Similarities and Differences in "The Aeneid" and "The Odyssey"
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This paper points out ways in which ancient Greek poet Virgil drew from Homer's work, "The Odyssey" for his own poem "The Aeneid" and ways in which he differed. It shows similarities of plot, theme, and style in both these epic poems. The paper shows that the similarities between the two poems are many and yet, when each similarity is analyzed with a discerning eye, it is apparent that Virgil, by deliberately borrowing concepts, styles, themes and details from his predecessor, was on a quest to create an epic that would incorporate all the necessary classic requirements with his own unique additions that enhance the poem and possibly allow himself to surpass Homer.
From the Paper:"Virgil's epic masterpiece, The Aeneid, consciously draws from techniques, themes, imagery and plot from the great work of Homer, The Odyssey. While the similarities are striking and at times seem practically identical, it is clear that Virgil borrowed from Homer only to enlarge upon the themes and techniques employed by his predecessor in order to create a masterfully crafted work of art. All of the similarities between the two works contain subtle differences that allow for Virgil, who sees himself as the heir to Homeric poetry, to create a unique and distinctive poem that builds and expands upon Homer's trailblazing originality."
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Similarities and Differences in "The Aeneid" and "The Odyssey" (2003, March 29) Retrieved January 25, 2015, from http://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/similarities-and-differences-in-the-aeneid-and-the-odyssey-25444/
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