Lives of the Ancient Greek Through "The Odyssey" Poem Review by Nicky

Lives of the Ancient Greek Through "The Odyssey"
A look at the lives for the ancient Greeks through analyzing Homer's "The Odyssey".
# 129106 | 1,313 words | 0 sources | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 31, 2010 in Anthropology (Europe) , Literature (Greek and Roman)

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This paper studies Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey" and in the process, analyzes the lives of the people living during that period. The author looks at the main characters from the poem and describes their attributes and characteristics as well as their interactions with other characters. The paper also explains how these interactions are indicative of the moral code and society norms. In closing, the author praises the way in which Homer crafts the story to give the reader what the reader wants, an artful technique both in ancient Greece and today.

From the Paper:

"This story also makes revelations about human nature. In addition to the moral lessons regarding hubris, other aspects of human nature are revealed. The Cyclops, for example, is portrayed as a monster, outcast from the other Cyclops. This outcast lacks basic civility, as evidenced by his eating of Odysseus' men. Odysseus may have been full of hubris in hoping that the Cyclops would receive him properly, but Homer uses the Cyclops to tell the story from the opposite perspective as well. The Cyclops is the uncivilized outcast who, in failing to properly receive Odysseus, is violating social norms. He receives punishment for this lack of hospitality, a theme repeated numerous times in the Odyssey. Thus it is revealed by Homer about human nature is that not only do we make outcasts of those who do not follow social norms, but those individuals will suffer punishment for their transgressions."

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