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No guts, no glory. Odysseus takes this motto literally; obliterating all 108 suitors camped out in his home during the final scenes of The Odyssey. In a plot that reads like a Quentin Tarantino film, justice is served to the reckless, lawless suitors in grotesque fashion. Before the curtain closes, Odysseus’ journey home comes to […]

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By Book 24 of The Iliad by Homer; Achilles has known that he has two fates: either he can either die with glory while fighting in Troy, or live a long life after the war, but have no glory for people to remember him by. (9. 500) Thetis, his mother warns him that he will […]

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In Homer’s Odyssey, the reunion between Penelope and Odysseus is marked by tests, disguise, and concealed motivations. Some of which are exposed by Homer, but others remain open to interpretation. In particular, the first interview between Penelope and Odysseus is fraught with inconsistencies. Many, if not all, could be explained and contextualized if Penelope is […]

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The Odyssey is a literal and figurative journey for nearly all of the main characters in it. In fact, the entire royal family of Ithaca goes through a change; even old Laertes seems to change in the short time we see him. However,the most notable character shifts take place in Telemachus and Odysseus. These two […]

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Many of the heroes that we see in the Iliad are semi-divine, the one that tends to be focused on the most is Achilles. Though he is not a child of Zeus, unlike some of the other heroes, Achilles is consistently referred to as the greatest of all the warriors at Troy. We are shown […]

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