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This 5 page paper argues that Hesiod, in the Theogony, presents Zeus as an autocratic leader by virtue of authority, with the wisdom to heed the advice of others. No additional sources are listed.

A six page paper which looks at the concept of fate in Sophocles’ ‘Oedipus the King’ and the Sumerian ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’, in terms of how far free will can be said to be exercised in a universe which is controlled by an omnipotent deity or pantheon of deities, and the way in which apparent ...

A five page paper which looks at the Sumerian hero Gilgamesh and the Greek hero Heracles, in terms of the way in which their narratives fulfill similar cultural roles within their respective societies and the similarities and differences between the tasks which they undergo in their quests for enlightenment.

A five page paper which looks at the journeys of Gilgamesh and Odysseus to the realms of the dead in their respective hero-quests and looks at the similarities between the two depictions of the Otherworld and the motivation behind the heroes’ visits there.

5 pages in length. The authors of the student's class texts have varied in chronological time as well as and historical, political and religious perspective. They all, in some meaningful way, endeavor to define for their reader the nature of man. Despite the diversity of time and circumstance, each of the texts ...

This 9 page paper examines the story of Pandora's Box, the Grecian Myth, and discusses how the themes have been used throughout literature and the arts in modern times. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 5 page paper which discusses how Aristotle, as presented in "Politics," felt that while most men could not be self-sufficient, those who are find themselves incapable of working in common and are similar to beasts or to a god. The character of Achilles is also discussed in terms of this perspective. Bibliography list 2 sources.

5 pages in length. As the tragic hero, Orestes is forced to come face to face with his own shortcomings, which ultimately cast upon him the tragic flaw that eventually leads to his downfall. Facing opposition from within his own being is part of the inner struggle that Orestes must addresses throughout the dialogue ...

5 pages in length. Ever since man began telling tales, incredible accounts of freakish, monster-like animals have captivated and horrified entire communities. The basis for these extraordinary fabrications was the inability of early writers to distinguish between truth and fantasy. As the stories were passed down through generations, they eventually became accepted ...

A 5 page essay that analyzes the story of Jacob in Genesis and the saga of Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey. The writer contrasts and compares the features of the two narratives. No additional sources cited. khodyjac.rtf Comparison /Jacob and Odysseus : a 5 page essay that analyzes the story of Jacob in Genesis and the ...

A 5 page research paper that, first of all, review the Oedipus myth, and then explores the various ways that Oedipal imagery can be see in today's culture -- in film, advertising, fiction and art. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

This 14 page paper examines the background of the Greek god Herakles and how this mythalogical figure is depicted in art. Additionally, this paper examines whether various pieces of art depicting Herakles depict a consistant image.

This 7 page paper discusses the Iliad in terms of Achilles. His role throughout the story is analyzed as are major themes involving Achilles such as anger and rage. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

This is a 5 page paper comparing the stories of “Psyche and Cupid” and “Beauty and the Beast”. Several elements are similar to the storylines of the myth “Psyche and Cupid” and the folk tale “Beauty and the Beast”. Both female heroines in the stories must overcome hardships, travel and separation from their families in ...

This 5 page paper discusses Dante's Inferno and dicusses his interpretation of Hell. Furthermore, this paper discusses the effects which Dante likely wanted to produce for the reader. Bibliography lists 1 source.

A 10 page paper which examines why, although women were not given rights or freedoms in Greek and Roman society, they were often predominant figures in Greek and Roman mythology. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

This 5 page paper dicusses Edith Hamilton's book, Mythology. It talks about how she presents Greek mythology, and the different stories that involve it. 1 source cited.

5 pages in length. A cold heart and calculating mind are what bind the Greek god Hades and German assassin Adolf Hitler. When one compares the similarities by which they undertook their unrelenting wickedness, it is with little difficulty that one can draw myriad common denominators where these two historical characters are concerned. ...

This 5-page paper focuses on the role the women played in Homer's The Odyssey, and how their roles helped add to the story's adventures.

This 4 page paper discusses the prevailing attitude of Rome toward outsiders, women, and the innocent. Examples are given from mythology. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Pentheus and Dionysus

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A five page paper which looks at the differences between Pentheus and Dionysus, with particular reference to the concept of duality and the sacrificial nature of Pentheus' death. Bibliography lists 1 source

A five page paper which considers the role of Telemachus, Odysseus's son, in Homer's Odyssey and the way in which Telemachus' development and growth parallels that of Odysseus himself.

5 pages in length. Athena, the strong and outspoken female goddess, was the conduit between many heroes and their ultimate conquests in battle, coming to the aid of such men of distinguished valor as Herakles, Perseus and Odysseus. While her protective shield was bestowed upon these heroes, it was denied from others who ...

3 pages in length. Teiresias' significance in Oedipus and Antigone speaks to the importance of prophecy as it exists in Greek mythology. Teiresias, a famous Thebian prophet, gained his special powers as a trade-off for the blindness Athena cast upon him for accidentally seeing her bathing. Now bestowed with the ability to ...

14 pages in length. Medea represents everything the typical mythological female was not; her defiance, passion, reason and intestinal fortitude combined together with her ability to balance the most important elements of her life: love for homeland and love for Jason. The event that upset this symmetry, however, sets off a downward spiral ...

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