Homer's Poetry

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This paper is about Homer's poetry. His poetry abounds in Gods’ and Goddesses’ characters from the ancient Greek mythology. Needless to say, divine intervention of the gods in every day life of the mortals is one of Homer’s favorite ways to tell us that gods act in two ways, that is, as external forces, and as internal forces. …

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This paper contains such poems like “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey”. As the glory of war is the main feature in both epics, we should start our analysis of these requests here, i.e. the Trojan War. In the “Iliad” Homer gives an account of a battle nine years after the start of the Trojan War, in which the Achaeans Agamemnon and Achilles capture Chryseis and Briseis. Chryses prays to Apollo to help him have his daughter back, to which Apollo sends the plague upon the Achaean camp and many Achaeans die. After finding out the cause of the plague, Agamemnon gives Chryseis up but demands Briseis from Achilles. Achilles’ respond to this is his refusal to fight in the war any longer and vengefully wants the Achaeans destroyed, so he goes to his mother Thetis, the Nereid or the sea-nymph. He asks her to plea with Zeus to destroy the Achaeans. As any mother should do and respond to her son’s rightful and sincere tears, Thetis goes to Zeus, and reminding him of her favors for him among the immortals, asks him to put strength into the Trojans, until the Achaeans give Achilles his prize back to him, that is Briseis, and until his honor increases among them again. Thetis is fully aware of her not so high rank among all gods, so she makes her plea humbly. ...
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