Greek Women In The Odyssey

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In “The Odyssey,” Homer provides a rather large cast of female characters, especially by comparison to the rest of Greek culture. In Homer’s depiction of women, most are characterized positively. The reason I say this is because even the “evil” goddess characters are characterized beautifully. Circe, Calypso, they are all characterized as beautiful characters, rivaled only by the Goddess of Love and Affection, Aphrodite. By comparison to the rest of Greek society, however, Homer was praising women beyond standards. Most women in Greek culture were considered to be useless creatures only for the happiness and comfort of men.
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