What key traits do the stories seek to impart to the listeners? http://www.wsu.edu:8001/~dee/MINOA/HOMER.HTM 

What key traits do the stories seek to impart to the listeners?



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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If we use the article as a reference, the stories' primary impact on the listener is to suggest that Homer's works went very far in defining the Greek culture.  The article asserts this at several points.  There is an understanding that the Greeks understood Homer's works as a moment or an instant where their own identity can be forged in the literature and where they were able to see the best of themselves in its reflection. When the Greeks looked at Homer's epic poems, they saw the traits of honor and glory present, as well as the vision of a social order that placed individual achievement into a context of seeking to achieve the highest possible notion of the good.  The implication here is that the listener would be able to fully grasp and understand why the "Classical Greek" society was one that rooted itself in the pursuit of "the good, the true, and the beautiful."  According to the article, this was brought out in Homer's works and immediately seized upon by the Greeks.