A long narrative poem about a legendary hero. A long narrative poem about a legendary hero


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A long narrative poem about a legendary hero.

  • A long narrative poem about a legendary hero.

  • Epic Hero-The central figure in a long narrative who possesses larger-than-life qualities such as bravery, loyalty, and heroism.

  • Epic Simile- a detailed comparison in the form of a simile that is many lines in length (uses like or as)



poet

  • poet

  • thought to be blind, but describes events as a seeing person

  • lived around 1200 B.C.E (Before the common era)



Wrote The Illiad and The Odyssey - stories about the war between the Trojans and the Greeks which happened between 900 and 700 B.C.E.

  • Wrote The Illiad and The Odyssey - stories about the war between the Trojans and the Greeks which happened between 900 and 700 B.C.E.



Goddess of Conflict- Eris- puts out a Golden Apple for the Most Beautiful- Hera (Zeus’ wife), Athena, and Aphrodite (Zeus’ children) quarreled over it

  • Goddess of Conflict- Eris- puts out a Golden Apple for the Most Beautiful- Hera (Zeus’ wife), Athena, and Aphrodite (Zeus’ children) quarreled over it

  • They ask Zeus to choose- he declines

  • Tells them to ask Paris- Prince of Troy; awards apple to Aphrodite because she promises him Helen, from Greece



Paris and Helen fall in love and run away to Troy

  • Paris and Helen fall in love and run away to Troy

  • Odysseus and Menelaus, Helen’s husband, demand her return back to Greece

  • Trojans refuse

  • Siege of Troy ensues- 1000 ships set sail, led by King Agamemnon, Odysseus, and Achilles

  • Lasts 9 years



Story of the last 50 days of the Trojan War- 10th year





When Trojans fall asleep at night, Odysseus and his men jump out and defeat Troy and burn it to ruins

  • When Trojans fall asleep at night, Odysseus and his men jump out and defeat Troy and burn it to ruins

  • Greece wins



Odysseus claimed he won the Trojan War all by himself

  • Odysseus claimed he won the Trojan War all by himself

  • The story of the journey of Odysseus and his men trying to get home after the Trojan War

  • After spending 10 years stranded on an island, it takes another 10 years to get back to Ithaca because he is cursed by Poseiden for his arrogance. Also, Odysseus stabs his son, the Cyclops in the eye

  • an epic about humans on the journey of life overcoming temptations along the way.





Xenia-the Greek ideal of hospitality, the guest-host relationship.

  • Xenia-the Greek ideal of hospitality, the guest-host relationship.

  • Nostos- homecoming, peace

  • Kleos- glory, name, reputation earned in war

  • Odysseus has all three as the epic hero




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