Iliad and Greek Culture Essay

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Kevin Markle English 112 Class- Tuesday 7:10pm Much of Greek culture was based around the high status of a city or a person. Normally the status was determined by the power or strength that was shown. Prometheus Bound and the Iliad show how this Greek culture was viewed through the fight between Zeus and Prometheus and the Great War over Troy. Even though these wars had different meanings for their commencement, both are decided over which side has more power. This idea of power translates into respect for those who show their ability. The two most respected men in the Iliad were Achilles and Hektor. Both these men were the also the best warriors on their sides and without them their sides proved to be weak. Achilles was the most powerful warrior in the battle for Troy. This was stated many times throughout the book from the beginning of the book to the death of Achilles. He was a Demi-God which helped aid him in his strength. However, although he was well respected he acted as though he were a child. As stated in Book I "I [Achilles] should be a mean coward," he cried, "were I to give in to you in all things… Try, that others may see; if you do, my spear shall be reddened with your blood.” saying that he is leaving since he is not getting what he wants. Not only is he a child but he is very disrespectful. Homer makes Achilles seem that he has no respect for the ones he has killed whether they were a major force or just a military man. After the death of Hektor, Achilles “pierced the sinews at the back of both his feet from heel to ancle and passed thongs of ox-hide through the slits he had made…Then when he had put the goodly armour on the chariot and had himself mounted, he lashed his horses on and they flew forward nothing loth” (Book II). This shows that Achilles had no respect for the death of Hektor and would not let him have a proper burial even

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