The Odyssey by Homer

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How do the events in The Odyssey by Homer compare to current events that have taken place in the last hundred years?

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One of the themes of  the Odyssey is the difficulty of homecoming. This presupposes one thing - the fact of being away. So, anyone who has been away and who longs to come home fits at least one theme of Homer's work. Immediately what comes to mind is the amount of mobility there is in the modern world. In the past, people lived in one town and died in one town. Now people are so mobile that they live far away from family and many things may keep them there. So, if people in this situation desire to come home, there is something in the Odyssey for them. The most obvious example will be a reference to the many wars that were fought in the modern world.

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You need to remember that The Odyssey straddles the line between legend and myth. Though scholars generally agree that there was once a city of Troy that was conquered by Argive forces (which...

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