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The great writer Euripides once said The bold are helpless withoutcleverness which is true when it comes to the Ancient Greek timeperiod To obtain the intangible idea of wisdom is to have the will tolearn In todays society wisdom is one of the greatest traits one canacquire because it leads to new technology and revolutionary changes Incontrast physical strength can only lead to destruction The idea thatones cleverness is above all else can be seen in not only todayssociety but also in Ancient Greek literature Some of these piece ofAncient Greek literature often emphasize a heros strength and god likequalities by describing successes but really these successes whereachieve through cleverness In life cleverness will always lead to moresuccess then strength will One of the most obvious examples of someones wit having helped more thestrength is through the warrior Odysseus His clever thoughts have savedhis life many times through out The Odyssey One prime example would behis defeat of the Cyclops His Disguises and trickery have helped himsurvive numerous adventures all leading to his return home He spentyears using his wits to get closer to getting home in spite of the factthat hes got several of the gods mad at him Odysseus got him self outof several tough spots figuring out how to hear the Sirens singingwithout endangering his ship by having his crew block their ears withwax and even figuring out how to deceive the Cyclops Polyphemus andescape with his men Odysseuss mind was by far the best of mortal menfor council and stories being able to match a god in wits andtrickery making his return home possible Odyssey XIII 291-295 Without his god like wits Odysseus would still be stuck on the island ofcalypso Not only was Odysseus smart but he also knew just what to sayOdysseus claimed We all felt pressure in our hearts but I spoke up inreply showing he was not afraid to vocalize the feelings he hadOdyssey XI 203These thoughts
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