Comparison Between Homer 's Odyssey, And Virgil 's The Odyssey

722 Words Apr 29th, 2016 3 Pages
It is well known that Virgil was a creative genius. Although his creativity was evident, it is also understood that his works have been greatly influenced by the works of other writers, such as Homer 's, The Odyssey. A comparison between Homer 's, The Odyssey, and Virgil 's, The Aenieid, will show the different aspects of the Greek and Roman cultures. Both of these epics have been used to portray the differences between each civilization, and in this essay I will be comparing how Virgil 's uses literary parallels from Homer 's, The Odyssey, to prove a point. The main characters of both epics, Aeneas and Odysseus are microcosms of their respective cultures. Virgil shows the Romans as a superior culture through his comparison of the hero Aeneas to the hero Odysseus. Both of these heroes, in the epics, go on a parallel journey with an ultimate purpose of returning home. In Aeneas ' case he is establishing a home, Rome. Although they are both undergoing a similar journey, the actions of both of them are extremely different. Firstly in the Aeneid, Aeneas is told directly by Mercury that he is to leave Carthage and build an empire in Rome. Right after receiving this command, Aeneas is ready to obey. It is his instinct to do what the Gods command him to do. Aeneas is also willing to obey even though he knows that he will be leaving all that is precious to him, including his lover, Dido and the good life he could have lived. In the epic, Aeneas sacrifices all of his happiness…

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