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The views and beliefs of societies are often portrayed in the literature art and cinema of a certain era The epic poems The Iliad and Odyssey give scholars and historians an idea how the Ancient Greek lived their everyday lives By reading the two novels the reader is able to experience the three thousand years old society of Homer The various similarities between our society and the societies depicted in the Iliad and the Odyssey are surprising profuse To name a few the superfluous violence in Iliad and Odyssey the characterization of Odysseus the obscure use of narcotics the similarities between Catholicism and certain stories of the Odyssey and the role of pets and animals Despite the numerous similarities there are some distinct differences The specific differences between our society and that of Ancient Greece is the role of women in ancient Greece polytheism the and the importance of hospitality Violence it is a part of the Iliad and Odyssey it is portrayed in nearly all our movies and literature The numerous battles in the Iliad constantly described the grotesque deaths of warriors He brought him down with a glinting jagged rock massive top of the heap behind the ramparts edge no easy lift for a fghger even in prime strength working with both hands weak as men are now Giant Ajax hoisted it high and hurled it down crushing the rim of the soldiers four horned helmet and cracked his skull to splinters a bloody pulp 435-443 Violence the many scenes of war in the Iliad reminded me of the first battle scene of Saving Private Ryan The extremely violent images of men crying out for their mothers the intestines spilling out of a mans belly and the many pictures of bullet wounds I believe that if Homer had lived in the 20th century that the battle scenes of the Iliad would resemble those of the many gruesome films and books
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