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what does In-medias-res mean?

into the middle of a narrative; without preamble. (into the midst of things)

what is Imagery?

visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work.

visual images collectively.

visual symbolism.

a Homeric Simile is....

Homeric simile, also called an epic simile is a detailed comparison in the form of a simile that is many lines in length. The word "Homeric" is based on the Greek author, Homer, who composed the two famous Greek epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey.

what is an Epic Poem

An epic poem is a long, narrative poem that is usually about heroic deeds and events that are significant to the culture of the poet. Many ancient writers used epic poetry to tell tales of intense adventures and heroic feats.

what is incovation?

the action of invoking something or someone for assistance or as an authority.

the summoning of a deity or the supernatural.

an incantation used for this.plural noun: invocations

a simile is...

a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (e.g., as brave as a lion, crazy like a fox ).

what is a metaphor?

a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.

a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, especially something abstract.

what is a myth?

a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.


a widely held but false belief or idea.

what is oral tradition?

Oral tradition, or oral lore, is a form of human communication wherein knowledge, art, ideas and cultural material is received, preserved and transmitted orally from one generation to another. The transmission is through speech or song and may include folktales, ballads, chants, prose or verses.

what is greek culture?

The culture of Greece has evolved over thousands of years, beginning in Mycenaean Greece, continuing most notably into Classical Greece, through the influence of the Roman Empire and its successor the Byzantine Empire.

What happened in Troy in the Odyssey?

The Trojan War was waged by the Greeks (or Achaeans) against the city of Troy for the purpose of retrieving Helen and returning her to Menelaus. In The Odyssey, Odysseus is a Greek hero of the Trojan War who left his wife, Penelope, and infant son Telemachus to fight in the war.

what happened in the city of the Cicones?

From Troy, the winds sweep him and his men to Ismarus, city of the Cicones. The men plunder the land and, carried away by greed, stay until the reinforced ranks of the Cicones turn on them and attack. Odysseus and his crew finally escape, having lost six men per ship.

what happened with the lotus eaters?

Odysseus and his crew finally escape, having lost six men per ship. A storm sent by Zeus sweeps them along for nine days before bringing them to the land of the Lotus-eaters, where the natives give some of Odysseus's men the intoxicating fruit of the lotus. that makes the men want to never leave.

what happened with Aeolu?

The Achaeans sail from the land of the Cyclopes to the home of Aeolus, ruler of the winds. Aeolus presents Odysseus with a bag containing all of the winds, and he stirs up a westerly wind to guide Odysseus and his crew home.

after the winds blew them back to the ocean what happens?

Hint: Circe

Only Odysseus's ship escapes. From there, Odysseus and his men travel to Aeaea, home of the beautiful witch-goddess Circe. Circe drugs a band of Odysseus's men and turns them into pigs. When Odysseus goes to rescue them, Hermes approaches him in the form of a young man.

when they finally leave Aeaea where do the men go an what happens?

Hint: land of the dead

Odysseus then lives with Circe for a year until she magically releases Odysseus and his crew with a new knowledge, to visit Hades' land of the dead and seek the prophet Tiresias Tiresias is a blind prophet who died before Odysseus's time because Circe said thats what thay needed to do if they wanted to go home.

Tiresias tell him what he'll see next which first is the Sirens. They are...

They approach the island of the lovely Sirens, and Odysseus, as instructed by Circe, plugs his men's ears with beeswax and has them bind him to the mast of the ship. ... Once they have passed the Sirens' island, Odysseus and his men must navigate the straits between Scylla and Charybdis.

who is scylla and what happened with and and then the charybis?

Once they have passed the Sirens' island, Odysseus and his men must navigate the straits between Scylla and Charybdis. Scylla is a six-headed monster who, when ships pass, swallows one sailor for each head. Charybdis is an enormous whirlpool that threatens to swallow the entire ship.

gove me a summary on what happened at

Helios’ Island.

On the island of the Sun, Odysseus is sensible and Eurylochus is careless and disobedient. ... The sun god Helios angrily asked Zeus and the other gods to punish Odysseus's crew for killing his cattle, and Zeus complied.

summary of Phaecia in the odyssey is:

On his way to the palace of Alcinous, the king of the Phaeacians, Odysseus is stopped by a young girl who is Athena in disguise. She offers to guide him to the king's house and shrouds him in a protective mist that keeps the Phaeacians, a kind but somewhat xenophobic people, from harassing him.

summary of the return to Ithaca in the odyssey:

A large and rowdy mob of suitors who have overrun Odysseus's palace and pillaged his land continue to court his wife, Penelope. She has remained faithful to Odysseus. ... Telemachus makes plans to return home, while, back in Ithaca, Antinous and the other suitors prepare an ambush to kill him when he reaches port.

who is argos?

Argos is Odysseus' faithful dog. After ten years fighting in Troy, followed by ten more years struggling to get home to Ithaca, Odysseus finally arrives at his homeland. In his absence, reckless suitors have taken over his house in hopes of marrying his wife Penelope.

summary on the test of the bow:

Penelope gets Odysseus's bow out of the storeroom and announces that she will marry the suitor who can string it and then shoot an arrow through a line of twelve axes. Telemachus sets up the axes and then tries his own hand at the bow, but fails in his attempt to string it.