Homer and Ovid are two of the oldest, most influential poets that have ever lived. Although they are both poets, they have several differences in their writings. Homer, a Greek poet, is most famous for his epic poems Iliad and Odyssey. Ovid, a Roman poet, is most famous for Metamorphoses a 15 book poem containing over 250 myths. To compare and contrast these two poets and their writing styles, I will use Achilles’ battle with Hector in Homer’s Iliad book 22 and compare it with Achilles’ battle with Cycnus in Ovid’s Metamorphoses book 12. The comparison of these battles will give us a better understanding of these poets different views on the Trojan War. This battle also takes place outside the city of Troy, at the beginning of the
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Come, we’ll both stand here, stay put, and beat off his attack.” Hector is persuaded by who he believed to his brother, but when he turned to face Achilles’ he found no one on his side and knew he had been duped by the gods and his fate was sealed. They each threw their spears at each other, doing no damage. However, Achilles’ spear was retrieved and returned by Athena. When Hector and Achilles’ charged, Achilles’ was able to easily stab Hector in the weak spot of his armor at his neck. The Achaeans proceeded to stab Hector’s lifeless body and then tie his body to the back of Achilles’ chariot dragging his body across the battle field.
The easiest initial similarity and difference is with the setting, both occur at during the Trojan War but as noted by Ovid as Achilles was searching for either Hector or Cycnus, “he lighted on Cycnua (his duel with Hector was not to take place for another nine years).” The battle with Cycnus occurred near the very beginning of the war whereas the battle with Hector occurred near the end. Although the battle with Cycnus occurred earlier in the timeline, Ovid actually wrote it after, as a pre-emptive retelling of the story of the Trojan War. Another comparison that can be drawn is who Achilles is battling with. Although Hector is the greatest of Trojan soldiers at the time, it is obvious that