Aphrodite was a promiscuous goddess, and had multiple affairs with many gods and mortals. This caused her to be unfaithful to many of her lovers. She used her powers to help men charm women with a love spell (Simon). Aphrodite was also one of the main causes of the start of the Trojan War. She was exchanged a golden apple that would make her the most fairest goddess.
She sings, "You are unique at last. Alas it is a boring song but it works every time. " The Siren is conniving and cunning, casting off an aura of ambiguity and caution. Sirens are mythological creatures that lure sailors to their death by singing. They make an appearance in both "The Odyssey" and "Siren Song".
The creator of the equestrian statue is unknown, however, the creator of Justinian’s ivory relief was probably made by the imperial work of Constantinople. The Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius and Justinian as World Conqueror both depict the power, prestige and clemency of a political figures. Yet, both are distinct in their artistic representation which I’ll discuss below. The Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius is in Greco-Roman style. It’s statue in the round; it has dominant shapes that are round and realistic.
The poem “Siren Song,” by Margaret Atwood, uses a popular allusion to convey her message on the relationship between men and women in contemporary society. The speaker in this poem is one of the three Sirens, mythical creatures found in Greek mythology. Sirens are a mix of bird and woman, and are creatures whose songs would hypnotize and charm sailors. Most sailors could not resist the beautiful sound of the Sirens, and their song would lead the them to their island, only to have the sailors devouard and destroyed by the island's rocky coast. This knowledge of the myth illuminates the speaker’s message.
The Siren Song is a poem written by Margaret Atwood. The poem is narrated by sirens who are also the central characters of the poem. Sirens are Greek mythological creatures possessing enchanted voices luring sailors towards them, causing ships to crash on reefs near their island. The sirens were the daughters of the river god Achelous as well as the companions of Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, goddess of the harvest. Demeter provided the sirens with wings with the intention of protecting her daughter.
The painting depicts a sort of bird creature with the attractive face of a female, swarming Odysseus’ ship in droves while staring down its occupants with a seductive look, while in the text it is quoted “Square in your ship's path are Sirens crying beauty to bewitch sailors coasting by” ( 678.661-662). This shows similarity in the aspect that both sources described the Sirens as luring their prey with beauty. Both the Sirens from the painting and the Odyssey are mythological creatures that attempt to lure their prey. “So you may hear those harpies’ thrilling voices” (678.675), a quote from the odyssey compares to the appearance to the Sirens in the painting. While in the quote the Sirens are described as harpies, birdlike creatures, rather than the common sea dwelling mermaids.
In today’s popular culture, love is often portrayed as this raw, carnal attraction between two individuals. Love has been depicted in a variety of ways from civilizations past. The Greeks viewed love similarly to today’s culture, focusing on passion and sexual attraction to the physicality of another human. In The Odyssey, Calypso made love to Odysseus many times. On the flipside, the Romans viewed love as irrelevant and in some times detrimental to the progression of the empire; for example Dido in The Aeneid was so blindly in love with Aeneas that she became psychologically deranged and committed suicide.
This shows that in addition to being in charge of her own island, Kalypso is a fairly skilled magic user. Her mastery over magic is displayed again when she “conjured a warm landbreeze to blowing...” (5. 277). In contrast, Penelope is powerless without the presence of her husband by her side, even begging to “be blown out by the Olympians!/ Shot by Artemis” so that she “still might go and see amid the shades/ Odysseus in the rot of underworld” (20. 89-92).
The Amazon warrior women played an important role in Greek mythology, had interesting lives, and had a complicated history. The Amazon warrior women were important in the stories of Greek mythology. The Greek hero Hercules, a famous character in mythology, had to get the girdle of the Amazon queen Hippolyte. The Amazon Penthesilea led an army to fight for Troy. She was killed by Achilles (another popular hero), but as her helmet fell, he fell in love with her.
In addition, Odysseus’ bow and arrow are presented as being special weapons as the epic simile compares it to a musician’s harp. The quote “strung it as easily as a skilled bard strings a new peg of his lyre” Furthermore, every archetypal hero has a fatal flaw, which has a negative impact on the hero and their journey. In The Odyssey one can see that Odysseus’ fatal flaw are women, as he is held captive by both Circe and Calypso. Circe and Calypso are examples of women whose love becomes an obstacle to Odysseus’ return. In fact, Homer presents these women whose irresistible allure threatens to lead men like Odysseus
The Trojan war started off with a disagreement upon the goddesses. These goddesses were Athena god of wisdom, Aphrodite god of beauty, and Hera goddess of marriage and birth Eris who happens to be goddess of strife and discord gave them a golden apple. This golden apple marked who was the fairest and just. Zeus ended up sending the goddesses to Paris. The goddesses all tempted Paris to make his decision.
There are also symmetrical circle-like symbols around the shield. It’s impressive how aligned they were with each other, and how much detail is given to each symbol. Besides the circle-like symbols, there is also an interesting inscription in the shield. I also noted how the plaque states the damaged shield is bronze. That shows that during the first half of the third century BC, people already knew combining tin and copper would create bronze.
When Cassandra was predicting Agamemnon’s death and her own, the Chorus commented on the how she was possessed by a God and singing a “wild lyric” (1143). Following that, they then compare Cassandra to a brown nightingale that has “long life of tears weeping forever” (1144-1145), but Cassandra disagrees and says that “the nightingale 's pure song and a fate like hers. With fashion of beating wings the gods clothed her about and a sweet life gave her without lamentation. But mine is the sheer edge of the tearing iron.” (1146-1149). First, the Chorus portrays her to a nightingale, but not just a regular nightingale, but to a woman in Greek mythology named Procne who has been transformed into a nightingale and is grieving over Itys, her dead son.