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Imagine what it would be like if it was acceptable to commit adultery This is what the Ancient Greeks thought They portrayed this belief in an epic called the Odyssey In this piece of literature supposedly written by Homer a blind poet Odysseus was returning home after defeating Troy Just before he left for home he defied the gods thus making them angry Therefore they made his journey home extremely difficult We study the Odyssey today because so much can be learned from it and compared to it ie Rip Van Winkle Huck Fin and Moby Dick When Sir Arthur Evens discovered the Odyssey and the Iliad they confirmed much about the Trojan War that before was thought to be myth The epic hero in the Odyssey is Odysseus To the Greeks an epic hero was supposed to be courageous intelligent and loyal Although Odysseus is courageous when in Hades intelligent when up against the Cyclopes and loyal when he comes back home to his wife his most important aspect is his intelligence I think this trait is shown with the Lotus Eaters the Cyclopes and when he returns home and outwits the suitorsOdysseus was courageous when he visited Tiresias in Hades One of the aspects that the Greeks thought an epic hero should have was courage Odysseus definitely displayed this when he ventures into the flaming depths of the Underworld to talk to a dead persons spirit knowing he might never come out alive If Odysseus had not gone into the Land of the Dead then he might never have found his way home to Ithica When Odysseus was in Hades he not only showed courage but loyaltyOdysseus showed that he was loyal when he returned back home to his wife When the Greeks thought of a person as being an epic hero that meant the person was loyal Without a doubt Odysseus demonstrated loyalty since he could have stayed on Circe or Calypsos
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