Romance and Warfare Analytical Essay by Taylor Hall

Romance and Warfare
An examination of relationships in Homer's "The Iliad"
# 45816 | 1,375 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2001 | CA
Published on Nov 22, 2003 in History (Greek and Roman) , English (Analysis)

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Compares the relationships between Helen and Paris, Achilles and Partoclus and Zeus and Hera in the "Iliad" to show that there is more than warfare in the "Iliad", though all of these connections are comparable in lack of equality, reliance on sex and non-reliance on friendship.

From the Paper:

""Rage- Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus' son Achilles" The epic poem The Iliad by Homer is a tale essentially based on destruction, war and glory. It focuses mainly on invasions and raids, and on the people involved who never cease until they are fully satisfied with their bounty of livestock, riches and women. Although these are the principal themes in the poem, Homer reveals another side of ancient Greek society when he portrays moments of affection shared between some of the characters throughout the brutal story. There are three main relationships in The Iliad that authenticate love: that between Helen and Paris, that between Achilles and Patroclus and that between Zeus and Hera. Obviously the relationships vary because one is between a man and a woman, another is between two men, and the last is between two gods, but there are more subtle differences that separate them as well. However, despite these differences, all three connections are linked by their lack of equality, by their reliance on sex and by their minimal need for friendship."

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