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  • The Odyssey
    Homer's epic poem The Odyssey is a piece of literature the relevance of which continues through today despite the fact that it was written centuries ago. In part, this text's longevity is due to...

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    The theory of archetypes began with the work of psychologist Carl Jung as an attempt to explain the relationship between myth and the subconscious mind by positing a "collective unconscious" in...

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    It seems that pride is really the most dangerous flaw in The Odyssey because his pride is, many times, what prevents Odysseus from getting home. Odysseus's pride almost gets him and his crew...

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    Regarding Scylla, Circe tells Odysseus that the she-monster has twelve horrible feet and six long necks, each neck topped with an awful head that has three rows of teeth each. She lives in a cave...

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    Many things could motivate someone to undertake an arduous journey. It could be loyalty, concern for another's well-being, and to procure help as it is for Telemachus. However, it could also be a...

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    As Odysseus and his crew enter the Underworld, they prepare to sacrifice a number of sheep. Odysseus digs a pit while his men hold the sheep, and "round its edges poured an offering to all the...

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    Odysseus wants Polyphemus to know who blinded him because of his immense pride. Polyphemus has ignored the religious imperative to offer hospitality to strangers, instead choosing to eat several...

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    When Odysseus heard about the impending Trojan War, he did not want to go. According to the Latin author Hyginus, Odysseus actually pretended to be insane so he could stay home. Unfortunately, the...

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    The ancient Greeks valued family as is clear when Athena speaks to her father, Zeus, about bringing Odysseus home. She says that she will go to Ithaca "'to rouse his son yet more and to put vigor...

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    When Odysseus speaks to Achilles, the great warrior, in the Underworld, he tells him not to "'grieve at having died'" because he is was as honored as the gods while he lived, and now he is "'a...

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    Though The Odyssey is primarily a story about men, it features a number of important women. For the most part, a woman's function within the world of The Odyssey is to influence the deeds of men...

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    So it sounds like your original thesis touches on a lot of really important aspects of the epic poem, but it doesn't necessarily address the prompt. From what you've shown me, one of the most...

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    Odysseus, the protagonist in Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, displays the traits of a hero—a Homeric hero—throughout the tale. Zeus speaks with Athena at the start of the epic and extols the...

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    Odysseus demonstrates heroic behavior when he and his crew stop in the Land of the Lotus Eaters. Wary, he sends only three men to scout the island and find out who lives there and what the...

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    Odysseus calls the "fair wind" sent by Circe a "welcome comrade." So, in this metaphor, he compares the wind that pushes their boat forward, speeding them on to the next leg of their journey, to a...

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    The Achaeans spent ten years fighting Troy. Thanks to the valor of Achilles and the cunning of Odysseus, they succeeded. However, many of the heroes were fated to never return to their homes. On...

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    Penelope wishes for death in Book 18, lines 202-204, of Homer's masterpiece, the Odyssey. Specifically, she laments: How I wish chaste Artemis would give me a death so soft, and now, so I would...

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    In the Underworld, Odysseus has a bit of a conflict with Achilles, the brave warrior who died in the Trojan War when his heel was struck by an arrow. His heel was his only weak spot because, when...

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    Odysseus changes his mind about stabbing Polyphemus in the liver because, if he kills the Cyclops, there will be no one to move the stone door from the mouth of the cave, and he and his men will...

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    The first place to begin with trying to construct a simile is to consider the quality or behavior you are attempting to figuratively represent and figure out something else that has that quality or...

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    Like all good epics, Homer's The Odyssey starts in media res, and so we come to the story in the middle of things. As such, we don't get to directly meet our hero, the wayward and wandering...

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    When his ships arrive at the land of the Lotus-eaters, Odysseus intelligently sends only three men to investigate the inhabitants. This way, he only sacrifices three men if the natives are violent...

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    Odysseus demonstrates his thirst for home in many ways. Although he spends a full year enjoying himself at Circe's home, he eventually approaches her, asking her to "'fulfill the promise [she]...

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    When Odysseus and his men become stranded on the island where Helios keeps his sacred cattle, Zeus sends storms that strand them for a full month. Although his men had been willing to leave this...

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    In the lore of ancient Greece, it was believed that anyone who looked upon the true form of a god or goddess would die because the sight would be too overwhelming to handle. That is one reason...

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    The swineherd's name is Eumaeus, and he could not be more different than Polyphemus. In addition to being a normal person rather than a hideous Cyclops, Eumaeus actually obeys the laws of...

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    Referring to Book XVI, Telemachus comes to the hut of Eumaeus, the swineherd, and finds a beggar there. He talks about his long search for his father but because his father had left when he was an...

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    In Book III, Telemachus visits King Nestor and Nestor tells him about the ways in which Athena guarded his father, Odysseus. Nestor describes the wondrous nature of the relationship between Athena...

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    I think Odysseus's plan to escape Polyphemus is pretty ingenious. He first considers killing the Cyclops by stabbing him in the liver while he sleeps, but then Odysseus correctly realizes that...

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    The short story of Odysseus's revenge on the suitors boils down to a few details: he didn't return from the Trojan War in a timely manner, so his community assumed he was dead. Suitors came to his...

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    In Homer's The Odyssey, the Sirens are women famed for using their beautiful singing to entrance sailors and cause them to sail their ships into dangerous waters and drown. However, Odysseus is...

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    Telemachus has to go see Nestor because he needs information on his father Odysseus's possible whereabouts. The Trojan War ended ten years ago, and though Nestor and Odysseus left Troy at the same...

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    While Zeus certainly makes things difficult for Odysseus after the Trojan War, it might be better to consider what Poseidon, god of the sea, does to Odysseus. While Zeus is often less than fond of...

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    A Proömium is, in essence, a preface. From the Greek, it literally means "before the song". From ancient times, it has been used as an introductory chapter, or prologue. The ancient writer Homer...

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    Aeneas, Achilles and Odysseus are heroes mentioned in Homer's epic poem The Iliad. It is the story of the ten year Trojan War and the eventual fall of the city of Troy. Aeneas, a Trojan warrior...

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    The most obvious law of behavior that Polyphemus violates is hospitality. In Ancient Greece, and much of the rest of the ancient world, hospitality was much more important. Journeys took much...

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    There are many thousands of books and articles on ancient Greek religion. As you classified this under Homer's Odyssey, the most relevant works would probably be ones that talk about the Homeric...

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    Polyphemus, the Cyclops, sets the huge stone door in place when he returns from shepherding his flock. It is a stone so large that Odysseus and his men could never hope to move it. They beg for the...

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    The Odyssey by Homer is an epic poem that tells the story of Odysseus' journey home. While there are many, many conflicts that happen throughout the story that covers 20 years, which is how long it...

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    When Odysseus's men stumble upon the home of Circe, a goddess, they see wolves and lions all around them. However, these typically vicious animals do not attack them; instead, the animals "fawn"...

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    After helping the Greeks to win the Trojan war, Odysseus sets out on what will become a ten year long journey to return to his home and kingdom of Ithaca. Although Odysseus experiences many...

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    Athena helped Odysseus arrive back home in Ithaca. She was also the first person that Odysseus met when he arrived from Scheria. Athena asked Odysseus not to tell anyone who he was. The goddess...

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    When Odysseus returns to Ithaca, disguised as a beggar, he learns a great deal about the suitors by observing their behavior, especially their behavior toward him. According to the rules of Greek...

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    Odysseus's dealings with Polyphemus, the Cyclops, go a long way in terms of showing how Odysseus is both clever and heroic. When it becomes clear that Polyphemus is savage and brutal and will...

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    One of Odysseus' most famous features is his cleverness (or guile, as you say), and he exhibits this skill at many times during both Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. The most obvious (and probably most...

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    When Odysseus and his men find Polyphemus's cave, the crew just wants to take some food and go, but Odysseus refuses. Instead, he wants to stick around until the Cyclops returns home in the hopes...

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    Throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus sometimes lets his pride prevent him from listening to the advice of others. One example of this occurs in Book 9, while Odysseus recounts his past adventures to...

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    With Athena's help, Odysseus is able to return to his palace unrecognized and gauge the loyalty of his suitors. While mingling among them as a beggar, he becomes aware of the fact that the...

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    In Book 9 of Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus recounts his adventure to the land of the Cyclopes. While there, he and twelve of his men were imprisoned by Polyphemus the cyclops (who ate two of them and...

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    When Odysseus visits the Underworld and Tiresias warns Odysseus not to do certain things, Odysseus promises to heed his words, but later on, he does not obey the warning. In Book 11, Tiresias says...

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