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Academic papers on Ancient, Classic, & Medieval Literature

Arabian Nights and Days: The Use of Characterization
This 5 page tutorial helps a student explore the characterization of Gamasa Al-Bulti. While this character is the focus of the paper, other aspects of the work are explored. No additional sources cited.
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The Odyssey And The Aeneid
There is within each person a child and that child is need of certain beliefs. It seems to be almost an innate need to have heroes to look up to and to emulate. The myths of all cultures provide the youth with heroes and advice as to live...
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Teachings Of Christ And The Odyssey
The world of Homer's Odyssey was ruled by a conglomerate of Gods who saw little need to assess human conduct outside of intervening for personal gratification and entertainment. Jesus, on the other hand, took on the 'mortal coil' in order to...
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Revenge as a theme in Hamlet and Medea
A Six page comparison of revenge as a theme in 'Hamlet' and 'Medea,' including the main characters' attitude toward revenge, the amount of control of outside, supernatural forces and the role of madness in the two works. Lists 4 references.
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Gelasius and the 'two swords.'
(5 pp). In the modern world we are comfortable with the separation of church and state. In the Ancient world that was not always the case. The duality of authority, conceived by Pope Gelasisus I (492-496), as the separation of church and state are...
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Heliodorus/ Charicleia's role in "Ethiopian Romance"
A 7 page research paper that, first of all, examines the role that Charicleia play sin Helodorus' An Ethiopian Romance, an ancient Greek novel, and then compares this portrayal with that of other ancient heroines. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Medea as "Trunk Theater."
(5 pp) This particular interpretation of Euripides play Media is designed as what is loosely called "trunk theater." It allows bush or rural schools to experience the arts at minimal expense. There will certainly be more than one trunk,...
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Oedipus the King
A 7 page research paper that examines the various ways that Sophocles' classic tragedy has been interpreted. The writer argues that the Freudian interpretations are off the mark and that Sophocles intended totally different interpretation to the...
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Gender Dynamics in Aeschylus' Oresteia
If there are examples of gender dynamics, or different gender roles than we have seen in the past, the question presented to us, becomes is there any way to tell what might have made these events occur. Or does the shift in gender roles...
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Adultery Leads to Murder in Greek Tragedies
(6 pp). The question posed for our discussion is how adultery leads to murder in Greek tragedies. Yet it seems that an important component has been left out of the equation: it is attitude on the part of the male, which leads to his...
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Milton - you ol' Romantic! (description of Eve - Book 4)
(5 pp) It is a sad thing that we feel that we cannot deal with ancient or medieval literature. It will be too hard, we whine. I will not understand it, we complain, and give ourselves an excuse, to not even try. Milton is speaking of ...
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Euripides and the Greek View of Tragedy
A 10 page research paper that examines two plays by Euripides, "The Bacchae" and "The Women of Troy." The writer argues that the Greeks expressed a finely tuned sense of humanity's place in the cosmos. By overstepping those boundaries, indulging in...
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Analyzing Thucydides
In order to move people, either into an emotional agreement or into action, the words must go beyond the rules of grammar and form. This 6 page paper argues that Thucydides, in his History Of The Peloponnesian War, sees the defeat of Athens as a...
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Gilgamesh: Morality and Mortality
A 5 page paper which discusses how Gilgamesh discovers his morality as a direct result of accepting his own mortality. The argument is presented that the existence of Enkidu taught Gilgamesh about mortality and then morality. No additional...
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Book 11 of Homer's Odyssey:
This 5 page paper discusses Homer's Odyssey. This particular chapter references Hell and many specific quotes are used to support information presented in the paper. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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