Poseidon’s destruction of the wall was justifiable since the king of Troy breached his agreement to compensate Poseidon and Apollo with vines of gold for the year of strenuous labor. The king of Troy’s actions was an outrage, especially towards a god who frequently received praise and offerings for this blessings upon humans. When a mortal breaks a promise to a god, it could result in the utmost punishment, death. Poseidon showed mercy to the kind of Troy by sparing his life, but destroying the wall. “When the king of Crete requested a gift from Poseidon, a fine bull to sacrifice, Poseidon generously sent him the very finest from his herd, so fine in fact that King Minos decided to keep it himself instead of sacrificing it.
Context In the play, Oedipus the King, by Sophocles the role of fate ► is of prime importance. To Sophocles and his audience, two and a half thousand years ago, your fate was inescapable because it was the gods who ordained everything about your existence. To escape your fate, to try to change it ►, to rail against the gods, was inexcusable, pointless and worse, indicated► a fatal flaw of pride. The Gods to Sophocles and Greeks at the time were not simply a divinity to worship; they were the organising and controlling forces of life. Everything about your existence was determined by them and conveyed to you by their spokespeople; the oracles and priests.
Achilles's rage: Portrayed Through Painting and Story The Iliad by Homer depicts a story of Achilles, an enraged Demigod who is pronounced the greatest warrior of all time and a hero to many. A vase painting depicts the savagery and brutality of Achilles's rage and springs from a story in the Iliad when King Priam's eldest son Hector mistakenly killed Patroclus. Achilles's brother in arms and dear friend Patroclus had foolishly worn Achilles's armor and led his Mymidon army into battle. Hector, thinking Patroclus was Achilles, killed Patroclus only to soon discover that he made a grave mistake that would cost him dearly. The vase painting depicts the charged scene from the Illiad in the moments after an enraged Achilles sought revenge and killed Hector.
Hubris is considered to the most deadly and greatest of sins to commit; it is arrogance, it is taking excessive pride, or thinking you can outsmart the gods; there are many examples of hubris. When in the myths, Tantalus decided to feed his child to the gods that was indisputably hubris. One of the more famous myths of hubris was when “… the mortal Niobe, daughter of Tantalus, carelessly bragged that she, with her seven sons and seven daughters, was better then Leto, who had only one of each. Apollo with Artemis responded to this hybris by destroying with their arrows all of her children.” (23) Hubris was also committed when Achilles vowed to feed Hector of Troy’s body to the dogs instead of giving it a proper burial according to the Iliad. Hubris can also be when a worker tells his boss, “That was a stupid mistake,” or when one curses a police officer after he gives you a ticket for modern references.
The helots outnumbered the Spartans more than 10 to 1 so the Spartans had to be cruel to stop them uprising. Another way that the social system was cruel but effective was to take the best boys from the agoge and let them kill any helots that they meet. This was also done to stop the helots from uprising the gerousia had the power to do anything that they wanted within reason but it didn’t stop them killing any one that could be seen as a threat to the Spartan way of life even if the judgement was hazy due to their age and there power within Sparta. one other way that Sparta made sure that it keep up its military was to kill any babies that were not perfect, this was probably the cruel part of it all but what it did mean that the Spartans were all health humans and let them use very Spartan to help with the war effort.it may seem cruel now but it was tradition them and they
Aeschylus was a Greek playwright during the Classical Era of Greece, whose attitude about war was affected by the Persian wars he fought in and the histories of the Trojan War. Aeschylus wanted to transform the peoples’ ideas about cycles of revenge and bloodshed to those of democracy and transcendent law. Transcendent law is a high law that applies to everyone. When people kill each other for vengeance they are taking the law into their own hands. When the law is taken into the hands of each individual the people live in a state of lawlessness.
Since its introduction over two millennia ago, the medium of tragedy has become a standard concept in innumerable works created to engage an audience. No matter what the form or style, all tragic works hold a common attribute- the notion that tragedy always requires the death of the protagonist. In his famous work, Poetics, the Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote that there are certain distinct qualities that define a tragic hero: the tragic hero must be a character of noble statue, the tragic hero must be great- but not perfect, the hero’s collapse must be triggered by an error on the character’s behalf, the hero must suffer more than he deserves, and the downfall must not be purely detrimental- the hero must experience a discovery and an increase in knowledge and awareness. By referencing Othello’s character to Aristotle’s criteria, we can comprehensively classify Othello, the protagonist in the Shakespearean tragedy Othello, the Moor of Venice, as a tragic hero. Othello, who holds the position of Governor-General of Cyprus, is a character of noble statue.
Although Gilgamesh was supernatural and divine in body and mind, he reigned over his kingdom as a cruel tyrant. He lorded over his subjects, raping any woman he liked, whether she was the daughter of a nobleman or the wife of one of his warriors. He accomplished his construction projects with inhumane forced labor, with the rest of his exhausted subjects suffering under his oppression. Soon, his subjects had had enough of his savage authoritarian rule and called out to the sky god, Anu, for help. In response, Anu told, the goddess of creation, Aruru, to make a being, equivalent by strength to Gilgamesh, to stop him.
Iago is a major character in this play but so is Othello, although Iago having 1097 lines in the play. More lines than Othello himself, whom the play is named after. Body In my opinion Iago is the central character in “Othello”. He is the one who drives the action. “The tragedy of Othello” only happens because Iago wanted revenge for not being promoted to Lieutenant.
In this scene in particularly Achilles is enraged at the fact that Agamemnon wants to take his prize, when he satisfactorily worked to this reward. This also relates to human ideas in terms of what is expected as correct behavior. In this specific scene Agamemnon (even if the King) decides to act rashly and incorrectly against one of the highest ranking official in the Greek army. Agamemnon attempts to take what is rightfully Achilles and this is looked down upon by the entire Greeks. So, there is in fact an expectative when it comes to conduct even for the King.