thracians and also allowed him to dominate the three-thousand hoplites in 359 BC. In 338 BC the Battle of Chaeronea allowed King Philip to unify all of Greece, excluding Sparta.
Speeches play an important role in Thucydides’s historical work. The use of rhetoric in them serves to convince various peoples to embark on journeys or build up morale. While one may simply read the rhetoric used in speeches as a device to convince people, a new meaning to the text is elucidated once one examines the underlying types of rhetoric used. The rhetorical nature of the main speeches in Thuydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War convey a message about Athens, yet with different spins amongst the three.
The Odyssey is an epic poem written by the blind, illiterate poet Homer. It takes place in ancient Greece and tells of a man’s journey home from war. The topic, intervention of the gods, is seen throughout the book numerous times as the gods who are in favor of Odysseus lend a helping hand. It is well-known that the gods are very important to the Greeks. In this epic poem, The Odyssey, Homer demonstrates the importance of the positive and encouraging intervention of the gods in Greek culture; the brave actions, encouraging words, and cunning strategies of Athena as she assists and guides Odysseus on his journey back home.
Examining Contrasting Themes of Gender in Myth Through The Furies and Antigone Throughout the history of the written and oral tradition, gender has come to be represented through countless scopes and perspectives. Authors, poets, lyricists compose works that reflect and highlight either society’s ideals of gender or their own. Even though gender has come to be depicted through many different perspectives, often times in literature archetypal gender portrayals run rampant. Women are usually categorized into a couple neat boxes: the virgin, seductress, mother/wife, and witch.
Deception is a recurring theme throughout the novel. The Greeks used numerous tricks and lies when telling their famous myths. Stories such as Europa, Odysseus and Polyphemus, and the legendary Trojan war exemplify the trickery among the gods and goddesses, heroes, monsters, and mortals. In the story of a beautiful maiden, Europa, Zeus fell in love with her because Aphrodite and Cupid shot him in the heart with an arrow of love.