The Heroic Values Between Homer 's Odysseus And Vergil 's Aeneas

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My argument in this paper is that the heroic values between Homer’s Odysseus and Vergil’s Aeneas reveals a shift from Greek tradition to morally equivocal Roman ideals. As it is in the narrator’s intention for the reader to choose between protagonists with two heads on the same coin, I will establish moral discrepancy by looking at the meaning between the poems’ Gods and role of women. Before concluding such a subjective opinion, it must be said that these are matters over which the Gods themselves condemn to be uninterpretable to us. A modern comparison to book of Job – “why do the righteous suffer?” Simply put: we mortals shouldn’t understand why Gods work the way in which they do, otherwise their intervention wouldn’t separate divinity and humanity. Aeneas’s grand mission – destined by the Gods to reconquer in the ashes of Troy – does not cast a shadow upon Odysseus’ homecoming: for a tale is not measured by it’s how tall it stands, but how much meaning is constructed. Odysseus teaches us guile and to question the Gods before bowing in submission. The lessons we learn from Odysseus’s dynamic functions with the Gods and ways in which Homer strengthens women’s roles is of great morality.
The Gods of the Odyssey are as grand and abominable as Vergil’s Aeneid, but their uncertainty and clairvoyance in which the reader and in which Odysseus himself knows of their council and schemes is misunderstood. Athene is a patron of Odysseus throughout the poem, as Venus with Aeneas.…

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