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Back in My Day Back in my day people just didnt do stuff like that In addition to hearing about how bread used to cost a nickel that quote is what you hear it from the elders of most generations when talking about violence especially on television in the present time they say that the violence seen just did not seem to exist back then However when one thinks about it violence that extreme has existed throughout the ages whether it was as early as the Iliad and the Odyssey during the Greek era the Aeneid in the Roman era or even in Christian stories in the Bible The first example of historic extreme violence is back in the time of the Iliad and the Odyssey during the Greek era which happened during the eighth or ninth centuries BCE These two epics which are considered by many scholars to be very fine works of art are filled with gratuitous acts of violence and other such acts of immoral behavior In the Iliad especially in Book 5 where Homer tells of Diomedes aristea a detailed account of how a man battles and injures both man and gods is given In lines 72-75 for example Homer gives us a terrifyingly graphic description of the battle scene Now the son of Phyleus the spear-famed closing upon him struck him with the sharp spear behind the head at the tendon and straight on through the teeth and under the tongue cut the bronze blade and he dropped in the dust gripping in his teeth the cold bronze Examples of aggression and viciousness are also given in the Odyssey In this most say that Odysseus was justified in doing what he did but it is still brutal fighting The best example of viciousness is given when Odysseus finally returns home and has to defeat the suitors Odysseus arrow hit him Antinoos under the chin and
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