Research Papers on Greek & Roman Mythology

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  • Poetic Portrayals of Icarus's Fall

    A 4 page review of the poems “Musee des Beaux” by W.H. Auden, “Landscape With the Fall of Icarus” by W. C. Williams, and “Waiting for Icarus” by Muriel Rukeyser. Interestingly the first two of these poems were inspired by the painting “Fall of Icarus” by Peter Breughel. The author of this paper describes the details of this painting and contrasts the styles of these three poets. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Poetic Portrayals of Icarus's Fall

    A 4 page review of the poems “Musee des Beaux” by W.H. Auden, “Landscape With the Fall of Icarus” by W. C. Williams, and “Waiting for Icarus” by Muriel Rukeyser. Interestingly the first two of these poems were inspired by the painting “Fall of Icarus” by Peter Breughel. The author of this paper describes the details of this painting and contrasts the styles of these three poets. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Poetic Analysis of 'The Battle of Frogs and Mice'

    This 5 page paper discusses the poem "The Battle of Frogs and Mice" and what it might mean for our age. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Ancient Myth, Carl Jung, and Robert A. Johnson on Gender Psychological Differences

    This 5 page report discusses the psychological differences between men and women as interpreted in Jungian framework of thought. Robert A. Johnson’s books “She: Understanding Feminine Psychology” and “He: Understanding Masculine Psychology” serve as the primary point of departure on the issue. In them, he uses the myths of Aphrodite, Psyche, and Amor to discuss the feminine archetype and the story of Parsifal and the Holy Grail to discuss the masculine archetype. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Creation, Man's Fall, and the Great Flood in Metamorphoses of Ovid and The Holy Bible

    A 5 page paper that compares and contrasts the accounts of creation, the fall of man and the flood as told by the Bible and Ovid in Metamorphoses. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Myth, Fact, and Early Christianity

    A 4 page research paper that which addresses traditional Christian dogma that asserts that the Bible is literally true and that the story of Jesus' life, death and resurrection are unique. However, examination of ancient myth and Jewish tradition shows that this is not the case. Early Christians not only drew heavily on Hebrew scripture in describing the life of Christ, they also borrowed heavily from the pagan religions that they presumed to abhor. It seems reasonable to presume that this practice gave the new religion a ring of authenticity with various populations as it was not very different from the religions that preceded it. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Power Structure Issues in Ancient Greece

    This 4 page paper looks at power-structure in Ancient Greece. Ovid's Metamorphoses is referred to extensively. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Herakles Presentation by Playwrights and Artists

    This 14 page paper examines the background of the Greek god Herakles and how this mythalogical figure is depicted in art. Additionally, this paper examines whether various pieces of art depicting Herakles depict a consistant image.

  • Comparing Greek and Roman Gods, Goddesses

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the mythology of ancient Greece and Rome and how their pantheons differed. This also addresses what the differences imply about Roman traits. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Contrasting and Comparing German Dictator Adolf Hitler and Greek God Hades

    5 pages in length. A cold heart and calculating mind are what bind the Greek god Hades and German assassin Adolf Hitler. When one compares the similarities by which they undertook their unrelenting wickedness, it is with little difficulty that one can draw myriad common denominators where these two historical characters are concerned. Hitler, in his self-prescribed superiority, sought to annihilate the entire Jewish population in an effort to cleanse the world of what he deemed as unworthy people; Hades, whose inherent powers afforded him the ability to inflict pain and misery on all who came into the underworld, relished this hegemony. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Athena's Selective Assistance to Heroes

    5 pages in length. Athena, the strong and outspoken female goddess, was the conduit between many heroes and their ultimate conquests in battle, coming to the aid of such men of distinguished valor as Herakles, Perseus and Odysseus. While her protective shield was bestowed upon these heroes, it was denied from others who beckoned for and needed her help just as much as the others; however, she was partial to heroes in battle, helping only them in their duties and challenges. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Relationship Between the Goddess Athena and Odysseus in 'The Odyssey'

    Many have called the relationship between Athena and Odysseus in The Odyssey a mentoring relationship, particularly as Athena often takes the form of a character named Mentor, but their relationship has much more depth than mentoring. Theirs is a relationship that evolves from mistaken assumptions between two people, in this case, their roles in the battle of Troy, a role requiring the commitment of shared souls. Therefore, the relationship between Athena and Odysseus is a redemptive one borne of past grievances (storytelling focus). Athena’s need is to redeem the future, while Odysseus’s need is to redeem the past. Together, they fight to protect their present souls so that they can give birth to one soul containing the mortal and the immortal. Bibliography lists 3 sources. JVAthOdy.rtf

  • Athena, The Virgin Goddess

    A 7 page research paper that explores a hypothesis concerning the virginity of the goddess Athena. This hypothesis posits that the way that the ancient Greeks conceived virginity played a significant role in the way that the goddess was conceptualized. The writer argues that an examination of literature verifies this hypothesis. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Athena and Juno in Homer and Virgil

    This 7 page paper explores the role of the goddesses Athena and Juno in “The Odyssey” by Homer and “The Aeneid” by Virgil. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Greek Mythology and Literature and the Gods' Incestuous Relationships

    A 7 page essay on the incestuous relationships reported in Greek mythology and Greek plays. The writer lists a number of incestuous relationships between Zeus, his brothers and sisters and progeny, and also gives examples from and commentary on plays such as Oedipus Rex, Medea and Agamemnon in support of the thesis. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Judaism and Ancient Egyptian Religion

    This 3 page paper covers two subjects: the relationship between ancient Egyptian religion and the idea of death; and ancient Judaism. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Women's Roles in Homer's 'The Odyssey'

    This 5-page paper focuses on the role the women played in Homer's The Odyssey, and how their roles helped add to the story's adventures.

  • Greek Mythology, Hesiod’s Five Ages of Man, and the Story of Zeus and Other Olympic Deities

    In five pages this paper compares Hesiod’s Five Ages of Man with Ovid’s Four Ages of Mankind creation myth; and also compares and contrasts the story of Zeus with Olympic deities Poseidon and Hades in order to examine why their interactions with Zeus and stories about their origins are important to understanding Greek mythology. Three sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Ancient Greece and the Worshippers of Zeus

    A 4 page analysis of the appeal of Zeus to Greek society. The paper argues that Zeus changed from a fickle and furious weather-god to a champion of justice, as his worshippers changed from illiterate tribesmen to the highest culture of the ancient world. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Zoroastrian and Hindu Myth Parallels to the Battle of Zeus and Typhon

    This 4 page report discusses the fact that some of the world’s most fascinating stories and myths are surprisingly similar despite the thousands of miles and years between lands and cultures. They each follow a very similar pattern, although that of the battle between Zeus and Typhon is the most well-delineated and graphically-portrayed of any of them. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Clytemnestra's Character in Aeschylus' Agamemnon

    A 5 page analysis of the character of Clytemnestra in the play 'Agamemnon' (458 B.C.) by the Greek playwright Aeschylus. The writer argues that it would have been easy for Aeschylus to portray Clytemnestra as a completely unsympathetic character. Instead, he forces the audience to see Clytemnestra's point of view. Nevertheless, by making Clytemnestra¹s most defining characteristic her duplicity, Aeschylus obviously intends for the audience to see her as conniving and driven by her love of power. No additional sources cited.

 

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