The Epic Of The Iliad And The Odyssey Essay

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The world described by Hesiod in the Works and Days is different from the heroic world described by Homer in the Iliad and the Odyssey. These world differ in many different ways from each other in the aspect of realism. The descriptions in the Works and Days is a world that is close to Greek life and doesn’t exaggerate many aspects while the Iliad and the Odyssey are books that exaggerate heroes and warriors and wars throughout the story. There are a lot of major differences between the books such as daily activities, views towards religion, and roles of women. One of the major differences between the realism of the Works and Days and the Odyssey and Iliad is their daily activities. The Works and Days is very focused on the agricultural arts “And, if you like, there is another account; I can sum it up well and with knowledge” (Bauschatz,49). The book focused all of the knowledge that Hesiod knew into a book that he was going to give his brother Perses to help him with the agricultural arts even though his brother tried to rob him of his inheritance. The poem goes in depth about the enforcement of honest labor and to keep on the right path instead of being a bad person. In the Iliad and Odyssey are about the Trojan war the the travels back from the Trojan war by Odysseus. Those 2 books are majorly about the war and fights and the travels instead of the knowledge the Hesiod tried to put into his stories. “I’ll take my ship and my own company and try to find out who those…

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