Odyssey of Homer

Odyssey of Homer









 


Homer Essays - Essay List

Homer's 'Odyssey' / Justice
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A 6 page paper on Homer's classic work. The paper demonstrates that the Homeric idea of justice is very different from our own; it suggests that whereas our sense of justice is founded upon morality, justice in Homer's time centered around the maintenance of the status quo. Bibliography lists three sources besides book.
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Homer's Iliad / Does it Glorify or Condemn War?
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In 5 pages, the author discusses whether Homer's 'Iliad' glorifies or condemns war. In Homer's 'Iliad' the word war is mentioned numerous times. In fact, a great deal of the entire poem deals with war, even thought the main focus of the poem appears to be about Achilles, a tragic hero. The war in the poem was a constant. It appears that Homer glorified war in the 'Iliad,' because he made reference to it many times and because he makes war an adventure. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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A Comparison of Odysseus & Achilles
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In 5 pages the author compares the heroes in the 'Odyssey' and the 'Iliad.' Homer's 'Iliad' and his 'Odyssey' are both epic Greek poems. The hero in Homer's 'Odyssey' was Odysseus, and the hero in Homer's 'Iliad' was Achilles. Both poems were written by Homer, and many similarities as well as differences are seen between the two heroes. Although similar, those men were not carbon copies of each other, for they did have different characters. They were heroes first and foremost.
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Derek Walcott's 'Omeros' vs. Homer's 'Iliad' / Brothers In Verse
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A 5 page paper comparing Derek Walcott's poem 'Omeros' to Homer's works, particularly the Iliad, and comparing Homer himself to Walcott's personification of him, the blind fisherman Seven Seas. The paper concludes that both personas exhibit an extraordinary greatness of spirit, and show that even ordinary men can be heroes. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Homer's 'Odyssey' / Sacrifice
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A 5 page paper analyzing the way this theme is treated in Homer's epic. The paper concludes that Homer viewed sacrifice as a way to return everything to its status quo, and as such, it was a function of duty and justice. Bibliography lists one source besides primary book.
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Dante And Homer: Relationship With Audience
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5 pages in length. When comparing the audience's relationship with Dante and Homer, one can easily recognize the fact that Dante reaches into the innermost soul of his audience, while Homer remains on the distant outskirts of his audience's existence. To say that there is a distinctive difference between the two writers' ability to effectively relate with their respective audiences is to say that each man's literary contributions are significantly divergent, as well. Within the confines of Homer's writing exists unadorned text; however, Dante's is just the opposite, leaping to life with virtually every single written word. Dante's success as a poetical writer resides not only within the knowledge of his literary craft but also upon his accessibility to the audience. The writer discusses whereas Homer's 'The Odyssey' composes dryly and without passion, Dante's 'Inferno' strives to address itself to a broader, more emotionally-based audience. No additional sources cited.
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The Role of Women in Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad
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A six page paper analyzing the way the roles of women in Homeric society are depicted in Homer’s epics. The paper concludes that Homer echoes his culture’s conception of women as being either helpers of men or hindrances to them, but essentially insubstantial in their own right. No additional sources.
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Homer's Iliad vs Thucydides' History Of The Peloponnesian War
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5 pages in length. Homer's Iliad and Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War both account for human suffering and misfortune by demonstrating how the war ravaged man's very soul. Vivid depiction of death and maiming are strewn throughout both literary works to clearly demonstrate the passion each side felt about holding on to honor and material possession. The writer discusses how Homer and Thucydides' versions of human torment mirror the reality many warriors experienced at the hands of their enemies. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Homer's Epic Poetry As History
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A 5 page essay about The Iliad and The Odyssey and the things they tell us about the history of ancient Greece, especially where it pertains to the morals, customs, and traditions of Homer's time. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Homer Paper.
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Relations Between Individuals & States in Homer’s “The Odyssey” & Herodotus’ “The History of Herodotus”
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A 6 page paper which examines relations between individuals and states as depicted in Homer’s epic poem, “The Odyssey,” and in Herodotus’ massive volume, 'The History of Herodotus.' Specifically considered are how the people during ancient times governed by the rules of reciprocity, and how this carried over into inter-state relations, to determine if there are any differences in interpretations between Homer and Herodotus, and if so, how they can be explained. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Homer's 'Iliad' / Glorification Of Violence
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8 pages in length. Homer's Iliad is a classic example of how violence has been glorified - while not necessarily justifiably so - since the beginning of civilization. There is an inherent desire for men to thrust their outer manhood into their enemy's faces in order to assert their inner strength. The writer discusses how Homer utilizes gender roles and divine/human relations to emphasize compassion for war victims, depicts modern society's ambivalent role and documents the warrior/hero mentality as it justifies warfare and brutality. No additional sources cited.
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Winslow Homer:
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This 5 page paper examines the most famous American artist of his day, whose work spanned the 19th and 20th centuries. Although largely self-taught, Homer became a master of etchings, oils, and watercolors. Guide and Dog - 1889 is discussed as an examplative Adirondack work. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Faith and Retribution in Genesis and Homer's 'Odyssey'
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A five page paper looking at the way the status quo is disrupted and then renewed in the story of Odysseus and the suitors in Homer's 'Odyssey,' and also in the story of Noah and the Ark. The paper shows that in the Biblical story, it is God who punishes the evildoers and restores the status quo, while in the Odyssey it is a mortal man. No additional sources.
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Violence and the Gods in Homer, Sophocles, and Statius
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A nine page paper looking at the role of the gods in perpetrating the violence that occurs in the works of these three classical authors. Specific works discussed are Homer’s Iliad, Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, and Statius’ Thebiad. Bibliography lists 13 sources.
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Homer's 'Odyssey' / Character Of Telemachus
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A 2 page essay analyzing Telemachus' maturity level in Homer's 'Odyssey.' The writer points out how other characters still treat Telemachus like a child-- and rightfully so, for his own immaturity stops him from being able to do many things..like ask the suitors to leave. No other sources cited.
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Homer’s “The Illiad” and Revenge
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This 6 page report discusses the ancient classic “The Illiad” and focuses on the issues of revenge presented by Homer. The epic's importance, especially in “The Illiad,” lies in the fact that it advocates a certain level of consideration regarding the requirements of human interaction. Revenge is not for sale in “The Illiad” and its pursuit is not entered into without a great deal of consideration. No sources other than “The Illiad” listed in bibliography.
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Homer's 'The Odyssey' vs. Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar' Analyzed
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This 5 page research paper compares and contrasts Homer's epic Greek poem, 'The Odyssey,' with William Shakespeare's tragic play, 'Julius Caesar.' Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Olive Tree's Symbolism in Homer's The Odyssey
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A 4 page paper that examines the symbolism of the olive tree in Homer's epic poem The Odyssey and discusses how this symbol represents rebirth and the renewal of life. This paper focuses on three critical points in the story that symbolize rebirth and renewal, noting and analyzing the presence of the olive tree in each. Bibliography lists 1 sources.
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Comparing and Contrasting Odysseus' Encounters With Women to His Complex Relationship With Penelope in Homer's Epic Poem, "The Odyssey"
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A 3 page paper which compares and contrasts Odsysseus' encounters with human women Nausikaa, Arete, goddess Kirke and monster Skylla to his complex relationship with his wife Penelope in Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey," to determine how they reflect his perfect "homophrosyne" marital relationship, the marriage of true minds.
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Homer's 'The Odyssey' / Odysseus' Journey Home
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A 5 page paper which examines Homer's epic poem, 'The Odyssey,' and lays blame of Odysseus' delayed return to his home in Ithaca on Odysseus himself because he became involved in other people's wars, his pride often got him into trouble, he incurred the wrath of several gods, and lusted after goddesses. No additional sources cited.
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A Comparison of Heroes in Homer's 'Iliad'
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A 4 page comparison of the classic heroes Hektor and Achilles as presented by Homer in 'The Iliad.' It is proposed that while Achilles transcends the politics of his day and fights for his own cause, Hektor's tragedy is actually synonymous with the tragedy of Troy itself. No Bibliography.
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Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier and The Odyssey by Homer: A Comparative Study
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This 5 page paper provides a comparison between the novel Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier and the Odyssey by Homer. This paper outlines the central similarities and some of the differences that are evident when assessing plot, thematic development and characters. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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The Theme of the Quest in Homer & Dante
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A 5 page exploration of this theme in Homer's Odyssey and Dante's Inferno. The paper asserts that the underlying precept behind both these stories is that the seeker in all of us has to wander forth from his or her home and expand his or her horizons in order to grow and mature. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Homer's 'Iliad' / Role Of Gods & Godesses
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A 6 page essay examining the various ways Homer made use of gods and goddesses; how they intervened in the lives of the mortals.
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Homer's 'Iliad' / Power of the Gods
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A 5 page paper examining the degree of influence gods were considered to have over mortals in Homeric culture. The paper concludes that the Greeks believed that people really do not have much control over their own destinies at all, and thus transferred this control onto the gods. Bibliography lists one source.
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Homer's 'Iliad' / Shield of Achilles
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The significance of Achilles' shield, as it appears in Homer's Iliad is discussed in this 5 page paper.
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Homer's "Iliad" / Achilles Armor
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This 5 page research paper examines the importance of Achilles' armor in Homer's epic masterpiece, "The Iliad." The impact of the armor upon Hector, Patroclus, and Achilles (when he receives the new armor) is discussed. The paper also considers how each of the heroes act when wearing the armor, what happens to them while wearing it, their heroic attitudes which result, and how Achilles is similar or different from the other two warriors. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Homer's "Iliad" / The Greater Hero -- Achilles Or Hector?
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5 pages in length. Who was the greatest hero between Achilles and Hector in Homer's The Iliad? When posing this question, one must also consider the various definitions of the word hero. A hero can be of the heart or of the mind, but most likely he is one of the body. A true hero possesses all three of these entities, yet this type of hero is rare, indeed. Neither Achilles nor Hector was a hero of this caliber, yet they both displayed significant heroism while in battle. The writer compares the two warriors to determine which one was the greater hero. No other sources used.
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Samuel Coleridge's 'Frost At Midnight' And John Keats' 'On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer' / Portraying Artists As Visionaries During The Romantic Period
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6 pages in length. The poets of the Romantic Period often portrayed the artist as visionaries in their works. In addressing the approach to this concept, Samuel Coleridge's 'Frost at Midnight' and John Keats' 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer' are compared so as to realize the legitimacy of this poetic tendency. The Romantic Period was rife with visionary artists who prevailed against the odds of a time gone by when artistic impression was not deemed as being an instrumental aspect of one's existence. Blooming forth to prove the truth is otherwise, the visionary element so prevalent in the poems of Coleridge and Keats brings to light the magically illusory component of artists. The writer discusses the portrayal of artists as visionaries in Coleridge and Keats' poems. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Homer's 'Odyssey' / Hospitality
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A 4 page paper on theme of hospitality in Homer's epic. It contrasts the hospitality shown Telemachus by Melenaus and Odysseus by King Alkinoos and the swineherd Eumaios with the abominable behavior of the suitors.
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Heroism in Homer’s Poems, “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey”
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A 4 page paper which examines how Homer expresses the concept of heroism in his epic poems, “The Iliad” & “The Odyssey.” Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Homer's 'The Odyssey' / Odysseus' Refusal To Become Immortal
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A 5 page essay on Homer's The Odyssey, and particularly why Odysseus would refuse to become immortal. The thesis posits that Odysseus chose the experience of living life over the sterile existence of the gods. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Homer's "The Illiad": Compare/Contrast Achilles And Hector
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5 pages in length. The premise of Homer’s "The Iliad" is that of a petty quarrel Achilles allows to get out of hand, nearly destroying all opportunity for the Greeks to defeat the Trojans, as well as arrive back home safely after the battle. This childish action puts to question whether Achilles was truly a hero who properly exercised his power, for he risked not only his own life by permitting himself to get out of control, but also the lives of each and every person who fought in battle. Hector, like Achilles, was determined and forthright in battle. Attitudes of both men depict that of destruction, both mentally and physically, but it was Hector who was deemed the true hero of the Trojan War. Unlike Achilles, Hector chose his battles more carefully, rather than going headlong into whatever killing spree was most opportune at the moment. A hero does not take chances with other people’s lives; rather, his goal is to save as many as he can. If his own life is destroyed in the process, then that establishes him as even more of a hero. The writer compares and contrasts Achilles with Hector. No additional sources cited.
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Odysseus as a Justifiable Hero in Homer's 'Odyssey'
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A 5 page paper on the character of Odysseus, his heroic qualities, and how his actions represent the classic struggle for survival. The writer argues that Odysseus' actions were justifiable under the circumstances and with respect to the era during which his character was created by Homer. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Greek Definition of Hero, As Exemplified by Homer’s “The Iliad” & “The Odyssey”
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A 7 page paper which examines how the definition of hero, in the classical Greek sense, is exemplified in Homer’s epic poems, “The Iliad” & “The Odyssey.”
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Homer's 'Odyssey' / Concept Of An Afterlife
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In 5 pages the author discusses Homer's conception of afterlife in Odyssey, comparing it to other views of the afterlife. Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.
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Homer/Themes in the Iliad
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A 3 page analysis of Homer's epic poem, 'The Iliad.' The writer demonstrates that while the vast majority of the poem deals with battles and fighting, the 'Iliad' also relates details of life within the city of Troy. There are instances that relate the concerns that occupied the Greek mind, as well as episodes that demonstrate the pain and heartbreak involved in fulfilling one's duty to the state. No additional sources cited.
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Homer's 'Iliad' / Book XXIV
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A 5 page paper discussing the last chapter of Homer's The Iliad. This is the last book of this ancient literary work. This section of the story begins with Achilles still angry and distraught over the death of his friend and as the story ends we see Achilles having moved beyond his grief a bit and forging on with his life. A thorough examination of the banquet scene is also discussed.
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Women as Depicted by Shakespeare vs. Homer
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A thoughtful 3 page comparison between the characters of Desdemona (Shakespeare's 'Othello') and Penelope (Homer's 'Odyssey'). Both women are viewed as brave, determined, and loyal -- exemplifying the age-old concept of love in both stories -- No Bibliography.
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Achilles’ Anger in Homer’s “Iliad”
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A five page look at the motif of Achilles’ anger as it carries through Homer’s epic poem. The paper shows how Achilles goes from being a completely self-centered person to one who can share another’s sorrow, but it takes a terrible personal loss to bring him to this point. No additional sources.
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The Underworld in Virgil and Homer
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A 3 page paper comparing the underworld visits of Aeneas in Virgil’s Aeneid to that of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey. The paper concludes that although both have elements of terror, Aeneas’ visit ends on a note of hope, while Odysseus’ does not. No additional sources.
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Homer's Odyssey / Odysseus's Quest for Identity
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In 5 pages, the author discusses the connection between recognition of identity and the observance and significance of quest-host rituals and relationship in the key moments of anagnorisis in the Homer's Odyssey. No other sources cited.
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Relationships Between God & Humans, Men & Women in Homer’s 'The Iliad'
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An 8 page paper which how relationships between gods and humans and men and women in Homer’s classical Greek epic poem, 'The Iliad.' Bibliography lists 9 sources.
Filename: TGiliad.rtf

Sophocles' Antigone vs. Homer's Penelope
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A 7 page paper that compares two main characters in Sophocles' Antigone and Homer's Odyssey: Antigone and Penelope. These two women share a number of common characteristics and make similar determinations in regards to morality and family duty. Though the outcomes are significantly different, the inherent qualities of these two women are considerable. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Homer & Dante/ Comparing Relationship to Their Audience
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A 5 page essay that addresses the relationship that each poet endeavored to establish with his audience. The writer draws on examples from Homer's the 'Odyssey' and Dante's 'The Divine Comedy.' No additional sources cited.
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Stephanie Dalley's "Myths Of Mesopotamia" And Homer's "The Odyssey": Kingship
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7 pages in length. Kingship is a primary component of both Stephanie Dalley's Myths Of Mesopotamia and Homer's The Odyssey, in that each author's account of mythological existence is replete with hierarchical implications. Power is akin to kingship within the literary boundaries of Dalley and Homer's writings, which is clearly portrayed through the use of power, legal association and the aspect of determinism. No additional sources cited.
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“The Epic Simile in Homer’s Iliad”
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A six page paper which looks at the use of imagery in Homer’s Iliad, with particular reference to the epic simile and the ways in which it allows the poet to present a multi-faceted and complex elaboration of the basic narrative theme through the use of extended similes. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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The Iliad (A Critique)
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This 7 page paper provides a critical analysis of this infamous work by Homer. Particular attention is paid to Homer’s treatment of gender. No additional sources cited.
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Chapter XXIV Of The Odyssey
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The Odyssey, by Homer, has long been recognized as perhaps the greatest of the mythic hero tales. There are those who believe that Homer should have ended the epic poem with the reunion of Odysseus and his wife. They would argue that there is no apparent need for the last chapter, chapter XXIV. This 5 page paper argues that chapter XXIV was included: to serve as summation and epilogue to the story. No additional sources are listed.
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Comparison/ Bible & The Odyssey
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A 5 page comparison of the first chapter of the Hebrew Bible and Homer's epic poem, 'The Odyssey.' Throughout history, from the time of the earliest civilizations, there have been literary compositions that attempted to explain life and the consequences of human action as it might relate to divine will. Each culture has addressed the relationship to the divine its own fashion. Homer expressed this for the ancient Greeks and unknown Hebrew scholars recorded the oral traditions of the Jewish tribes. No additional sources cited.
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Heroism in the “Iliad” and the “Aeneid”
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A 6 page paper contrasting the Greek and Roman conceptions of heroism as portrayed in Homer’s “Iliad” and Vergil’s “Aeneid.” Characters discussed are Homer’s Achilles and Hector, and Vergil’s Aeneas and Turnus. No additional sources.
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Comparing Hektor/Achilleus in “The Iliad” & Penelope/Odysseus in “The Odyssey”
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A 5 page paper which compares Hektor with Achilleus in Homer’s “The Iliad” and Penelope and Odysseus in Homer’s “The Odyssey” to determine which character in each is the most heroic. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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The Ideology of Warfare in Homer’s “Iliad” and Virgil’s “Aeneid”
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An eight page paper contrasting the philosophy behind warfare in these two classical epics. The paper argues that unlike Roman warfare which emphasizes the primacy of the state, Greek warfare cannot get past the cult of the individual; and as useful as it may be in time of peace, individuality is not a workable ideology in time of war. No additional sources.
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Changing Attitudes Toward Virtue in Ancient Greece
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A six page paper looking at Homer's "Odyssey," Sophocles' "Antigone," and Aristophanes' "Lysistrata" in terms of their attitudes toward male and female virtue. The paper concludes that over the nearly four hundred years between Homer and Aristophanes, the factor which most changed the gender perceptions of ancient Greece was a heightened awareness of the importance of ethics in human life. Bibliography lists eight sources.
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Comparative / “The Aeneid” and “The Iliad”
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An 8 page research paper comparing the use of tone in the accounts of heroic battle by Homer and Virgil. The writer posits that the tone reflects a change of power from Greek to Roman heroes in Virgil, including an allegory to the rise of the Roman state. This is supported to some extent in Homer’s epic which reflects an opposite trend—the downfall of heroes and Greece. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Homer's Odyssey & Virgil's 'Aeneid'
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A 4 page, comparative discussion of heroism in the 'journeys' of Aeneas in 'The Aeneid' and Odysseus in the 'Odyssey.' No bibliography.
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Leadership and Admirable Characters in Greek Mythological Literature
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A 5 page paper which is divided into two parts, with the first one comparing and contrasting the leadership skills of Patroklos in Homer’s epic poem, 'The Iliad,' with that of King Pentheus in Euripides’ play, 'The Bacchae.' The second part considers the admirable qualities of Odysseus (Ulysses) in Homer’s poem, 'The Odyssey' and Oedipus in Sophocles’ play, 'Oedipus the King.' Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Comparison of Gladiators with Homer's The Odyssey
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This 5 page paper compares the 2000 film Gladiators with Homer's The Odyssey. Odysseus and Maximus are compared and contrasted. No additional sources cited.
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Homer's 'Odyssey' / The Maturing of Telemachus
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A 6 page paper on the character development of Odysseus' son Telemachus in the Odyssey. The writer argues that while Telemachus becomes more important throughout the course of the story, he is never quite the man that his father is. Several quotes from the Odyssey are used to support points. No additional sources cited.
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The Role of Gods in Homer and Sophocles
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A 5 page paper comparing the significance of the gods' intervention in human affairs in the works of these two Greek authors. Specific works discussed are the 'Odyssey,' the 'Iliad,' 'Oedipus Rex,' with one additional passage from Thucydides' 'History.' No additional sources.
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Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid Compared
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This 7 page paper looks at both works inclusive of plot, primary characters, humorous aspects and thematic elements. The thesis that both works are about love, and not war, is supported with an analysis of the author's techniques and story lines. No additional sources cited.
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Homer's 'Odyssey' and James Joyce's 'Ulysses' as Epics
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An eight page paper discussing how these two very different works can be both classified as epics. The paper defines the term epic and shows how both works define the character of a nation. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Homer's 'The Iliad' vs. Egyptian Burial Rituals
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A 3 page comparison addressing the importance of body preservation and burial rites in the form of dressings, tombs and stones as it applies to the text and events in The Iliad. The paper particularly discusses the burial rites surrounding the heroes Hektor and Sarpedon in this regard. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Virgil's Aeneid vs. Homer's Odyssey
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A 2 page essay comparing the journeys of Odysseus and Aeneas.. and also making some comparative mention of how women were portrayed in each of their two epic sagas. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Domesticity and War in Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey"
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A six page paper looking at these two works in terms of their treatment of domesticity, specifically the act of doing laundry. In the Odyssey, laundry assumes a central role in the scene involving Nausikaa and her girlfriends, because the story is slow-paced and allows emphasis to be placed on ordinary life. The Iliad, however, is set in the middle of a war, and although a place for doing laundry is mentioned, it has lost its importance in the face of matters of life and death. No additional sources.
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Peace in Homer's "Iliad"
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A seven page paper looking at this most famous of "war stories" in terms of its message about peace. The paper concludes that although the epic still champions the idea that a man can gain honor in the service of his country in battle, it also maintains that nobility is found in the personal actions of individual human beings -- and as individuals rather than social beings it is easier to coexist peaceably. Bibliography lists six sources.
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The Quest and the Hero in Homer, Dante, and Cervantes
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A five page paper analyzing the significance of these motifs in “The Odyssey,” “The Inferno,” and “Don Quixote.” The paper concludes that each hero, through his quest, has brought back to his society a dose of precisely the medicine it needs. Bibliography lists two sources.
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Man, God, Destiny and Society, As Considered in "Epic of Gilgamesh," "Book of Job," Homer's "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey," Sophocles' "Oedipus the King," Plautus' "Pseudolus," Dante's "Inferno," "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," Niccolo Machiavelli's "Th
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A 10 page paper which synthesizes important literary works to determine to what extent humans have power to determine their own destinies, the relationship between the human and the divine, and the role society or tradition plays in the respective texts. Bibliography lists 11 sources.
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Comparing and Contrasting Classical Literature / Aristophanes' "Lysistrata," Homer's "The Iliad," Sophocles' "Oedipus the King," Euripides' "Medea," Plato's "Meno" and "Phaedo," Aristotle's "Posterior Analytics," and "The Old and New Testaments"
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A 5 page paper which examines these classical literary works converge, in terms of literature, philosophy and theology; their differences in viewpoints; and their central themes and highlights. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Homer's 'Iliad' / Shield of Achilles # 2
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A 5 page paper which examines the representation of the shield of Achilles' in literature to determine its significance.
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Homer's 'Odyssey' / Telmachus & His Rites Of Passage Journey
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A 5 page essay that highlights the adventure of Telmachus, the son of Odysseus. In a bold move to protect him mother from persistent suitors, he goes on a journey to find his father but at the time time, winds up finding his own self. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Homer's Odyssey & Virgil's 'Aeneid' # 2
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Similar to Aensod1.wps (some parts are identical), this 3 page essay emphasizes the marked difference between Odysseus and Aeneas; stressing the latter character's more human-like qualities. No bibliography.
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Homer's Odyssey & Virgil's 'Aeneid' # 3
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4 page essay discussing the actions of Odysseus in 'The Odyssey' and briefly mentioning those of Aeneas in 'The Aeneid.' Stressed is whether or not their behaviors were 'necessary' and 'acceptable' with regard to their respective situations.
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Identity and Quest in Homer’s “Odyssey”
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A five page paper looking at this classic work in terms of the way its emphasis on identity and recognition helps drive the plot forward. The paper notes the way both Odysseus and Telemakhos continually re-define themselves throughout the story. No additional sources.
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The Maturation of Odysseus
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A two page paper looking at the episodes Odysseus relates in Books 9-12 of Homer’s Odyssey. The paper concludes that Odysseus shows growing maturity during this period, and in fact may have needed this twenty years’ period away from Ithaka to mature into the type of man he was destined to be. No additional sources.
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Greco-Roman Values
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It has been known for quite some time that literature not only reflects the values of a society, but that it can influence them as well. This 6 page paper looks at a few of the classic literature, such as The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer, Thucydides' interpretation of Pericles's funeral oration and the plague narrative and The Rape of Lucretia, in terms of the values they may have contributed or reflected of the ancient Greek and Roman societies. Bibliography lists 14 sources.
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Morals/ Odyssey & Oedipus
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A 5 page essay that contrasts and compares Homer's epic poem The Odyssey and Sophocles' play Oedipus the King. The writer argues that these are very different works that were meant to be appreciated on different levels. Homer's story is an action adventure that has consistently awed audiences images of Odysseus' fantastic exploits. Sophocles' play, on the hand, as a classic tragedy, is a more philosophical work , which places more emphasis on a readily identifiable moral. No additional sources cited.
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Homer's Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid Compared
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This 6 page paper looks at setting, plot and characterization in these classic works. The Trojan War is discussed along with the themes of love and war. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Visions of the Dead/Homer, Plato & Virgil
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A 6 page essay that, first of all, shows how Virgil's dialogue with the dead, which occurs in his epic poem, the Aeneid, differs from Homer's Odyssey due, at least partially, to Platonic influence. Then the writer further explores how Virgil's vision of the underworld differs from Homer's. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Heroes and Heroism in Homer’s “The Iliad” and Stephen Crane’s “The Red Badge of Courage”
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A 7 page paper which examines the image of the tragic hero who fights and the motives that make him fight in both works. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Fate in “Epic of Gilgamesh” and Homer’s “The Iliad”
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A 5 page paper which examines how fate fits into the concerns of the epic genre, what the nature of fate in these two works suggests about the human condition and the concept of heroism, and how the protagonists in each work react to and confront fate. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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The Goddess Athena in Homer's "The Odyssey"
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A 5 page paper which examines the Greek goddess of wisdom who served as Odysseus' champion in the epic poem. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Story Of Odysseus
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The story of Odysseus after the Trojan war is told in the epic poem, The Odyssey by Homer. Like other of the Greek classics, the story has embedded within it many of the cultural considerations of the time period. This 5 page paper gives an overview of the hero, Odysseus. No additional sources are listed.
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Setting as Related to Theme
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This 3 page paper looks at how settings are related to themes in literary works. Two short stories, Eudora Welty’s “Circe” and Homer’s “The Odyssey” are used as examples. No additional sources cited.
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Women’s Roles in the 'Odyssey' and the Bible
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A five page paper comparing the degree of influence and/or power exhibited by the Biblical Rebekah versus Homer's ingenue Nausicaa. The paper argues that even though women in both Hebrew and Greek cultures were considered to have little power, they were often able to exercise power within the family structure which had far-ranging ramifications outside it. No additional sources.
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Symbolism in 'The Iliad' Analyzed
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A 7 page paper (+ 1 pg. Roman numeral outline) which discusses how Homer used symbolism to underscore the classical themes of heroism, romanticism and patriotism in his epic poem, 'The Iliad.' Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Clytemnestra, the Reluctant Feminist
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A 5 page paper examining Clytemnestra's eventual reaction to Agamemnon's womanizing and autocratic control. Homer portrays Clytemnestra as being weak and insignificant, but Aeschylus portrays her as a strong woman who ultimately has her fill of Agamemnon's domination and complete lack of regard for all women. Agamemnon could have seen the warning signs had he chosen to acknowledge them, but his hatred of women would not allow such acknowledgement. Several societal institutions failed Clytemnestra, but she broke free of them and created her own. No sources listed.
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Hektor: The Interchangeable Hero
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A 6 page paper which discusses the character of Hektor, from Homer's Iliad, and argues that he is a man that stands as a hero for all men. He is a fierce and loyal fighter, yet is also a very loyal and loving partner and father. He has his doubts, yet is sworn to his duty as a warrior. All of these facts help to support the notion that he was a hero for all, not just for Troy. Bibliography lists 6 additional sources.
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Games of the Greeks, Then and Now
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A 5 page paper which compares the events, customs and significant meanings of the Phaeacians’ games in Homer’s epic, 'The Odyssey,' the funeral games in Virgil’s 'The Aeneid,' and the Olympic Games of today. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Modernism in Joyce's "Ulysses"
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A ten page paper showing how Joyce's variations on the form of Homer's "Odysseus" complicate and enrich our understanding of modernism. The paper asserts that Joyce's use of techniques such as stream of consciousness, symbolism, and structural experimentation are consistent with the dissonance of modern life. Bibliography lists eight sources.
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The Role of the Hero in Classical Literature
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This 10 page paper look at three characters from the classics. The role of Antigone in the Sophocles book by the same name, the role Penelope in Homer’s Odyssey and Pericles in Thucydides the History of the Peloponnesian War. The commonalties and differences between the characters are discussed along with the qualities it takes to create a hero. The bibliography cites 3 sources.
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Warriors v. Women in Greek Mythology
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A 7 page essay on the unequal and unjust roles assigned to women in Greek society as expressed in mythology. The writer focuses on plays by Aeschylus, Euripides and Homer, and on the characters Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Odysseus, Calypso, and Helen. The writer also expresses the overall purpose of the play in terms of syncretic assimilation of Troy and also of the house of Agamemnon. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Urban Ecology: The Relationship Between African Americans and Jews in Baltimore
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This 10 page paper considers the theoretical perspectives of a number of theorists, including Louis Wirth, Ernest Burgess, Homer Hoyt, Robert Park and Georg Simmel, as a foundation for assessing the relationship and similarities between African Americans and Jews in modern Baltimore. This paper maintains that understanding the foundation of this urban region requires an acknowledgment of the impact of industrialization in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Book XXV / Odysseus' Next Journey
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A 4 page creative writing assignment based on Homer's Odyssey. The poem is an extension of the Odyssey written in iambic pentameter, depicting the further journeys of Odysseus which Teiresias the Seer commanded him to make after his return to Ithaka.
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The Iliad and the Reality of the Trojan War
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A 5 page research paper that examines the question as to whether or not Troy actually existed and also if Homer's descriptions of the war acre accurate. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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The Odyssey And The Aeneid
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There is within each person a child and that child is need of certain beliefs. It seems to be almost an innate need to have heroes to look up to and to emulate. The myths of all cultures provide the youth with heroes and advice as to live their lives. The Odyssey by Homer and The Aeneid by Virgil are two such myths. This 6 page paper compares these two myths and their heroes. No additional sources are listed.
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Role of Women in The Odyssey
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A 3 page look at the portrayal of women in Homer's 'Odyssey.' Mostly focused upon is Penelope -- who, although strong-willed in resisting the suitors was still ultimately powerless when it came to getting rid of all the men who daunted her. She is stereotypically depicted as a woman whose main answer to her troubles is to sit for a year and sew--waiting to see if her husband returns. Bibliography lists 1 supporting sources.
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Book IX Of The Iliad
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Achilles is known as a great hero and beloved of the Gods, but Homer allows the negative side of his temperament to come to the fore in the Iliad. As Book IX begins, Achilles has retreated to his tent and refuses to fight for the Achaeans because of the actions of Agamemnon. Ulysses, Phoenix and Ajax are sent as messengers to the tent of Achilles. Each of them, in their turn, attempt to change the mind of Achilles. This 5 page essay examines the argument that Ulysses presents to Achilles and his response. No additional sources are listed.
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Classical Allusions in Malamud's 'The Natural'
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A five page paper looking at the allusions to Dante, Homer, Aristotle, and the Arthurian Grail cycle in Bernard Malamud's novel about an egotistical baseball player. The paper argues that Malamud chose to use these mythological references to show that even when one has been given a gift or talent that has been denied to most mortals, our emphasis must be on using that gift to do what is right for others rather than simply focusing on accruing glory for ourselves. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Education and the Internet
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A thoroughly-researched 20 page paper on education and The Internet. The writer examines on-line degree programs, on-line academic assistance, Internet research, the Home Education Resource Network (HOMER), and more. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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The Tragic Heroes: Hector, Achilles and Agamemnon
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(8 pp) Do you ever wonder if the Greeks would have booed a good comedy off the stage? I guess, the chorus responding to, "a funny thing happened to me on the way to the tragedy this evening, just wouldn't cut it. It is tragedy that has survived in the Greek theater. Were all our characters doomed at the beginning of their lives? Did only the gods reek havoc on these men, to cause their failings, or did they contribute to their own downfall as well. Or did blaming the action on the Gods, absolve them of taking responsibility for their lives? These are some of the questions we will consider as we look at these men in action in Homer's Illiad. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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William Faulkner/ "A Rose For Emily"
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An 8 page research paper that examines Faulkner's classic short story, "A Rose for Emily." The writer examines the thoughts of several scholars on the story, and also from a feminist perspective that considers the role that societal expectations played in the murder of Homer Barron. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Odysseus and Telemachos
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This three page paper considers the similarities and differences shown between Odysseus and Telemachos in Homer's Odyssey. The bibliography cites 1 source.
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Penelope & Scheherazade / Playing for Time
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A 2 page look at the delaying strategies these heroines use in order to stall what otherwise seems like an inevitable fate. Homer's Odyssey and the anonymous Arabic tale The Thousand and One Nights are referred to but not cited. No additional sources cited.
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The Classical Poetic Influences of Alexander Pope & Lord Byron
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An 11 page paper which examines the influence of the Greek and Roman classical epics of Homer, Ovid and Virgil on the poetry of Alexander Pope and Lord Byron, and compares and contrasts the styles, featured in Pope’s “The Rape of the Lock” with Byron’s “Don Juan.” Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Sophocles' 'Antigone'/ Creon as a Dedicated Statesman and Altruistic Idealist
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A 3 page paper based on Antigone, defending Creon's dedication to the State and his role as a divine leader under Zeus. The writer argues that the defense of his ideals destroyed everyone he loved and broke his spirit, but he remained true to the defense of his statesman role nearly to the end. It is shown that Homer's intent was to demonstrate the consequences of actions rather to condemn Creon for his convictions. No additional sources cited.
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Tragedy and the Tragic Hero
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A five page work comparing Sophocles' Oedipus, Homer's Odysseus, and Shakespeare's Macbeth as tragic heroes, and the works in which they serve as protagonist ("Oedipus Rex," the "Odyssey," and "Macbeth") as tragedies. The paper concludes that Odysseus is not a tragic hero at all, because his problems do not arise from a doomed conflict between external forces and his own tragic flaw; while that is, indeed, the case with both Oedipus and Macbeth. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Odysseus and Aeneas Compared
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A 5 page paper contrasting Homer’s Odysseus (from the Odyssey) with Virgil’s Aeneas (from the Aeneid). The paper concludes that the traits each author considered admirable are very much dependent on the culture which defined them. No additional sources.
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Leadership; The Search for the Ideal Leader
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This 5 page paper considers the ideal characteristic required for any individual to be an ideal leader. The paper then goes on to examine Moses and Homer's Odysseus as examples of the ideal leader. The bibliography cites 2 sources.
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Achilles And Hamlet: Morality And Mortality
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9 pages in length. A great deal of maturity and moral development occurs in both Homer's 'The Iliad' and Shakespeare's 'Hamlet.' Respective to the central characters of Achilles and Hamlet, each man comes to various conclusions with regard to the acceptance of reality, issues of morality and, perhaps above all, the concept of their own mortality. Inasmuch as both characters derive their conclusions on account of individual occurrences, one can argue that the path to enlightenment may have been different, but the ultimate outcome reaped a similar benefit. The writer discusses morality and mortality as they relate to Achilles and Hamlet. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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The Women of the Odyssey
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A 5 page discussion of the role of women in Homer's epic, "The Odyssey". Illuminates the roles of women varying from that of an obstacle to that of an aid. Outlines the roles of Athena, Penelope, Calypso, Helen, Nausikaa, the Sirens and Circe in particular. Concludes that some characters were both good and bad influences on Odysseus and each in reality was playing out their destiny. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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'Star Wars' & the Concept of the ‘Hero's Journey' Analyzed
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This 8 page research paper examines the 1977 film Star Wars in terms of the literary application of the so-called ‘hero's journey.' Specifically discussed are the origins of the hero's journey, originally defined by Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, and further explored in Joseph Campbell's The Hero With a Thousand Faces, and determines how George Lucas employed this theme through the character of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Tolstoy & Ibsen / Best Societies
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A 5 page essay on the framing of 'best society' in 'The Death of Ivan Ilych' and 'A Doll House' as defined by Homer's 'Odyssey.' The writer discusses social role and hierarchical constructs in terms of the characters residing outside the 'best society' in support of the thesis that the authors maintain the framework of constructed social norms as superior to the 'other.' No additional sources cited.
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Desdemona (Othello) Vs. Penelope (The Odyssey)
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A thoughtful 3 page essay comparing the character of Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello with Penelope in Homer's Odyssey. Desdemona is regarded as being more of a simple person-- madly in love and fairly ignorant to the world around her. Penelope, however, was able to become a strong and triumphant woman..exhibiting more savvy and self-will. No Bibliography.
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The Role Of Women In Classical Writing
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This 8 page paper argues that The Odyssey by Homer, Antigone by Sophocles and Lysistrata by Aristophanes, provide a view of the role of women as progressing from an idealized model of womanhood that was restricted to family roles, to a recognition of the bravery and strength that can be a female attribute. No additional sources are listed.
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Power In Archaic Society
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5 pages in length. When determining who truly exercises power in archaic society, one first must study the ancient Greeks and what was important in their existence. Indeed, it can be argued that patriarchy ruled ancient Greece, inasmuch as the ancestral ties associated with the male gender were as strong as steel. However, not all men were deemed acceptable to adopt a position of power, a concept which is readily apparent within the literary boundaries of Homer's 'The Iliad' and 'The Odyssey,' as well as Theognis' elegies in 'Hesiod and Theognis.' The writer discusses power in archaic society as it relates to these three classic works. No additional sources cited.
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Odysseus and Achilles Compared
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This 5 page paper explores Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad and the characters Odysseus and Achilles which appear in each of the works respectively. The characters are compared and contrasted for both heroic qualities as well as human ones. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Teachings Of Christ And The Odyssey
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The world of Homer's Odyssey was ruled by a conglomerate of Gods who saw little need to assess human conduct outside of intervening for personal gratification and entertainment. Jesus, on the other hand, took on the 'mortal coil' in order to teach, to bring to mankind both instructions on conduct and hope for a better reality. This 5 page paper attempts to compare the teachings of Christ in Matthew with the behavior of Odysseus as presented in The Odyssey. No additional sources are listed. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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The Faustian Bargain in Classical Literature
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A five page paper looking at the way a number of classical sources treat the 'Faustian Bargain' -- the exchange of short-term gratification for long-term misery. Sources discussed are the Bible, Machiavelli's 'The Prince,' Homer's 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey,'; Aeschylus' 'Agamemnon,' Sophocles' 'Oedipus Rex,' Virgil's 'Aeneid,' Dante's 'Divine Comedy,' Cervantes' 'Don Quixote,' and Goethe's 'Faust.' No additional sources.
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Women in Classical Literature
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A five page look at the role women have played in Western literature from the Old Testament through the Greeks and Romans through the Middle Ages and early Renaissance to the Romantic era. Works discussed include the Bible: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey; Aeschylus' Agamemnon; Euripides' Medea; Virgil's Aeneid; Dante's Inferno; the works of Petrarch; Cervantes' Don Quixote; and Goethe's Faust. Bibliography lists two sources.
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Achilles & Aeneas / Two Very Different Heroes
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A 5 page look at these two heroes of Homer's Iliad and Vergil's Aeneid, respectively, in terms of the cultures that created them. The paper asserts that these heroes are very different because their respective cultures valued different traits. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Landscape and Character in Walcott's 'Omeros'
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A seven page paper looking at this epic poem by contemporary poet Derek Walcott. The paper shows how Walcott uses the framework of Homer's 'Odyssey' and 'Iliad' to illustrate the epic qualities of the land and people of his native Caribbean. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Fate versus Free Will in Literature
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A five page paper looking at this theme in terms of the way it is interpreted in Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex," Homer's "Odyssey," Shakespeare's "Macbeth," and Ibsen's "A Doll's House." The paper concludes that although some characters defy fate and some accept it, in each of these cases the protagonist makes a choice about how he or she will behave, and thus he or she exercises free will. Bibliography lists two sources.
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Human Nature in Classics' Nature
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A 5 page paper discussing portrayal of natural events relating to human nature as provided by Dante, Shakespeare, Sophocles and Homer. The images portrayed here all can be related to conditions of the human mind at various stages. Emotions can take the form of the churning sea that the master calms, they can result in murder in the heat of a moment, or they can be cherished and nurtured over a lifetime to create a being that is truly evil. The nature of classical literature teaches lessons of avoidance. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Achilles and Odysseus
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A 5 page paper contrasting these two classical heroes of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey respectively. The paper observes that the Iliad, through its characterization of the volatile and later chastened Achilles, shows the tempering and maturing effects of war, and the Odyssey, through its depiction of the strategic and noble Odysseus, is more reflective of the characteristics of a stable society. No additional sources.
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Comparison/ Phileas Fogg and Odysseus
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A 5 page essay that compares and contrasts the heroes of Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days," Phileas Fogg, and Homer's "The Odyssey." The writer contends that through these heroes, each author represented his ideas pertaining to his world. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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War Reporting in 'The Things They Carried' and 'The Iliad'
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A 6 page paper looking at these two works of war literature by, respectively, Tim O'Brien and Homer. The paper concludes that the way war is reported impacts the way readers come to regard not only the experience of war but their society as a whole. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Masters of the Art - The Makings of Literary Masterpieces
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A 5 page paper that examines the elements needed to produce a literary masterpiece. Included as examples are Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', Homer's 'Odyssey', and the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Adventure in Classic Literature
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This 5 page paper supports the thesis that adventure is included in many works because human beings thrive on conflict and would not be content with peace. Homer's Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid and Dante's Inferno are examined. The concept of adventure and justifications for inclusion are explored. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Oresteia, The Odyssey, & The Aeneid / Public vs. Private Life
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A 4 page paper examining the nature of public life versus private life in these three classical works. The write concludes that Homer and Virgil are more concerned with the community and state, and less with the individual; Aeschylus alone champions the individual's separate existence. No additional sources cited.
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Women’s Rights in the Ancient World
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An eight page paper looking at the anonymous Arabic work The Thousand and One Nights, Homer’s Odyssey from the ancient Greek culture; and the Bible, in terms of what they reveal about women’s rights in ancient times. The paper suggests that in general, women of these cultures were completely excluded from the activities that defined their society, namely theology, philosophy, and warfare. No additional sources.
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Qualities of Epic and Romance
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This 6 page paper considers those conventions which define the "epic" and how the "romance" form of literature may have some similarities. Homer’s Illiad and Edelson’s 1992 novel, Malkeh and Her Children are sited. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Stories Within Homer's Odyssey
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A 5 page essay that examines Homer's epic poem from the standpoint of the stories that are related within the poem by characters to characters. The writer focuses principally on the way that the tale of Agamemnon is repeated throughout the Odyssey. No additional sources cited.
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Comparison of the Gods; The Ancient Greeks and the Early Christians Perceptions;
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This 5 page paper looks at the way the gods are portrayed in two very different belief systems trough two literary works. By using Homer's 'The Iliad' and Saint Augustine's 'Confessions' the representational similarities and differences are discussed and explained. The bibliography cites 2 sources.
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The Odyssey: An Epic Tale of the Maturation of Odysseus
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A 5 page discussion of the events in “The Odyssey” which contributed to Odysseus’ physical, mental, and spiritual maturation. Notes that because these events were not presented by Homer chronologically in the order of when they occurred, it is difficult to assess the differing levels of maturation throughout the epic. Presents a chronological timeline of a few of these events and comments on their relative influence on Odysseus’ maturation. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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James Joyce/Imagery in Ulysses
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A 5 page essay on James Joyce's use of language and imagery in his novel Ulysses. This novel loosely (very loosely) follows the episodes created by Homer in his epic poem The Odyssey. The writer analyzes three chapters from Joyce's Ulysses and argues that, as far as language use is considered, it is similar to a prose poem. No additional sources cited.
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The Iliad and Odyssey Compared
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This 5 page paper compares and contrasts Homer's famous epic poems. The themes of the poems are discussed as well as what type of audience Homer might have written each piece for. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Plea To Achilles
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Agamemnon and Achilles are two of the major actors in the epic drama, The Iliad. Homer has elected to present their inner character as both worthy of respect and, occasionally, of disdain. This 5 page paper examines the arguments made by Odysseus, Phoinix (Phoenix) and Aias (Ajax) to Achilles in an attempt to bring him back into the battle as well as the reply made by Achilles. No additional sources are listed.
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“Homer’s Odyssey and Coen’s ‘Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”
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A paper which considers whether Coen’s film ‘Oh Brother Where Art Thou?’ could be considered as a modern version of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, in terms of such aspects as narrative structure, themes, character development and the correspondences between the salient elements of the poem and the film.
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Athena and Penelope in Homer’s “The Odyssey”
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A 5 page paper which examines how the wife and the goddess influenced Odysseus, thus assuring their importance in the epic poem. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe/ Comparison with Ancient Greek Lit.
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An 8 page essay that compares Poe's "The Purloined Letter" and "Ms. Found in a Bottle" to Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex" and Homer's "Odyssey, respectively. The writer argues that there is a common saying that "we stand on the shoulders of giants" and it is certainly true that any work, no matter how original, is at least partially influenced by the body of literature that has come before it. No additional sources cited.
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Women in "Hippolytus" and "Odyssey"
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A 5 page paper which discusses how women were portrayed in Euripides' "Hippolytus" and Homer's "Odyssey." The paper focuses on the characters of Penelope in "Odyssey" and Phaedra in "Hippolytus," arguing that these women are portrayed as individuals who are strong, as well as tragic victims. Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.
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The Inferno & The Odyssey – Comparing Characters
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The Inferno & The Odyssey – Comparing Characters: This 10-page comparative essay examines Inferno and The Odyssey by Dante Alighieri and Homer respectively with respect to their major characters. Life experience, character traits, etc. are all explored while illuminating the vast number of similarities/ contrasts that abound between these two bodies of work. Bibliography lists 5 sources. SNHomdan.doc
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The Essential Nature of the Odyssey
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This 5 page paper looks at the concept of an odyssey and explores why it was a significant element in old fiction and fact. The concept is explored in modern times as well. Homer's Odyssey is discussed in detail. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Substance Abuse in the Odyssey
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This 5 page paper explores drug and alcohol use in Homer's The Odyssey. Several examples are used including lotus-eating and indulging in what is now known as jimson weed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Odysseus as Hero
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A 5 page paper which discusses personality traits of Odysseus, from Homer's "Odyssey," illustrating how he is a hero. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Concept of Time as Expressed in Poetry
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This 5 page paper contemplates essential life and death issues but focuses on time as a concept. Many poems are discussed including some of Shakespeare's works, Poe's "The Raven," Sir Walter Ralegh's "The Author's Epitaph, Made By Himself," and Keats's "On first looking into Chapman's Homer." Bibliography lists 1 source.
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The 9-11 Attack on America and the Justice of Ancient Greece
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This 5 page report discusses how the classical philosophers of Greece could no more comprehend the nightmare of the 9-11 attack than could 21st century Americans. And yet, the harshness of the reality of ancient Greece was also painfully evident in everyday life. The model that such philosophers labored over to frame the concept of justice has valuable insight and implications for this modern world. This paper briefly considers the ides of justice as seen by Hesiod, Sophocles, and Homer. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Wireless Networking Protocols
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A 7 page paper discussing the development of HomeRF and IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) protocols and their characteristics. HomeRF has been characterized by slower transmission speeds, greater voice call quality and lower overall cost, but changes in regulatory restrictions have brought speeds in line with 802.11 while 802.11 costs have been falling. HomeRF retains better voice call quality, but 802.11 is poised to gain even greater speeds as well as increased costs. It appears that HomeRF will be the choice for home networks and those of small offices. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Homeric Warfare
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A 5 page paper which discusses various aspects of Homeric warfare. The aspects discussed include clothing, weaponry, troop information, and other various topics. The information provided pertains to the Iliad and the Odyssey. Bibliography lists 6 additional sources.
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Leopold Bloom and the Heroic Ideal in James Joyce's 'Ulysses'
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A 5 page paper which considers whether or not the character of Leonard Bloom in James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses (1922) is a hero or anti-hero. Also considered is how James Joyce’s form of humanism differs from the Homeric ideal and how it differs from other heroic ideals encountered in art, literature or film. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Trapped at Home / The Status of Women in the Odyssey and the Old Testament
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A 6 page paper comparing the treatment of women in Homeric times (as illustrated by the tribulations of Penelope in the Odyssey) with the many rules and prohibitions given to women under early Judaic law. The paper concludes that both systems effectively tie women to the house without giving them any authority over it. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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A Comparison of Attitudes to Marriage in Ancient Greece and the Hebrew World
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This 7 page paper consider the different attitude displayed towards marriage by the Hebrews and the Ancient Greeks. Examples are drawn from the Old Testament and the Homers works of the Iliad and the Odyssey. The bibliography cites 5 sources.
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Penelope and Odysseus: Who Shows the Most Wisdom?
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A 6 page discussion of the relative wisdom of these two key characters of Homers “Odyssey”. Asserts that while Odysseus had to definitely use his knowledge and cunning to make his way through the many challenges his trip dealt him, Penelope too had to use her knowledge to evade the ultimate trap which was being set for her in her own home. It is Odysseus, however, who exhibits the most wisdom overall. He left Troy a relatively immature individual and returned to retake his kingdom a wise man indeed. No additional sources are listed.
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