Briseis Essays

  • Achilles Before Troy Essay

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    great skill in physical combat, Achilles did not display the character traits that define a hero; Achilles showed the flaws that made him human. Briseis and all of the Greek army could attest to that. Two beautiful maidens, considered war prizes, went to Agamemnon and Achilles. The most handsome, Chryseis, served Agamemnon, while the other maiden, Briseis,

  • Essay On Xenia In The Odyssey

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    Xenia Although many people have never even heard of the word Xenia, it is used multiple times in the epic The Odyssey. Xenia means to have "basic hospitality, the generosity and courtesy shown to those who are far from home (Wikipedia, Xenia Greek, pg.1.) In Ancient Greece there was no such thing as a motel 6 to be able to stay the night at while you were away from home, so you would hope that the person that you are going to knock on the door to ask if you can stay the night or nights with has

  • Examples Of Weakness In The Odyssey

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    Weakness is a trait all groups of humanity find themselves bound to in many senses, whether it be mentally or physically, but much like Odysseus in Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, translated by Robert Fitzgerald, strength can be found within this turmoil. The tale begins on the island of Ithaca where Telemakhos, the son of the warrior Odysseus, is confronted by the goddess Athena. The Grey-Eyed-Goddess tells Telemakhos to step up and make something out of his life, by setting out on a quest to learn

  • The Odyssey: The Joys Of Equality In The Odyssey

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    Equality Within the comforts of the modernized human civilization that we all experience on a daily basis, a person can easily forget how privileged they are to be existing in such a time of human equality. However, times were not always as pleasant as they currently are, as different diversities of people were not only shamed for their race, gender or ethnicity, but they were abused for it. That being said, if abusive behaviors like human trafficking and racial discrimination can still be found

  • Redemption In The Odyssey

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    Homer uses the Gods and Goddesses impact on Odysseus to show how redemption can be earned which is illustrated through Foster's quest theory. Circe, Zeus, Poseidon, Athena, and Helios are gods that symbolize mythological ideas, whereas in the Odyssey they symbolize lessons Odysseus needs to learn. Odysseus is a man that is judged by the gods all the time, he is on a journey to get home to his family from war. Odysseus does not always make the best decisions and it gets himself in big trouble. Circe

  • Themes Of Fate In Oedipus The King

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    The history of Greek tragedy shows common themes of fate versus the choices people make, also known as free will. They also show dramatic irony. The reason most Greek tragedies exemplify these themes is due to their beliefs in the Gods of that era such as Apollo, Hermes, and Athena, etc. who would often give prophecies on the fates of people. Particularly, in Oedipus the King, there was a prophecy from Apollo that in the end was revealed to have come true. The presence of whether fate or free will

  • Heroism In The Iliad

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    The greatest literary works reflect the human condition: from adversity come epiphanies of wisdom and heroism. Despite varying time periods and cultures, literature shows how solely through hardship can humanity heroically advance with wisdom. For example, The Iliad’s conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans show the wisdom of humanity in war and the heroic acts of war. The Iliad and The Biography of the Prophet show the human condition of suffering as the sole means of bringing heroic acts and

  • The Iliad Compare And Contrast Essay

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    lineage for the character Briseis, and a change in the events surrounding the death of Patroclus. While the Iliad from The Essential Homer and the film Troy by Wolfgang Petersen, portray the mythological story of the Trojan War, Petersen’s

  • Agamemnon In The Iliad

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    the prize without even holding the contest. He tells everyone that he knows Agamemnon is the best. That 's actually pretty magnanimous coming from Achilles, who has a lot of reasons to be upset with Agamemnon 's lack of leadership. Achilles lost Briseis, whom he loved, just because Agamemnon whined about it not being fair. Achilles ' subsequent withdrawal from fighting caused the Achaeans to lose a major battle. In short, Agamemnon is a jerk and bully, who blames others for his failings and sacrificed

  • Patriarchal Women In The Iliad

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    Chryseis and Briseis and both women held captive in the epic. Also, Athena and Hera play a major role in the outcome of the battle. Andromache causes the Iliad to have a humane side. These women are crucial to the Iliad and the storyline. Many heroes have a female as a war prize in the Iliad. The women are important in this aspect because they incentivize the fighting for the heroes. Also, if a hero does not have a war prize, he can fight for one on the battlefield. Briseis is an example

  • Black Ships Before Troy By Anne Frank: Negative Attitude Towards Conflict

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    Negative Attitude Towards Conflict What mindset is best to have during conflict? Mr. Van Daan was always moody, and never really appreciated what he still had. Most people deal with conflict in a negative way. A positive attitude towards conflict may be the best way it handle it but, some people have a negative attitude towards conflict. There are many ways that people can argue about the negative effects of conflict. In Anne Frank, Anne was always positive no matter what happened. Anne was happy

  • Representation Of Women In Gilgamesh Essay

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    In ancient literature women were portrayed in many ways. Today women characters were portrayed correlates and contrast with the ways women were depicted in ancient literature. Often times we hear and see that women are homemakers and normally stay at home and care for the children. In ancient literature women seem to be strong. There are several approaches when it comes to the characterization of women in literature in general. Women have been represented in many ways, some have been deemed stereotypical

  • Extreme Pride And Hubris In The Iliad

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    I am to die soon, shouldn’t I have what I want?” Feeling only sorrow for her son, Thetis requests Zeus to cause to Greeks to lose until Achilles fights again. Slowly the Greeks are pushed back farther and Agamemnon pleads with Achilles, offering Briseis back. Achilles declines due to his pride and the Trojans come close to burn the Greek ships. Even when a ship was burning, Achilles refused to fight and instead sends out Patroclus. Eventually Patroclus gets killed. Achilles is humiliated and regrets

  • The Iliad Analysis

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    called his trusty messengers and squires Talthybius and Eurybates.”Go," said he, "to the tent of Achilles, son of Peleus; take Briseis by the hand and bring her hither; if he will not give her I shall come with others and take her- which will press him harder." This action was taken by Agamemnon to sooth his pride which was hurt at this point. Achilles took the loss of Briseis as something that would hurt his pride and ego and also prove to be humiliating because she was a prize that was given to Achilles

  • Leadership In Agamemnon

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    FA Illiad A leader can be determined through various reasons, he could either be a leader because of his position, or be deemed as one because of his actions. The problem of the story commenced because of the poor leadership shown by Agamemnon, fortunately, Akhilleus was there to save the day. Voluntariness, sacrifice, and being the bigger person are some of the great characteristics Akhilleus showed throughout the whole story. This proved that he is not only a much greater character than Agamemnon

  • Ancient Greek Culture Essay

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    The conditions of everyday life in the ancient Greek culture are conveyed through artifacts and the Iliad. Specifically, various pottery helps to tell the tale of the ancient Greek way of life and values. From sporting events to religious ceremonies, many details of their culture can be discovered in some way among the legacy of the Greek civilizations, be it artifacts or literature. One Attic black figure hydria depicts two scenes. The larger scene of the vase shows a soldier departing for war

  • Essay On Achilles In The Iliad

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    Patroclus’ death and achieve his own kleos, or honor, his rage-driven actions lead to the death of many Achaean soldiers, and change the course of his fate. Agamemnon’s taking of Briseis enrages Achilles and spurs him to remove himself from the war, leading to a massive death toll in the Achaean forces. In stealing Briseis from Achilles, he is not only robbing of him of a material prize, but also a symbol of honor, his geras, in Greek culture. In retaliation, Achilles removes himself from the war and

  • The Differences Between Troy And The Iliad

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    battle leading Achilles men with the chance of facing hector, which ends with is Patroclus’s death. Deaths are not the only difference between Homers Iliad and the film Troy. Character relationships such as Hector and Briseis and Achilles and Patroclus differ. Hector and Briseis were not cousins in the Iliad, neither were Achilles and Patroclus. Achilles and Patroclus were seen to be close friends or even lovers if one thought so. Props in the film were devastatingly incorrect. Since we know the

  • Role Of Anger In The Iliad

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    Written by Homer, The Iliad, portrays the life of Achilles, and how the Greek Hero allowed anger to overwhelm his decision making. Complications arise when anger leads to hate, pride, or suffering, and Achilles life illustrates the results of anger. Throughout the book anger slowly consumes Achilles and significantly changes results of the Trojan War. Causing him to act foolishly, Achilles’ anger brought harm upon many Greek people. Also, The Iliad teaches that anger caused a downfall to Achilles’

  • Theme Of Honor In The Iliad

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    Because honor is obtained by taking something away from someone, one way to get honor is by dishonoring someone else. We see this when Agamemnon tells Achilles to give him Briseis if he wants him to give up Chryseis. Agamemnon says, “But if they give me nothing I will take a prize myself — your own, or Ajax’ or Odysseus’ prize” (Book 1, line 161). Agamemnon expects to be given someone else’s prize or honor in return for giving