Melody Beattie once said “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” This is what Odysseus had to learn after he did not thank the gods for the Trojan war victory due to his pride. According to Aristotle, a greek philosopher, “the Greek hero was born of royalty. The Greek hero was braver, taller, handsomer, stronger, than all else. He was liked universally. Songs of praise were sung about him.
To give a brief description of his victories, he conquered areas such as Egypt and Persia. He reputably never lost a battle, and was an intimidation to others around him. His militaristic strategies and the influence of his mother helped him overcome many things. His father of course was a very important successor before his time. Philip conquered all of Greek city-states victoriously.
Odysseus is a legendary Greek king of Ithaca and the hero of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey. Odysseus was one of the most influential Greek champions during the Trojan War. He was one of the most trusted counselors and advisors. He always liked the Achaean cause, especially when the king was in his doubts. When Agamemnon, to test the morale of the Achaeans, announced his intentions to depart Troy, Odysseus restored order to the Greek camp.
Odysseus is a combination of the self-made, self-assured man and the embodiment of the standards and mores of his culture. He is favored by the gods and respected and admired by the mortals. Even the wrath of Poseidon does not keep him from his homecoming. But is Odysseus consider a hero? In the epic novel The Odyssey by Homer, the audience becomes familiar with the main character Odysseus in such a way that one can create a detailed character sketch of Odysseus.
Evidence of the impact of Aristotle's mentorship can be found by comparing the decisions made during Alexander's time as king and Aristotle's ideas found in the books that he left behind. Even though Aristotle was only Alexander's tutor for a short amount of time, Aristotle became a large influence in Alexander's life. As a teacher Aristotle was able to project his personal views onto his pupils as well as educational information. Alexander was a captivated student. He had special interests in lessons such as medicine and scievnce, however he also enjoyed the arts, particularly literature.
Through the ages, grandiose tales of monsters and heroes have been told and retold either by oral tradition or written for future generations to learn from those who have come before them. To the Greek culture, these stories represent what it means to be a man, a patriarch, and the hero that can accomplish anything with a little help from the gods. In both, the Odyssey and Medea, the heroes have accomplished extraordinary feats that sets them on a path to a better future, not just for them, but for their children as well. In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus has taken a long journey to come home to his Greek wife, in contrast, in Euripides’ Medea, Jason takes a journey with his Colchian wife to settle in a new home in Greece. In the end, Odysseus is able to accomplish great feats of bravery and enjoy the remainder of his life, but Jason fails at his attempt to forge a life beyond his great feats of bravery.
Usually, heroes in a Greek play or poem are not always perfect; they have flaws and fix their mistakes to relate to real life. At first, Creon makes rash decisions and sticks to them no matter what anyone says. When he disputes with Haemon about the punishment of Antigone, Creon exclaims, “Bring her out, /that hateful — she'll die now, here, /in front of his eyes, beside her groom!” (852-4). He does not change his opinions, regardless of Haemon and his citizens’ opinions. He gets carried away with his powers and believes that following his laws is the only way to maintain a unity and peace.
Many young readers may say The Odyssey is a pointless, outdated poem that has no meaning or worth. However, this very aged classic written by Homer still holds great value in today’s society. Even though the world has progressed economically and technologically since ancient Greek times, the morals and values taught in The Odyssey are just as effective for people of current times. The poem appeals to people of all ages and teaches important lessons that can be used throughout life. The Odyssey teaches readers the lessons of determination and hospitality, both of which are valued in current times.
And, in the final phase, Odysseus makes good on his fame by reaching Ithaca, but he must remain silent to enjoy his kleos—it is a paradox of the second phase. In this essay, I will compare and contrast Odysseus’s different phases of glory in relation to their development, and how they shape his heroic reputation. First, Odysseus’s initial phase of kleos is strictly passive because the readers hear about his fame from other characters. The step that develops Odysseus’s glory are the stories being told from characters that know little to nothing about his past deeds. The testimonies differ in how Odysseus’s fame is remembered.
In ancient Greek society, the tragedy was a deeply spiritual and emotional art form integral to daily life. Perhaps one of the best examples of Greek tragedy is Sophocles’ Oedipus the King. The work is distinguished by the deep emotion and thought it elicits from the reader. This is in part due to Sophocles’ expert portrayal of Oedipus, who bears all the attributes of an Aristotelian tragic hero. A once powerful king turned blinded pariah, Oedipus is characterized by both his pride and his honorable character.
Pericles (495 BC-429 BC) was an Athenian statesman and strategos during the “Golden Age” of Athens. His father Xanthippus fought in the Persian wars and his mother Agariste belonged to the powerful Alcmaeonid family, so he was brought up with considerable wealth and power. Pericles placed much value into philosophy and the arts as a result and was even personal friends with famous philosophers such as Anaxagoras and Zeno. His first significant act was sponsoring a play by Aeschylus in 472 BC and not much else is noted in his history until 463BC, when he tried to prosecute and ostracise Cimon for allegedly failing and betraying Athens by missing an opportunity to capture Macedonia. Cimon was eventually ostracised in 461 BC and after a successful
Apollo,the God of light and fine arts,was best known for his myth influence on the modern day world and his influence on women in society.Ever since the creation of fire and fine arts,man has yearned to understand and harness the power of light and art.According to the Greeks,Apollo is the god that oversees and controls these powers. In Greek mythology Apollo was the God of light and the sun itself. (Allan, Maitland) But had many other functions such as the god of light, music, poetry, archery, prophesy, music, dance, and the art of healing. (Daly, Rengel) Some Greeks even believed that he was protector of herds man and their flocks. ("Myths and Legends of the World")Apollo is the son of the almighty Zeus and Titan Leto as well as twin brother