Diomedes Essays

  • Warfare In The Iliad Analysis

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    Warfare in the Iliad is, as we have seen, an integral part of human life and wider nature. But it is more than that, for it is an essential part of the metaphysical order of the cosmos, the divine arrangements according to which everything behaves the way it does. This central insight is first offered to us in the opening invocation: Sing, Goddess, sing of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus— that murderous anger which condemned Achaeans to countless agonies, threw many warrior souls deep into Hades

  • Unadmirable Things In The Odyssey

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    There are 2 people embracing each other. You can tell that they love each other. There are tears of joy that are rolling down their cheeks as they hug. It is a reunion of sorts with onlookers crying as well. Odysseus is finally reunited with his loving Penelope. However, does he truly deserve such a happy ending after all that he has done. Throughout both part 1 and 2 of The Odyssey Odysseus has done a number of unadmirable things that show that he does not deserve such a happy ending. In part

  • Characteristics Of Virgil's Aeneid And Ovid's Metamorphoses

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    In much of ancient Greek and Roman literature, the gods are important characters. They help to drive the plot along, either by being benevolent figures, helping the human main characters, or as vengeful monsters bent on obstructing the journey of the protagonist. The gods can have both human and divine qualities. Quite the same, the humans in these ancient texts can be portrayed as having divine qualities, especially protagonists. Virgil’s Aeneid and Ovid’s Metamorphoses, while different in styles

  • Compare And Contrast Troy And The Iliad

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    The Iliad versus Troy As the great military general and philosopher Sun Tzu said, “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting”. The Greeks utilize a huge wooden horse in order to defeat the Trojans. The movie, Troy, and The Iliad contain the same plot, yet there are numerous differences that are depicted. Nevertheless, despite the countless similarities, The Iliad is far more superior to that of the movie. The Trojan Horse is present in the epic and movie. First, the Greek built

  • Examples Of Empathy In The Great Gatsby

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    The Great Gatsby is a story about a man with old money and that consistently cheats on his wife. Tom and Daisy are both from old money in the Midwest. They get married and moved to the east. Once Tom was uninterested in Daisy, he had a mistress in New York. In the 1920’s F. Scott Fitzgerald had many troubles with his marriage. His novel, The Great Gatsby represents many aspects that were similar to his life. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, he used intellectual empathy by imagining himself through

  • Cultural Values In The Odyssey In Homer's The Odyssey

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    The Odyssey begins as Odysseus leaves an island he was trapped on for 10 years to go back to his hometown, Ithaca. However, we do not know if he will make it back, as it is highly probable that he will die. The Odyssey is a Greek Epic involving some of their ancient Gods. On the way to Ithaca Odysseus faces many challenges while his wife deals with challenges of her own at their house. Suitors have taken over Odysseus’s home, and are all trying to marry Odysseus’s wife, Penelope. However, some characters

  • Gender Roles In The Bacchae

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    In Euripides’s The Bacchae and in William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, I found the gender roles in these particular plays to be very interesting because this was my first exposure to cross-dressing in works of literature. In The Bacchae, women play a huge role because women are often portrayed as feminine and inferior in many past works, however, in The Bacchae, the women of Thebes decide to rebel against the men and join the Greek God of grape harvesting, wine, fertility, and partying, in the woods

  • Importance Of Heroism In The Iliad

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    “The Iliad has been called from the beginning to end a poem of death yet one could also argue that form beginning to end the Iliad is a poem of life. In the world of the poem war is the medium of human existence and achievement. Bravery and excellence in the battle win honor and glory, and thus endow life with meaning. The Iliad is both a poem of death and poem of life. In the other words it is a poem of mortality.” -Seth L Schein. An epic according to Aristotle is a poem about men in action

  • Human Is Imperfect Being In The Iliad

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    Suggesting that humans are in the middle state, Alexander Pope said “Human is imperfect being, “created half to rise, and half to fall … The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!” in his philosophical poem, An Essay on Man. Both Iliad and Beowulf offer insights into the human society that could apply to today’s world where humans still have to choose between safety and glory sometimes and where individuals’ weakness or emotions can result in conflicts or war that can affect a large number of people

  • Female Characters In The Iliad

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    Introduction The course of literature, though it continues to modernize and move forward as us, it is still a reflection and culmination of history. Relics of the past still linger and in one way or another in literature, Greek literature being one of the prominent relics that were used in historical literatures and are still being used today. Many of the modern age literature burrowed plot devices, concepts and archetypes from the Greeks. Even in movies and television series, there are various

  • Role Of Storyteller In The Odyssey

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    In The Odyssey, references to musicians or poets like the author, Homer, are often used to enhance the story and the character of the poem’s hero, Odysseus. Homer inserts himself and his identity as a storyteller into his story this way, creating a comparative relationship between himself and his hero. Homer’s comparative relationship, expressed through the use of the character Demodokhos, the use of deities, and descriptions of Odysseus himself, stresses the importance of storytellers as most fit

  • Miss Genovee: A Narrative Analysis

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    how much this place sucks?” Diomedes says, glancing about fearfully. Indeed, “this place” is not fun. A dark forest, filled with darker shades of green than an average forest should have. The path to the river was almost as overgrown as the forest floor, with ferns and ivy dominating over the grass. Continuing through the forest, something darts out of the corner of my eye. When I look over, there is nothing there. Suddenly, a rustle in nearby bushes makes me jump. Diomedes almost screams and runs away

  • Characteristics Of Greek Values In The Iliad

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    The Ancient Greeks value specific qualities in a person, however they did not value other. Ancient Greeks valued these qualities based on certain achievements or on a performances in war or even inside the city walls making substantial decisions. The Iliad is an epic novel by the Greek poet Homer. The Iliad is based off of the Trojan war between the Achaeans led by King Agamemnon and the Trojans led by King Priam of Troy. This novel focuses on the actions of several characters and how the disparate

  • Epic Heroes In The Odyssey

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    An epic hero might be someone with amazing super powers and an epic might be something amazing – to those who are unfamiliar with literature. The Italian poet, Torquato Tasso, said, “[an epic] is an imitation of a noble action, narrated in the loftiest verse, with the aim of giving profit through delight.” So in short; an epic is a long story of someone who does something good. The Odyssey and the Iliad are each told in 24 books and the Aeneid is told in 12 books and this is a great example of “the

  • Menelaus And Agamemnon

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    preparing to take down Troy, Agamemnon had been chosen as commander-in-chief; next to him were the most important Greek heroes, his brother Menelaus, Patroclus, and Achilles. Two unrelated men named Ajax, Nestor and his son Antilochus, Teucer, Idomeneus, Diomedes, Odysseus, and Philoctetes, who, however, at the very start of the expedition had to be left behind. They didn 't appear on the scene of action right until the fall of Troy. The entire army consisted of 100,000 Greek warriors, and 1,186 ships came

  • Greek Values In The Iliad

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    The Ancient Greeks value specific qualities in a person however they did not value other. Ancient Greeks valued these qualities based on certain achievements or on a performances in war or even inside the city walls making substantial decisions. The Iliad is a epic novel by the Greek poet Homer. The Iliad is based off of the Trojan war between the Achaeans led by King Agamemnon and the Trojans led by King Priam of Troy. This novel focuses on the actions of several characters and how the disparate

  • Greek Gods Help Out Men In The Iliad

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    daughter who is always breaking the rules? All the rest of us gods, everyone on Olympus, listens to you. But she can say or do whatever she wants.” (Iliad 5. 930-938). This was spoken by the god of war himself, Ares, right after he was wounded by Diomedes during the war between the Greeks and Trojans. By simply reading the quote, it is gleaned that Ares is complaining to Zeus about how the gods, in return for helping mortals, gets hurt by them. In this instance, Ares argues that he simply wants to

  • Gods In The Iliad

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    For human’s deities are omnipotent, authoritative, dominant and immortal. If there is a need for supplication due to conflict or complication, humans turn towards the divine. Within the Iliad there are various gods who scheme a very significant role in the war of Trojan. The gods are very present, always observing, influencing guiding and most importantly, interfering in the actions of the humans. Athena, Apollo, and Zeus are three very influential divines and their interactions with human characters

  • War And Violence In Homer's Iliad

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    Homer’s Iliad is one of the earliest depictions of war ever written. At face value, the epic is the story of Achilles’ rage, beginning with his honor being insulted by Agamemnon and it continues with the death of his best friend, Patroclus. Yet, the Iliad showcases so much more. It illustrates two very different perceptions of war: one one hand glorious honor and victory, and on the other, the the jarring horror of death and destruction. Homer, in his poem, incorporates scenes in which the characters

  • Comparison Of Love In Troilus And Cressida By William Shakespeare

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    Greeks to destroy the walls of Troy, fall in love. Pleading loyalty to each other, they part ways hoping to meet again. Until one fateful night when Cressida is sold to a General in the Greek army, Diomedes. She is taken to his room when he then seduces her and she claims she has found a new love for Diomedes. Thus breaking her faithful pledge to Troilus. And the worst part, Troilus watches the scene play out. He witnesses the love of his life with another man. If only he wasn’t there, Cressida’s ultimate