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The World of Homer

Western Civilization I

Spring 2016

Primary Source Essay II

Your essay should be about 900 words (800 minimum to 1000 maximum), typed, double-spaced, 12-point type and must include the word count. Do NOT use any sources other than the appropriate primary source readings, and do NOT collaborate with anyone else. You must use the primary sources to support your thesis or the assignment will be considered incomplete. Cite the sources in parenthetical notes, e.g. (Homer, Iliad 1.250). The essay is due in class on Monday, 29 February (The Tuesday section on 1 March in class). If the pages are not stapled (no paper clips), 10 points will be subtracted from the grade; if the word count is missing, 10 points will be subtracted from the grade. Late papers will not be accepted and NO essay will be accepted by email.

Use the primary sources, e.g. Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, to write an essay that analyses the values and ideals of the World of Homer. What is the nature of the Heroic Code and its ideals of manly excellence (arete) honor (time) and glory (kleos)? Why does Agamemnon quarrel with Achilles at the beginning of the Iliad? What role does shame and pride (hybris) play in their refusal to be reconciled? Should Hector take Andromache’s advice and fight from within the walls of Troy? Why or why not? Why does Achilles refuse to accept Agamemnon’s gifts in Book 9? Is he right or not? How does the nature of warfare and the ideals of the warrior change with the development of hoplite tactics? Compare and contrast the values presented in Tyrtaeus’ poems with those expressed by Homer, including the exchange between Glaucon and Sarpedon in the Iliad, book 12.

 

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