• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Heroism and cowardice in the Odyssey.

Page
  1. 1
    1
  2. 2
    2
  • Essay length: 1036 words
  • Submitted: 01/01/2004
Share this essay:
AS and A Level Classics

The first 200 words of this essay...

Name: Manya Aggarwal Date: 26/12/2003

Class: 12-H

Heroism and cowardice in the Odyssey.

The most respected and venerated social group in Homeric times was that of the heroic warriors and kings. These were the people who lead their armies into battle and won accolades for their valor or courage displayed on the battlefield. The cowardly on the other hand, were subjected to strong prejudice. Their existence was considered a burden on the earth and they were ignored and ridiculed by everyone. This is evident in the Odyssey when Homer describes the incident of Elpenor's death. "There was one called Elpenor, the youngest of the party, not much a fighting man and not very clever. This young man had got drunk and gone to sleep on the roof of Circe's palace. Roused in the morning by the bustle and din of departure, he leapt up suddenly, and forgetting to go down the ladder and take the proper way down, he toppled headlong down the roof." As is clear from this description, Elpenor's death was never much of an issue for Odysseus or his crew, who laughed it off and ignorantly left his body unburied

Read more
The above preview is unformatted text

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • Over 150,000 essays available
  • Just £6.99 a month

  • "
    Give credit where credit is due Markedbyteachers.com deserve it. Only Website that provides the best service with no doubt. Been using this website for the past 5 years now. Never let me down. Try it!!!
    "
    Waseem Hussain. Biology, Maths, Chemistry, ICT A Level Student.
  • "
    This site has helped me a lot with my coursework because it has enabled me to think, find evidence and explain my literature texts. Thanks to this site I have started receiving A* and As in English.
    "
    Zoia, London. GCSE Student. 'English, Science, RE, Geography, History.'

Marked by a teacher

This essay has been marked by one of our great teachers. You can read the full teachers notes when you download the essay.

Peer reviewed

This essay has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review on the essay page.

Peer reviewed

This essay has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review under the essay preview on this page.