The Mortality of Man, As Expressed in the Odyssey and The Epic of Gilgamesh

(Orpheus in the Greek underworld.  On the left, Hades and Persephone are seated on their thrones.  Orpheus is attempting to win his wife’s freedom from the underworld through his beautiful music.) The final paper that I wrote for ‘World Civilizations: Pre-History to 1500’ dealt with the concept of man’s mortality in the Odyssey and TheContinue reading “The Mortality of Man, As Expressed in the Odyssey and The Epic of Gilgamesh”

Significance and Consequences of ‘Xenia’ in The Odyssey

A map of places visited in The Odyssey. (Image from: LordAlford.com) This is a paper I wrote for my 100 level World Humanities class.  It deals with concepts of hospitality in The Odyssey. The guidelines for this paper are as follows: What is xenia?  What are the basic expectations that come with proper xenia?  ListContinue reading “Significance and Consequences of ‘Xenia’ in The Odyssey”