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    Homer's Expository Essay

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    obtuse and irrelevant; embracing the versatility of Homer contributed to the increased enrollment in many Classics departments in North America, Britain (Belsky, 2007). In 2006 the American Philological Association reported an increased number of positions available for classicists compared to the previous decade (Belsky, 2007). Therefore, one may deduce from the findings above that the Greeks are still very much alive and in demand in contemporary academia. A far more informed contemporary commentary on the relevance of Homer might highlight criticisms of The Iliad’s inherent aesthetic qualities, which s the original medium of the epic. The Iliad was originally recited by bards in discrete sections – hence The Iliad’s composition in dactylic hexameter; a metre designed for this spoken medium in Archaic Greek. Combined with the nature of the writing in The Iliad; an intensely reflective, analytical, and hyper-detailed mode, means that when read as one entity, The Iliad’s focus can seem too extreme—at times even laborious—such as the list of ships in book two. Later in the essay by Scott Belsky, Belsky argues why he believes Homer is so relevant to Western Society. The centrepiece of Belsky’s argument is that Homer inherently supports and glorifies capitalist and colonial ideals and that this rhetoric speaks to America and Britain to the present day. Belsky references the work of Michael Clark, Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati and his concept of the…

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    readers of said cup would be guests in the home of the owner, but if we consider the manner in which Nestor traveled with his cup in Homer’s Iliad, it could conceivably be anyone who was in the company of the cup owner. Pushing this non sequitur aside, however, what is most important is that the first line leads the reader to believe they are reading an inscription which is not welcoming them to partake from the drink within, or even touch the cup itself, as it takes the classic form of a curse.…

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    The Greeks and Romans believed in an Underworld as a place where the souls of the dead live. Book six of the Aeneid and book eleven of The Odyssey are two stories that describe the underworld as where all the dead, live. Virgil’s description of the Underworld in Aeneid is a very elaborated setting where there are many different levels an individual can encounter depending on his or her sins in life. While, in book eleven of the Odyssey, Homer’s Greek description of the underworld is a place…

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    “Greece, the captive, took her savage victor captive and brought the arts into rustic Latium,” wrote Horace, a Roman poet describing the relationship between Greece and Rome. (CITE) In other words, Horace thought that while Rome won the battle, Greece won the war in so much as its culture remained viable in Rome. After a victorious battle, the Romans collected Greek valuables and headed home. For example, a Roman general, Fulvius Nobilior, paraded over a thousand bronze and marble statues…

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    Homer Research Paper

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    time of Classical Athens. He composed two major works, the Iliad and the Odyssey, which were originally in oral form before they were later converted to a written form. Some works were attributed to him but disputed. Homer acts as a major source of information for the Greeks and their gods. Homer is the earliest poet in Western culture whose works have survived. More so, he is considered by many people to be the earliest and most important of all the Greek writers, and one of the ancestor of…

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    Not only is The Divine Comedy literature, but the most famous epic poem, The Odyssey, is literature as well. The Odyssey was written in a time when the only kind of recreational writing was poetry. Even so, The Odyssey contains all of the necessary components of literary writing. Even though the writing is in Dactylic Hexameter, it maintains a length of around 350 pages. The plot is, in a word, epic, spanning 10 years following the journey of Odysseus on his way home from war. The poem as a…

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    Greek Gods Analysis

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    Homeric Gods Summary Professor Anderson gave a lecture on Homeric gods. There are many ways to explain the start of the universe, but many people use religion to frame the world. The Greeks were one of many cultures to create hundreds of gods to help explain natural causes. She started her lecture by explaining the historic evidence behind Greek’s beliefs. During Homer’s time, everyone was polytheistic except for the Jews. Because of this, the Jews had bad relations with the rest of the world.…

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    The Iliad Vs Odyssey

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    Homer and Hesiod were considered by some to be the founding fathers of ancient Greek epos, or epic poetry. Both poets used dactylic hexameter and oral poetry to convey their ideas on the way of the world. While we know both poets lived around the same time, as they reference each other in their works, it is very difficult to say who wrote first and responded to whom made harder by the fact that they used oral traditions to get their poetry and ideas across all of Greece attempting to appeal to…

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    set within a larger epic, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and also mirrored in Ars Amatoria, “Icarus’” structure conveys a Roman focus on present experiences, using the flight of Icarus to support the idea of flight as a semblance of free will within the present (Ovid). As the poem takes place within an epic, structurally, it brings attention to that there is a significant amount of history both before and after it. The piece does not rhyme, with the first four lines ending in “perōsus”, “amōre”, “undās”,…

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    “tragedies and comedies influenced by contemporary Greek models.” He “translated Homer’s Odyssey into the native Italian Saturnian meter.” Afterwards, his younger contemporary, Gnaeus Naevius, followed his leader’s footsteps and wrote a drama in relation to the First Punic War. However, he has set his drama in ancient Rome, not Greece. Another writer in the name of Marcus Porcius Cato, otherwise called as Cato, was known for “describing Rome’s origins in seven books by theme rather than…

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