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Papers On Greek & Roman Literature
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Hesiod's Fable and Other Ancient Political Portrayals
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A 5 page paper which discusses four separate political portrayals of ancient times. The portrayals are Hesiod's fable of the Hawk and the Nightingale, particular dealings in the Iliad, Athens in the 6th century B.C., and Prometheus and democracy. No additional sources cited.
Filename: RAfable.wps

Fate In Literature
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When not being used in the context of paying taxes, 'fate' is often associated with the cycle of life. Life is born, grows and dies. Fate is a term that means many things to different individuals, cultures and societies. The simplest definition may be 'inevitable'. A common idiom that portrays the concept of fate is, 'what must be, must be'. Fate is portrayed in literature in many different ways, as well. This 7 page paper explores the use of fate as a device of literature in the myth of Oedipus, The Raven, by Edgar Allen Poe and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bibliography lists 5 sources.
Filename: Ktfatelt.wps

Visions of the Underworld in the Odyssey, Gilgamesh, & The Inferno
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A 2 page look at the differences in conception of the underworld between these three works. The paper notes that Dante's is the only one of the three works in which the Underworld is clearly punitive; in the Odyssey, it was simply sad, and in Gilgamesh, empty. No additional sources cited.
Filename: Undervis.doc

Sacrifice in Medea
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This paper posits that in order to redeem herself of all the deaths she has caused in freeing Jason, Medea must make the ultimate sacrifice, her children, for two purposes: to save herself, and to save the country from the future reign of Jason. No references. JVmedea.rtf
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Trapped at Home / The Status of Women in the Odyssey and the Old Testament
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A 6 page paper comparing the treatment of women in Homeric times (as illustrated by the tribulations of Penelope in the Odyssey) with the many rules and prohibitions given to women under early Judaic law. The paper concludes that both systems effectively tie women to the house without giving them any authority over it. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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