The Odyssey vs The Aeneid

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Comparisons: The Odyssey Vs. The Aeneid Virgil was a creative genius from his time, but it can be understandable that many of his works may have been influenced from previous works of literacy. A comparison of Virgil’s, The Aeneid, and Homer’s, The Odyssey, will help to show the different aspects of Roman and Greek cultures. It will also help to illustrate the effects the Greeks had on Roman culture. There are many differences and likenesses between these two epics. Greek culture and literature had a great dominating influence over Roman life, therefore, the influence of style and the stories written by Virgil adopted many of the old Greek ways. However, Virgil did not imitate, he gave a new meaning to the works that he borrowed and added his own thoughts and opinions that expressed and explained Roman life to the rest of the world. The Aeneid is not only a personal epic about Aeneas, but also exaltation and beautification of Rome and the future of the people. There is a greater emphasis placed upon the founding of Rome rather than the actual adventure of Aeneas. Virgil’s epic shows that he had a great admiration and pride in Rome and its people. Homer used the story of The Odyssey to express Continue...


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As a gift, from Aeolus, Odysseus received a large leather bag that contained all the vicious winds, which could drive his ships off course. This visit to the underworld allowed Virgil to express his religious and patriotic imagination. The many similarities between these adventurous epics convinced me that Homer had an impact on Virgil's story line. Bibliography Bibliography 1. For example, Virgil begins his epic asking for godly inspiration to tell his story correctly: "Tell me the causes now, O Muse, how galled In her divine pride, and how sore at heart From her own wound, the queen of gods compelled him-" The Odyssey's invocation also announces the theme of his poem and he too asks for godly inspiration, except Homer uses real prayer to ask for this assistance. His techniques were used to express his ideas and beliefs. He blended the past and future together with a vision of the heroes of Roman history. Juno bribed Aeolus, the king of the winds, to cause a furious storm that would cause their ships to become overtaken by the sea. Microsoft, Bookshelf Dictionary 1996-1997 edition, 1987-1996, Microsoft Corporation 4. The shipwreck, in the Aeneid in Book 1, is when Aeneas and his ships left Sicily, on the last part of their journey to Italy. Virgil, The Aeneid, Vintage Classics Edition, June 1990; Translated by Robert Fitzgerald 1981, 1982, 1983 2. This also reflects the change to the new life of Odysseus. Homer uses more of a mythical, spiritual aspect, while Virgil uses a more formatted approach and less sacred emotions. In Virgil's time, the invocation was only used because it was a tradition in epic poetry. She at first protests, but then she permits him to go.