The simple idea of faith is extremely important to Homer’s Iliad, without faith, the outcome of the Trojan War may have been drastically different. Faith between comrades is as essential in the story of The Iliad as it is in the reality of war. Throughout the events of the Trojan War, faith amongst the Greeks is essential to the plot. Nestor shows faith in Agamemnon in these lines: “Agamemnon roused himself from sleep… he approached the ships of the bronze-armed Achaeans… Agamemnon finished speaking and sat back down. Nestor stood up before them, king of sandy Pylos.
2. What are his qualities and flaws? His qualities are brave, leader of men, and concern for his men. He is brave by facing the enchantress Circe in order to change his men back to human. He is a leader of men by he encouraged his men to stay strong even though the times were tough.
He appeals urgently to his audiences to use their imagination to establish the best story possible despite the visual limitations of the stage. “Muse” is a Greek mythology that refers to the goddesses of knowledge, it is also a source of inspiration for poets. On the other hand, “fire” is referring to the divine desires of poets. Together, this epic-like invocation urges the divine
George Chapman is described as ‘loud and bold’ which gives him an imaginable personality in so few words, as well as showing Keats’ admiration for the man reciting Homer’s work. There is an essence of new discovery, owing to the title ‘On First Looking’ and this was during and just after a time when rare discoveries were being made - ‘a new planet swims into ken’ which was Uranus, founded in 1781, and the mention of ‘Cortez’ who discovered the Pacific Ocean. These are key in understanding the passion Keats feels here towards this poetry and why it is an ode to Homer - he equates it to discovering a rare planet or ocean. The word ‘ken’ means range of sight or knowledge, thus relating to the idea that he is inspired by the poetry before him. He ‘felt ... like some watcher of the skies’ and previously he mentions ‘Apollo’ who was the God of poetry and music, could this be him watching for the appearance of Chapman or Homer as he sees them as God like?
The hero should have great deal of confidence and not to be insulted in any way do to the heroes pride which was the glory and within glory there was immortality. In the Iliad there is a counter hero, the contrast of Achilles, the great Hektor – whom contrasts Achilles in every way and finds himself not in the out front of the book like Achilles but still is as important as Achilles, Achilles being the personal hero striving for greatness and Hektor, the hero who follows the laws of external responsibility, family man with his allegiance to his city and duty. Is there need for Hektor in the Iliad? Did Achilles become more fierce do to the fact that Hektor the great Trojan is there is well? Achilles Achilles´s wrath is triggered by his pride and honor, the pride of being a Greek and his honor comes from his desire for greatness and immortality.
This paper will discuss the large temenos at Delphi, the characteristics of the location of Delphi which make it unique, and the ways in which the rituals at Delphi are adapted to the unique location. The Pan-Hellenic shrine of Delphi is located on the south slope of Mount Parnassus, roughly 100 miles northwest of Athens, soaring high above the Gulf of Corinth. The shrine became one of the most popular in Greece because of the Oracle, who is a mouthpiece for the god Apollo. Believers in the oracle came from all over Greece and some came even from Europe, to see the wonders of the oracle and have their query heard by the Gods. Like Olympia, the site was not a city-state and was not a site of political power.
These men, embark on an epic journey that prove them worthy of the title hero. When someone completes an epic journey and is seen as a hero for his or her actions then they are known as an epic hero. This is very true is our lives today, even though people do not view the world the same way as Homer and Virgil did, but the sense of excitement for an epic journey is still there. I wrote about these two men to explain how they may be different people, from different teams in the Trojan War, but have similar attributes and the same adventure that we all wish to have in our lifetimes. I have a hard time to keep word counts to a minimum for the fear of not making my point valid enough in my papers, but if there is anything that the professor can teach me on this matter, I’d be happy to learn.
In his Book, The Battle Of Salamis- “The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece—and Western Civilization”, Barry Strauss illustrates scenes on Ancient Greece that bring the Story to life. Strauss informs the reader on the account leading up to the battle, the events instantly preceding the battle, the battle itself and the repercussion. Strauss’s objective is clear and supported with evidence throughout the text; to persuade the reader on the content of the encounter that saved Greece and the Western Civilization, and to inform the reader why this battle was so significant for the growth of Greece and western civilization. To exemplify this, an excessive amount of Supporting details are suggested. In the text, the reader is left wondering with a very small amount of information on the battle of Salamis and how the conclusion came about.
Homer’s exploration of Achilles’ struggle for eternal glory establishes the main element of the Hero in ancient Greek culture as the immortalisation of his life in song or epic poetry. Kleos, meaning ‘glory, fame, that which is heard’ refers to both the medium and the message, and is one of the driving forces for many of the warriors in the Illiad. For the heroes, and indeed Achilles, they fight not for their Kings or countries, but for the concept of kleos. In order to achieve this, they have to suffer through an ordeal, accomplish great deeds, show excellence in fighting, and ultimately, die in battle. According to Goldhill, “Poetry confers
The fate of Ithaca also rests in the hands of Odysseus, yet another epic characteristic. Because of these elements, "The Odyssey" is truly the epitome of an epic. Homer also begins "The Odyssey" in the middle of the story, which is characteristic of an epic as well. Another epic characteristic that can be found in "The Odyssey," is the largeness of the setting. "The Odyssey's" setting spans out in great distances, and Odysseus travels to many different places on his way back to Ithaca.