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Do help your son if you can Go to Olympus pray to Zeus if you have ever pleased him and served him by word or deedSee if he will help the Trojans and drive the Achaians back to their ships with m slaughter The Iliad pg 18 Homer composed the Iliad in order to relate the tale of Achilles an Athenian Hero who fought in the Trojan War Throughout the poem one can see aspects of the ancient Greek culture like Gods Goddesses and supernatural events explained by mythology Literature is greatly affected by the historic events that surround their authors Therefore in periods like the Anglo-Saxon period one can appreciate how the life style of warring tribes pagan societies and the beginnings of Christianity affected poems such as Beowulf translated by Burton Raffel The Seafarer translated by Burton Raffel and The Wanderer translated by Charles W Kennedy Religion was one of the main aspects of life in the Anglo-Saxon period Due to the fact that at the time Heathenism was very strong as well as Christianity one can find a blend of these two reflected in Anglo-Saxon literature Some examples that reflect this aspect of Anglo-Saxon history can be found in poems like Beowulf Beowulf is a poem about a Geat warrior who is constantly fighting forces of great evil The religious beliefs of the time are reflected since the very beginning of the poem Recalling the Almighty making the earth shaping these beautiful plains marked off by oceans then proudly setting the sun and the moon to glow across the land and light it Lines 7-10 Here one can notice how strong were their beliefs in God by the respect and admiration with which they refer to him and how he created the world sun and moon As the plot develops so does the role that religion plays on it At the beginning God is just mentioned
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