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Our first encounter with Odysseus is on Calypso’s island, Ogygia. While the island itself is a paradise, and Calypso a beautiful goddess, Odysseus takes no joy from these and is instead presented as a devastated with longing for a return to his native Ithaca. While his detainment on Ogygia might place him in an immortal […]

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In Book 2 of the Iliad I feel Homer answers the question of what, not who, is keeping the army together. Agamemnon, Odysseus, and Nestor all give compelling speeches trying to command the Achaean army not to give up and go home. After fighting the Trojans for nine years the Achaean armies are “desperate for […]

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Three of the great Achaeans in the war effort come to Achilles in Book Nine of The Iliad. Each attempts to convince the great hero to rejoin the war effort. First to speak is Odysseus. Known as an eloquent speaker and a clever man, it is surprising that Odysseus fails to sway Achilles back into […]

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A consistent theme acknowledged by Homer in The Odyssey is the wit, cunning, and the overall cleverness that swirls around characters like Odysseus, the book’s female characters, and the god, Athena. Yet, Athena’s role is perhaps the most manipulative seen throughout the first half of the novel. As a god, Athena holds and can control […]

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Welcome to 2014

This blog will be where we store our papers from PHIL 303  (WPJ) and PHIL 315 (Roots).  Older Roots papers regarding Homer’s Odyssey and Plato’s Republic are below; you are encouraged to read them, as well as my comments, in order to see what type of work is appropriate for these courses.

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