Academic Papers on Greek & Roman Literature

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(The) Athenian Polis

  • 10 page paper

A short essay examining how the writers and philosophers of Classic Greece criticized Athenian politics/the Athenian polis in their works. Mentioned are Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Euripedes, and Socrates. No Bibliography.

8 pages in length. When comparing Athenian democracy to imperialism, it is essential to evaluate how the two elements played out in their political history. Thucydides' account of Athenian democracy provides the reader with a significant understanding of why their democratic decision making may have been inherently flawed; if the quality of Athenian ...

This 5 page report is written as speech given by Thucydides tot he assembly of Athens and addressing the action to be taken against the revolting Mitylenians, policy relating to Melos, and the possibility of mounting a conquest of Sicily. No additional sources cited.

Greco-Roman Values

  • 6 page paper

It has been known for quite some time that literature not only reflects the values of a society, but that it can influence them as well. This 6 page paper looks at a few of the classic literature, such as The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer, Thucydides' interpretation of Pericles's funeral oration and ...

This 5 page research paper examines Aristotle's definition of tragedy in his essay, Poetics. Specifically discussed are how Aristotle's interpretation of tragedy is expressed in two classic Greek plays, Antigone by Sophocles, and Agamemnon by Aeschylus. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Greek Tragedies

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page paper in which the writer examines repeating themes in the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles,and Euripides. The Greek chorus is viewed as multi-faceted leavening agent. Bibliography lists 0 sources.

The Life of Aristotle

  • 15 page paper

A 15 page research paper that examines the life of Aristotle and also his influence on Western civilization. The writer traces his life from what little is known of his background and early life through his tutelage of Alexander the Great and the founding of the Lyceum. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

A 5 page paper which examines Aristotle's concept of ‘organic unity,' as defined in his work, Poetics, and by analyzing the plot functions of the characters Tiresias in the play, Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, and Cassandra in the play, Agamemnon, by Aeschylus. Specifically compared and contrasted are how these characters do or do ...

A 7 page paper looking at this rather surprising theme in Aeschylus' tragedy. The paper suggests that in the conflict between Agamemnon and Clytemnestra over the sacrifice of their daughter, Aeschylus captured a significant moment in Greek religious history -- the point when the value of human life began to supersede the rights of the ...

An 8 page research paper that examines the mythological origins of the Egyptian goddess Isis. The writer looks at what part she played in Egyptian society. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Cicero's Commonwealth

  • 6 page paper

A 6 page paper comparing Plato & Aristotle's views on political order and justice with those of Cicero. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Letters To Atticus

  • 3 page paper

A short 3 page overview of differences and similarities that exist between Cicero's letter to Atticus and Pliny the Younger's letters to Trajan. No sources listed.

A 5 page summarization of major themes in Thucydides accounts of the Peloponnesian War. This paper presents the historical perspective prior to the onset of the war. It also contains consideration of the major thematic considerations of the era, including focus on democracy, morality, ambition, leadership and wealthy. The primary source is cited.

A 4 page paper that considers the representation of culture presented by Thucydides in his work The Peloponnesian War. This paper demonstrates the differences between Sparta and Athens that led to the war, as well as the perceptions of culture in other city states. Bibliography lists no additional sources.

A 5 page paper discussing Heracles [later renamed 'Hercules ' by the Romans]. The themes of the stories and adventures of Heracles have all the makings of a great action/adventure television show. Bibliography lists four sources.

This 5 page paper discusses the myth of Hercules (Heracles) and compares it with the myth of Diana (Artemis). Each character was undeniably heroic and each based their standards of behavior on ideals much larger than their own individuality. No additional sources cited.

A 5 page research paper which examines the behavior of the chorus in the play and the reasons behind their continued reverence for a deity who pledges brutal revenge against their ruler. Bibliography lists one source.

Euripides' 'Medea'

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page paper that discusses the way in which power corrupted Medea in this tragedy. This paper contends that it was not only the behavior of Jason that led Medea towards the pursuit of power, but also the determinations made by society that led her to murder her children, among others. No additional ...

A 5 page summary of the character of Jason in Euripides' novel, 'Medea.' In this ancient story we see a woman scorned by her husband and seeking revenge. Jason has essentially abandoned her and sought a new wife who will bring him social standing and wealth. He is a weak power seeking individual who is ...

A 5 page paper discussing two stories in Ovid's Metamorphoses, "Apollo and Daphne" and "Pyramus and Thisbe." In an attempt to prove that these stories are tragedies, a definition of tragedy is provided and a number of examples from the book are excerpted. The primary source is cited.

A 5 page comparison between the two classic Greek plays : Lysistrata (by Aristophanes) and Medea (by Euripides). Although a number of inherent similarities are pointed out, the writer defines Lysistrata as a comedy and Medea as a tragedy. One of the key differences between the two central characters was that Lysistrata -- from the ...

Archetypal Woman

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page research paper comparing 'Medea' with Penelope in 'The Odyssey.' The writer posits and shows that while Penelope is the 'little woman,' true to the image of a loving, dedicated wife, Medea represents the opposite in Euripides' play. Both of these are important to religious and cultural myths. However, even ...

This 4 page research paper compares and contrasts the presentation of women's' natures and their role in Greek society in Medea (431 B.C.) by Euripides and Lysistrata (411 B.C.) by Aristophanes. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 9 page paper showing how there was a serious purpose behind Aristophanes' comic works. The paper looks at two works in particular -- 'The Clouds' and 'The Birds' -- and, using some analysis by Aristotle and Freud on how comedy works, examines how Aristophanes used the force of comedy to show his countrymen the ...

A 6 page paper on Petronius' short fable, 'The Widow Of Ephesus.' The writer describes how Petronius satirizes, grief, crucifixion and fidelity and discusses the importance of Roman funeral practices. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Bibligoraphy lists 6 sources.

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