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sara212 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted October 8, 2010 at 2:13 PM via web

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What classic stories of Homer are used in our own education?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 8, 2010 at 9:31 PM (Answer #1)

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Based on the article, the answer is that the narratives of Achilles and Odysseus are used in our own educational settings.  Just as these works told much about Greek society, these texts are used in our own education about Greek society and their values.  The modern education of classical society cannot stray far from reading about Achilles' battles with the Trojans, or about the political tension between Agammemnon and the brave warrior, or about how his supposedly principled stance against fighting having to be broken by Hector's murder of Patrocles.  This narrative tells us much about what the Greeks valued in their society, notions such as honor and glory that are realities over which one is to wage war and conflict.  In the end, the artciles argues that if one wanted to have a good idea of how Greek society was constructed, the works of Homer go very far in helping an individual develop a view of that social order.

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