Essay on Analysis Of Homer 's Iliad And The Epic Of Gilgamesh

1625 Words Oct 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Identity has and will always be an integral part of personal acceptance and societal expectations. The values that one holds dear are of the utmost importance in determining one’s identity as both an individual and member of society. Through believing in the same values, a strong, unified society can be created, however, believing in different values within one society can cause weakness and internal conflicts. Both of the civilizations of ancient Greece and ancient
Mesopotamia are considered to be substantial, unyielding societies, built around their own values and beliefs. One can study and make inferences about these societies and their respective beliefs through the analysis of primary literary sources, such as Homer’s Iliad and the Epic of
Gilgamesh, of ancient Greece and Mesopotamia, respectively. Through juxtaposing each source, values that are both different and similar, as well as the differences in each society are clearly evident. In every society, there is always a form of leadership. In Homer’s Iliad, the leadership falls to a group of gods who live in Olympus and watch over the city. In the beginning of the
Iliad, two men are introduced: Achilles and Agamemnon. The two men are not gods, but are viewed as leaders, since Achilles, is one of the strongest warriors in Achaea, and Agamemnon is the king of Mycenae and the leader of the Achaean army. Throughout the story, it is evident that 1 ancient Greeks value their leaders and people to be honest, loyal and…

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