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Fate and Free Will
An examination of the themes of free will and destiny in Virgil's "The Aeneid" and Homer's "The Iliad".
# 121059 | 1,000 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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The relationship of fate and free will is examined through a comparison of major characters in Virgil's "The Aenid" and Homer's "The Iliad", Aeneas and Hector, and their antagonists Turnus and Achilles. It is argued that these heroes make fully human choices, "fate" being best seen as an expression of their circumstances. A contrast is drawn between Roman and Greek values as expressed in the epics.

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"The existence and nature of human free will is an enduring question and one for which answers have been sought in both the language of philosophy and that of literature. We perceive ourselves as having the capacity to make choices, but on reflection must often acknowledge that our choices are shaped by our experiences and our values which are not themselves wholly of our own choosing, but thrust upon us by our backgrounds..."

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