Theogony Vs Iliad

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Luc Ferry’s The Wisdom of Myths, and Homer’s The Iliad are two extraordinary works of literature when it comes to tales of Greek mythology. The first gives a unique account of the birth of the universe following Hesiod's Theogony, starting at chaos and ending with order in the cosmos; while the later incorporates many detailed and unique characters and motifs that all help contribute into shaping the poem into something much more elegant than just a recollection of a war. The two works also collide in more than one way, as not only would Ferry’s described account of the creation of the universe be what Agamemnon and Greeks would have believed in, but it also can be taken as a sense of literary direction when it comes to the story of the Iliad …show more content…
Even though they represent the sky, mountains, and sea respectfully, they complete the earth as a whole expressing the stability they bring as a unit. This heightened sense of stability comes to Achilles the morning after his darkest hours, mourning Patroclus's death. Thetis presented Achilles with brand new armor, so mighty, that “a tremor ran through all the Myrmidon ranks--none dared to looks straight at the glare, each fighter share away” (Homer.19.17-18).” The only one who did not look away was Achilles, because he knew that this was the stability he needed. The armor was the final push he needed to end his sorrow and streak of chaos and sadness. As previously aforementioned, it served as the instrument to stabilize his life, and also allowed him to get back on track with the war …show more content…
Each one played a monumental role in bringing order to the cosmos. Zeus’s ability to rule and bring the said order came through Cronus’s overthrow of Uranus, and Zeus’s own coup against Cronus, (Ferry. 54-66). Defeating the enemy that was oppressing the challenger was the key factor in each scenario, and that is exactly what Achilles did. After triumphantly killing Hector Achilles goes on to announce “Now that the gods have let me kill this man who caused us agonies, loos on crushing loss… raise a song of triumph! Down to the ships we march--we have won ourselves great glory” (Homer.22.447-448.461.463). Achilles himself acknowledges the grief he and his entire army has felt in this scene, but marks the day the tide of the battle had turned in favor of the Achaeans. The Achaeans were now in control and order was brought to the battlefield; just as in the final coup Zeus gained control and order was brought to the cosmos.

Throughout the course of the Iliad, Achilles’ internal journey and actions serve as a source of direction for the poem. Each one builds upon the last, and continues to keep the literary work moving in a sequential manner. Staying relevant to the topic of Greek mythology, Hesiod's Theogony as told in Luc Ferry’s The Wisdom of Myths offers a metaphoric walkthrough of how Achilles’ helped the war in terms of the Achaeans, and his own life, progress from

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